The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) is home to the Anti-Racism Collaborative, a strategic space created to facilitate University of Michigan (U-M) community engagement around research and scholarship focused on racial inequality, racial justice, and anti-racist praxis. The Anti-Racism Collaborative will support a variety of activities to catalyze innovation in research and scholarship, as well as informed practice, public engagement, and action to advance anti-racist principles and organizing.
The Anti-Racism Collaborative is a part of the provost’s Anti-Racism Initiative, a cross-campus campaign focused on enhancing U-M’s capacity for advancing racial equity and justice in society. One component of the provost’s initiative is a faculty cluster hiring program that prioritizes scholarly expertise on racism — at systemic, institutional, and/or interpersonal levels. A second component and priority — just as critical to the provost’s initiative — is to recognize the broad and deep expertise on racial inequality and injustice that we already have at U-M among our current faculty, staff, and students — across campus units, disciplines, and fields.
The Collaborative was created to address this priority — to recognize, honor, spotlight, and elevate the work of our current research community related to racism and racial justice. Further, the Collaborative was charged with helping to identify, stimulate, and support new connections and collaborations and promote interdisciplinary and intergenerational exchange in ways that can lead to new, innovative knowledge production, as well as enhanced sense of community and shared purpose. These efforts will require partnerships with a variety of campus units in order to best leverage, share, and apply expertise on strategies to subvert racism and its consequences in synergistic and impactful ways.
Opportunities are available for current U-M faculty, student, and staff communities. The Anti-Racism Collaborative activities are continuously developing with the input and partnership of our campus community; so please check back for future and regular updates.
Please share with us your thoughts and ideas about topics, activities, programming and/or potential points of collaboration.