This week I had the pleasure of meeting a number of B&F staff members over lunch. I hold these informal gatherings each month. Participants are selected on a random basis from across B&F. I am always interested in hearing each person’s personal stories. It reminds me of how connected we are through similar life experiences. And it is always such a treat to get to know more of you personally! I am truly inspired by all you do to Make Blue Go.
Speaking of wonderful team members, this Monday, October 2nd, is National Custodian Workers’ Recognition Day. Our 450 terrific custodians, based in Facilities & Operations, work behind the scenes to keep our buildings and office spaces looking great! I have said it before, but I’ll say it again: without our custodians, this university could not function – they are but a few of our unsung heroes. We have highlighted just a few of the exceptional people on our custodial teams on the B&F website – I hope you will take the opportunity to learn more about some of our colleagues and the critical work they do. I also encourage you to reach out to the custodians in your building and say, “thank you!”…Our Custodians ROCK!
I know that many of you are aware of the reprehensible acts of racism and hate that have occurred on our campus. In response to these events, I recently participated in a meeting with student leaders at the President’s house. Our goals were to listen, begin a dialogue and reaffirm our unwavering commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The meeting with the students was an important reminder that, as a community, we must continue forging ahead undeterred in our efforts to create an inclusive campus environment. We absolutely will not let hateful acts divide and conquer us! We are Michigan and we are so much better than that.
One example of our efforts to remind us that our differences should unite us is taking shape on State Street—the new home for the Trotter Multicultural Center. The Trotter Center promotes and provides services to build a supportive environment in which all students can develop a better understanding and appreciation for the multicultural diversity represented at the university.
Thanks for all you do to make this university great!
With much appreciation and gratitude,