[Rackham] Towards Transformative Change: Institutional Self-Assessment and Relationship Building Between U-M and MSIs
Minority Serving Institutions have and continue to play an integral role in granting access, building knowledge, and empowering change that impacts both individuals and society. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, whose legacy we commemorate as a critical figure in the advancement of civil rights and social justice, is an alumnus of Morehouse College—an MSI. Implicit in Dr. King’s push for righteousness, peace, and justice was an immense desire to transform how people of a nation and ultimately the world engaged with one another. It is in this spirit that we frame this forum and engagement with Minority Serving Institutions—from transactional to transformational/transformative change. Featured speakers will provide a broad overview of the MSI landscape, share their experiences with developing relationships with MSIs, and share information on how to do an institutional self-assessment before seeking to partner with MSIs. This session will serve as the first in a series of forums that foster discussion on the socio-historical and contemporary state of MSIs, insights from U-M units with relationships with MSIs, and practical information and resources for engaging MSIs.