Messages to the Community

  1. February 2024 video message

    February 21, 2024

    Hello colleagues and friends across the U-M community! These wintry days are a time to reflect on where we’ve been, who we are, and what we aspire to be. That’s what makes the Inclusive History Project so important to me. The IHP is charged with telling a more complex and more inclusive history of our …

  2. January 2024 video message

    February 12, 2024

    Dear colleagues and friends across the University of Michigan community, As 2024 continues to open, it’s a moment to mark an important milestone. This year, we are celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. For the past century, the school has been committed to the idea that together, we can …

  3. U-M Principles on Diversity of Thought and Freedom of Expression

    January 16, 2024

    Dear Students and Colleagues, In a special session held today, the University of Michigan Board of Regents voted to adopt a new set of principles to reaffirm the institution’s commitment to free speech. The “University of Michigan Principles on Diversity of Thought and Freedom of Expression” are a clear reminder, both to those in our …

  4. Welcome to the start of the new semester

    January 8, 2024

    Dear colleagues, friends and students and scholars across the University of Michigan community. Happy New Year, and welcome to the start of the new semester! Whether you just joined us, or are anticipating commencement this spring, we have much to look forward to together, we have much to do, to dream, to achieve. We have …

  5. U-M statement regarding CSG resolutions and ongoing campus tensions

    December 5, 2023

    Dear students, faculty, and staff, As the violence in Gaza and Israel enters its third month, many at the University of Michigan are truly hurting. Some have seen friends or family members killed. Others with ties to the region worry what the future will look like after so much suffering. Still others in our community …

  6. December 2023 video message

    December 4, 2023

    Hello colleagues and friends across the U-M community! With the busyness of our semester rapidly approaching its peak, it is more important than ever to take a moment to assess our wellbeing. I’m so grateful for the many members of our community who, through their dedication and creativity, continue to find new ways to positively …

  7. November 2023 video message

    November 17, 2023

    Dear friends and colleagues across our University of Michigan community, Even in this season of celebrations and light, our hearts remain broken by the terrible bloodshed in the Middle East, and the loss of so many innocent lives. For in Gaza and the West Bank, violence is escalating, bombs are falling and flames are raging. …

  8. Statement on vandalized flyers

    October 27, 2023

    To the Ann Arbor campus community: We are aware that a number of flyers posted on campus were recently vandalized. We strongly denounce these antisemitic acts and any acts that deliberately suppress speech on our public campus. Incidents like this are in direct conflict with our university’s commitment to free expression and deeply held values …

  9. Campus safety is our top priority

    October 13, 2023

    To the university community: Earlier this week I shared a message condemning violence as we heard the initial reports of the horrific attack by Hamas terrorists on Israel and the loss of so many civilian lives. As the fighting continues, the death toll is mounting among Israelis and Palestinians. To be clear, I stand by …

  10. U-M statement regarding Mideast violence

    October 10, 2023

    To the university community: Violence is never the answer. Yet today our campus communities are reeling in the wake of the horrific attack by Hamas terrorists on Israeli citizens and the immense loss of civilian lives. This violence has caused profound pain within the internationally and culturally diverse University of Michigan community. It is almost …