The Office of Culture, Community and Equity (OCCE)
MISSION + VISION
The Office of Culture, Community and Equity (OCCE) promotes the College’s strategic mission, vision and values while fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable culture. OCCE will drive a culture of inclusion and equity to further equity-centered engineering, maximizing impact and capacity-building within and beyond the Michigan Engineering community.
The Office of Culture, Community and Equity leads the Michigan Engineering community in creating an environment that is inclusive, daring, collaborative, transparent and seeks to have social impact. We do this by leading and supporting the following areas:
Faculty Research Grant Consultation
OCCE will support funding mechanisms for success in research efforts. OCCE will work in conjunction with the office of the Associate Dean of Research (ADR) and the Office of Advancement to consult on DEI-related sections of grant proposals. OCCE will provide thought leadership on social impact and broadening participation, assisting faculty with approaching research through an equity-centered engineering lens and developing solutions that elevate all people.
Evaluation & Assessment
OCCE provides thought leadership and an overarching structure to track DEI efforts across Michigan Engineering over time. OCCE will lead assessment and evaluation efforts within the College by creating a comprehensive evaluation and assessment plan, as well as develop and implement key success indicators.
OCCE will work with the Michigan Engineering community to assist in applying rigorous engineering-inspired design, build, test and improve processes to ensure success related to DEI. OCCE will assist the College in developing a foundation for members of the Michigan Engineering community to begin applying DEI in their everyday practice. OCCE will serve as the catalyst to drive a culture of inclusion and equity and will lead DEI 2.0 implementation efforts.
Engineering OnRamp (EO) offers a collection of programs for a diverse group of middle and high school students. We strive to provide greater educational opportunities for young people including individuals from educational, cultural, geographic, or socioeconomic backgrounds considered to be underrepresented in engineering.
Our dedicated team is excited to collaborate with Michigan Engineering as we collectively strive to foster an inclusive and welcoming campus environment through our expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion.