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Rackham Alum Gives $1 Million to Support Graduate Students

The Rackham Graduate School announces a $1million gift for initiatives identified by the dean that will support graduate students across campus. The gift comes from Rackham alumna Roz Abrams who received her Master’s degree in Speech from U-M in 1971 and considers her years in graduate school as one of the most important aspects of her life and success.

On this generous gift, she comments, “It is the obligation, duty, and honor of all people in this society who do well to give back. If it’s a question of money, that’s the least you can do out of the hope that any of the recipients live great lives and become good American citizens. I can help some people. I’m trying to brace myself because I have a place on the pyramid for others to stand on.”

Say It Loud

As much as we would like to think that we live in a post-racial world as apparently evidenced by the election and re-election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, the sad reality is that in most settings the overt racism of the past has been subtly replaced by a neo-racism which replaces the rhetoric of skin color with a rhetoric of national origin as a marker of difference. In this paradigm Mexican becomes an analogue for illegal immigrant and Arab becomes the equivalent to Muslim. Coming from the University of Michigan, it took my temporary residence at one of Europe’s most elite educational institutions for me to come face to face with neo-racism myself. We were sitting at dinner when the topic of names and their meanings came up.

Protecting the Interests of Our International Graduate Community

Dear Rackham Community,

We affirm the University’s commitment to the international members of our graduate community. International students and faculty have been integral to graduate education for over 125 years. We recognize their contributions to the social diversity and intellectual excellence of our university. Our Rackham constituents have made U-M one of the great public research universities of the world. I want to reinforce the Graduate School’s steadfast support and advocate for a graduate community that is inclusive of students from any background, belief, nationality or citizenship. The University of Michigan constitutes an open and common ground where knowledge is advanced freely and scholars can pursue their academic goals without fear or persecution.

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