On the Agenda

Thoughts from President Schlissel

  1. Always Leading. Forever Valiant.

    January 23, 2017

    The many aspects of our celebration of the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial provide a wonderful opportunity to explore and engage with the achievements and the people who have made our history – and our future – so meaningful and exciting. These opportunities are reflected in the events throughout 2017 that commemorate U-M’s amazing impact on Read more


  2. Get registered and get out to vote

    October 7, 2016

    A few weeks from now, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, the people of our nation will be asked to make some very important decisions. We will elect the 45th President of the United States, along with Congressional and state representatives, and voters in many communities will choose local officials and decide ballot issues. I urge everyone Read more


  3. Empathy and Understanding

    July 8, 2016

    The grief and heartbreak I feel today is a reflection of our collective sadness and anger over this ongoing national tragedy. The victims of the shootings this week in cities around our nation are our brothers, fathers, sons and neighbors. Our friends. The men and women who bravely protect and defend us. In this time Read more


  4. Opening Our Hearts to Orlando

    June 13, 2016

    On behalf of the University of Michigan community, I express my deepest sympathies to everyone affected by the horrific nightclub attack in Orlando. The tragic loss of so many innocent lives is unfathomable. We have been called upon far too frequently in recent months to reach out to help one another following terrible acts of Read more


  5. We stand together against hate

    March 31, 2016

    Racial, ethnic or religious discrimination have no place at the University of Michigan. Targeted attacks against groups of people are hateful and serve only to tear apart our university community. An anti-Islam message written in chalk on the Diag yesterday has caused members of our community to feel threatened and unwelcome. I want everyone at Read more


  6. Reducing Misconduct on Our Campus

    March 22, 2016

    I want to update everyone on our ongoing work to reduce sexual and gender-based misconduct and other forms of interpersonal violence at the University of Michigan and provide support for those students impacted. For more than a year, we have joined together as a community to assess the campus climate, expand training for student groups Read more


  7. “Because justice. Because history. Because being human.”

    February 19, 2016

    It was a pleasure to join University of Michigan faculty, staff and students in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH Chairman Bro Adams visited our campus Wednesday as part of the nationwide celebration. He spoke about the importance of public and collaborative humanities during a session with students and Read more


  8. Our World Needs Our Differences

    January 25, 2016

    The University of Michigan is helping to lead the national conversation on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education as we continue strategic planning efforts at our university. As part of our ongoing efforts to provoke dialog on diversity, U-M’s National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), in partnership with the American Council Read more


  9. Addressing Climate Change as a Powerful Community

    December 4, 2015

    This week, leaders from about 150 nations have come together in Paris for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, with the goal of taking international action to limit carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. A delegation of 10 U-M faculty members and students are attending the U.N. conference, including participants from the School of Information, Read more


  10. Many voices heard at U-M Diversity Summit

    November 13, 2015

    Note: This post was updated at 1:04 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. I want to share the remarks that I made during Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan expressing my grief and empathy for everyone affected by the terror attacks in Baghdad, Beirut, Paris and other cities around the world. Read more