The university will conduct four town halls Feb. 11, 12 and 15 to gather staff input for the ongoing effort to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at U-M.

The town halls, which are co-sponsored by Voices of the Staff, will follow the same format as similar events conducted recently to gather student input.

“Staff experiences, ideas and solutions are especially vital, as schools, colleges and campus units begin crafting their strategic plans,” Associate Vice President for Human Resources Laurita Thomas said. “We invite you to be part of this conversation and help create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus for all.”

The town halls are scheduled for:

• Feb. 11, 1-2:15 p.m. in the Hussey Room of the Michigan League.

• Feb. 11, 3-4:15 p.m. in the East Room of Pierpont Commons.

• Feb. 12, 11:15-12:45 p.m. in Suite 18 of Wolverine Tower (light lunch provided).

• Feb. 15, 5:15-6:30 p.m. in the Vandenberg Room of the Michigan League.

Each town hall will consist of a brief overview of the diversity planning process, structure and timeline, and an activity to crowdsource ideas. That will be followed by time for open dialogue, and questions and answers.

Input generated at the staff town halls will be shared with all diversity planning leads to inform the strategic planning efforts in schools, colleges and units.

The gatherings are part of a campuswide process to produce a five-year strategic plan that will enhance diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the university.

President Mark Schlissel has made diversity, equity and inclusion a priority of his presidency.

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