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President Schlissel and Campus Community Conversation: Preventing Discrimination; Creating a Hospitable Community

President Schlissel and Campus Community Conversation: Preventing Discrimination; Creating a Hospitable Community

We are working to convene conversations on our campus to hear what students are experiencing, offer support, promote healing, and discuss the roles we each might play in preventing discrimination and creating a more hospitable community. Join President Schlissel and all members of our community to participate in a conversation at 1:00 pm this Sunday, October 2, in the Rogel Ballroom of the Michigan Union.

Efforts to confront hateful speech with more speech that is reflective of our values, such as the posters being placed around campus by the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, are indicative of broad support from the faculty. Student Life has also been working with many groups on our campus on a new campaign to help us learn how to respectfully discuss and debate many differing viewpoints.

Our commitment to work together is essential to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at U-M. The campuswide strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion we will launch next week includes specific training around inclusion and bias, measures of accountability, and initiatives that involve the entire university community. It also will include a commitment to keep listening and learning from one another. 

As we implement the plan, we will invite our community to continue to share their experiences. In developing the plan – and in our daily interactions on campus – we understand that there is much work to do to prevent discrimination.

I hope you will not hesitate to participate in these conversations in the months to come and commit to actively collaborating in our shared efforts to help shape a more welcoming, equitable and inclusive third century for the U-M.