Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

Education & Society

  1. When a student activist goes pro

    Robert Greenfield, BS ’15, was treasurer for the Black Student Union and helped launch 2013’s Being Black at Michigan campaign. The Oakland, Calif.-based entrepreneur is back on the protest lines and finds his 20-something peers are ‘far too tired, far too early, given their age.’

  2. ‘Build something that wasn’t there before’

    More than 82 percent of Detroit’s homeless families are led by single women. Amy Good, BA ’77/MSW ’80, answered her mentor 30 years ago by co-founding Alternatives for Girls. The Detroit nonprofit helps young women in crisis or at-risk for abuse, human trafficking, and more.

  3. U-M no longer hosting Oct. 15 presidential debate

    “Given the scale and complexity of the work we are undertaking to help assure a safe and healthy fall, we feel it is not feasible for us to safely host the debate as planned,” says President Mark Schlissel.

  4. Constructive conversations for societal change

    U-M’s Chief Diversity Officer Robert Sellers moderated a virtual town hall about combating racism through daily activities, relationships, and challenging conversations.

  5. U-M to launch second wave of research re-engagement

    More than 700 researchers returned to the Ann Arbor campus in recent weeks and safely ramped up activity as part of the University’s pilot wave to re-engage research and scholarship.

  6. President Mark Schlissel: ‘We need to bring about change’

    ‘We must use our power to address major societal problems – especially those that diminish our society so tragically: This is clear in our mission,’ says Schlissel regarding civil unrest following George Floyd’s homicide at the hands of Minneapolis police.

  7. U-M Chief Diversity Officer Robert Sellers: ‘I am so tired’

    As civic unrest intensifies nationwide, Sellers writes: ‘How long must we wait, plan, work, march, agitate, forgive, and vote before we have a society in which all lives matter equally, regardless of race or color?’

  8. Riot? Or massacre?

    Repost: Words matter, says Maggie Yar, BA ’95, executive director of Tulsa’s Hille Foundation. Especially when it comes to the little-known story of the 1921 Race Massacre – formerly known as the 1921 Race Riot – in which the city’s ‘Black Wall Street’ was destroyed.

  9. Medical students drive development of new pandemic course

    Students will explore various aspects of pandemic response using COVID-19 as a case study, from the history of pandemics; disaster response from the federal down to the local and institutional levels; and health inequities, among other topics.