Preventing Harassment and Discrimination

The keys to preventing harassment and discrimination are understanding and respect.  In a University culture, we define ourself in terms of intellectual exchange, appreciation of individual differences and respect for each individual’s personal dignity.  In such a rich cultural environment, we all benefit from the mix of perspectives that each person brings to our community.  While the University is committed to an inclusive learning and work environment based in respect, it can only fulfill that commitment through the actions of individual members of its community.  When one person engages in discrimination or harassment, many of us suffer the effects.

Below are several resources to assist you in your personal journey towards understanding and preventing harassment and discrimination.

Educational Events and Opportunities:

  • The University of Michigan Expect Respect Program
    • An educational initiative aimed at supporting a campus climate in which all persons are treated with civility
  • Diversity Matters At Michigan
    • Offers an array of opportunities for students, faculty and staff to learn about diversity, to connect with the diverse communities beyond our borders, and to secure personal resources and assistance
  • Intergroup Relations
    • Works proactively to promote understanding of intergroup relations inside and outside of the classroom
    • Offers multidisciplinary courses distinguished by their experiential focus, teaching philosophy, and incorporation of dialogical models of communication
    • Promoting institutional transformation with respect to a diverse faculty in science and engineering fields
  • Center for the Education of Women
    • Research and educational focus areas include women’s education, employment, careers, leadership growth and development, and well being
  • The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching – North
    • Promotes a positive, inclusive and safe environment in their classrooms or laboratories
    • Facilitates appropriate interactions within teams and during project work

Educational and Support Services:

  • Office of Dean of Students
    • Works to promote individual student development and enhance the Michigan experience for all students through individual support, programs , services, co-curricular opportunities , policy development and advocacy
  • Office of Student Conflict Resolution
    • Provides information about the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities
    • Offers mediated discussion to help students resolve conflict and learn skills for managing conflict in daily life
  • College of Engineering Office of Student Affairs
    • Offers student development and student services, with an emphasis on building alliances between the classroom and other aspects of campus life
    • Supports and encourages the intellectual, vocational, personal, social and cultural development of our students
  • Rackham Graduate School Graduate Student Affairs
    • Assists with Graduate School and University policies, procedures, complaints and concerns.
    • Offers dispute resolution services, and provides resources and referrals.

E-Learning Tools:

  • Harvard University’s Project Implicit
    • An on-line tool to assess your conscious and unconscious preferences for over 90 different topics ranging from pets to political issues, ethnic groups to sports teams, and entertainers to styles of music