DEI News and Events: Summer 2022

Two opportunities to join OHEI at community picnics

Join OHEI for two opportunities to build connections and camaraderie in our diverse community — children and families are welcome!

Saturday, Aug. 20, 12-2:30 p.m.
Southeast Area Park
2901 E. Ellsworth Road, Ann Arbor
RSVP here.

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, 3-5 p.m.
Island Park Shelter B
1420 Island Drive, Ann Arbor
RSVP here.

Building Toward Belonging implicit bias training + additional training requests

Michigan Medicine is pleased to introduce Building Toward Belonging: Michigan Medicine Implicit Bias Training (LARA Compliant) that will serve as the foundation for a continuous curriculum to help us evolve into a more respectful and inclusive academic medical center. 

This mandatory training is the organization’s first step in developing a continuous curriculum to educate our community on why inclusion matters, identify key ally ship behaviors that reduce the influence of implicit bias in decision-making, and integrate strategies for mitigating bias in daily work. Learn more

OHEI offers many training courses in addition to the new Building Toward Belonging training. DEI Lead Kim Ward is available to coordinate and facilitate trainings and professional development for our department, including: 

OHEI resource groups aim to foster inclusion and collaboration

The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) offers monthly resource groups for a variety of communities to offer feedback to Michigan Medicine leadership on how to foster inclusion and collaboration. Current resource groups include Working Families, Spirituality, Veterans, and Black Voices. 


Resource group membership is open to all Michigan Medicine faculty, staff, students, friends, and allies. Group membership is voluntary, and the member-led group catalyzes efforts to drive innovation and make workplace culture more inclusive, engaged, productive, and aligned to support strategic goals. Learn more on OHEI’s website

Policy outlines inclusive, accessible technologies across U-M

The University of Michigan has adopted a new Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standard Practice Guide, which will help to ensure technologies on all three U-M campuses and Michigan Medicine are inclusive and accessible to the entire U-M community.

The initial phase of SPG 601.20 takes effect June 20 and will provide direction for technology and digital content capabilities that may be accessed and used by people with long- and short-term disabilities.

Read more about IT accessibility and the new policy.