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MLK-Crowd
U-M Chief Diversity Officer Robert Sellers has long believed that King should be celebrated as a person and as an edifice, rather than putting him on a pedestal or giving him superhuman qualities. “I think when we do that, we let ourselves off the hook and assume he was never afraid or that he must… Continue Reading IN THE NEWS: Martin Luther King Jr. told U-M crowd to live as brothers or face dying as fools
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Psychology Department, Christina Robinson
As Chief Diversity Officer of the University of Michigan, I am extraordinarily proud of the DE&I strategic plan and the efforts of so many to make our university community a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. One of the most rewarding aspects of this position is the opportunity to engage with faculty, staff, and students… Continue Reading DE&I Chats – Episode 01: Martin Luther King Day
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CDO-In-The-News
The University of Michigan and CEO Rob Sellers are highlighted in the January-February issue of Diversity in Action.
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DPTV
Air date: 11/20/16. We talk with Robert Sellers, University of Michigan’s first Chief Diversity Officer, about the school’s new effort to promote diversity and inclusion through a new $85M plan to increase minority enrollment and inclusive learning. Episode 4507/Segment 3.
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Jeffery Frumkin, associate vice provost and senior director of academic human resources, will serve as interim associate vice provost for academic and faculty affairs and senior director for institutional equity. The role includes the functions of Title IX coordinator, responsible for handling allegations of harassment or other discriminatory behavior, as well as Americans with Disabilities… Continue Reading Jeffery Frumkin to Serve as Interim Leader for Institutional Equity
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Jessica J. Trevino
Ronald Reagan was marching toward the end of his second term as president. Michael Jackson was releasing his “Bad” album. And in Ann Arbor, a graduate student named Robert Sellers was part of a group that shut down a University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting, protesting a racist joke that was played on a… Continue Reading IN THE NEWS: Robert Sellers – From U-M protester to school’s chief diversity officer
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Aerial shot of Ann Arbor campus in summer
To Our Entire University Community: By all accounts, this Presidential election was one of the most divisive in recent history and by most accounts defied the experts with regard to the outcome. As a result, there is a general sense of uncertainty regarding the future. One thing is certain, the University of Michigan remains unwavering… Continue Reading A Message from the CDO Following the 2016 Election
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In-the-News
A series of events at the University of Michigan on Nov. 16 will celebrate the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s five decades of civil rights activism, the school announced Tuesday. That will include a keynote speech by Jackson, reflecting on the presidential race and on the future of the struggle for economic, political and social justice.
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Many-Voices
On Oct. 6, 2016, University of Michigan leaders introduced U-M’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan to the university community through a series of special discussions and events. This five-year plan focused on increasing diversity, equity and inclusion at U-M serves an umbrella over 49 unit plans—from all 19 schools and colleges, administrative units, student… Continue Reading Many Voices, Our Michigan: Launching U-M’s Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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Psychology Department, Christina Robinson
The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the appointment of Robert M. Sellers as the university’s first-ever chief diversity officer. Sellers, who has served as the vice provost for equity, inclusion and academic affairs for the past two years, was recommended for the position by U-M President Mark Schlissel and Provost Martha Pollack.
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