1. SELLERS: Looking Ahead to a New Semester in 2022

    January 10, 2022
    Pen-Paper-Desk

    To the University Community, As we begin a new semester, I can’t help but reflect on the profound impact that 2021 has had on our community and wonder what lies ahead in 2022. The conclusion of the fall semester gave way to a period of holidays and celebrations across many faiths, cultures and traditions. While Read more


  2. SELLERS: GEAR UP Program Supports Student Success in Postsecondary Education

    December 1, 2021
    Students and Teacher in classroom

    As we quickly approach the end of the academic semester and calendar year, I would like to take a moment to update our community about the GEAR UP program—Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Operated by the Center for Educational Outreach (CEO), this multi-year, federally-funded, national grant program is designed to support and Read more


  3. Message from President Mark Schlissel and Vice Provost Robert Sellers

    November 24, 2021
    Michigan Photography, Scott Soderberg

    To All Members of the Campus Community: As we take a break from the daily rhythm of classes and work to gather with loved ones this week, some of you also may be struggling with emotions surrounding the recent trials for those found responsible for the death of Ahmaud Arbery, and for Kyle Rittenhouse who Read more


  4. SELLERS: To the U-M Community on the DEI Climate Survey Process

    November 19, 2021
    Pen-Paper-Desk

      To the University of Michigan Community, As we head toward the holiday season, I once again invite you to complete the DEI climate survey if you have not already. The climate survey provides one of the most effective and influential ways to hear your voice and experiences. The survey results will be critical to Read more


  5. SELLERS: Juneteenth celebration is an opportunity to recommit to ending racism

    June 19, 2021
    Pen-Paper-Desk

    To the University Community, As we commemorate Juneteenth this year, its 156th anniversary is an especially monumental moment with the federal passage of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Holiday. This holiday represents a joyous moment celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States – originating in Galveston, Texas. The day Read more


  6. SELLERS: Justice Happens When This Never Happens Again

    April 20, 2021
    Pen-Paper-Desk

    From the Desk of Robert Sellers on the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial As our nation continues to grapple with civil unrest related to systemic racism, the death of George Floyd over a year ago and the subsequent trial of Derek Chauvin have been at the forefront of our national dialogue. Following many weeks Read more


  7. SELLERS: In Wake of Atlanta shootings, We Must Come Together for a More Just World

    March 17, 2021
    Pen-Paper-Desk

    To All Members of the University Community, As our nation continues to grapple with an evolving pandemic and racial reckoning, it is with a heavy heart to learn that eight people were killed at three separate Atlanta-area spas on Tuesday. I would like to extend my sincerest and deepest condolences to the families and friends Read more


  8. SELLERS: Reflecting on this MLK Day, We Must Ask Ourselves – Where Do We Go from Here?

    January 18, 2021
    Pen-Paper-Desk

    By Robert M. Sellers Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I take a few moments to reflect on the life-altering work of a man whose legacy continues to inspire, while reminding us that this work is incomplete, and requires all of us to Read more


  9. Season’s Greetings from the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    December 15, 2020

    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 Read more


  10. Our National Election May Be Over, But There is Still Much Work To Be Done

    November 4, 2020
    Pen-Paper-Desk

    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 Read more