Michigan IT Slack Workspace

Find and easily connect with IT colleagues across U-M in the Michigan IT workspace in Slack. You can use the Michigan IT workspace to:

  • Create public or private channels to connect with peers on Michigan IT-related topics 
  • Network with IT colleagues across campuses
  • Participate in a community of practice
  • Learn about and participate in Michigan IT events
  • Find new opportunities to learn skills and grow your career

The Michigan IT Slack workspace is intended for informal networking and information-sharing regarding the above activities. For formal service or support-related questions, please utilize existing channels or contact your respective helpdesk.

How to join

  1. Create a U-M Slack account, if you haven’t already.
  2. Join the Michigan IT Workspace in Slack:
    1. From a web browser: Visit slack.umich.edu to add the workspace. Find the Michigan IT Workspace and select “Launch in Slack.”
    2. From the Slack app: Click the “+” in the left navigation of Slack to add a new workspace. Select “Find more University of Michigan workspaces” and select “Open” next to the Michigan IT workspace.  
  3. Note: If you do not see the Michigan IT Workspace as an option in Slack, you will need to join the michigan-it-slack MCommunity group using your @umich.edu credentials. The group is synchronized with Slack at approximately 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET each day. 
Important: New members must be added through the michigan-it-slack MCommunity group. The “Invite” function from within Slack will not work. 

Create a new channel

Members of the Michigan IT workspace can create public or private channels to connect with peers on Michigan IT related topics.

Tips for creating a new channel:

  • Browse channels to determine if your channel topic already exists (and to pick up common naming conventions)
  • When naming your channel, use a short and clear label that describes the purpose of the channel. Examples include: 
    • #cop-”topic” 
    • #social-”topic” 
    • #symposium-“topic” 
    • #hwf-“topic” 
  • Decide on a public or private channel  
    • It’s recommended that you start with an open or public channel. You can always change the channel to private, but you cannot change a private channel to open. 
    • Note: Public channels will be searchable and findable by anyone in the workspace.

To request that channels are archived or to remove members from channels, contact [email protected].

How to leave

To leave the Michigan IT workspace, go to the michigan-it-slack MCommunity group and click “Resign.” It can then take up to twelve hours for MCommunity to update Slack.

Learn more

For questions about the Michigan IT Slack workspace administration, contact [email protected].