Diversity and Inclusion

At Wayne State University, we strive to make campus an inclusive environment for everyone. We welcome all people and understand that their unique experiences, talents and perspectives make us a stronger organization and better individuals. The university has a long history of meaningful engagement with society, with diversity and inclusion a core value in both our mission and our strategic plan.

Wayne State is remarkable for many things, but our ability to open doors to people of all backgrounds, races, creeds and walks of life is our proudest legacy. And our unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice continues to be our North Star.

University initiatives

At the heart of Wayne State's ongoing efforts is the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which is committed to creating a more equitable, inclusive and accessible campus experience for all. Meanwhile, the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement fosters a welcoming environment where we can effectively recognize and champion the unique identities among our student body.

To further drive culture change, Wayne State established the Social Justice Action Committee (SJAC), featuring broad representation from across the university. Following months of review, SJAC presented a completed report of findings, which included the recommendation of a DEI Council. Led by Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Marquita T. Chamblee, the council will:

  • Facilitate communication of DEI initiatives across the university in schools, colleges and divisions, and foster collaboration between units on related efforts.
  • Receive recommendations from SJAC working groups and develop implementation strategies.
  • Monitor data and work with the campus climate working group to assess DEI throughout the university.
  • Review DEI plans at peer institutions to identify best practices that can inform and strengthen Wayne State's efforts.
  • Advise the president and chief diversity officer in matters related to DEI initiatives across campus.