Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the BEC

The University of Michigan strives to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment, and we believe that diversity is essential to individual flourishing, educational excellence and the advancement of knowledge.

U-M has many programs and initiatives that work to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment and create a diverse and talented workforce. The team at the Business Engagement Center can help companies identify ways they can support diversity initiatives at U-M.

Information on the University of Michigan’s diversity plan and priorities can be found at diversity.umich.edu.

Diversity Initiative Industry Partnerships

Some of our current partnerships that illustrate these shared goals include:


Ford, PNC Bank, UMCU and DTE



Old National Bank

Ford Motor Company


“We find that one of the common goals we share with our industry partners is working to create a multicultural and talented workforce. Many of the strategic objectives around U-M’s diversity plans are also in place in corporations. These shared objectives provide us both with opportunity to collaborate in unique ways to make an impact.”

Stella Wixom

Executive Director, Business Engagement Center

Campus Initiatives Supported by Industry

Many companies fund these programs  to show their support for equitable access to higher education, research to alleviate poverty, and foster a diverse and talented workforce. There are a variety of additional research and program opportunities that support these ideals. Please contact our Relationship Mangers to find the right fit for your company’s priorities.