“Diversity has and will always be part of our DNA and academic community,” said University President Dr. James Smith. “We recognize that a diverse learning environment will not only offer unique perspectives and spark innovation but is key to preparing individuals to succeed in an increasingly interconnected and complex world. For EMU, inclusion is a moral issue, and we want to ensure people from different backgrounds have access to an excellent education that prepares them to thrive and contribute to society.”
U.S. News & World Report named EMU among the three “Top Performers in Social Mobility” of Michigan’s public universities, reinforcing EMU’s core value as an institution of opportunity. The ranking reflects Eastern’s success at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of students awarded with Pell Grants -- the vast majority are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000.
Inclusiveness, another of EMU’s core values, is not only reflected in the student and alumni body, but in its skilled faculty as well. The University has a dedicated teaching community with faculty mentors who juxtapose teaching and research to prepare students with leadership skills, technical expertise, social influence, and awareness to handle situations in the workplace.
Being able to holistically bring these entities together with the goal of equitable learning in a supportive environment makes the University unique while preparing young students for their respective roles as global citizens and leaders.
In fact, EMU faculty members are leading the discussion about what it means to have an inclusive campus climate, and how it affects students when we fail. One compelling result of their work is a three-part video series that amplifies student voices to address diversity, equity and inclusion.
Eastern Michigan University is Michigan's second oldest public university. From its founding as a small teacher's college 174 years ago, today EMU is a major learning and research institution with a distinct mix of comprehensive academic resources and strong community initiatives. The school’s historical legacy, its geographic location in southeastern Michigan, and its institutional strengths help position the award-winning educational institution for 21st century leadership in transforming the region and the nation. EMU consists of a diverse, growing student body with representation from all 50 states and 83 countries.
As president of EMU, Dr. Smith is steadfast in his commitment to furthering cultural diversity and inclusion in the learning environment. Showcasing how innovative academic strategies translate into a competitive advantage for students faced with the challenges of the global marketplace, the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, established in 2017, outlines a robust template to advance diversity, equity and inclusion creating viable systems and structures to transform the ideas to reality.
Some of the university’s innovative programs and recognitions, in addition to the Early College Alliance, to further its DEI commitment include: