Diversity & Inclusion Programs

Who you are matters. Celebrate diversity. Foster inclusion.

We are passionate about fostering a safe and inclusive community for all and believe that an essential part of the college experience is learning about other cultures and identities. 

It's important to learn from one another and work together towards removing the racial, ethnic and cultural barriers that exist in our world.

College is the perfect opportunity to explore your own culture and be introduced to a new global perspective. 

The OSE also offers a programming space called the InCLUDE (2122 UC) which provides an environment where Inclusion, Community, Leadership, Understanding, Diversity & Education are paramount.

Multicultural Initiatives

Diversity Programs are offered at the University of Michigan-Dearborn to promote an inclusive environment. These initiatives support the exploration of difference and its relevance to the development and growth of our campus.

  • Conversation on Race is a series designed to expound on the history, issues and topics relative to differences amongst ethnicities and cultures. Activites are structured in various ways to encourage open, honest communication on how our past reflects our present and how our present impacts our future. Scholars, renowned speakers and sometimes celebrities are featured as keynote speakers. Participating in such dialogue is a crucial part of being a member of this University and a citizen of this community.

  • Diversity Ambassadors are dedicated University of Michigan-Dearborn leaders who empower and educate the campus community as diversity and social justice advocates. Diversity Ambassadors will work closely with the Coordinator for Diversity Programs and Office for Student Engagement to provide mentorship, education, and advocacy for the UM-Dearborn community. These students will strengthen our community through the outlets of relationship building, ally development, peer-to-peer education and leadership development with open forums, speaker series, field trips, and more! 

    Click here for a Diversity Ambassador Application.

  • Global Fest is an annual tradition held in March that uses food, music, entertainment and interactive activities to experience and celebrate cultural diversity on our campus. Together with all of the cultural and ethnic student organizations, the Office for Student Engagement provides an insight into global awareness and cross-cultural education. It is a flagship program that is made successful via student organization support and energy. 

LGBTQ+ Initiatives

At UM-Dearborn, we are passionate about fostering an inclusive and affirming community for all students. Students can learn more about the LGBTQ+ community through workshops, speakers, movies, and trainings.  There are also social programs which allow LGBTQ+ students to meet each other and allies.  Look out for events such as LGBTQ+ History Month, Bisexual Awareness Week, Asexual Awareness Week, Transgender Awareness Week, and the annual Drag Show. 

  • The Office for Student Engagement partners with ACCESS to offer monthly HIV/AIDS and STI testing on campus. The testing is conducted free of charge in the InCLUDE (2122 UC), open to all UM-Dearborn students, staff and faculty, and completely confidential. 

    HIV/STI testing will be offered once per month in the InCLUDE. 

  • WolverOUT Support Group is available for students who are seeking support related to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.  The meeting day and time have not been determined for Fall 2017. For more information, email bbonkows@umich.edu.

    • LGBTQ+ 101 is an introductory level training, which aims to provide participants with a basic understanding of identities and experiences within the LGBTQ+ community. No prior knowledge is required, and individuals with all knowledge levels are welcome. LGBTQ+ 101 is offered multiple times per semester, and is open to the entire campus community.
    • Trans 101 is an introductory level training, which aims to provide participants with a basic understanding of identities and experiences related to transgender and non-binary identities. No prior knowledge is required, and individuals with all knowledge levels are welcome. Trans 101 is offered at least once per semester, and is open to the entire campus community.
    • Student organizations, faculty, departments, offices, and other groups on campus may request LGBTQ+ focused training. This training is tailored to the group's specific needs. Professional Competency Training is available for groups of student leaders, faculty, and staff. Classroom Conversations are available to instructors who wish to incorporate training into their course(s).