Professional Development

LGBTQIA+ Training

The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion in support of its mission, provides training, professional development and networking opportunities for members of the Michigan Medicine community including staff, faculty, house officers and fellows. To learn more about the programs listed below, please call our office at (734) 764-8185, or send a message to EMAIL:

Virtual Trainings

LGBTQIA+ Awareness & Inclusion

Open to all Michigan Medicine faculty, staff, and learners, the LGBTQIA+ Awareness & Inclusion: An Introduction to Inclusive Language workshop is focused on helping Michigan Medicine staff, faculty & learners use their influence to create a more inclusive health care environment for the LGBTQIA+ community. This interactive learning experience is designed to support participants in developing a foundational knowledge and the reflective skills necessary for contributing to an environment that respects the differences & diversity of people at Michigan Medicine, including their bodies, genders & relationships.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Understand LGBTQIA+ terminology & concepts related to gender identity, gender expression, & attractionality
  • Increase awareness & importance of respecting names & pronouns
  • Identify practices for LGBTQIA+ inclusivity & support
  • Discuss next steps from a learning, engagement, and allyship context

 Training dates and times:

  • October 5th 3pm-4:30pm
    • This session is full!
  • October 14th 7am-8:30am
  • October 20th 12pm-1:30pm
    • This session is full!
  • October 29th 9am-10:30pm
    • This session is full! 
  • November 3rd 12:00pm-1:30pm
    • This session is full!
  •  November 11th 9:00am-10:30am
  • November 16th 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • More dates for 2021 to come!


Explore: DEI Learning Model.

Explore provides learning solutions and supports DEI initiatives and efforts for faculty, staff and learners at Michigan Medicine.

We accomplish this by building strategic partnerships and employing evidence-based research and best practices. The model is comprised of formal and online learning options and engagement activities.


Stepping-In for Respect 

Stepping-In for Respect is a bystander intervention training intended to cultivate a culture of respect and inclusion amongst colleagues and leaders, therefore having a positive impact on the workplace environment and healthcare delivery. Workshop participants will learn and practice strategies for how to step in when witnessing or directly experiencing disruptive behaviors. Facilitators will help prepare participants turn difficult conversations into productive ones in order to stop disrespectful behaviors, reinforce our core values, and create our desired culture.

This training does not replace the Bystander Intervention training offered through OHEI, and instead compliments the the skills of the 4D's: Delegate, Distract, Delay, and Direct taught in the training. Stepping-In will further these skills and incorporate strategies for how to have crucial conversations when witnessing and experiencing disrespectful behaviors. Both programs are opportunities for faculty, staff and learners to learn intervention techniques to help us speak up for ourselves and those around us. You can find more information about the Stepping-In for Respect sessions on the Michigan Medicine HR website.


DEI: The Basics Part I

This online module provides an introductory look at the DEI initiative at U-M and helps clearly define what we mean by “diversity, equity and inclusion" and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. Discussion guides are available for participants and facilitators working in small groups or huddles.

Inclusion Insights video series

This series of short videos offers a unique, micro-learning approach to diversity, equity and inclusion education. The videos were created by and feature Dr. Steve Robbins, a nationally recognized trainer and consultant on diversity and inclusion. Dr. Robbins was a keynote speaker during the university’s DEI Summit in 2016. Each video is less than three minutes long. You can watch these videos on your own or with your team using the accompanying conversation cards.



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Everyday Bias in Healthcare

The unconscious mind is a powerful and intrinsic force in helping to shape our overall behavior in our everyday lives. This two-hour interactive session is designed to examine how unconscious bias can affect one's perceptions, decisions, and interactions.  To request a training, please submit an submit a request.

*Please be sure to choose “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” and Michigan Medicine from the Initial Topic Area drop down menu.

Due to the popularity of our courses and limited facilitator availability, we have implemented a policy where 20 participants are the minimum number needed to request a private unit session. We strongly advise that if you have less than 20 participants, you plan a time where your team can attend one of our already scheduled OHEI Public Sessions.   You can easily register directly from our OHEI website.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and adherence to this process.

Intergroup Relations

CommonGround workshops are a way to raise awareness about social identities (race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, etc.), prejudice, stereotyping, power, privilege, and oppression. Facilitated and coordinated by trained staff these interactive workshops help promote social identity development and enhance group dynamics, while building community.

Workshops are designed around a 1.5 to 3 hour time frame and are customized to your group's needs. We ask that all workshops be requested three weeks prior to the event.  If interested, please visit:



House Officer Diversity Network

The House Officer Diversity Network consists of Michigan Medicine residents and fellows interested in promoting diversity, inclusion and equity.

 Activities include:

• Quarterly Journal Clubs

• Mentorship

• Health Equity Research Working Group

• Community building

To learn more, please send an email to


Michigan Diversity Inclusion Network Equity (M-DINE), are small-group dinners hosted by various senior Michigan Medicine leadership throughout the year. House officers, faculty and staff are invited to each event. M-DINE provides a space for engagement and mentor-ship in a comfortable home setting.