• Op-Ed: DEI work is critical at the University

    The work required to make the University of Michigan campus a more diverse, more equitable and more inclusive community of scholars requires a long-term commitment. That’s why, when we developed and launched our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plan last fall, it was a five-year plan. And, like with any plan of this magnitude and Read more

  • ‘Community of Cultures’ event will celebrate diversity as part of UMich200 Spring Festival

    On Friday, April 7, from 3-6 p.m. in Pierpont Commons and the Duderstadt Center, experience a festival of art, culture, community and unity. There will be performances, exhibits, cultural food samples, conversation circles, TED-style talks, Title IX presentation, information and activity stations, a Cube art project, photo booth, giveaways and University VIPs! List of Participating Organizations, Read more

  • ‘Stumbling Blocks’ bicentennial exhibition to tackle U-M’s history, look to future

    An upcoming pop-up art exhibition on campus will explore challenges throughout the University of Michigan’s history and serve as a resource to guide U-M through its third century. Titled “Stumbling Blocks,” the exhibition will consist of seven large, provocative art installations that will tackle important challenges and ethical questions that U-M has faced during the Read more

  • Video: Muslim women share experiences through ‘Hijabi Monologues’ forum

    In collaboration with the School of Social Work, 18 University of Michigan students participated in “Hijabi Monologues: Halfway Hijabi” on Feb. 3, 2017. The event provided Muslim women the opportunity to teach about the hijab through their lived experiences both on and off campus. The women used stories and poems as a way to translate Read more

  • U-M students of color host community dialogue with local police

    Conversations are the catalyst for an improved social climate. That was the premise for the second annual Students of Color & Police Dialogue, co-hosted Saturday by Students of Color of Rackham, Graduate Rackham International, Latinx Alliance for Community Action, Support & Advocacy, and the Division of Public Safety and Security. Other law enforcement agencies, including Read more

  • Boys secure in their racial identity seek more diverse friendships

    Kids often seek answers from parents, friends and media to better understand their racial identity. Middle school boys who feel secure about their race during this ongoing information gathering will likely befriend diverse people, according to a new University of Michigan study. Read the full story

  • Open-mindedness: A challenge constantly renewed

    As our nation grapples with questions over public funding of the arts and humanities, I wanted to share an excerpt of my full remarks from the University of Michigan’s 94th annual Honors Convocation this past Sunday. Honors Convocation is our formal annual celebration of academic excellence, and combined with this year’s theme, “The Role of Read more

  • All-staff survey seeks to gauge diversity, equity and inclusion climate

    The University of Michigan will launch an all-staff survey this month, the first of three universitywide surveys aimed at gauging the climate around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. All-student and all-faculty surveys will be administered in the fall, with ADVANCE partnering on the faculty efforts. The survey, which is a component of the university’s Read more

  • University details existing, future efforts around DE&I

    The University of Michigan has long prided itself on being an institution that is both proactive and responsive to the needs of its community members, especially when it comes to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. From the creation of the nation’s first LGBTQ+ center at an institution of higher learning in 1971, to the Read more

  • NCID launches three new DE&I initiatives, expands existing program

    The University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity is launching three new initiatives and expanding an existing program as part of its ongoing strategic efforts to enhance diversity in higher education and society. The center, which opened in 2005, will roll out its new Distinguished Diversity and Social Transformation Professorship, Grants to Support Research Read more