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

Learn about social justice activism, as well as the intersections of identity through workshops, lectures, national speakers, and small discussions. There are tons of opportunities for you to explore!

  • 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. 

    Winter 2017 testing dates are January 18, February 15, March 8, and April 5.

  • Queer Peers Discussion Group formed to create a specific supportive and confidential space for LGBTQ+ identified students. The group discusses varying topics regarding the LGBTQ+ community, and allows students to explore and understand their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Queer Peers is open to all UM-Dearborn students whether they are OUT or not. For more information, email queerpeers@umich.edu.

    The Queer Peers program is on hold until a new Coordinator for LGBTQ+ and Inclusion Initiatives has been hired.

  • The SafeZone & Ally Development Training program provides an avenue through which all people can actively show their support of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning) individuals. This training was created to develop, enhance and maintain environments that are culturally competent and supportive to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as straight, cisgender people who care about diversity, equality and inclusion. Trainings are offered on a request basis.