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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

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Art museum mandated anti-racism training, even for souvenir shop employees.
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 inthe Race and Ethnicity designation.
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • 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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
Last updated October 25th, 2022
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