The Understanding Race Project is sponsored by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts with major support from the National Center for Institutional Diversity.

The campus-wide Understanding Race Theme Semester is coordinated by the U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Ginsberg Center, Museum of Natural History, Program on Intergroup Relations, and School of Social Work.

The K-12 and Community outreach components are coordinated by the U-M Museum of Natural History with support from many partners.


The Understanding Race Project was made possible by funding from the following generous sponsors:

  • Andrea & David Scott
  • Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
  • Ann Arbor Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools
  • ArtsEngine
  • Author’s Forum
  • Center for the Education of Women
  • Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach
  • College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of English
  • Department of Sociology
  • Diversity Council
  • Division of Student Affairs
  • Ginsberg Center
  • Institute for the Humanities
  • James A. & Faith Knight Foundation
  • King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professorship Program
  • LSA Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
  • LSA Undergraduate Education Strategic Initiatives Fund
  • National Center for Institutional Diversity
  • Program on Intergroup Relations
  • Program on Race, Law & History
  • Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  • Smithsonian Community Grant Program, funded by MetLife Foundation
  • United Way of Washtenaw County
  • University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
  • Washtenaw County Health Department
  • Washtenaw Intermediate School District
  • William R. Farrand Memorial Lecture Fund

University of Michigan Partners

Programming and other support was provided by the following:

  • American Culture
  • Arts@Michigan
  • Arts of Citizenship Program
  • Center for European Studies
  • Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
  • Center for Southeast Asian Studies
  • Clements Library
  • Detroit Center
  • Duderstadt Center Gallery
  • Global Scholars Program
  • Honors Program
  • Institute for Research on Women and Gender
  • Institute for Social Research
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Latino/a Studies
  • Law School
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • Michigan Community Scholars Program
  • Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research
  • Michigan Research Community
  • Museum Studies Program
  • Native American Studies Program
  • Office of the Vice President for Global Communications
  • Prisoner Creative Arts Program
  • Program in the Environment
  • Rackham Graduate School
  • Residential College
  • Romance Languages and Literatures
  • School of Art & Design Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Work
  • SORC
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
  • University Library
  • University of Michigan Museum of Art
  • Women in Science and Engineering Program
  • Women’s Studies

For a list of K-12 partners, click here.

For a list of Community partners, click here