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DEI Learning & Development

Are you interested in training opportunities related to DEI? In this page you will find DEI development opportunities offered by Taubman College and the University of Michigan.

Taubman Development & Programming 


Workshops led by Joana Dos Santos, our Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, can be arranged on an as-requested basis by students, faculty, staff, and student organizations. These workshops can include introductions to DEI principles, leadership development, racial equity training, identity workshops, and more! If you are interested in hosting a DEI development and training workshop, please reach out to Joana Dos Santos at joanads@umich.edu.

Inclusion Initiatives 

The Phonetic Name Initiative 

  • The Phonetic Name Tag Initiative was piloted in 2019 to create opportunities for students, faculty and staff to interact and learn the proper pronunciation of each other's names. Please visit our page dedicated to the Phonetic Name Initiative to learn more. 


  • Pronouns are a unique aspect of one's identity. To find more information about pronouns, their usage, and how the University of Michigan has committed to fostering an environment of inclusiveness, please visit our page about pronoun usage at Taubman College

Funding Opportunities 

Taubman College Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities

Architecture Student Research Grants

  • The Architecture Student Research Grant (ASRG), initiated by the Class of 2013, provides a unique opportunity for student research projects. To learn more, please visit our page on the Architecture Student Research Grant

Library Student Mini Grants

  • The Library's Student Engagement Program is offering all students and registered student organizations an opportunity to secure funding for projects, while receiving expert support. To learn more, please visit this page on the '19-'20 Student Mini Grants Program

Pathways Program 

The mission of the Taubman College Pathways program is to create pathways to diversify the Taubman College student population and the fields of architecture and urban planning. To learn more about how to apply to the Pathways Program or if you would like to volunteer with the Pathways Program, visit the Pathways Program webpage. 

Design Futures Forum  

The Design Futures Forum is a five-day, interdisciplinary forum bringing together student leaders with practitioners and university faculty who represent some of the most important thought leadership in community-driven and engaged design. Students from schools of urban planning and architecture from across the country are brought together for interactive workshops (including topics of power, privilege, and oppression within the context of design and the built environment), as well as engaging activities with experts in the Public Interest Design and the local community where the Forum takes place. Design Futures seeks to empower a network of interdisciplinary student leaders, practitioners, and university faculty to use design as a tool for social equity. Only students associated with institutions that are part of the Design Futures consortium are eligible to attend.

Taubman College is able to send five students and two faculty members to the forum each year. Students are selected through an application process at the end of the Winter semester. Faculty members should express their interest in being part of the Design Futures Forum Taubman College team during the Fall semester (a one-year commitment) to the Chief DEI Officer, Joana Dos Santos, at joanads@umich.edu. For questions, email the DEI Team at taubmancollegedei@umich.edu

Racial Equity Institute 

Every August, Taubman College is part of a University-wide effort to deepen our equity analysis by hosting a two-day workshop on racial equity. Facilitated by The Racial Equity Institute (REI), the workshop helps participants understand talking points, historical factors, and an organizational definition of racism. REI believes that organizations are often working in very intentionally civil ways yet operating from multiple understandings that rely more on personal feelings and popular opinion. This creates complications to the goal of eliminating racial and ethnic disparities and producing equitable outcomes. For more information, please contact CDEIO Joana Dos Santos at joanads@umich.edu


U-M Development & Training 

Inclusive Teaching Workshops

Inclusive teaching involves deliberately cultivating a learning environment where all students are treated equitably, have equal access to learning, and feel valued and supported in their learning. Such teaching attends to social identities and seeks to change the ways systemic inequities shape dynamics in teaching-learning spaces, affect individuals’ experiences of those spaces, and influence course and curriculum design. Please click here for an updated calendar of inclusive teaching workshops hosted by the Unversity.

Funding Opportunities


Multiply Constituencies


Leading for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

The system of higher education has grown from a complex history and evolving mission to serve the public good. Higher education leaders and administrators should reflect upon and consider this history and its implications for equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts on campus. This course is open to professionals interested in learning more about leadership in higher education for a changing demographic or interested in developing their own leadership skills.

Disability Awareness and Etiquette

If you are providing a service, it is important to know the best ways to communicate with and about individuals who may have disabilities. This session will help you to understand how to best serve individuals with disabilities, and will also give you some etiquette pointers that you can use in your everyday life.

ADA Accommodation at Michigan: Toward a More Equitable Environment

This course provides an overview of the University's responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), with a primary focus on our responsibility to provide University faculty and staff with reasonable accommodations. 

Unconscious Bias in Everyday Life

The unconscious mind is a powerful and intrinsic force in helping to shape our overall behavior in our everyday lives. This interactive session is designed to examine how unconscious bias can affect one's perceptions, decisions, and interactions.

Change it Up!

Change it Up! brings bystander intervention skills to the University of Michigan community for the purpose of building inclusive, respectful and safe communities. It is based on a nationally recognized four-stage bystander intervention model that helps individuals intervene in situations that negatively impact individuals, organizations, and the campus community.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI): The Basics - Part 1

This introductory course examines terms, definitions and concepts to provide a common language and framework for understanding diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Michigan. It is designed to provide foundational knowledge and foster on-going self-reflection and dialogue on topics related to DEI.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI): The Basic - Part 2

This brief, online course examines how our social identities impact diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Michigan. It is designed to provide foundational knowledge and foster on-going self-reflection and dialogue on topics related to DEI, and takes less than 15 minutes to complete.

Responsibilities at Michigan: Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking and Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment

This course helps members of the University community to determine whether they are Responsible Employees under the Policy and Procedures on Student Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence. Responsible Employees who learn that students may have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual or gender-based harassment, violation of interim measures or retaliation are required to share that information with the Office for Institutional Equity. This course helps Responsible Employees to understand these terms and shows them how to share this information as required.

Cultivating a Culture of Respect: Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Awareness

Across the university’s campuses and at Michigan Medicine, we are committed to eliminating sexual and gender-based misconduct. This online module is designed to inform every member of our community of the institution’s commitment to eliminate sexual misconduct, their individual responsibility to create a respectful, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environment, and how to support those who come forward.

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