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Committee Updates / All Staff Activities
- ORSP All Staff - 10-minute update - AACHM and James Baldwin Video - February 20, 2023
- ORSP All Staff - 10-minute update - MLK Day - January 16, 2023
- ORSP All Staff - 10-minute update - Indigenous Peoples Month - November 30, 2022
- ORSP All Staff - Intro to DEI and Unconscious Bias - Session 3 - April 20, 2022
- ORSP All Staff - Intro to DEI and Unconscious Bias - Session 2 - April 12, 2022
- ORSP All Staff - Intro to DEI and Unconscious Bias - Session 1 - March 23, 2022
- All Staff Presentation - November 1, 2021
- DEI: The Basics (U-M HR) - June 2020
NCURA DEI Series
ORSP DEI Media Club
The DEI Media Club is one of the initiatives sponsored by the DEI Internal Experience Subcommittee. The Media Club plans and holds discussions around DEI-related books, articles, podcasts, videos, films, and more.
- One type of diversity we don’t talk about at work: Body size
- Weight bias and obesity stigma: considerations for the WHO European Region
- Why is ageism in the workplace increasing?
- Dismissed: The health risk of being a woman - Today Show
- Ebony magazine article about U-M Professor Tony Reames work with Energy and Poverty
- Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (Netflix documentary)
- The 1619 Project Podcast
- "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" by Peggy McIntosh
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
ORSP DEI Committee Members
- Emily Baxter
- Constance Colthorp (co-chair)
- Cindy Dames
- Debra Dill (OVPR Liaison)
- Tracey Larkin
- Daniela Marchelletta
- Becca Timmermans
- Elaina Wiggins
ORSP is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This page features our vision and definitions of DEI and some of the recent efforts by the DEI Committee members and subcommittees.
ORSP aligns with the U-M's definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Diversity utilizes the Four Dimensions of Diversity Wheel that encompasses organizational, external, internal, and personality dimensions.
- Organizational dimensions relate to one's position in the organization (exempt or non-exempt, field, job, office culture).
- External dimensions relate to where we live, how we appear, what we wear, our socio-economic backgrounds, work experience, language, accent, religion, work experience, or personal habits.
- Internal dimensions include gender identity, race, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, and physical ability or attributes (seeing, hearing, speaking, size, voice, or more). religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socio-economic difference, appearance, language, and accent
- Personality includes an individual's likes and dislikes, behaviors, strengths, values, and beliefs.
ORSP's DEI Committee Working Groups
ORSP's DEI's committee working groups formed in January 2023 and meet once per month. The DEI committee meets collectively once per month. For each member, this results in a twice-monthly (at least) commitment. The subcommittees/ working groups help us focus on areas that help address the assessed needs and feedback we have heard.
- Celebrations - Generate ideas for approximately 3-4 celebrations per year to honor cultural holidays and recognition days with activities. In some cases, the Celebrations Working Group will partner with the Workplace Culture Committee (WCC) as some events may have WCC and DEI components that support celebration and team-building.
- Team: Cindy Dames, Debra Dill, Tracey Larkin
- Example of Deliverable/Output: Ann Arbor African American Cultural and Historical Museum (AACHM) Docent-led Bus Tour of Underground Railroad sites of Ann Arbor, Pittsfield Township, and Ypsilanti, and visit to AACHM.
- Media Club - Propose content (podcasts, books, articles, documentaries and other media) for optional staff discussions a few times a year.
- Team: Emily Baxter, Thomas Paluchniak
- Example of Deliverable/Output: Media Club event in support of Black History Month and how the banning of books or revisions of AP African American History will impact historical understanding and knowledge
- Newsletter - A working group to curate content and compose short articles on average of once a month to be featured in the DEI section of our internal newsletter.
- Recruitment, Retention, Development - A working group to generate and propose ideas that enhance and support recruiting and/or retention through professional development efforts.
- Events and Support for All Subcommittees
- Constance Colthorp (DEI co-chair)
Our Vision for DEI at ORSP
Our vision is aspirational. This is where we strive to be.
ORSP strives to have an office environment where:
- DEI is embedded in our organizational culture and recognized as a guiding principle, a source of our strength, and a means to our continued improvement, growth, and success.
ORSP strives to have an office environment that:
- is an inclusive and welcoming place for all
- every member of the ORSP staff feels safe and valued for who they are and for their contributions toward ORSP’s goals.
- allows employees to show up each day as their authentic selves, secure in knowing that they will always be treated warmly, respectfully, and as a peer of equal standing.
- every ORSP staff member receives due consideration and fair treatment concerning compensation, workload, and access to the resources and opportunities that ORSP provides.
- across the broader U-M and sponsor communities, every person with whom ORSP interacts is treated ethically, fairly, and with dignity.