Resources for Affirmative Action

Resources for Teaching in Diverse Classrooms

Resources on the Value of Diversity in the Classroom

I. The University of Michigan Cases

Offices Supporting Diversity at the University of Michigan

Most individual UM schools and colleges have offices or programs to support multiculturalism and diversity. This list, while not exhaustive, provides information about some major offices that serve the entire University community.

Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI)
3009 Student Activities Building

The Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI) addresses the needs of students of color. OAMI offers various programs to enhance the educational opportunities for African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanic/Latino(a) Americans.

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT)
1071 Palmer Commons

CRLT offers the following resources and services to departments, faculty, and GSIs:

    • seminars that address multicultural issues in teaching and learning
    • consultations on making classrooms more inclusive for a diverse student body
    • guidance on multicultural course development
    • assistance in assessing the effectiveness of multicultural classroom initiatives

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW)
330 E. Liberty

Through its research projects, programs, and scholarships, the Center for the Education of Women focuses on service, advocacy, and research for women.

Diversity Resources
Rackham Graduate School

Diversity resources on the Rackham Graduate School web site lists links to resources for students of color, LGBT, and the disabled, as well as a link to educational documentaries about issues in student life and a mentoring guide for graduate students at a diverse university.

Diversity Librarian, Hatcher Graduate Library
209 Hatcher South
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The Diversity Librarian provides research and reference assistance for students, faculty, and staff seeking information on gender, ethnic studies, and other topics related to diversity. The Diversity Librarian works to identify and develop in-house collections of non-mainstream publishers and publications.

Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG)
1136 Lane Hall

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), whose mission is to provide coordination and support for research on women and gender at the University of Michigan, facilitates activities that link research in Women's Studies, disciplinary departments, interdisciplinary programs, and the professional schools.

International Center
Main Office: 603 East Madison; 764-9310
North Campus Office: Pierpont Commons, 2101 Bonisteel; 936-4180

The International Center offers a variety of services to the UM community. In addition to providing resources for international students and scholars, the Center has information about overseas study, work, and travel opportunities.

Office of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Affairs (LGBTA)
3200 Michigan Union

The Office of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Affairs offers a wide range of programming for the University community. The educational services include classroom education, faculty and staff presentations, scholarly works series, and classroom speakers’ bureau. LGBTA sponsors weekly and monthly social events and houses a resource library open to faculty and graduate student instructors (GSIs) interested in developing multicultural curricula. Workshops and speakers are available for faculty and GSIs interested in fostering a learning environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people.

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)
2202 Michigan Union

The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) is primarily concerned with the racial/ethnic identity development, cross-cultural competency, and personal empowerment of students of color. Through its programs and services, MESA strives to promote and sustain a sense of community for students and to create an inclusive campus where there is respect for the many identities and experiences of students.

Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR)
3000 Michigan Union

The philosophy of the Program on Intergroup Relations is to promote understanding and build truly multicultural communities through systematic instruction on various forms of social conflict, substantial face-to-face interaction, and meaningful dialogue among groups. Dialogue groups provide a unique opportunity for students and are offered for credit as co-curricular activities. IGR collaborates with faculty members interested in intergroup dialogue as part of an assignment or class project for students. An in-house resource library, which is open to faculty and GSIs for curriculum development, has a collection of books, articles, and literature focusing on a range of multicultural issues.

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
G219 Angell Hall

SDD provides services for students with any disabilities: learning, physical, mental, emotional, and mobility impairment. SDD’s faculty handbook covers recommendations for all courses and provides a reference for working with students who have disabilities. Additionally, SSD experts provide consultation and workshops in three areas: learning disabilities, deaf, and blind/visual impairments.

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