Diversity Education

Living in a residential community is an exciting and enriching opportunity, and we’re working to see that every student feels at home in a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment. Our residential communities encourage relationship building, personal growth and academic success. Diversity Peer Educators and Multicultural Councils offer support and education to help all students thrive in vibrant and stimulating on-campus communities.

To help promote understanding and maintain a positive and supportive environment within the residential communities, our staff and students present films, lectures, workshops, exhibits and other activities that enhance cultural awareness. Along with staff members who specialize in diversity education, each residential community also has a multicultural or minority-cultural lounge to provide a safe space for underrepresented students and to encourage growth and learning.  

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40th Anniversary

Since its inception forty years ago, the Diversity Peer Educator (DPE) Program has continually met the needs of the students residing in University Housing. Initially created to address racial clashes and to provide support services for minority students, the Program has also been moving forward to expand its scope. Previously known as the Minority Peer Advisor Program, the DPE Program has evolved not only to support minority students with consideration to race, but also to advocate on behalf of all marginalized social identities and to provide educational resources to all students in our residential communities. The DPE Program consists of Diversity Peer Educators, Multicultural Councils, and Multicultural & Minority-cultural Lounges. While the logistics around these three pieces have varied over the last forty years, the goal has remained the same – to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment that is supportive of all students living in residential communities.  

If your student organization or department has a mission or vision related to multiculturalism or diversity education and you are interested in partnering with the DPE 40th Anniversary, contact diversityeducation@umich.edu. A small amount of funding is available for collaboration. 


To talk to a professional staff member in Diversity Education, please contact us.

If you are a current resident looking to contact your Diversity Peer Educator, please visit your community’s Facebook page.

Diversity Education and University Housing have a longstanding tradition of partnering with other University offices, units and departments.

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Phone: (734) 763-3164