This DEI Professional Development Platform is a one-stop shop for faculty and staff to explore various Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) related topics, gain knowledge and develop skills around DEI. It has a number of resources about anti-racism, gender identity, intercultural competence and more.

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How does it work?

There are multiple filters, such as estimated time of completion, topical tags, competencies, learning/developmental levels and resource types to assist you in your search. For example, to find resources about anti-black racism in a video form, select “anti-black racism” in the “tags” filter and “video” in the “Resource Types” filter. The platform will list the available resources that match the filtered search. Click “View Resource” to access the resource.

The penultimate column indicates “Access Requirements” for each resource. For example, some resources require a subscription or log in using a U-M account. Rows highlighted in blue indicate that the resources have been written, created or hosted by University of Michigan-affiliated faculty, staff or organizations. 

If you have any questions regarding the platform, please contact the Office of Culture, Community and Equity (OCCE) at [email protected].


wdt_ID Name Image Description Estimated Time of Completion URL Tags Competencies Learning/Developmental Level Resource Types Year U-M Resource PDAT
1 Call it what it is: anti-Blackness Screen-Shot-2022-11-29-at-1.45.36-PM-150x150.png An opinion article from the New York Times by African American Studies Professor kihana miraya ross that explains anti-blackness in the wake of the death of George Floyd in May 2020. Less than 30 minutes Anti-Black Racism, Equity, Perspective Knowledge, Awareness Intermediate Articles
3 Verna Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them About-Verna-Myers-e1675106305529-105x150.jpg Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Verna Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how. Less than 30 minutes Anti-Black Racism, Self-Awareness, Bias Awareness, Attitudes Introductory Videos 2014
5 Cultivating Cultural Competence and Inclusion (LinkedIn Learning) unnamed-150x150.jpg Inclusive work environments can yield greater creative output, boost employee morale, and benefit a company’s bottom line. But even as a slew of modern companies make strides towards true workplace inclusivity, many still miss the mark. This is often due to a lack of cultural competence, or the ability to engage and adapt across cultural differences. In this course, instructor Mary-Frances Winters explains why cultural competence is key to the success of any diversity-related initiative, as well as how to assess and grow your own cultural competence. She shares scenarios and techniques that can help you grasp how your worldview impacts your behavior, as well as how to more effectively engage and adapt across cultural differences. 1 hour Intercultural Competence, Diversity Training, Diversity & Inclusion Knowledge, Skills Introductory Curriculum 2019
9 So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo Screen-Shot-2022-11-29-at-2.04.38-PM-100x150.png In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from police brutality and cultural appropriation to the model minority myth in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race, and about how racism infects every aspect of American life. 8+ hours Antiracism, Self-Awareness, Race/Ethnicity/Racism Knowledge, Accepting Responsibility, Application/Action Introductory Books 2018
10 Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad 5979726-l-99x150.jpg Me and White Supremacy leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on Black, Indigenous and People of Color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. The book goes beyond the original workbook by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and includes expanded definitions, examples, and further resources. 8+ hours Antiracism, Privilege, Race/Ethnicity/Racism Knowledge, Attitudes Introductory Books 2020
11 The Rackham Leading Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Series unnamed-1-150x150.jpg LEAD, Leading Equity And Diversity, is a series of conversations where attendees have the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of guests who lead and/or support DEI and social justice initiatives. 8+ hours Diversity & Inclusion, Antiracism, Culture, U-M Resources Knowledge, Awareness Introductory Videos
12 An Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence by Abigail Stewart and Virginia Valian inclusive-academy-101x150.jpeg In this book, Abigail Stewart and Virginia Valian argue that diversity and excellence go hand in hand and provide guidance for achieving both. Stewart and Valian, themselves senior academics, support their argument with comprehensive data from a range of disciplines. They describe better ways of searching for job candidates; evaluating candidates for hiring, tenure, and promotion; helping faculty succeed; and broadening rewards and recognition. 8+ hours Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership, Academia, U-M Resources Knowledge, Application/Action Intermediate Books 2018
13 Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech by Sara Wachter-Boettcher Screen-Shot-2022-11-29-at-2.38.37-PM-100x150.png The book demystifies the tech industry, leaving those of us on the other side of the screen better prepared to make informed choices about the services we use—and to demand more from the companies behind them. 8+ hours Bias, Culture, Gender Identity Knowledge, Awareness Introductory Books 2018
14 How to be a great STEM Role Model for students by Meagan Pollock Screen-Shot-2022-11-29-at-2.43.47-PM-150x112.png Role models can attract students to Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) careers by sharing personal stories using positive messaging. This 30 minute video aims to equip STEM professionals to speak to students about careers in STEM. Less than 30 minutes Mentoring, Bias, Communication Application/Action, Skills Introductory Videos 2015
15 How to become an inclusive leader by Meagan Pollock (TED Talk) Screen-Shot-2022-11-29-at-2.46.12-PM-150x81.png Belonging and being valued are fundamental human needs. Inclusive leadership helps address these two crucial needs and enhances performance, collaboration, attendance, and reduces turnover. This life skill is helpful for everyone, yet it is imperative to create cultures, schools, teams, and organizations that drive equitable outcomes for historically marginalized and minoritized people. This talk will examine a four-part, iterative, reflective, and reflexive framework for developing into an inclusive leader. Less than 30 minutes Leadership, Academia, Culture Emotional Intelligence, Awareness Introductory Videos 2021
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