Letter to ISR Community
Dear ISR Community,
The campuswide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Strategic Planning Initiative is reaching its final stages, and we’re preparing to begin the implementation phase. Thank you for providing the valuable input that formed our strategic plan, currently under review by the U-M DE&I Executive Leadership Team.
I would like to thank Maggie Levenstein for tirelessly representing ISR during the strategic planning stages. I would also like to recognize the members of the three DE&I committees for their hard work. As we transition to implementation, I am pleased to announce that Sarah Burgard will serve as the ISR DE&I Implementation Lead and Nichole Burnside will serve as the DE&I Implementation Coordinator.
Sarah Burgard is an associate professor of sociology and epidemiology and a research associate professor in both the Survey Research Center and Population Studies Center. Her research interests include ways systems of stratification and inequality impact the health of people and populations. She also serves as the director of graduate studies in the Department of Sociology. Sarah’s already familiar with the DE&I planning, as she served on the ISR’s Teaching and Training Committee.
Nichole Burnside is a research process coordinator in the Population Studies Center with 15 years of experience working at U-M. Her background includes increasing enrollment of underrepresented groups in clinical research as researcher administrator and co-developing the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) Community Engagement Pilot grant program. She served on the ISR DE&I Staff Committee and was instrumental in assisting Maggie during the strategic planning phases.
I am grateful to have both Sarah and Nichole guide ISR as we begin implementing our DE&I plan.
I am in the process of creating a DE&I Implementation Committee and will be announcing the members soon. The campuswide launch for DE&I is scheduled to begin in October. ISR, in conjunction with U-M, will host a launch event with more details to follow. The ISR draft DE&I plan is available at http://projects.isr.umich.edu/ISRDiversityFeedback/. Questions or comments can be sent to ISR-DEIfirstname.lastname@example.org or via anonymous feedback form. To learn more about the U-M overall planning process visit diversity.umich.edu.