Giving Opportunities

Central Michigan University's Advancement Department has provided a direct link to its giving form (input the word diversity).  When you give to the Office for Institutional Diversity, your gift will support the following initiatives and programs:

1.     Diversity Conference Initiative

CMU sends teams of about five to ten undergraduate students, along with additional graduate students, faculty, and staff members to conferences that include:

NCORE—National Conference on Race and Ethnicity

WPC—White Privilege Conference

Creating Change—National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

HACU—Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

AAC&U–Diversity and Learning Conference

NSLDC–National Student Leadership Diversity Convention

Each one of these events has robust student and faculty tracks and a focus on building institutional capacity and facilitating positive change.  The teams return as ambassadors to host campus events and presentations, as well as strategic partnerships.  This initiative  builds capacity on campus and raises the CMU profile nationally in these areas.

2.    Intergroup Dialogue Program

CMU is poised to expand a proven pedagogy across its curricular and co-curricular landscape in leadership, peer advising, and the academic pursuit of developing the skills to work effectively across difference.  We hope to develop this programming with concentrations in race, gender, socio-economic class, religion, sexuality, nationality, and ability offered to up to two hundred students every semester for academic credit.  Their skills would then be used in leadership, facilitation, and other programs across campus to enhance the climate for inclusion for all.  There are possibilities of expanding and adapting the program, as appropriate, for faculty and staff members as well.  Some funding and commitments for this program are already secure, but further support would allow for broader development.

3.    Off-campus Community Study Opportunities

We plan to sponsor one or two community-based short-term (3-4 week) study opportunities each academic year, both domestic and international, for students who are first generation, low income, and/or students of color.  This effort is intended to open the path to full participation in the broader opportunities of international education and internships.  These would be "gateway" opportunities for students in their first and second years who do not typically participate in off-campus study.  They would also offer close mentorship with the faculty and/or staff leaders of the experiences and engage communities that also are not typically connected to university experiences from rural areas abroad or at domestic sites on reservations, in urban areas, or in non-dominant cultural production.  We would seek to benefit the field sites as much as we benefit the CMU constituents, and build connections for ongoing work, with the experience being a form of paid internship and project-based.

4.    Inclusion Implementation Fund

This fund supports proposals submitted by CMU stakeholders annually for projects, programs and structural or policy improvements that will enhance an environment of inclusion where all persons are respected, valued and able to maximize their full potential.

5.    Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

The Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program at CMU offers opportunities for professional development and to make substantive contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts by tenured faculty members at the university. The program builds leadership skills to become more effective in their current positions, to have a meaningful impact on diversity, equity, and inclusion policy, and to explore intensively an interest in becoming administrative leaders in the future. Each faculty member selected for the program serves under the mentorship of, and in partnership with, the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer to accomplish one or more mutually defined projects, takes part in a formal diversity and inclusion seminar series, engages with a range of university senior administrators and administrative groups, leads a conference team off campus, and meets regularly together with the Vice President.