This last month, President Biden signed an Executive Order Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Government. The premise is based upon public servants reflecting the communities they serve; this has parallels in academia as well. ADVANCE at Michigan Tech is very encouraged by these measures to assess DEIA in the workforce and will work with our Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion to support the development of strategic plans for our campus. The EO expands learning opportunities, addresses harassment in the workplace, equity in professional development opportunities, and advances mechanisms for pay equity. The DEIA language is deliberately inclusive of individuals with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals in addition to gender, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic status. Adopting these foundational values into our DNA will strengthen Michigan Tech for the future.
For further reading on the Executive Order, please look at the Fact Sheet that outlines all of the details of the Order.
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