This month, we celebrated the official opening of the new Staff Ombuds Office, which provides independent and confidential support for staff on the Ann Arbor campus (including Michigan Medicine) who are facing workplace issues. Our first-ever staff ombuds, Jacquie Bowman, is both a wonderful resource and a fantastic person, full of positive and supportive energy. While she and her team do not “fix” problems, they are there to listen, help navigate complex university policies and procedures, and discuss options for resolving conflicts. They provide a warm, non-judgmental atmosphere for staff and offer a range of services free-of-charge. You can learn more about the Staff Ombuds Office on our website. Please join me in thanking Jacquie and her team…THEY ROCK!!!
Yesterday, I had the chance to meet a small group of B&F staff at one of my regular breakfasts. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy these kinds of opportunities — everyone has such an interesting story! I want to encourage you to spend a few minutes each week getting to know your colleagues better. It not only builds positive work relationships, it also creates a more welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone.
As part of the October Diversity Summit events, we will host a B&F-wide DEI event featuring U-M professor Scott Page, who will discuss his fascinating research on the power and benefits of diverse teams. He will also share practical tools for creating a more inclusive and equitable work environment. I hope you can attend this terrific event, which is happening on October 29, and is being co-sponsored by the SSC LEAD Academy and the B&F Diversity Working Group. You can learn more about the event on our website. B&F staff will be given priority registr through October 3, and then the event will be opened up to other university staff. Hope to see you there!
With much appreciation and gratitude,
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