The University of Michigan is committed to transforming our students’ education by extending academic excellence from the classroom into real-world experiences that develop a global purview and a creative, entrepreneurial mindset.
The Trotter Multicultural Center serves as an iconic and programmatic symbol for all students, as an open and inclusive facility that fosters intercultural engagement and strengthens connections between and among communities, as a supportive home and environment to those committed to social justice and diversity, and as a space that celebrates the tradition and history of the Trotter Multicultural Center and the activism of students.
TMC provides free event and meeting space made available for approximately 1,500 student and professional organizations all year round, monthly programming experiences focusing on uplifting and celebrating marginalized communities through the arts as well as creating social justice centered dialogic spaces. Some of our programming includes Paint No Pour, which is a facilitated painting expression focused on artists of the corresponding affinity month as well as Trotter’s Annual Lecture, which is a thematic lecture centering underrepresented narratives. TMC also provides grant opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to create programming that both showcases their academic projects as well as bring forth fresh and new ideas of navigating differences and spaces.
Arts, Music, and Food Programming
The Trotter Multicultural Center provides a broad range of arts, music, and food-related activities and events that are student designed and centered.
Intercultural Learning and Cultural Competence
In 2016, the Division of Student Life launched an effort to create a more equitable and inclusive campus as part of its five-year Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategic plan. The U-M Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) experience is a key component to Student Life's strategic plan and is an opportunity for individuals and groups to learn a sense of current levels of intercultural competence, develop a plan to understand difference with greater complexity, and more effectively navigate across difference.
Trotter Distinguished Leadership Series
The Trotter Distinguished Leadership Series is designed to increase healthy discourse and learning throughout U-M by inviting speakers from the political and public service sectors of national and international note.
Inclusive Student Leadership Programming
Inclusive Student Leadership programming is Trotter Multicultural Center's innovative new approach to developing student leaders who understand both multiculturalism and social justice, while at the same time recognize the nuances of individual identities. The primary goal of this program is to inspire student leaders to practice equitable service to campus groups now and take their expertise into their future careers.
The Interfaith Program endeavors to create opportunities and space to accompany students as they make meaning of life’s deepest questions, grapple with who they are called to be, and the impact they want to have in the world as they make transformative connections across identities, experiences, and academic pursuits.
Trotter on State
The new “Trotter on State,” located along the campus’s busiest thoroughfare, will stand as a powerful and unmistakable indicator that students from all backgrounds are welcome here at U-M and that it is both our similarities and our differences that make us who we are-- the leaders and best.
Click here to see a sampling of the renderings for Trotter's new home. To learn more about naming opportunites for Trotter on State, please contact Kelley Stokes-Samuel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TMC’s programming unit not only creates events for co-curricular experiences and learning, but also provides grants for all students to collaborate and showcase their ideas and progress during their academic journey. During the last year, TMC was able to support UM MFA student Stephanie Brown and UM MFA graduate King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professor Eryn Rosenthal showcase their work focused on creating dialogic spaces around social justice issues that were not being highlighted across campus. During these events, alumni who attended had said they wished these opportunities were always abundant and supported seeing how much need there really is for spaces like this on campus.
TMC staffing is comprised of only three professional staff supervising almost 35 student staff, whereas the majority of our student staff come from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Our student staff rely on their wages to financially support themselves and our professional staff for guidance and emotional support. We are committed to our students both staff and otherwise, and in order to provide for each other most efficiently we want to be able to pay our student and professional staff more. Additionally, we often have students that do not qualify for work study positions that are interested in experiencing working in our unit, and are unable to volunteer, so with your support, we could offer paid positions to these students.
Learn more about William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center!