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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

University of Michigan’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative (DEI)

The University of Michigan is undertaking a campus-wide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Planning Initiative. In order to help create the vision and contribute to the future by providing ideas and offering solutions, the university is engaging in conversations with students, faculty and staff to create a longer-term strategic action plan.

For many years Taubman College has pursued policies and initiatives aimed at making the college a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for students, staff and faculty. As part of the President’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative (DEI), launched in Fall 2015, we are taking an in-depth look at how we can improve upon our efforts. We have assembled a principal committee that is hard at work drafting a Strategic Plan for our college as mandated by the university. This plan will be submitted and approved between March 15 and July of this year, and fully implemented in Fall 2016. Our goal is to transform our college by aggressively working on existing and new initiatives to create a more diverse student body, faculty and staff; by working to address instances of bias, harassment or discrimination; and by making sure that the in-class and extracurricular interactions are respectful yet robust and open.

Taubman College hosted a series of Town Halls in winter 2016, moderated by independent organizations, to gather input for such action plans. The student town halls were facilitated by trained University of Michiganp moderators, independent of college faculty or staff. 

Taubman College Strategic Diversity Plan (PDF)


Taubman Diversity Committee

McLain Clutter, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives and Architecture Associate Professor
Joana Dos Santos, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist 
Robert Adams, Architecture Associate Professor
Anya Sirota, Architecture Assistant Professor
Tsz Yan Ng, Architecture Assistant Professor
June Manning Thomas, Urban Planning Professor 
Ana Pimentel-Walker, Urban Planning Assistant Professor
Qiana London, Human Resource Specialist 
Camie Turner, Business Analyst/Assistant Director
Rebecca Smith, Architecture PhD Student 
India Solomon, Urban & Regional Planning Graduate Student
Ibiayi Briggs, Architecture Graduate Student

Former Members

Kate Grandfield, Administrative Specialist
Christopher Banks, Architecture Undergraduate Student
Alvin (Kip) Darden, Urban Planning Graduate Student


Joana Dos Santos
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist
Office: 2150
Hours:  9am - 5pm

McLain Clutter
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
Office: 2150 

Kate Grandfield
Assistant to the Associate Deans
Office: 2150  |  734-615-5260