Diversity at the School of Information

Each member of the University of Michigan School of Information’s scholarly community comes from a unique background, making our school stronger and helping us to fulfill our mission of building a better world through technology and information. The diverse stories of our faculty, staff and students reflect the intellectual diversity of the dozen social and technological sciences that make up the unique UMSI approach to information problems.

We actively work to increase the diversity of our school and to create a welcoming environment for everyone who chooses to share their unique strengths here at UMSI. Below are just a few places diversity is visible at UMSI. 

Diversity Statement and Committee

In line with UMSI's commitment to increase the diversity of our school and make its environment welcoming to everyone, in 2013 UMSI developed a diversity statement and a series of goals to be worked toward over the next five to seven years. We further updated that with the complete UMSI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan in 2016.

The UMSI Diversity Committee is one piece of the puzzle in our effort to meet our diversity goals. The committee welcomes questions or concerns and would love to hear about any stories, experiences, suggestions, events and anything else related to diversity at UMSI. It also offers funding for events that support the UMSI statement on Diversity and Goals. 

UMSI Diversity Commitee newsletter (requires U-M login).


The diversity that makes UMSI great can be seen in news stories featuring UMSI faculty and students. Read more.


UMSI strives to highlight diversity in its own events as well as through participation in university-wide events. Read more.


The research of UMSI faculty impacts and involves populations diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic location, age, disability and other dimensions. Read more. 

For students

Student groups - University-wide and UMSI student organizations give students opportunities to meet others with similar backgrounds as well as to work toward social justice and equality. Read more.

Research and service - UMSI students lead and participate in projects that affect many different populations locally, nationally and globally. Read more.

Scholarships - UMSI and U-M provide scholarships and funding that promote diversity in our scholarly community. Read more.