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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative (DEI)

University of Michigan’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative (DEI)

The University of Michigan is undertaking a campus-wide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Planning Initiative. In order to help create the vision and contribute to the future by providing ideas and offering solutions, the university is engaging in conversations with students, faculty and staff to create a longer-term strategic action plan.

For many years Taubman College has pursued policies and initiatives aimed at making the college a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for students, staff and faculty. As part of the President’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative (DEI), launched in Fall 2015, we are taking an in-depth look at how we can improve upon our efforts. We have assembled a principal committee that is hard at work drafting a Strategic Plan for our college as mandated by the university. This plan will be submitted and approved between March 15 and July of this year, and fully implemented in Fall 2016. Our goal is to transform our college by aggressively working on existing and new initiatives to create a more diverse student body, faculty and staff; by working to address instances of bias, harassment or discrimination; and by making sure that the in-class and extracurricular interactions are respectful yet robust and open.

Taubman College hosted a series of Town Halls in winter 2016, moderated by independent organizations, to gather input for such action plans. The student town halls were facilitated by trained University of Michiganp moderators, independent of college faculty or staff. 

Taubman College Strategic Diversity Plan (PDF)


Taubman Diversity Committee

Joana Dos Santos, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist
McLain Clutter, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
Robert Adams, Associate Professor of Architecture
Scott Campbell, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
Malcolm McCullough, Professor of Architecture
Thomas Moran, Assistant Professor of Architecture
Ana Paula Pimentel Walker, Assistant Professor in Urban and Regional Planning
Anca Trandafirescu, Assistant Professor of Architecture
Kate Grandfield, Assistant to the Associate Deans
Meghan Lee, Academic Adviser


Joana Dos Santos
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist
Office: 2150
Hours:  9am - 5pm

McLain Clutter
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
Office: 2150 

Kate Grandfield
Assistant to the Associate Deans
Office: 2150  |  734-615-5260