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

    June 19, 2021
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    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


  2. SELLERS: Justice Happens When This Never Happens Again

    April 20, 2021
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    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


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

    March 17, 2021
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    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


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

    January 18, 2021
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    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


  5. 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


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

    November 4, 2020
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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 Read more


  7. OP-ED: I Am So Tired

    May 29, 2020
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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 Read more


  8. A statement of support for our Asian community during the COVID-19 pandemic

    May 4, 2020
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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. Read more


  9. Call for Nominations for the 2020 Chang-Lin Tien Leadership in Education Award

    February 3, 2020
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    The Chang-Lin Tien Leadership in Education Award recognizes Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) who have achieved significant academic accomplishments and demonstrate the potential to advance to the highest leadership levels in higher education or has shown the capacity to grow and move from a high-level position. The recipient will receive a $10,000 grant to Read more


  10. A message from Robert Sellers: Campus Emergency Response Follow-Up

    March 22, 2019
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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 Read more