Throughout its 200-year history, diversity, equity and inclusion have been intertwined in the fabric of the University of Michigan (U-M). As one of the first universities in the nation to admit women in 1870 to its historic defense of race-conscious admission policies at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003, U-M continues to learn and lead in making higher education accessible to all. This historical overview offers a glimpse into our evolving path, marked by achievements, challenges and invaluable lessons in our quest to foster a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution.
Michigan’s Story: The History of Race at U-M
The story of race at the University of Michigan is perhaps as old as the institution itself.
Inclusive History Project
The Inclusive History Project (IHP) is designed to study and document a comprehensive history of the University of Michigan that is attentive to diversity, equity, and inclusion and stretches across the university’s three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.
Constructing Gender: The Origins of Michigan’s Union and League
Explore the rich history of these iconic buildings that have served as hubs for socializing and studying for generations of students. Erected in 1919 and 1929, these landmarks have long graced the west and north sides of Central Campus. Discover the profound influence of their origins on student social life and their transformation over the course of the past century.
The Heritage Project
The Heritage Project is an immersive, digital experience of the University of Michigan’s past.
Willis Ward: More Than The Game
Willis Ward is forever linked to the historic October 20, 1934, football game between the University of Michigan and Georgia Tech, in Ann Arbor. Remarkably, he did not take the field in this game, as he was infamously sidelined due to racial discrimination.
African American Student Project
Explore a compilation of narratives, autobiographies, and biographies spotlighting the extraordinary African American students who once graced the University, showcasing the diversity within their unique journeys and experiences.
As to the Woman Question: The Admission of Women to the University of Michigan
One hundred and fifty years ago, Madelon Stockwell made history as the first woman to enroll at the University of Michigan, but her groundbreaking journey was not a solitary endeavor.
A 50 Year History of Social Diversity at the University of Michigan
As with most of higher education, the history of diversity at Michigan has been complex and often contradictory.
The U-M history page represents everything from critical details in robust databases to videos from the university’s 2017 bicentennial.
An informal history, as shaped by students, faculty, staff and alumni through the decades.