Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Plan

Excerpted from the SIS Strategic Plan 
Approved by the SIS faculty at the MLIS Review meeting, May 3, 2023 


SIS DEIA Plan 2023-28 


The 2023-28 DEIA Plan is excerpted directly from the Strategic Plan for Wayne State University’s School of Information Sciences (SIS) that was approved in May 2023. It is one of five sets of goals and initiatives and, like the entire strategic plan, will be reviewed at least twice per academic year by appropriate individuals or groups. An operationalization of this plan was set in motion in Summer 2023 as part of the operationalization of the general SIS Strategic Plan.  

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility 

This goal underscores the school’s commitment to the importance of equity in the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students and the importance of DEIA themes, including social justice and anti-racism, among many others in the professions represented by the school. 


  • Develop DEIA guidelines and resources for students, staff and faculty. 
  • Integrate DEIA learning outcomes in all degree programs and courses. 
  • Actively recruit and retain students, staff and faculty from historically marginalized groups and establish support structures to ensure their success. 
  • Develop DEIA training opportunities for faculty, staff and students. 
  • Train faculty to infuse social justice and DEIA (UDI, Universal Design of Instruction) into course design and delivery methods. 
  • Offer programs on DEIA to school stakeholders and to the wider university and community. 
  • Partner with the Student Disability Services to promote universal design and the academic, cultural and social engagement of students with disabilities at Wayne State. 
  • Support the initiatives of the DEIA Coordinator and participation of faculty, staff and students in and beyond SIS. 
  • Develop a SIS policy for gender equity in service, teaching, research and pay. 
  • Identify funds to support research projects promoting DEIA initiatives. 
  • Involve the Office of Equal Opportunity in position searches for staff and faculty. 
  • Foster, support and disseminate faculty research and scholarship related to DEIA. 

The complete SIS Strategic Plan 2023-28 can be found here