On the Agenda

Thoughts from President Schlissel

  1. New Presidential Awards

    April 24, 2017

    Throughout our 200-year history, the University of Michigan has excelled in research and teaching, leading the academy with our broad portfolio of scholarly work. To extend our leadership during our third century, I want to help us disseminate our work and share our expertise in a more conspicuous, and public, manner. This will advance our Read more


  2. Open-mindedness: ‘A challenge constantly renewed’

    March 22, 2017

    As our nation grapples with questions over public funding of the arts and humanities, I wanted to share an excerpt of my full remarks from the University of Michigan’s 94th annual Honors Convocation this past Sunday. Honors Convocation is our formal annual celebration of academic excellence, and combined with this year’s theme, “The Role of Read more


  3. Protecting the interests of our international community of scholars

    January 28, 2017

    For generations, the University of Michigan has been known throughout the world as a leading international community of scholars. U-M has admitted international students since the late 1840s, and our first foreign-born faculty member was hired in 1846. Our ability to attract the best students and faculty from around the globe enhances our teaching, learning, Read more


  4. 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


  5. 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


  6. 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


  7. 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


  8. 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


  9. 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


  10. “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