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Campus Centers & Programs

Center for Social Solutions

CSS promotes both academic research and social policy addressing 4 areas of interest: Diversity and Democracy; Slavery and Its Aftermath; Water, Equity and Security, and The Future of Work. With data-driven, interdiciplinary research and educational outreach, they aim to remedy social inequalties and systemic injustices. With the funding they receive, CSS connects scholars, institutions, and organizations doing this important work. Join their mailing list to stay up-to-date about the work they're doing. Learn more.

Mutli-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)

MESA hosts teach-ins, workshops, campus events, and heritage months to create a diverse and inclusive campus environment and increase knowledge and awareness of identity and its impact on self, others, and communities. Those who want to reach out and join the community can meet virtually with a MESA staff member. Learn more.

Center for Racial Justice

The Center for Racial Justice is a cross-disciplinary hub that aims to foster deep relationships between research and advocacy to uncover the voices of the unjustly silenced, challenge us to live up to our democratic ideals, and offer sound policy prescriptions for a more equitable and just society. Learn more.

Center for Race and Ethnicity in Sport

C-RAES (as the acronym suggests) seeks to employ interdisciplinary lenses to allow individuals to 'see race' and ethnicity in varied manifestations in sport. It will illuminate the social psychology of race and ethnicity, and the intersections with sex/gender, social class, nationality, age, and other cultural identities that impact the production, management, and consumption of sport. Learn more.

Racism Lab

A transdisciplinary research collective to bring together doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty to develop innovative theoretical frameworks and empirical approaches to better understand the impact of racism on health and well-being (very broadly defined). Learn more.


Undergraduate Lunch and Learn

The year-long Undergraduate Lunch and Learn series provides undergraduate students with unique opportunities to meet and learn from scholars, activists, organizers, and artists, including the center’s visiting fellows and various speakers, whose work centers on racial justice. The Undergraduate Lunch and Learn series will begin in Fall 2021. Learn more.

Digital IDEAS

Digital IDEAS features keynotes, panels, and workshops that link "critical theory about race, gender, and disabilty with critical practice related to digital environments." In-person Digital IDEAS events will be announced in the future. Learn more.

Funding & Grants

Racial Justice Student Initiative Fund

The Racial Justice Student Initiative Fund provides financial support for student-led racial justice initiatives that advance a more critical understanding of the social and political conditions that impact Black, Native and Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American and Pacific Islander peoples. Learn more.

Learning Communities

Reading Circles

A faculty and graduate reading group held multiple times throughout the academic year in which participants collectively delve deeply into concepts, theories, and topics relevant to racial justice. Graduate students and faculty members will have the option to apply to co-facilitate the reading circles. A call for applications will be released in mid-September for our first reading circle. Learn more.


FAQ with Cindy Lin: What is Anti-Racism and the Peer Inclusive Educators (PIE) Team

An interview with Cindy Lin, a member of the Peer Inclusive Educators (PIE), about the PIE team and the anti-racist work they do on campus.


Dr. Earl Lewis: "Why Higher Education Must Join the Fight for Reparations"

CSS founder and director Earl Lewis spoke virtually as a featured speaker for American University's Anti-Racist Research & Policy Center speaker series. In his talk, "Why Higher Education Must Join the Fight for Reparations", Dr. Lewis discussed the history of segragated schools, the roles colleges and universities play in combatting racism, and the history of reparations in the United States. Learn more.

LEAD Webinar Series

LEAD, Leading Equity and Diversity, is a series of conversations where attendees have the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of guests who lead and/or support DEI and social justice initiatives. Some sessions of note are "Anti-Racism Education in Higher Ed Featuring Angela Dillard and Whitney Peoples" and "Chief Diversity Officers as Anti-Racism Advocates." During the 2020-21 school year, the series focused on anti-racism. Learn more.

Jane Elliot & Ronald Martin: "Race, Gender & Identity in the Workplace"

Keynote address from the 2017 Women of Color Task Force Career Conference featuring Jane Elliot, anti-racism activist, and Ronald S. Martin, News One Now host. Learn more.

DEI Lecture Series

A lecture series about DEI and anti-racism, including "Gaslighting in the Academy: Will Black Lives Continue to Matter?" and "That Ain't Right: AI Mistakes and Black Lives". Learn more.

Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racist Organizing with Tawana Petty

A virtual discussion featuring Detroit organizer, scholar, author and human rights activist Tawana Petty on confronting and working to dismantle historic racism and anti-Blackness in our society, without tokenizing or creating undue emotional labor for those most affected. Petty will share principles of anti-racist organizing from her book, “Towards Humanity: Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racism Organizing,” and discuss how non-Blacks can practice genuine non-performative collaboration with the movement for Black Lives. Learn more.

