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

The university will develop admissions, recruitment and student support programming consistent with the principles of the unique sovereign relationship that exists with Native populations in the United States. Through the grant lands provided in the Treaty of the Foot of the Rapids, U-M has a unique and foundational connection to local Native tribes, including the Ojibwe, Odawa, Wyandot and Bodewadmi. In pursuit of this goal, the Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) will collaborate with on- and off-campus partners to create recruitment and engagement opportunities and expand financial access to the Michigan Tuition Waiver program for eligible Native students.

DEI 1.0 Evaluation Update

Over the five years of DEI 1.0, the university supported the goals of the Native Student Initiative in the following ways:

  • Implemented an application fee waiver for all tribal enrolled American Indian or Alaska Native students
  • Participated In College Horizons Program and served as the host site in 2019
  • Sponsored a week-long college readiness program for 125 Native students, 40 college admission counselors and 25 high school and tribal educators
  • Participated in the Celebration of Traditional Lacrosse program for multiple years and provided program funding for one year
  • Partnered with Rackham and the Office of the Provost to prepare for a joint virtual event with Northwestern University and Brown University focused on Native and Indigenous students
  • Worked with the Native American Student Association (NASA) and other U-M student groups around issues pertaining to prospective students and the university‚Äôs application process

Responsibility: Office of Enrollment Management