• 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

  • New U-M initiative aims to increase healthcare leadership diversity, health equity

    The School of Public Health has launched the Health Equity Leadership Pipeline Collaborative, a program designed to increase the impact of healthcare leadership on addressing health equity issues An outgrowth of the University of Michigan’s Summer Enrichment Program, The Collaborative, as it’s called, will focus on three key areas: leadership diversity enhancement, healthcare capacity building and health Read more

  • U-M highlights Diversity, Equity & Inclusion accomplishments months after plan launch

    Four months into the implementation of the University of Michigan’s five-year diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plan, many of the 49 campus units have made measurable progress toward accomplishing their first-year goals. Several units have hired staff members to lead their DE&I implementation, while programs such as Wolverine Pathways and the HAIL Scholarship have created Read more

  • Activist, writer Shaun King challenges notions of humanity’s progress

    In front of a sold-out Rackham Auditorium, writer and civil rights activist Shaun King took the stage and told the audience he was not there to inspire them. “I believe that in a lot of ways, you’re already inspired — that you’re frustrated, that you’re angry, that there’s still hope in you. I don’t think Read more

  • Nominations Sought for Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award

    Nominations are now being accepted for the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award through March 15. Established in 1996, the award is named in honor of the School of Social Work dean emeritus and recognizes faculty members whose service contributes to the development of a culturally and ethnically diverse campus community. Nominees must be full-time Read more

  • Journalist, civil rights leader Shaun King to deliver talk on activism

    Shaun King shares more than just a last name with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. As a journalist and civil rights leader, Shaun King’s passion for equality and accountability from law enforcement has catapulted him to one of the nation’s foremost leaders in the fight against social injustice. He will speak about his experiences Read more

  • MLK Symposium keynote speakers stress value of speaking out

    Keynote speakers at the University of Michigan’s 31st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium honored past and present heroes who have fought for equal rights and representation, and stressed the importance of speaking up in pursuit of the truth.