Our Mission

Advance Overview

The University of Michigan ADVANCE Program aims to improve our campus environment for faculty in four general areas:

  • Recruitment: development and use of equitable faculty recruiting practices
  • Retention: preemptive strategies to prevent the loss of valued faculty
  • Climate: improvement of departmental climate for faculty, staff and students
  • Leadership: development of leadership skills that allow academic leaders to encourage positive departmental climates

Initially focusing on institutional transformation with respect to women faculty in science and engineering fields (NSF ADVANCE IT Grant proposal ), the program has expanded to address necessary institutional changes to support the needs of a diverse faculty in all fields. It is gradually beginning to address some issues facing diverse postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students.

We work directly with many departments, schools and colleges to support their efforts to bring positive changes to the work environment. We also offer many documents (handbooks, and handouts), research reports, lists of resources and programs (workshops, group discussions, seminars) that are designed to facilitate departmental, school and college efforts. Please see our links to the left.

Finally, we also assist in designing departmental climate reviews, providing evidence of potential issues to address, so that improvements can be targeted to real needs. We welcome requests to tailor our programs to specific institutional needs or goals.

ADVANCE Diversity Equity and Inclusion Plan

UM ADVANCE Program Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Plans

UM ADVANCE Program Resources for Units Implementing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Plans

Documents and Resources Developed to Support the ADVANCE Mission

Research Resources to Inform Diversity-Equity-and Inclusion Implementation Efforts

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