The Director’s Advisory Committee on Diversity

Our Charge

Many Voices. Our Michigan.

The Director’s Advisory Committee on Diversity (DACD) is made up of staff members and researchers from each of the five ISR research centers plus the Center for Insitute Services. The committee meets monthly. Our charge:

  • To recommend policies and activities to the Director that will raise the consciousness of all employees about the value of diversity in everyday work settings
  • To change practices in work settings, research programs, centers, and the Institute that detract from the positive gains from a diverse workforce and the valuing of diverse experience
  • To set practical timetables for achieving short-term and longer-term goals via policies and activities
  • To work collaboratively and in a complementary fashion with center-level initiatives that address diversity

Membership

Members of the Director’s Advisory Committee on Diversity are appointed by the ISR Director, with the advice and guidance of the committee. Some of the factors considered in membership composition are:

  • Representation from all ISR Centers
  • Diverse representation in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability status, religion, sexual orientation, and family status
  • Representation from various job families

Former members of the Committee and those who are interested in diversity issues but might not have time to serve on the Committee are formally acknowledged as the Friends of DACD. These staff are called upon for volunteer activities and other diversity programs at ISR.

If you are an ISR staff member or researcher, have an active interest in issues of diversity, and would like to be considered for membership in the DACD or as a Friend of the Committee, email the DACD Membership Committee at dacdmembership@umich.edu.

Subcommittees

Much of the work of the DACD is accomplished in subcommittees. Members select subcommittees they wish to work on based on their areas of knowledge and interest and the needs of the group. Current DACD subcommittees are listed below.

  • Perspectives – The Perspectives subcommittee of DACD plans and executes programs and events designed to build a spirit of community at ISR, to raise awareness about important social issues, and to foster respect for one another’s diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. One of the ongoing programs that the Perspectives subcommittee helps to facilitate is the Common Interest Groups Program. The CIGs are open to all members of the ISR community. You can join any of the groups, which currently include ISR Reads, ISR Vegetarians, a knitting/crocheting club, a sewing club, and a genealogy club. Perspectives has sponsored or co-sponsored several initiatives aimed at building community here within ISR.
  • Membership – This subcommittee assists in determining the schedule for rotating members on and off the DACD and helps assure that membership is balanced with regard to:
    • Representation from all ISR Centers
    • Diverse representation in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability status, religion, sexual orientation, and family status
    • Representation from various job families
  • Accessibility – This subcommittee works on issues of accessibility, primarily providing resources and software training for projects which want or need to make their web and online documents accessible to those with vision impairment.
  • Communications – This subcommittee develops and maintains a website and bulletin boards to keep ISR staff informed about events and activities of the DACD and to raise general awareness of issues of diversity.
  • Social Justice – This subcommittee will work on furthering the theme of Social Justice.  This may include helping to plan the MLK events or other events related to social justice.
  • Budget – This subcommittee will work on drafting and monitoring the DACD budget for each fiscal year.
  • Community Guides – The Community Guides program is still in the planning stages, but the committee hopes it will provide staff and faculty new to ISR with some knowledge and resources that are unique to ISR to help build their sense of connectedness to the Institute.

Other Diversity Related Projects

  • The ISR Climate Survey – In addition, together with others at ISR, DACD supports a periodic Climate Survey to gauge attitudes and the overall workplace climate at ISR. Such surveys have been carried out in 1999, 2006, 2008, and 2012. The latest one was released in March 2012.
  • The Community Kiosk – (under construction, literally) The Kiosk’s purpose is to make materials and resources easily available and accessible to the staff of the Institute. These materials are selected to build a spirit of community at ISR, to raise awareness about important social issues, and to foster respect for one another’s diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.
  • ISR Common Interest Groups – In response to data from the Work Climate Survey, DACD’s Perspectives Subcommittee developed the idea for these groups and held ISR’s first Common Interests Fair in 2008. The intent was to give staff an opportunity to meet others through shared hobbies and thereby strengthen the feeling of community in our workplace. The response has been very positive, and several groups are currently active.
  • Vuthy Pen Recognition Award – In 2015, DACD established the Vuthy Pen Recognition Award to honor his memory. In addition, DACD has worked to establish the Vuthy Pen Educational Trust to benefit his children.

Resources

The Resources page provides links to diversity-related U of M Offices and Departments as well as community resources. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views, values, or policies of the DACD or the ISR community at large. They are meant to be informative or thought-provoking.

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