FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Below are some frequently asked questions about Expect Respect
- What benefits does the University get from having a diverse community?
- Why are bias-related incidents of concern?
- How can I arrange an educational program on this topic for my campus department or student organization?
- Where can I find a list of related definitions?
At the University of Michigan, we live, work, and learn in a culture that defines itself in terms of intellectual exchange, appreciation of individual differences, and respect for each individual’s personal dignity. The University’s diverse blend of students, staff and faculty is a tremendous resource, and we all benefit from this mix of perspectives and experiences. For many students, college is the first opportunity to meet and interact with those from other races, cultures and backgrounds. It is through this rich learning environment that we teach future generations the importance of understanding and valuing every individual’s experiences.
While the University is committed to a respectful and inclusive learning and work environment, it can only fulfill that commitment through the actions of individual members of the University community. We are each responsible for treating every fellow member of our community with dignity and respect. If one member of our community engages in harassment or discrimination, the person subject to that behavior will not feel respected, genuinely valued or an equal member of the University community. That person may stop contributing unique perspectives in the learning, research or work environment, or may lose all commitment to the community and leave. When one person engages in acts of bias, many of us suffer the effects.
We also encourage campus organizations that are planning programs and events related to creating a respectful and welcoming community to let us know about your event, so we may consider it for inclusion in this website. You can send information about upcoming events to email@example.com.
If you are unsure of any of the terms used please view our definitions page.