Parents and Families

We sometimes hear from parents who would like to know more about Student Life's programs, services, and spaces at the University of Michigan for a variety of student identities. In this ongoing feature, we provide you with information to help you locate opportunities based on your student’s specific identity-related needs and interests.

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The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR)
IGR is a social justice education program that blends theory and experiential learning to facilitate students' learning about social group identity, social inequality, and intergroup relations. The program prepares students to live and work in a diverse world and educates them in making choices that advance equity, justice, and peace. IGR is a partnership between Student Life and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.  |


The Spectrum Center
With sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as a framework, the Spectrum Center is committed to enriching the campus experience and developing students as individuals and as members of communities. Our work is accomplished through student-centered education, outreach, advocacy and support.  |


Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA)
MESA promotes student development and empowers the campus community around issues of diversity and social justice through the lens of race and ethnicity. The office encourages and supports engagement with other communities and, given the multiple and complex identities of today’s students, addresses them with an intercultural and leadership-focused approach. The office’s work is grounded in theory and emphasizes community, multicultural and intercultural development and promotes cross collaboration, develops intercultural skills, empowers students to address social justice issues.  |


William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center 
The Trotter Multicultural Center promotes a campus and communityin which all students can prosper academically and socially, and provide services to build a supportive environment in which all students can develop a better understanding and appreciation for the Multicultural diversity represented at the University. For a Family Matters article about Trotter, click here.  |


Give it. Get it. Expect Respect™
Expect Respect is a unique partnership among students, faculty and staff who are hoping to unite the campus community. Community members have worked together to strengthen a framework of support services for those who have experienced hate crimes or bias incidents. Click here to report an incident:


Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

The mission of ​SSD is to support the University’s commitment to equity and diversity by providing support services and academic accommodations to students with disabilities. The office shares information, promotes awareness of disability issues, and provides support of a decentralized system of access for students within the University community. ​ |


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