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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.

Our Mission and Impact:

As a national leader in promoting an inclusive campus climate, the Trotter Multicultural Center serves as a campus facilitator, convener, and coordinator of intercultural engagement and inclusive leadership education initiatives for University of Michigan students. The center is a space that was created with input from students and showcases the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is designed to be a gathering space where students, faculty, staff and alumni have the opportunity to engage in dialogue and conversation—formal and informal—around topics such as cultural identity, race, gender, multiculturalism and more.


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. Examples of programming include heritage month events and activities that explore a diverse arts, music, and/or food, live cultural art and music performances led by students and the broader campus community.

Intercultural Learning Program
The Trotter Multicultural Center Intercultural Learning Program encourages global and inclusive mindsets or growth mindsets around difference. This program continues use of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) alongside other intercultural learning tools (e.g., CQ-Cultural Intelligence and Cultural Values ICS-Intercultural Conflict Styles, etc.) and supplemental programming. The Trotter Multicultural Center also provides cultural awareness-related educational programming 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. Innovative cultural competence-related educational programming that will support a growth mindset and promote an inclusive campus climate.

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. Our goal is to bring together bright minds with talks that are idea-focused on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter to students at the University of Michigan.

Inclusive Student Leadership Programming
The Trotter Multicultural Center has a long history of supporting student leadership, free and accessible, social justice, and global citizenship. Inclusive student leadership programming is TMC's innovative new approach to developing student leaders who understand both multiculturalism and social justice, while at the same time recognizing the nuances of individual identities. The primary goal of this program is to inspire student leaders to practice equitable service to campus student organizations and groups now and take their expertise into their future careers.

Interfaith ProgramThe Interfaith Program at the Trotter Multicultural Center is a campus-wide initiative to foster religious, spiritual, and secular identity for all. It endeavors to create opportunities and space to assist students as they make meaning of life’s deepest questions, grapple with who they are called to be and determine the impact they want to have in the world. Through intentionally planned programs and staff support, they will make transformative connections with their peers across identities, experiences, and academic pursuits.

Trotter Multicultural Center on State Street

The new home for the Trotter Multicultural Center is located along the campus’s busiest thoroughfare on State Street, stands 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. To learn more about naming opportunities for the Trotter Multicultural Center, please contact Heidi Jesiel.

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

Your Contribution

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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