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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Taubman College

At Taubman College, we want to create new knowledge, research, and creative work across architecture, urban design, and urban planning that enables persons of a different race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender expression, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status to equitably shape their environment through buildings, design, and policies. As part of the President's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative (DEI), launched in the Fall of 2015, Taubman College is developing strategies for achieving equity and diminishing bias, harassment, discrimination, and intimidation in the college environment, to gain and sustain a critical mass of diverse students, staff, and faculty.

What do we mean by DEI?

DIVERSITY: is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective.

INCLUSION: ensures that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, differing perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and connection.

EQUITY: is the assurance of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all persons in our community. Race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status are irrelevant to each individual's right to equitable access and standing.

DEI Strategic Plan

For the past five years, Taubman College had a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan focused on tangible strategies in the areas of:

  1. Infrastructure and Oversight
  2. Student, Faculty, and Staff Diversity
  3. Recruitment, Academic, and Professional Development
  4. Research and Creative Work
  5. Constructing an Equitable and Inclusive Community

This year, we are focusing on our five-year evaluation and planning for our next DEI Strategic Plan. 

Taubman College released yearly reports on its DEI Strategic Plan progress. These reports provide transparency and accountability. Learn more:

Taubman College DEI 1.0 Evaluation Report Summary

Do you have any ideas, comments, or feedback? Let us know what you think through the Taubman College DEI Feedback form!

How has the Taubman College Community demonstrated our values?

The "I am Taubman College" campaign highlights our Taubman College community members who are recognized for their efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. It was designed to celebrate the breadth and power of the diversity that exists within the Taubman College community and to nurture an inclusive environment where all members of the community see themselves reflected

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