Robert Sellers

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To the Campus Community, With the conclusion of the fall semester, we enter a period of holidays and celebrations across many faiths, cultures and traditions. Common threads across these celebrations are messages of hope, peace, love, reflection, caring and service. This fall we entered Year Five of our DEI Strategic Plan, held our first virtual… Continue Reading Season’s Greetings from the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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To the University Community, The 2020 election has been a significant moment in American history and one that will continue to provoke strong emotions and reactions from across the political spectrum. The run-up to the election sometimes led to painful and inappropriate dialogue from political candidates that have resulted in a general sense of uncertainty… Continue Reading Our National Election May Be Over, But There is Still Much Work To Be Done
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By Robert M. Sellers Growing up the son of a minister and two civil rights activists, one of my favorite gospel songs is “I don’t feels no ways tired.” That song, like so many other songs from my African American culture, evokes an everlasting optimism about tomorrow that is built on “the faith that our… Continue Reading OP-ED: I Am So Tired
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To All Members of the University Community, In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Mark Schlissel announced sweeping measures on March 13 to protect the health and safety of our entire community. In the seven weeks since this announcement, we have seen our “curve” flatten, a positive impact of social distancing reported by Michigan Medicine.… Continue Reading A statement of support for our Asian community during the COVID-19 pandemic
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To the University Community, As the University of Michigan enters the fourth year of its five-year strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), we continue to make progress in transforming the university into a place where everyone has an equitable opportunity to succeed and contribute. These changes can be seen and felt throughout our… Continue Reading Statement from the CDO on Year 3 DEI Report
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Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff: As you know, an incident occurred on our campus on Saturday, March 16 where an active shooter response was engaged campus-wide as a result of information received by the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS). Multiple events were occurring across campus on Saturday, including a vigil to honor Muslim… Continue Reading A message from Robert Sellers: Campus Emergency Response Follow-Up
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To the Student Community, As we begin a new semester, I can’t help but reflect on my own time as a University of Michigan student. There’s truly nothing quite like fall in Ann Arbor. There always seems to be a buzz in the air, a renewed sense of energy and excitement for so many. Whether… Continue Reading A Welcome Message to Students: Fall 2018
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I believe all students should have the opportunity to thrive and excel in higher education. This statement, something I’ve expressed time and time again, is crucial in making our world a more diverse, equitable and inclusive place. In support of this belief, I am pleased to share this information with our community, as The Springboard… Continue Reading Scholarship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
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I am pleased to announce the second round of the DEI Innovation Grant focused on enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. The Diversity Innovation Fund is designed to reward the multiple ideas and innovations that people — including all faculty, staff, and students — across U-M have either implemented already and wish to grow,… Continue Reading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Innovation Grant
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