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Action Item (as stated with DEI strategic plan launch in 2016)

The university will increase the capacity of U-M Student Life’s First Year Experience curriculum through the course “Making the Most of Michigan” and other programs aimed at equalizing access to resources, removing perceived organizational obstacles to seeking help, and decreasing barriers to academic and social pursuits for all students. These efforts will also enlarge wellness and educational programs that foster identity and cultural enrichment and will expand partnerships with student affairs professionals in schools and colleges.

DEI 1.0 Evaluation Update

The university increased the capacity of Student Life’s First-Year Experience (FYE) curriculum through the course “Making the Most of Michigan,” enlarged wellness and educational programs, and expanded partnerships with student life professionals in schools and colleges.

  • In Year Two, an inventory and assessment of Student Life—addressing both partnership performance and opportunities for growth—identified 272 cross-unit partnerships within Student Life, 201 partnerships with schools and colleges, 26 with the Office of the Provost and 45 with other campus partners.
  • A First Year Experience Student Advisory Board was established, which provides new opportunities for direct student feedback and engagement regarding student experiences of navigating campus, accessing resources, and the impacts of COVID-19.
  • During the last three years of DEI 1.0, nearly 37,000 students participated in programs designed to welcome and inform first year and transfer students (e.g., Relationship Remix, Change it Up!, MLead Academy, Making the Most of Michigan, and Welcome to Michigan).
  • Student Life initiated an array of new partnerships in Year Five, including: a tri-campus partnership focused on involving students in democracy-related programs; introduction of the Intercultural Development Inventory to courses in the School of Nursing and M-STEM programs (M-ENGIN, M-SCI); and a first-time collaboration between MESA and student organizations, the United Asian American Organizations and the Native American Student Association.

Responsibility: Division of Student Life