Messages to the Community

  1. November 2022 video message

    November 14, 2022

    This is my first opportunity to join all of you by video, and I hope we’ll reconnect this way each month during the academic year.

  2. Leading the University of Michigan

    October 14, 2022

    To the Community, I am honored and excited to begin work today as the 15th president of the University of Michigan. I look forward to meeting you, learning about your love of Michigan, and working together on our future as a great public research university. Go Blue! Santa J. Ono

  3. Register to Vote

    September 27, 2022

    Dear Colleagues: Election Day is Nov. 8, and we encourage you to check your voter registration status to ensure you are eligible to cast your ballot. To vote in Michigan, you have until 15 days prior to Election Day to register online or by mail, or you also can register in person through Election Day. You can …

  4. Climate Action at U-M

    September 23, 2022

    Dear members of the U-M community, As our academic year unfolds, I invite you to embrace our collective responsibility and potential toward addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. The University of Michigan must take a leading role in advancing a sustainable and just future, and I am pleased today to share that we’ve made considerable …

  5. Access to abortion services

    June 24, 2022

    To All Members of the Campus Community: Today’s Supreme Court ruling on the right to an abortion will affect many on our campus and beyond. I strongly support access to abortion services, and I will do everything in my power as president to ensure we continue to provide this critically important care. Our campus is …

  6. Importance of Reporting

    March 16, 2022

    Dear Deans, Directors and Department Heads: The University of Michigan is devoted to the highest ethical standards; we expect honesty and integrity from every member of our faculty, staff and student body. An important component of these values is a commitment to reporting suspected criminal activity and the knowledge that retaliation for making a report …

  7. Laurie McCauley recommended as U-M’s next provost

    March 15, 2022

    Dear Colleagues: I am pleased to recommend the appointment of Laurie McCauley to serve as the University of Michigan’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. The Board of Regents will consider the appointment at its meeting next week. She currently serves as dean and the William K. and Mary Anne Najjar professor of …

  8. Support for Ukraine

    March 7, 2022

    To the University Community: Each new report from Ukraine intensifies the horror we are experiencing as the civilian and military deaths and destruction mount, and more than a million Ukrainians have fled their homes to seek refuge in other countries. Shelling has destroyed schools and hospitals by the dozens, and the number of residential buildings …

  9. My commitment to safety and well-being

    February 17, 2022

    To the University Community: The University of Michigan is a vibrant community. Vibrancy can best be sustained where everyone embraces the values of mutual support so fully that sexual and gender-based misconduct becomes inconceivable. This has not always been the case at our university. Indeed, failure from some to live up to the standard of …

  10. Priorities for the coming months

    January 27, 2022

    To the University Community: I am truly heartened by the outpouring of support from our community and the shared desire to move forward as a university committed to learning, scholarship, health care and public service. I’ve heard many questions about what lies ahead, and I want to share my priorities for the coming months. First, …