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University of Michigan

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
500 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Phone
(734) 764-1817
School Information
"The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future." "More than any other university, we have the potential to be so much more than the sum of our many excellent parts. It’s this potential to have a positive impact on the society we serve that represents our greatest value as a university. Here are a few facts and figures that help illustrate the breadth and depth of the University of Michigan." The university enrolls over 64,500 students, has a 15:1 student-faculty ratio, and offers 102 programs across its 19 schools. (Source: https://president.umich.edu/about/mission/) (Source: https://umich.edu/facts-figures/)
General Information
The University of Michigan has created more than $260,000 in research grants for six projects combatting systemic racism. Additionally, the university's annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion conference will be focused on “Arts + Social Change: Building an Anti-Racist World through the Arts”. Furthermore, the art museum has mandated anti-racism training, although the content and scope of the training is not clear. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • On June 29, 2023, UM's President and Provost issued a message in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which reads in part as follows: "Although the U-M is not directly affected by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to significantly narrow how race can be considered in admissions policies, we are deeply disheartened by the court’s ruling...We remain firmly convinced that racial diversity is one of the many important components of a broadly diverse student body and an intellectually and culturally rich campus community...The ruling will not change our values or efforts to become a more diverse university community."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Art museum mandated anti-racism training, even for souvenir shop employees.
  • On January 12, 2023, in speaking of achievements from the DEI 1.0 strategic plan set in 2016, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor highlighted how since then, “42,279 incoming undergraduate students completed healthy relationship/bystander intervention training to reduce bias incidents,” “more than 6,200 graduate student instructors and undergraduate instructional aides completed modules on inclusive teaching,” “50,064 staff members participated in Organizational Learning and Michigan Medicine DEI educational sessions,” and “more than 1,850 faculty members attended a Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence workshop.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The School of Public Health at the university is “working toward health equity with anti-racist teaching” and values the importance of becoming “explicitly anti-racist.”
  • As part of the Bachelor’s degree requirements, all students are required to take one course in the Race and Ethnicity designation.
Program and Research Funding
  • University created more than $260,000 in research grants for six projects combatting systemic racism.
  • University scholars are awarded $10 million from the Mellon Foundation in grants designed to support "visionary, unconventional, experimental and groundbreaking projects in order to address the long-existing fault lines of racism, inequality and injustice that tear at the fabric of democracy and civil society."
  • The university has an anti-racism tenure-track faculty cluster hiring program functioning to prioritize expertise on anti-racism and recognize “racial inequality and injustice” already among current faculty.
  • The Office of the Vice President for Research partnered with the Provost’s Anti-Racism Initiative to offer numerous Anti-Racism Grants in efforts to advance knowledge around racial inequalities and promote racial equity and justice.
  • The university’s School of Education hosted a discussion with Ibram X. Kendi on November 11, 2020 with costs for this event covered by the university’s General Fund which comes from various sources including student tuition.
  • University of MIchigan at Ann Arbor has the LSA Collegiate Fellows program which “recruits early-career scholars in all liberal arts fields who are committed to DEI in the academy.”
  • The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at University of Michigan featured “faculty research centered on structural inequality and inclusion—from offering policy recommendations that would make language-learning algorithms more equitable to measuring the return on investment in public schools.”
Re-Imagining Policing
  • On May 5, 2022, the university is hosting a discussion on “Becoming Campus Abolitionists” co-sponsored by the Campus Abolition Research Lab (CARL), the Anti-Racism Collaborative, and the Diversity Scholars Network in order to “discuss the policing problem and explore possibilities for police-free futures, on campus and beyond.”
Resources
  • University’s annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion conference will be focused on “Arts + Social Change: Building an Anti-Racist World through the Arts”.
  • University hosted racially segregated extra events, one for "non-POC" and one for "POC".
  • The University of Michigan-Dearborn is offering a lecture entitled, "From Solidarity to Co-liberation: Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racism Organizing", which will focus on topics such as solidarity, allyship, and "how non-Black organizers can practice genuine non-performative collaboration with the movement for Black Lives".
  • The university has a website to provide Campus Anti-Racism Resources listing “Centers, Labs, and Research Projects,” “Research Funding,” “Resources and Guides,” and “Training, Learning, and Professional Development Opportunities.”
  • On January 10, 2023, the school held an “information session and conversation between President Santa J. Ono and Tabbye Chavous, vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.” The session discussed the DEI 1.0 strategic plan launched in 2016 and how “there is a need to intensify a strategy and increase DEI efforts in 2.0.”
  • It was announced on January 7, 2023 that the University of Michigan will spend over $18 million for “salary and benefits for its diversity, equity, and inclusion staff” in the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • On November 14, 2022, it was announced that “twenty-two members from the University of Michigan’s three campuses have joined the Framing and Design Committee of the Inclusive History Project, a multifaceted, years-long project to study, document and better understand the university’s history with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion.” The school’s committee will dedicate the 2022-2023 school year to carrying out the Inclusive History Project. Among many changes, the scope of the project includes “developing new scholarship, research and courses,” “changes in the university’s institutional landscape and physical environments, such as new kinds of monuments and public art”, “new and revised building and space names,” and policy changes.
  • The Alumni Association has emphasized its commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As part of this, the Alumni Association hosts events and programs including the Diversity Dialogues Series, in addition to being home to affinity groups.
  • The Office of Culture, Community and Equity at Michigan Engineering hosts programs within the Michigan Engineering DEI Lecture Series. One such event was on the topic, “Truth Be Told, DEI Needs to D-I-E,” where members will set a goal to “take a holistic approach to make racial equity a reality in engineering.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The School of Social Work’s Undoing Racism Workgroup meets monthly and “emphasizes the role that white members of our community must take on to dismantle and undo white supremacist structures that benefit and maintain power for white people.”
  • On October 7, 2021, the Office of the Provost issued a statement reflecting on the Anti-Racism Initiative of 2020.
  • As part of the provost’s Anti-Racism Initiative of 2020, the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) at University of Michigan established the Anti-Racism Collaborative to focus on “racial equity, racial justice and anti-racist praxis.”
  • The university holds an annual DEI Summit to discuss ongoing efforts of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.
  • The Diversity Scholars Network at the university works to advance “issues related to identity, difference, culture, representation, power, oppression, and inequality.”
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the university has several initiatives, reports, and working groups to create and equitable, inclusive and anti-racist campus community.
  • In 2022, the Ford School highlighted “an amazing group of social justice leaders, activists, authors, and artists who joined the Ford School this year as the Center for Racial Justice’s inaugural visiting fellows: Atinuke (Tinu) Adediran, Julian Brave NoiseCat, and Makeda Easter."
Last updated July 3rd, 2024
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