Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging in CLAS
CLAS Commitment to DEI-AB
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging Framework
The DEI-AB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging) framework is meant to help the Division of Academic Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs align their efforts to advance the University’s commitment to educational equity as articulated in Reach Higher 2025. CLAS will use the framework to recognize and remove the barriers to full participation and provide a safe, inclusive, vibrant community for all.
This toolkit contains resources that support the DEI-AB Framework.
CLAS DEIA Committee
"We value the life of the mind, in all its forms, and recognize that the creation of knowledge and the dissemination of knowledge are closely connected activities for teacher-scholars.”
University DEI-AB Resources
- Inclusive Excellence
- Sandbox Learning Innovation Grant (and Inclusive Excellence Special Emphasis Sandbox Grant)
- Minds that Matter series
- National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)
- PACE initiative for connecting mind and health
DEI-AB Professional Development Resources
Code Switch (NPR)
What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor. We explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between. This podcast makes all of us part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story.
The Snap Judgment radio show and podcast mixes real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, dramatic radio. Snap’s musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see the world through the eyes of another. This is storytelling… with a BEAT!!
Resources for DEI-AB Professional Development
Academic Affairs Resources
Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships (OURS) presents on inclusive faculty mentoring of undergraduate researchers and other DEI-AB related topics concerning undergraduate research and scholarship.
Pew Faculty and Teaching Learning Center Inclusive Mentoring & Teaching Development includes a curated list of National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) recorded webinars that focus on face and diversity.
Inclusive STEM Teaching Project is designed to advance the awareness, self-efficacy, and ability of STEM faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff to cultivate inclusive learning environments for all their students and to develop themselves as reflective, inclusive practitioners.
Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom – Free Self-Paced edX Course
History of Inequality in the U.S. (self-paced course)
Current Learning Communities All faculty are eligible to participate in a learning community (LC) that already exists. They can choose to register for learning communities on DEI-related topics, broadly understood. Staff may participate in a learning community with their supervisors’ approval.
Resources for DEI-AB Professional Development
Division of Inclusion and Equity Resources
Academic Impressions is free for all GVSU faculty, staff, and students.
Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging E-Learning Training Modules cover a range of DEI-AB topics, including microaggressions, biases, and allyship.
I&E Institute Learning Opportunities lists the learning opportunities (e.g., workshops) led by facilitators at the Inclusion and Equity Institute.
Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference for indigenous and women of color in higher education to network, engage, and learn with colleagues from around the country.
National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) provides a significant forum for discussion and critical dialogue about race, ethnicity, and its intersections in higher education.
IDEAL (NCORE Regional) provides a regional forum for critical exchange of resources, best practices, and research on the social and political landscape of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in higher education.
NASPA Racial Equity and Social Change Conference provides space for thought leaders and practitioners to share ideas, strategies, and evidence-based research about advancing our collective work to create more equitable and just campuses and communities.
Social Justice Training Institute provides a forum for the professional and personal development of social justice educators and practitioners to enhance and refine their skills and competencies to create greater inclusion for all members of the community.
GRCC Diversity Lecture Series aims to connect members of the community with people that hold a compelling interest in shaping a culture of inclusion and social justice.
GlobalMindED closes the equity gap by connecting students with limited resources, First Gen to college, and returning adults to role models, mentors, and internships with inclusive leaders who teach them, work with them and hire them.
Women of Color Task Force Career (WCTF) is a University of Michigan staff organization that provides professional development, networking, and training opportunities for employees, with a focus on addressing the needs of women of color staff and hosts an annual conference.
E-Learning Cornell DEI
AMA Diversity & Inclusion Certificate
Diversity First Certificate
HRCI – Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion in HR Management
Resilient: Racial Justice Certificate Program
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Fundraising: Advancing Equity Through Inclusive Philanthropy
GVSU Teach-In is a yearly 2-day event with sessions facilitated by GVSU students, faculty, and staff on a range of DEI-related topics. It is normally held on the first or second Wednesday and Thursday of November.