Welcome Message From the President

 

Welcome to the University of Michigan, one of our country’s great public universities.

Ours is a university with a long-standing commitment to diversity. Through the contributions of thousands of faculty and hundreds of thousands of students over nearly two centuries, we have built a university that is known for a diversity of people, heritage, academic disciplines, and scholarly pursuits.

This impressive range of individuals and intellectual activity is the very core of our academic excellence. From our 19 schools and colleges to our nationally recognized health system, the range of disciplines and their interrelationships throughout our campus are a mirror of the world we serve as a public university.

To meet society’s needs, the University of Michigan must draw upon the perspectives of faculty, students and staff from around our state, our nation, and our world.

I firmly believe we learn some of life’s most important lessons from each other. The more varied the perspectives represented, the richer our education. Our differences—whether they be the academic questions that engage us, age, economic background, gender, or race, to name just a few—bring a buoyancy to our campus community and help create the intellectual vitality that makes Michigan internationally distinguished.

The University’s first president, Henry Philip Tappan, had a bold vision for U-M as a model research university, and issued a challenge that continues to propel our institution: “We must take the world as full as it is.”

We must always be vigilant about recruiting and retaining the best students and staff and the finest faculty—individuals of all backgrounds and experiences—so that they may further enrich the fabric of this university.

The U-M Senate Assembly, the governing body representing faculty from the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses, has voiced its “commitment to the value of diversity and urges that all members of the University – faculty, students, staff, and administration – work together to develop new approaches to maintain diversity as a critical component of student education, research and service at the University of Michigan.”

I am proud to belong to an academic community that historically has embraced diversity and is as steadfast about this ideal as it was during its earliest days. I invite you to join our remarkable community and its appreciation of the viewpoints and contributions of others.

Sincerely,

Mary Sue Coleman