Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, March 28, 2011

Diversity Council issues request for grant proposals

President Mary Sue Coleman established the U-M Diversity Council in 2003 to assess, encourage and celebrate diversity initiatives at the university.


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U-M Diversity Council
Diversity Grants Program
Diversity Matters at Michigan

To extend this work the council piloted the Diversity Grants Program, which it co-sponsors with the Office of the Senior Vice Provost, in 2009 and 2010.

Going forward, applications for these grants are welcome from all academic or administrative units that address issues of diversity in the university community. Projects planned should be those that build capacity. The application deadline is April 15.

The Diversity Council — whose members are appointed from the ranks of U-M's faculty, staff and administration — promotes the pursuit and dissemination of the critical knowledge and skills that foster effective participation in a diverse, multicultural and inclusive university community.

Within this context, the council serves as a principal advisory body to Lester Monts, senior vice provost for academic affairs and senior counselor to the president for the arts, diversity and undergraduate affairs.

"The council members' extensive, firsthand knowledge and experience is valuable to my understanding of our current status and the university's capacity to maintain diversity now and into the future," Monts says. "I value their counsel and appreciate their service. And I look forward to the outcome of the expanded Diversity Grants Program, which will tap the creative expertise of the entire university community."

"As President Coleman has said, 'We know that diversity makes us a better university — better for learning, for teaching and for conducting research, and change occurs when people come forward to make a difference through thought and action.' The Diversity Council contributes critical information, insight and resources to these efforts," says Diversity Council Chair Crisca Bierwert, associate director of the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. "We are excited about the ways in which the expanded Diversity Grant Program will advance this work, and grateful to Dr. Monts, who has been instrumental in making it possible."

In addition to its advisory role and administration of the annual grants program, the Diversity Council supports the systematic exchange of information, strategies and analyses regarding diversity benchmarks, programs and outcomes, occasionally through universitywide diversity summits and symposia.

The council also co-sponsors the university's Diversity Matters at Michigan website, The council's action subgroups include outreach, student success and retention, dissemination, and the relationship between globalization and diversity.

For additional information about the grant program, the application and abstracts from grants issued in the pilot phase, go to, or contact Assistant Vice Provost Dilip Das at