Multicultural & Diversity Programs
Exploring and learning to live within a large and diverse community is an exciting and fast-paced experience. That's why residence hall staff offers support to help each residential community develop and refine skills in communication and interaction. These skills allow us to celebrate the differences that help make Michigan a vibrant and stimulating place to live and learn.
To help promote understanding and maintain a positive and supportive environment within the residence halls, our staff and students present films, lectures, workshops, exhibits and other activities that enhance cultural awareness.
Diversity Peer Education
Diversity Peer Educators (DPEs) and Diversity Peer Educator Assistants (DPEAs) work to strengthen the residential living-learning environment by conducting educational, cultural, social, and personal enrichment programs. DPEs serve as counselors and friendly listeners for all residents and staff, and as consultants and referral sources for under-represented minority residents.
Every traditional residence hall has a multicultural council—a student organization recognized by the University—and all members of that residence hall are encouraged to join. Multicultural councils plan community service projects as well as cultural and social events for residence hall students. Their mission is to provide social and political support for African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian and Native American residents of University Housing. Membership is open to all residents interested in learning about and supporting these groups. Programs are designed to educate residents on topics pertinent to African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, and Native American residents. Multicultural councils are advised by the Diversity Peer Education staff of each building.
Multicultural & Minority-cultural Lounges
The University of Michigan has approximately 50 principal lounges within its University Housing residence hall system. Residents are free to use any of these lounges to relax, enjoy each other’s company, hold meetings or host various activities and events. Nine of these lounges are considered "Minority-cultural Lounges" and four are considered "Multicultural Theme Lounges." Although open to all residents, these lounges are the central location for multicultural council activities and programs.
Learn more about the purpose and histories of the Minority-cultural and Multicultural Theme Lounges.
|Residence Hall||Lounge Name||Location|
|Alice Lloyd||Umoja Lounge||1st floor, South|
|Bursley||Martin Luther King Jr. Lounge||West Central|
|Couzens||C.A.M.E.O. Lounge||Lower level|
|East Quad||Abeng Lounge||2nd floor, Hinsdale House|
|Markley||Angela Davis Lounge||Main concourse|
|Markley||Arati Sharangpani Lounge||Main concourse|
|Mosher-Jordan||Nikki Giovanni Lounge||Adjacent to main lobby|
|Oxford||Mahatma Gandhi Lounge||1st floor, Geddes House|
|Stockwell||Rosa Parks Lounge||Main entrance|
|South Quad||Afro-American Lounge||Adjacent to main lobby|
|West Quad||Asubuhi Lounge||Main concourse|
|Multicultural Theme Lounges|
|Alice Lloyd||Vicky Barner Lounge||Main floor, East|
|Mosher-Jordan||César Chávez Lounge||East side entrance|
|South Quad||Yuri Kochiyama Lounge||West side entrance|
For more information on creating multicultural, inclusive communities, please visit the website of the Program on Intergroup Relations.