University of Michigan’s $85M plan aims to promote diversity

Posted at 10:37 AM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 10:37:15-04

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has unveiled an $85 million, five-year plan to promote diversity and inclusion on its mostly white Ann Arbor campus.

The school released details of the plan Thursday amid unease among some black students who feel they aren’t welcome, especially following the posting of racist flyers in at least one building. Black students also have complained about the low percentage of African-Americans enrolled.

Officials call the plan a “strategic blueprint for making the university community more diverse, equitable and inclusive.” The university has committed $85 million in new resources over the next five years to implement the initiatives.

Planning took about a year with more than 200 meetings held with students, faculty and staff to get their input.