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The mission of the International Center is to provide services and programs for the diverse community at the University of Michigan by accomplishing its core work to SERVE the international population, FACILITATE intercultural and international education, and FOSTER a global campus community.


Our vision is to foster a global campus where through mutual understanding and respect, all U-M community members transform and grow together. We strive for inclusive, intercultural excellence where everyone derives value from the experiences of others. Learning from this environment, members of our community will take these shared experiences and carry them forward through life.

As part of the Strategic Planning process in 2015, the International Center invited its Student Employees and the IC Student Council to articulate the IC’s vision for campus. The above statement is the result of their effort and continues to serve as the vision statement for the unit. 

Strategic Plan

The International Center participated in robust reflection and strategic planning during the 2014/15 academic year, which resulted in the document: The International Center and the Next Five Years.  Led by then Interim Director Jennifer Meyer Schrage, the Strategic Plan included input from diverse stakeholders across the U-M campus and community.  The Five Year Strategic Plan is a guiding document for the International Center as it advances its mission and its core work that serves the international population, facilitates intercultural and international education, and fosters a global campus community.  An important outcome of the planning was the articulation of the core values that drive IC’s team members work individually and collectively: inclusive excellence; efficiency; collaboration; expertise; and growth.  Further, four focus areas were identified with strategic goals and actions, to be accomplished by 2020.  They fall under the categories of  institutional presence and sphere of influence; organizational effectiveness; advocacy and support; and global graduates.

You are invited to read the Strategic Plan as it provides context as to why this plan is timely and needed, and explains the process surrounding the development of the plan, and provides details about our core work, core values, and focus areas.  As a strategic plan must remain fluid in order to meet established and unnamed goals, we invite you to submit any questions, comments, suggestions to Judith Pennywell, Ed.D., Director of the International Center.

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Student Life is committed to student learning and the development of the whole student. We facilitate transformation and enrich education through new opportunities for learning and development; fostering an environment for the success of all community members; developing a deeper understanding of ourselves and others on an inclusive campus; enabling students to practice positive physical, emotional, social, intellectual, mental, and spiritual health; preparing students to succeed during and after their university experience; resolving complex issues through advocacy, services, and compliance; and providing programs and facilities for the physical, social, psychological, academic, and recreational needs of the campus community. 

To do all this, and much more, Student Life needs your support—every gift matters.

Your Contribution

Your gifts of cash, pledges, or appreciated securities will enhance the experience of all University of Michigan students. Wills, estate, and planned gifts allow you to create a lasting legacy that will allow our students to grow and thrive for generations to come. Thank you for giving to the University of Michigan.

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Planned Gifts

Legacy gifts from generous alumni and friends provide the future support needed to achieve the University’s long-term commitment to excellence. A bequest is the easiest and most tangible way to accomplish this. If you have already included Student Life in your estate plans, but have not previously notified us, please let us know. We would like to properly thank you for your support, ensure your wishes are met, and plan with you for the future.

To learn more about these opportunities to support Student Life, please contact Student Life Development at 734-647-7309 or email