Objective 2

Primary Constituents
Primary DE&I Goal
Promoting equitable and inclusive community
Other Applicable Domains

Five-Year Strategic Objective 2

Continue offering and supporting programmatic activities and resources for the broader Rackham student community that also provide interdisciplinary communities of learning and support for historically underrepresented and/or marginalized students to address barriers to students’ sense of belonging and personal well-being that have been found to negatively influence progress and completion, e.g.,

  • Rackham Merit Fellows (RMF) programming
  • Interdisciplinary Learning Community models such as that developed through Rackham’s NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) grant
  • Students of Color of Rackham (student organizations)
  • Women of Color Writing Group
  • Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshops
  • #IChoseUMich social media campaign (campaign to promote message of belonging and showcasing diversity of Rackham students)
  • Social activities (e.g., bagel breakfasts, lunches) that create more opportunities for students to meet others outside their programs

Measures of Success: (for Objective 2)

  • Participation in programming activities (e.g., RMF, other activities)
  • Student evaluation reports around programmatic activities/offerings
  • Students’ climate reports (sense of belonging, community)

FY17 Actions

  • Highest priority actions include:
  • Identify/inventory programming and resources that support student sense of belonging, as well as available evaluation/outcome information on those programs/offerings
  • Prioritize those programs/activities that have shown most success/impact; consider discontinuing those that have shown less impact
  • Develop a plan for evaluation/assessment (or improving evaluation/assessment) for those programs and activities that are viewed as most promising or high priority
  • Participation in #IChoseUMich campaign from student organizations, campus partners, and students/alumni who represent diverse backgrounds and have resources to share
  • Other actions to consider include:
  • Work to revise Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshops proposals to require that they include an aspect of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that will be addressed
  • Consider best ways to develop new structures to support/enhance sense of belonging for diverse student constituencies, and include students, faculty, and staff in graduate programs to inform and work on development. Examples include:
    • International Students of Rackham student organization (perhaps modeled in part after SCOR model);
    • Peer Mentoring programs