UM-Flint partners with industry to promote diversity, equity and inclusion


The Business Engagement Center (BEC) serves as a gateway between university and industry. The Business Engagement team works closely with industry partners to resolve issues, connect with faculty, staff and students, and facilitate professional development. In addition, they work with faculty and staff to link with industry for research and funding opportunities. A true win-win partnership.

One of their latest projects is partnering with local organizations to deliver Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DCI) seminars to employers. These seminars train both managers and employees on thoughtful ways to promote fairness in organizations, as well as a better understanding of the impact of our conscious and unconscious biases on daily work. This helps employers transform their corporate culture into a more tolerant and supportive environment.

UM-Flint’s Director of Diversity, Dr David Luke, designs and customizes training sessions for each partner that Business Engagement works with. This customization allows organizations to meet their specific needs. The seminars on diversity, equity and inclusion are held in person and can last one to two hours.

“We were fortunate to have David Luke to make a presentation to our staff on the important topic, ‘Cultivating an Inclusive Community’. Feedback from our employees was that it was both informative and engaging, ”said Todd Wiseley, President and CEO of Mott Children’s Health Center.

These seminars have helped a multitude of Flint companies achieve even greater success in implementing DEI strategies into their corporate culture. For more information or to register for a training session, contact Sara Barton at [email protected]


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