From Kevin’s Desk: Opportunities to Thrive (10/9/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal statute that provides protection for the estimated 61 million adults in the U.S. with a disability. In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October), the B&F Diversity Working Group is offering an opportunity for all B&F staff to learn more about this important aspect of diversity in two Zoom webinars: “Disability Awareness” and “Disability Etiquette.” Details about the events and how to register are available on our website.

At the university, the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) and other entities, including University Human Resources, the Services for Students with Disabilities Office, and many more, are responsible for working to ensure that all U-M community members are treated fairly and have equal opportunities to thrive. I want to thank them for their continued work to improve access and the experience of our community. You can learn more about OIE’s services, and the legal protections they support, on their website

I hope you are all finding ways to take care of yourself during this unusual time. If you haven’t already, I want to encourage you to sign up for a session or two of U-M’s virtual Work-Life Conference, Connecting the Dots. It’s a great opportunity to learn tools related to balance and wellbeing. The 90-minute conference sessions will take place on Zoom next week. You can find more information on the UHR website. Thank you to our UHR teams for providing us with opportunities to prioritizing self-care, which is more important now than ever before.

With much appreciation and gratitude,

Kevin