Letter from U-M President

August 2014

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 U-M President Mark Schlisselhundreds 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 and our nationally recognized health system in Ann Arbor to our regional campuses in Dearborn and Flint, the range of disciplines and their interrelationships throughout our institution 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 many and varied perspectives of faculty, students and staff from around our state, our nation, and our world.
We cannot be excellent without being diverse. The more varied the perspectives represented, the richer our education. Our differences - whether they be the academic questions that engage us, political views, age, economic background, sexual orientation, or race, to name just a few - help create the intellectual vitality that makes Michigan internationally distinguished.
We must 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. We should be equally steadfast in providing an inclusive, welcoming environment where all members of our community can engage fully in the pursuit of new knowledge.
The 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.”
This is important work. I invite you to join our remarkable community and its appreciation of the viewpoints, experiences and contributions of others.
Mark S. Schlissel

U-M President Mark S. Schlissel's Comments at Diversity Luncheon