Dear Colleagues,

Your role as staff and faculty is critical to the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion. At the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) we have adopted a strategic approach that aligns with the U-M’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan to mobilize the local and national community in diversifying the academic landscape and promoting evidence-based methods to address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and society.

We provide multiple avenues for you to join our community and we offer opportunities to support and advance your work at the U-M campus and across the nation. Our strategy is grounded in our statement on diversity research and scholarship that challenges normative systems of knowledge production across disciplines and promotes research and scholarship that affects change within societies. We invite you to click here and sign-up for our mailing list and stay up to date with cutting-edge diversity research and NCID’s efforts and opportunities. We welcome you to forward this message to your networks.

What is Diversity Research?

In October 2016, we announced our partnership with the new LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellowship, a strategy to diversify the University’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Following a two-year postdoctoral period, the 50 fellows we recruit over the next five years will be prepared for possible direct transition to tenure-track appointments. I am pleased to inform that within the one-month that the application was opened we received 762 applications, and from this strong pool of candidates, this month we invited 13 candidates for campus visits. We invite you to stay engaged and support the recruitment and retention of these scholars who have demonstrated scholarly excellence and sustained commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We believe that this program stands to be a model for departments across the U-M and nationally. 

I would also like to bring to your attention the expansion of our Diversity Scholars Network, an interdisciplinary multi-institutional community of scholars dedicated to addressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. The NCID supports and connects their shared knowledge by providing opportunities for research and dissemination across the academy and beyond. To be included in this year's cohort of diversity scholars, please complete this form by March 31, 2017.

Finally, I am excited to announce the launch of three new opportunities:

This year, we also introduced a national social media campaign geared towards highlighting and promoting the work of diversity scholars and translating their research to practice. We invite you to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn to engage with this campaign and learn more about upcoming opportunities.  


Tabbye Chavous, PhD
Director, National Center for Institutional Diversity
Professor of Education & Psychology
University of Michigan 

610 East University Ave., Suite 3338, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259

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