William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center

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Give to Trotter Multicultural Center

The University of Michigan is working to be a national leader in promoting a diverse and inclusive climate on campus. With construction of the new Trotter Multicultural Center recently completed in the heart of Central Campus, we are seeking support to broaden the programming offered through the Center.

Recent additions to Trotter activities include the Interfaith Program, designed to bring students of different religious traditions together to promote dialogue and understanding, and the Distinguished Leaders Speakers Series, which brings to campus noted leaders of varying political viewpoints to discuss the issues of the day in a respectful manner.

Our goal is to introduce, educate, and at times challenge our students in their views of other people, cultures, and religions. The University strives to provide a positive experience for all community members participating in the programs offered and moderated at the Trotter Multicultural Center.


Cultural Coordinator

  • An endowed gift of $150,000 or an annual expendable gift of $20,000 would allow the University to:    

    • Hire a graduate student to work at the Trotter Multicultural Center and        

      • Develop and implement educational programs for the entire University of Michigan community designed to build awareness of and appreciation for cultures
      • Market and advertise these programs to ensure robust participation
      • Coordinate and manage a student leadership group to provide input on the types of programming that would be most beneficial


    • Gift would be used to fund both the graduate student position (~$7,200), training (~$5,000), and programming (~$7,800)


Cultural Programming

  • An endowed gift of $50,000 - $200,000 would allow the University to:    

    • Develop and implement educational programs for the entire University of Michigan community designed to build awareness of and appreciation for the diverse range of cultures, heritage, and religion represented on campus from around the world
    • Market and advertise these programs to ensure robust participation
    • Examples of programming could include, but are not limited to:        

      • Guest speakers/lecturers ($25K-$100K)
      • Film screenings ($10K)
      • Concerts or other musical performances ($25K)
      • Art exhibitions or similar cultural offerings ($10K)
      • Expert-facilitated discussion groups ($10K)



Interfaith Programming

  • An expendable gift of $50,000 would allow the University to:    

    • Continue the Regional Interfaith Conference of local colleges and universities, which was created by the University of Michigan
    • Develop and implement educational workshops on spirituality and interfaith engagement
    • Support students attending the Interfaith Leadership Institute; following this experience, the students will then implement educations sessions or interfaith events on campus
    • Launch a monthly lecture series on interfaith topics
    • Launch an annual FestiFaith event on campus to celebrate the diversity of religious and secular identities at the University
    • Select and train ten interfaith fellows (students) to engage the 120 religious and spiritual registered student organizations
    • Market and advertise these programs to ensure robust participation


Learn more about William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center!

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