Understanding Race Project

The Understanding Race Project is engaging three overlapping audiences in an exploration of race, inspired by the Race: Are we so different? exhibit coming to the Museum of Natural History from February 27 through May 27, 2013.

LSA Understanding Race Theme Semester, Winter 2013

The campus-wide Understanding Race Theme Semester is centered in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and is coordinated by the Museum of Natural History, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Ginsberg Center, Program on Intergroup Relations, and School of Social Work, and a faculty and staff Steering Committee. The Theme Semester would not be possible without the support of numerous generous sponsors. Principles for the Understanding Race Theme semester were provided to partner units and are available on a downloadable pdf.

New courses, additional exhibitions, performances, films, lectures, discussions, and more will take place from January through April 2013. Most events are free and open to the public. Other U-M campuses have been invited to participate and are developing activities.

Student engagement is a priority. The Student Steering Committee is organizing events and engaging student groups across campus.

K-12 Audiences: Teacher Training and Student Visits

Representatives from all 10 school districts in Washtenaw County have completed a series of 5 one-day training sessions and a Summer Institute to help their districts get ready to have conversations about race before and after they visit the exhibition. Visit K-12 Partners page for more information.

Community Engagement

With major support from the National Center for Institutional Diversity, we are bringing together members of the community for monthly conversations at locations throughout Washtenaw County as well as offering facilitated dialogues at the Race exhibit. Numerous community organizations are participating as partners. The Neutral Zone’s SEED program and Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads are major partners.