Student activism, especially since Fall 2013 (such as: #BBUM, #UMDivest campaign in Winter 2014, Black Student Union demands, and more), reignited a commitment from staff, faculty, and administration at the University of Michigan to allocate time and other resources to issues of inclusive teaching.
President Schlissel (appointed in July, 2014), prioritized a focus on a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as a key pillar of his leadership. On October 5, 2016, the university launched a five-year campus-wide DEI strategic plan, which served as an umbrella for 49 unit plans. The University’s hope was that “Together, the local plans and this campus-wide plan encourage individual and collective action, and promote transparency and accountability at every level.” After much deliberation, three core campus-wide strategies emerged that provide a foundation for the campus’ strategic plan: 1) to create an inclusive and equitable campus climate, 2) recruit, retain and develop a diverse community, and 3) support innovative and inclusive scholarship and teaching. More information about the university’s DEI commitment and updates can be found on the DEI website.
Student activism, and especially student concerns expressed at multiple Community Conversations on Race hosted during the Understanding Race theme semester in Winter 2013, motivated the assembly of staff from various LSA Undergraduate Education units to establish the LSA Undergraduate Education Climate Committee. Renamed the Inclusive Campus Collaborative in 2019, the group recommitted itself with the following mission statement:
The Inclusive Pedagogies committee, a subgroup of the Collaborative, built and continues to coordinate this website. Initially funded by a CRLT Faculty Development Fund grant, the website offers a robust database of instructional resources including definitions and elements of inclusive teaching, scripts and videotaped simulations of key activities, reflections and advice from journeyed faculty, and narratives from students about their experiences. Inspired by the crowd-sourced #FergusonSyllabus, #StandingRockSyllabus and #CharlottesvilleSyllabus, these resources are presented via an interactive web platform that allows you to post comments and suggest additional resources, so as to grow a campus conversation and resources relevant to any disciplinary setting.