In his January 2023 message to the university community, President Ono announced a new set of values being adopted by the university.

President Ono on the U-M Workplace Values:

Demonstrating these values is important as we pursue excellence and carry out the university’s mission. The university’s mission is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. Underpinning all of the values is accountability.

The values toolkit is designed for individuals, leaders and teams to learn more about the core values and provides resources to support putting these values into action. Individuals can also participate in the values challenge to earn free Culture Journey swag.

U-M faculty and staff reflect on the values:

The values are:


We act with honesty and take responsibility for our actions.

Integrity video


We act in a way that acknowledges the humanity and contributions of each individual.

Respect video


We create an environment where all can participate, are invited to contribute, and have a sense of belonging.

Inclusion video


We create conditions that provide everyone an opportunity to thrive.

Equity video


We welcome, acknowledge and appreciate our similarities and differences.

Diversity video


We promote creativity and curiosity to tackle challenges and inspire new ideas.

Innovation video

Values Videos:

President Ono on the U-M Workplace Values
Reflecting on the Values
Culture Journey Mini Summit – President Ono’s Remarks