“At the University of Michigan, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is central to our mission as an educational institution to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment, for we believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence and the advancement of knowledge.”
-- From President Schlissel’s Charge to the U-M Community for a Strategic Planning Process on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (July 2015)
The U-M School of Kinesiology fully embraces the aforementioned position and sentiments of President Schlissel. We celebrate and are committed to the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion and believe that they enrich the learning environment and enhance the School’s innovation and overall productivity. We have developed a draft and preliminary plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in Kinesiology. Our DEI Plan proposes some new programs and initiatives relative to diversity, equity, and inclusion; however, the overall essence of the plan is for us to organically weave, infuse, embed, and integrate a consciousness and sensitivity to elements of diversity, equity, and inclusion into our existing culture – our ways of doing (our policies, practices, and procedures) and our ways of being (our teaching, learning, research, and service). The strategic thrusts of our plan are to: (a) increase our demographic/ compositional diversity, (b) promote inclusive excellence (in teaching, learning, research, and service), and (c) create a fair, positive, and supportive environment for all of our faculty, staff, and students to thrive. Our DEI motto is: KIN - ALL IN!
Below is an Executive Summary of the highlights of the Kinesiology DEI Plan. To access the full plan, please visit myumi.ch/J9kkR. The plan is a living document. It will undergo continual revisions, it welcomes additional input, and it will be revised and adjusted accordingly (as new ideas are generated, new information is obtained, and different needs arise). I encourage you to review the full plan, and I welcome your feedback. You may send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you can imagine, achieving the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion will take a continual, systematic, and sustained team effort. This process will span the next several years as we continue to plan, implement, evaluate, and revise our DEI efforts and initiatives. The participation and engagement of our faculty, staff, and students in this process is critical! We need your feedback (your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas) to create an effective document to strategically guide our DEI efforts and to facilitate and sustain our success. We also need your active support, involvement, participation in our DEI activities. In the true spirit of team…I hope you will be ALL IN for diversity, equity, and inclusion in Kinesiology!
Ketra L. Armstrong, Ph.D.
Professor & Associate Dean
Director, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
School of Kinesiology