On the Agenda

Thoughts from President Schlissel

  1. 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


  2. 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


  3. 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


  4. President’s Advisory Panel on the Biosciences Report

    September 24, 2015

    I am pleased to share the final report of the President’s Advisory Panel on the Biosciences at the University of Michigan. I established the panel in the Fall of 2014, with a charge of “developing a recommended strategy that will propel Michigan to the forefront in critical areas of life science research by optimally leveraging our Read more


  5. Continuing the discussion on sexual misconduct

    September 21, 2015

    Today, the University of Michigan is releasing the findings of an April sexual misconduct survey administered by the Association of American Universities. The student survey was the year’s second survey of our Ann Arbor campus regarding sexual misconduct. The complete campus results of the AAU survey, and the first U-M survey are available online. U-M Read more


  6. Education, Patient Care & Discovery

    September 17, 2015

    Keeping the University of Michigan’s Health System at the forefront of patient care, education, and discovery is a major focus of my work to advance excellence at our university. A world-class public research university with a premier health system is a combination that few can match. Our health system is built on a solid foundation Read more


  7. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at U-M

    September 9, 2015

    I announced earlier this year that I was making diversity, equity and an inclusive campus environment a major focus of my presidency. Our work will include a new strategic plan for how to enhance diversity and promote greater equity and a more inclusive campus environment for the university as a whole, as well as individualized plans Read more


  8. National Medal of Arts

    September 3, 2015

    Bravo! I am delighted to share the news that Professor Emeritus George Shirley and the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan (UMS) have been recognized at the highest level. The White House has announced that Shirley and UMS will each receive a 2014 National Medal of Arts. The National Medal is our nation’s premier honor Read more


  9. Talking Openly about Sexual Misconduct

    June 24, 2015

    I feel personally responsible for the safety and well-being of every student at the University of Michigan. As a university president, a physician-scientist, an educator and a father, the issue of sexual misconduct keeps me awake at night. I’d like to share with you the results of the University of Michigan’s campus climate survey on sexual Read more


  10. Following the Science

    June 16, 2015

    Today we launched our search to hire a new director of the Life Sciences Institute (LSI) at the University of Michigan. The LSI has established a remarkable record of achievement since its creation in 1999. LSI scientists have conducted research – much of it landmark – in a broad range of disciplines including genetics, chemistry, Read more