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Announcing the RAAC DEI Workgroup Dialogue Sessions!

As we shared at the February 22, 2022 Research Administrators’ Network meeting, the RAAC DEI Workgroup is excited to announce an opportunity for you to connect and dialogue with your colleagues as well as discover resources and actions that will help you in the workplace. The RAAC DEI Workgroup will be facilitating dialogue sessions on March 11, survey screenshotMarch 22, and April 6, in direct response to your feedback we received on the survey designed by our UROP student, Zeina Reda.

We heard your interest in having more DEI programming around unconscious bias and facilitating conversations around DEI. In response, we will be holding the first series of our dialogue sessions focused on Confirmation and Perception Bias. While the sessions are open to anyone at the university, there will be a focus on dialogue and actions to mitigate unconscious bias within the context of research and research administration. Check out this video clip from the February 22, 2022, RAN Meeting to learn more about these biases and why interrupting them is necessary.

There are three options for attending the first of these sessions, and your participation and feedback will be helpful as we plan additional sessions. Please respond to a brief Google Form to indicate which of the three sessions you would like to attend. You are welcome to attend all three sessions if you would like, as the progression of the dialogue will be different for each. All of the sessions will be held via Zoom and you will receive a Zoom link after registering. In order to ensure adequate time for all attendees to engage in dialogue, we will be limiting attendance at each session to 25 participants, so sign up soon!

The RAAC DEI Workgroup Confirmation and Perception Bias dialogue sessions will be held at the following times via Zoom:
  • Friday, March 11 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 22 – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 6 – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Additional Opportunities through Organizational Learning

We wanted to remind you about additional opportunities through U-M Organizational Learning, which are also directly related to your responses to the UROP survey. The Change it Up! Bystander Intervention and Mitigating Bias courses have received great feedback from attendees, and there are many sessions remaining!



If you have any questions, ideas, concerns, feedback, or would like to get involved, please contact Chris DeVries (, RAAC Program Manager. Please also forward this message to anyone else who may be interested.
Thanks for making a commitment to personal learning and growth in this area!
Andrea Anderson
Kristie Beckon
Linda Chadwick
Constance Colthorp
Molly Dahlgren
Chris DeVries
Jennifer Huntington
Melissa Li
Cathy Liebowitz
Jennifer Martin
Becky O'Brien
Ayana Richardson
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