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. Tabbye Chavous named next vice provost, chief diversity officer

    May 20, 2022
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    This article originally appeared the the Friday, May 20, 2022 edition of The University Record The University of Michigan has named Tabbye M. Chavous as the university’s vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, following a national search, campus community engagement efforts and public presentations from the final candidates. Chavous, a recognized Read more


  3. Voices of Victors Season 2, #2: Authentic Allyship

    April 14, 2022
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    What is authentic allyship? We discuss topics such as performative allyship and the white-savior complex with Professor Angela Dillard, ’92, PHD’95, and Dr. Deborah Willis, ’93, PHD’07.


  4. U-M to host presentations by candidates for VPEI-CDO

    April 8, 2022
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    The Office of the Provost will host two in-person presentations featuring candidates being considered for the University of Michigan’s next chief diversity officer and vice provost for equity and inclusion.


  5. Robert Sellers to be appointed as member of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science

    April 5, 2022
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    On Wednesday, March 23, 2022, President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint several individuals to serve in key roles on the President’s Council on the Commission of Fine Arts, the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science, and Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, Read more


  6. 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


  7. Wolverine Pathways Celebrates its First College Graduates

    March 17, 2022
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    The promise of a full, four-year tuition scholarship to the University of Michigan is certainly an enticing offer. When the college preparatory program Wolverine Pathways (WP) launched for high school students in the Southfield and Ypsilanti public school districts in 2016, students jumped at the opportunity to participate in the rigorous program, which included Saturday Read more


  8. What’s the State of Free Expression on Campus?

    February 8, 2022
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    How are attitudes toward free expression evolving on college campuses? How do college leaders respond to claims that their institutions have become unwelcoming places for certain views? How can colleges mitigate potential conflicts when they do arise? I talked with Michael S. Roth, the president of Wesleyan University; Eduardo Peñalver, the president of Seattle University; Read more


  9. 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


  10. 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