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Eastern Michigan University Taking Steps To Become More Inclusive


The President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusionat Eastern Michigan University has issued preliminary recommendations that aim to improve race relations on campus. 

Establishing an Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as well as creating a comprehensive university strategic action plan for those same topics, are a couple of the eight recommendations that were submitted to EMU's president James Smith.  The president launched the commission after racist graffiti was found on campus last year.  

Ronald Woods is a Professor of Africology and African-American Studies at Eastern and chairs the commission.  He explains another recommendation.

"We are calling for a biennial campus climate assessment, so that we can get a feel for the pulse on EMU on matters of diversity, equity and inclusion. How are we doing? What are the areas of concern?"

During the next few weeks, the commission will meet with student groups on campus to get feedback on the recommendations to later submit a final report to the president. 

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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