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Panel: Military Service as a DEI Identity

Event Description

Military service is often left out of DEI conversations and yet, like other protected class categories, it holds a distinct identity: one that veterans and active military members must weigh against other identities that they hold and is often misunderstood. The United States Military is the most diverse employer in the country and has led the way in expanding its meaning of servicemember to advance racial, gender, gender expression, and sexual orientation boundaries decades before the civilian workforce. How have they embraced and leveraged this diversity to create effective units over time?

Please join the LSA DEI Office in a panel discussion with military-connected students and staff from the University of Michigan as we talk about the inclusion of military service in our DEI campus initiatives. 

Moderated by Phil Larson

Associate Director for Transition Programs, Veteran and Military Services

Hired in June 2008, Philip Larson serves as the director of the program, coordinating services and resources for new and current military-connected students to assist in their transition to the university. A veteran of the United States Air Force (four years) and the United States Air Force Reserve (three years), Larson received his B.S. in Biology and his M.S. in Student Affairs Administration, both from Indiana University. Prior to joining the ONSP, he worked in student services affairs at U-M, The Ohio State University, and at Arkansas State University, where he designed and implemented a variety of programs and services for students.