1. SELLERS: Thank You for the Privilege to be Part of this Team

    July 27, 2022
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    To the University Community, As I began to write this letter, my last as Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer, I found myself overtaken by an array of emotions – nostalgia, pride, optimism, immense gratitude, and even a little sadness. I am extremely proud of the progress that we have made Read more


  2. SELLERS/HARMON: Statement on the War in Ukraine

    March 28, 2022
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    To the University Community, Each day, the Russian invasion of Ukraine brings reports of loss, destruction, and hardship. The impact of this is felt in every corner of our world, including in our own community. As the conflict abroad continues to escalate, so do the tensions and safety concerns from members of our U-M community. Read more


  3. SELLERS: We Stand in Solidarity with HBCUs

    February 4, 2022
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      The University of Michigan, a fellow institution dedicated to the educational uplift of humanity, condemns the recent and continued bomb threats that have been levied against several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). We condemn these acts and stand in solidarity with our valued peers and partners. As a proud graduate of Howard University, Read more


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

    January 10, 2022
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    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


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

    December 1, 2021
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    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


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

    November 24, 2021
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    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


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

    November 19, 2021
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      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


  8. 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


  9. 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


  10. 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