Office of Diversity and Inclusion

NMU Diversity Statement

Northern Michigan University strives to be an inclusive community where differences are recognized as assets of the institution, respected attributes of the person and a valuable part of the university experience.



"With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. Though undoubtedly an account of one woman’s quest for self at all costs, Redefining Realness is a powerful vision of possibility and self-realization, pushing us all toward greater acceptance of one another—and of ourselves—showing as never before how to be unapologetic and real." ~Amazon

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Northern is a safe and welcoming place. We aspire to learn from and encourage each other as global citizens, neighbors, colleagues, and family. We desire to be a role model in embracing all types of diversity and diverse points of view, engaging in civil society and governance, protecting human rights and promoting social justice.

Inclusion is one of the seven NMU Core Values. 

With funding from NSF, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Native American Studies hosted students and educators from the 2017 summer Reimagine STEM programs at Bay Cliff Health Camp to launch a mentoring program by matching students with an educator.Members of the Black Student Union visited multiple Detroit and Chicago area high schools in their annual BSU on Wheels event as an effort to increase enrollment at NMU. They are pictured here with President Erickson at their 2015 bus send off.

Office of Diversity and Inclusiondiversity@nmu.edu906-227-2000