Messages from the President and CDO following the 2016 election

November 9, 2016

To All Members of the University Community:

As I’m sure many of you did, I watched the election coverage late into the night, and had the opportunity to visit with students and staff at a results-watching event sponsored by the Ginsberg Center at the Michigan Union.

It will take quite some time to completely absorb the results from yesterday’s election, understand the full implications, and discern the long-term impact on our university and our nation. More immediately, in the aftermath of a close and highly contentious election we continue to embrace our most important responsibility as a university community.

Our responsibility is to remain committed to education, discovery and intellectual honesty – and to diversity, equity and inclusion. We are at our best when we come together to engage respectfully across our ideological differences; to support ALL who feel marginalized, threatened or unwelcome; and to pursue knowledge and understanding, as we always have, as the students, faculty and staff of the University of Michigan.

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– Mark Schlissel, President


To Our Entire University Community:

By all accounts, this Presidential election was one of the most divisive in recent history and by most accounts defied the experts with regard to the outcome. As a result, there is a general sense of uncertainty regarding the future. One thing is certain, the University of Michigan remains unwavering in its commitment to achieving the goals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through our new strategic plan.

In order for us to reach our goals, we must all live, learn, and exist together in a respectful manner even when we have differing views about important things. This is not only a mandate for our U-M community, it is an imperative for our country if we are to effectively deal with the many issues that we face. Once again, we have an opportunity to lead the way.

– Rob Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer


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