Vice President Katrice Albert sent this statement to various groups throughout the U of M community in September.
Effective October 1, 2016, the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE) will return to the Graduate School.
As an innovator in graduate and professional education since 1973, ODGE was moved to the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) in 2009 as part of the restructuring exercise of the Graduate School. While supporting ODGE, OED has perpetually been assessing not only how to promote and sustain inclusive excellence in graduate and professional education at our university, but also how to be national leaders in these efforts.
An external review of ODGE earlier this year confirmed our assessment and recommended that a diversity office in the Graduate School represents the best way forward. After consulting with students and graduate education faculty and administrative stakeholders, we determined that this change will help us increase diversity in the graduate and professional population and better serve our students in culturally specific and responsive ways. This model is also consistent with the organizational structures of the majority of our graduate school peers in the Big Ten.
Realigning ODGE in the Graduate School will allow for a more seamless graduate and professional student experience, from recruitment to retention to graduation. OED and the Graduate School will continue to work closely together on issues related to diversity in graduate and professional education, including increased investments in staffing and programs such as the Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship.