Community forums, poll to provide Culture Journey input


Faculty and staff input has been key in shaping work to strengthen the University of Michigan’s workplace culture and identify its workplace values. Now that the values have been determined, U-M wants to know about workplace behaviors across the campus that accompany those values.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend one of three community forums and to participate in an online poll.

Forums are scheduled in April, each being led by an executive vice president:

  • April 5, 11 a.m.-noon, with Marshall Runge, executive vice president for medical affairs, Michigan Union.
  • April 14, 1-2 p.m., with Geoff Chatas, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Michigan League.
  • April 20, 9-10 a.m., with Provost Laurie McCauley, Michigan Union.

The workplace values and their clarifying statements were adopted after a thorough process of engagement with faculty and staff. Methods included information sessions, polls, focus groups and community assemblies.

President Santa J. Ono announced the values in his January video message.

“Words are not enough. Our behaviors matter, and as citizens of this university, we must be accountable to ourselves and to one another,” Ono said.

At the end of this next phase of community input, each of the six workplace values will have accompanying behaviors that demonstrate the values being used across the Ann Arbor campus and Michigan Medicine.


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