• University policy update aims to improve disability protections

    The university’s employment policy for individuals with disabilities has been updated to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The act helps protect people with disabilities from discrimination in employment and other activities, and the university’s revised policy — Standard Practice Guide 201.84 — results from an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to take specific policy Read more

  • Regents approve new Central Campus multicultural center

    The University of Michigan will build a new multicultural center near the heart of campus to serve students of many cultural identities. The Board of Regents approved the $10 million facility Thursday. It will be built on a vacant site along South State Street behind the Betsey Barbour House and Helen Newberry Residence, two smaller Read more

  • U-M course challenges students to learn about Native American culture through immersion

    Surely Indian isn’t the right word, several wrote, as they had been taught growing up that the politically correct term is Native American. A couple of students said it was the name for people of India, and they blamed Christopher Columbus for the confusion because he used it to describe the native people he found Read more

  • University designates $90,000 to program for Ethiopian scholars

    The University of Michigan’s offices of the president and the provost have designated $90,000 to the African Studies Center for its U-M African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) program in support of rising Ethiopian academics. Program scholars are paired with a university faculty member in their field of study with whom they pursue new research opportunities. Read Read more

  • Cajun culture and a desire to help guide police officer

    Kaitlin Deslatte grew up in Centerville on the Cajun Coast 80 miles southwest of New Orleans, where grandparents are “maw maw” and “paw paw,” and brown roux sauce makes everything taste better. But it was really after she left Louisiana to seek a graduate degree, that Deslatte was actively moved to study her Cajun roots. Read more

  • Innovative gardens help manage stormwater, beautify Detroit

    On the former sites of vacant Detroit homes, University of Michigan researchers and their partners have built innovative gardens that help manage stormwater while removing neighborhood blight. The four new “bioretention gardens” are designed to capture and hold stormwater in a subsurface layer of gravel while beautifying the Cody Rouge area on Detroit’s west side. The Read more

  • Schlissel, Diggs thank U-M community for engagement on diversity

    President Mark Schlissel and Board of Regents Chair Shauna Ryder Diggs thanked the University of Michigan community Thursday for engaging in the many Diversity Summit events last week on the Ann Arbor campus. Their comments came at the start of the Board of Regents meeting. The summit was part of a yearlong process of developing Read more

  • U-M support for students

    Dear U-M students: People in many parts of our global community are suffering. In response to the violence and loss of lives in Beirut, Paris, Baghdad and other locations, we write to offer support and assistance to all those in the campus community affected by these tragedies. We were relieved to very quickly be able Read more

  • ‘Connecting Through Story’ event helps drive diversity agenda

    It’s hard to top storytelling as an effective tool to get people to open up about diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and building understanding. That was the key message for about 300 staff members Thursday at a session titled “Connecting Through Story: How Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Impact the Workplace.” The Diversity Summit event was Read more

  • Many voices heard at U-M Diversity Summit

    I want to share the remarks that I made during Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan expressing my grief and empathy for everyone affected by the terror attacks in Baghdad, Beirut, Paris and other cities around the world. Regent Shauna Ryder Diggs extended condolences on behalf of the board. Read more