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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Taubman College

At Taubman College, we want to create new knowledge, research, and creative work across architecture, urban design, and urban planning that enables persons of different race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status to equitably shape their environment through buildings, design, and policies. As part of the President’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative (DEI), launched in Fall 2015, Taubman College is developing strategies for achieving equity and diminishing bias, harassment, discrimination, and intimidation in the college environment, in order to gain and sustain a critical mass of diverse students, staff, and faculty.

What do we mean by DEI?

DIVERSITY: is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective.

INCLUSION: ensures that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, differing perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and connection.

EQUITY: is the assurance of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all persons in our community. Race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status are irrelevant to the right of each individual to equitable access and standing.

DEI + Racial Equity Updates 

As part of our efforts to embed DEI and racial equity into our policies and practices, it is important that we share our progress. To achieve this, we are launching the "DEI + Racial Equity" video update series. Please check out the Advancing Racial Equity page to learn more about the efforts students, faculty, and staff have taken across the College. 

  • Anna Thompson (M.U.R.P. '21) was an organizer of the student-led MLK Symposium. Anna worked to ensure that marginalized voices are highlighted as part of the event’s decision-making process as well as within the panel portion of the event itself. She also increased the event’s sustainability by working with Taubman leadership to increase the college’s support of the event, which was one of the Measures of Success in our Year 5 DEI Strategic Plan.

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