MLK Symposium Keynote 2019: Time Wise and Julia Putnam

Keynote featuring Tim Wise, anti-racism writer and educator, and Julia Putnam, principal of the James and Grace Boggs School in Detroit. For the keynote lecture, they spoke about anti-racism initiatives and inclusion in K-12 and higher education and explored how traditional educational practices can sometimes work counter to promoting inclusivity and new ways to educate students. Learn more.

References & Guides

A Look Back: Discrimination against Asian American, Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities

In support of recent movements to combat Asian American, Pacific Islander (AAPI) discrimination, this webpage takes a look back at the legacy of the AAPI diaspora in the U.S. and ways to support AAPI communities today, including a reading list. Learn more.

Infographics (series)

A series of infographics on the History of Diversity in Higher Education, the Third Slavery, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Why We Need Reparations, and Intersectionality, Positionality, and Privilege. Learn more.

 "10 Ways to Be Anti-Racist"

Tips to help you to practice anti-racism, compiled by the 2019-2020 Peer Inclusive Educator (PIE) Team. Learn more.

Good Practices for the Anti-Racist Design of Courses

Practical recommendations for anti-racist and inclusive practices for the classroom. Compiled by The Curriculum Subcommittee of the DEI Committee at School of Information. Learn more.

Statement on Racist Violence in America and Call to Action

A statement published by the Ross School of Business about racist violence in America. The statement includes a list of action items that both students and administrators at Ross can take to be allies to the Black community. Learn more.

Anti-Racism Resource Guide

This guide is intended as a collective space for learning, support, and sharing. Throughout the guide, you will find multiple ways of accessing the same information and ways you can contribute to racial equity in your personal and professional life. Learn more.

Anti-Racism Resources

A list of resources for those seeking to increase their knowledge, awareness and understanding of DEI and anti-racism frameworks. Learn more.

Anti-Racist Resources for Learning

A list of anti-racism resources and readings. Learn more.

Understanding Racism and Engaging in Anti-Racist Work

A list of anti-racism resources covering topics such as mental wellness, racism as a public health issue, anti-Asian hate, and police violence. Types of resources provided include readings, multimedia, data and data visualization, and infographics. Learn more.

Anti-Racism Support and Tools

A list of anti-racism resources and tools. Learn more.


A list of resources including statements on anti-Asian violence on opposing anti-Blackness, resources compiled by the U-M Task Force Against AAPI Hate, and APID/A Knowledge Community report on disaggregating institutional data on staff, faculty, and students. Learn more.

Visual Resources: Tips for Conversations Around Anti-Asian Violence

An infographic (and transcript) on how to talk about anti-Asian violence with students, colleagues, supervisors, and family members. There's also suggested courses of action to take in the wake of anti-Asian violence for AAPI groups and non-AAPI groups. Learn more.

Anti-Racism Primer: Ask Us Anything

A published Q&A on anti-racism questions submitted by members of the Anti-Racism Primer subscription cohort. Learn more.

Practicing Anti-Racist Pedagogy

The purpose of this page is to provide instructors tools and resources to practice anti-racist pedagogy, and additional resources on anti-racism definitions, an anti-racist annotated bibliography, and an overview of historical events, student activism, and initiatives at U-M. Learn more.

Just Community: A Reading and Action Plan for Racial Justice

A learning community that provides a framework for deep discussion and meaningful steps we can take to better our school and society, including resources for Just Mercy, written by Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative founder. Learn more.

Allies at Work: Anti-Racism Resource Guide

A resource list of national, state, local, U-M organizations; reference & narrative materials, and social and multimedia resources. Learn more.

Google Sales Manager and U-M “Outstanding Alumnx” Talks DEI, Anti-Racism, and Using Business to Create a More Equitable Society

UofM alumnus Michael Gardner talks about how businesses can create a more equitable society and invest in making their organizations more diverse and inclsuive. Learn more.

Getting Started With Anti-Racism

This guide is intended for self-directed learning and to supplement course materials provided by faculty. Our hope is to alleviate the burden of BIPOC faculty and staff who are often overburdened with the work of caring and supporting their communities, in addition to their work as instructors, researchers, and administrators. Learn more.

Anti-Racism Resources

A list of anti-racist resources. Learn more.


Justice InDeed

A mapping and research project led by U-M faculty and students that aims to expose how thousands of homes in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County have deeds that prohibit Black people and other POC from living there. They use this research to inform both the public and policy makers of this racist, racial housing segregation and eliminate it. Learn more.

Research Funding

Center for Race and Ethnicity in Sport

The Center for Race & Ethnicity in Sport will be offering small grants for faculty, staff, and students who are interested in collaborating on research or scholarly endeavors related to race and ethnicity in sport. Learn more.


Request an Anti-Racism Teach-in

Request a teach-in on anti-racism for your classroom, organization, or other campus department led by the Peer Inclusive Educators (PIE). Learn more.