Michigan Technological University is committed to enhancing and improving the sense of belonging for all students, and a newly created commission of students aims to reinforce these efforts. With facilitation from the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion (VPDI) and the Dean of Students (DOS), the Student Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Sense of Belonging (DEIS) Commission is set to launch at the beginning of the fall 2021 semester. This initiative will provide an open space for student leaders to engage with and address ongoing issues pertaining to the campus climate and the needs of diverse communities on campus. Specifically, the Student DEIS Commission will provide the opportunity and space for students to:
- Advance and elevate student DEIS concerns and initiatives
- Facilitate open discussion and champion progress toward an inclusive and welcoming campus environment for all members of the campus community
- Engage with University leadership to voice priorities and the pulse of the student body related to DEIS matters
- Collaborate with other campus organizations, offices, and students, faculty, and staff to further a sense of belonging among all people at Michigan Tech.
The Student DEIS Commission will provide additional opportunities and compensation for students to take on leadership roles within the commission. Working together with the VPDI and DOS, this commission will meet 2-3 times per semester and will address matters concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion, identify and advocate for marginalized individuals, and provide guidance so that meaningful action can be taken.