Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The mission of the DEI Committee is to increase the diversity of OLLI membership and create an environment that welcomes all; increase awareness of racial, social, economic, educational and health disparities experienced by marginalized communities; encourage members self education and self reflection on issues related to implicit bias; and promote positive, transformational change leading to the eradication of racial and social injustice in ourselves, the OLLI membership, and the community-at-large.

We will do this through:

  • Spearheading efforts that lead to continuing awareness and education of our members on issues related to racial and social inequities through lectures, workshops, book discussions, and study groups, and encouraging members to initiate their own self-education on these issues
  • Working closely with other OLLI committees to ensure DEI principles are infused and integrated throughout the organization
  • Partnering with other organizations and committees with similar aims internal and external to U-M to collaborate on relevant programming and initiatives
  • Evaluating strategies wherever possible in order to identify positive and negative outcomes such that initiatives can either be continued or improved upon