• Walking the Lines of Blackness

    One year ago, 16 Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy students published the video “Walking the Lines of Blackness,” which focused on their personal experiences with racism. The intent of this production was to contribute to the national dialogue about race. Here’s a look back at this conversation.

  • Faculty Leadership: Teaching Courageously

    In this first in a series of videos, Martha Jones, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, professor of history and Afroamerican and African studies; and co-director Michigan Law Program in Race, Law & History, explores the role faculty play in creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable U-M.

  • Seven receive Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Awards

    Seven faculty members who have shown dedication to developing cultural and ethnic diversity at the University of Michigan have received the 2016 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the Office of the Provost. Read the full story

  • 2016 Lavender Graduation Touches on Themes of Communication, Justice, and Authenticity

    The Spectrum Center’s 21st Lavender Graduation Ceremony took place on Thursday, April 28 at the Michigan Union. Over 150 guests came together to honor the accomplishments of this year’s graduates, with dynamic and influential speakers, laughter, music, and cake. Students, family, friends, alumni, staff, and faculty applauded and recognized the tremendous strength and passion displayed Read more

  • Pride & Prejudice: The story of gay rights pioneer Jim Toy

    Jim Toy stood on the front lines of the gay rights movement in its earliest days, when physical harm, arrest, and harassment were par for the course. Now 85, the equality pioneer has donated his papers to the Bentley, showcasing years of perseverance that changed the face of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Read more

  • Staff, faculty, student engagement helps shape diversity plans

    All across the Ann Arbor campus, in schools, colleges and other units — 50 in all — thousands of students, staff and faculty have participated in more than 200 community engagement activities since President Mark Schlissel announced the five-year diversity, equity and inclusion strategic planning initiative last fall. Read the full story

  • Paula Lantz on testing ‘an ounce of prevention’ with private-sector funds

    Professor Paula Lantz has spent her career focused on how to improve population health and reduce health disparities. “I think it’s shameful that we live in a very wealthy society, yet our population health indicators are terrible when compared to other developed nations,” she says. Read the full story

  • Behind the Scenes with Graduate Student Participants in CAPS Mental Health Video Campaign

    On March 15 of this year, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) launched a video series entitled Real Stories of Leaders at Their Best to help our campus see day-to-day examples of mental health and resilience. CAPS in Action, the student group of CAPS, was the driving force behind this effort. A striking degree of intimacy Read more

  • Social justice + Music: Men’s Glee Club premieres “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed”

    You’ve heard their names in the news. Michael Brown. Trayvon Martin. Oscar Grant. Eric Garner. Kenneth Chamberlain. Amadou Diallo. John Crawford. These men are the subjects of a powerful multi-movement work by up-and-coming Atlanta-based composer Joel Thompson titled “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed.” The song was recently premiered by the University of Michigan Men’s Read more

  • U-M awards global health medal to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, leader of BRAC

    ANN ARBOR—Many simple solutions for human poverty already exist, but the challenge is figuring out how to deliver them, said the newest recipient of the Thomas Francis Jr. Medal for global public health. The award, one of the most prestigious honors at the University of Michigan, was given to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. The Bangladeshi Read more