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

In order to increase the university’s pool of leadership candidates who are prepared to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, we will create an annual fellowship program to support a select number of faculty with a demonstrated commitment to diversity. These fellows will participate in the New Leadership Academy sponsored by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, which incorporates DEI issues into every aspect of its model of higher education leadership. This program has working relationships—either continuing contracts or curricular program elements—with the American Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, and other groups.

DEI 1.0 Evaluation Update

Over the past five years, the National Leadership Academy (NLA) core program has attracted 35 U-M participants from a pool of more than 130 national enrollees. Evaluation reports show extremely high levels of learning and strong satisfaction ratings aligned with the program’s core competencies. Apart from these programs, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Leadership for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion—developed in cooperation with Coursera—reached approximately 3,200 learners in Years Two through Four. In addition, the program developed webinars, coaching and other related initiatives, which are now being used in leadership programs, professional development activities and graduate schools nationwide.

In Year Five, the Faculty Leadership Development Fellowship Program transitioned to the University of Utah. The University of Michigan, having led the development of the fellowship, continues to be a partner in this work.

Responsibility: Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion