Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Regents meeting, website put focus on university's Detroit ties

In preparation for the Board of Regents meeting scheduled for next week in Detroit, U-M is highlighting its work in the state's largest city with a website that showcases many ongoing initiatives.


While the regents, elected statewide by Michigan voters, typically meet on one of the three U-M campuses, their next meeting will be at 2 p.m. March 17 at Detroit's Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.

"Detroit is our state's most important city, and the University of Michigan is committed to its vitality and influence," President Mary Sue Coleman says in a message posted on the site. "The university's engagement in Detroit complements our partnerships throughout the nation and the world."

The website,, highlights Detroit-related efforts in a variety of areas, including arts and culture, community action and service, economic development, health and safety, instructional services and outreach, and sustainability and the environment.

Many of the university's Detroit-related programs are based at its Detroit Center, a 10,500-square-foot facility with space for offices, classes, meetings, exhibitions, lectures, and collaborative work. The center also serves as a home base for students and faculty working on projects in the city.

In 2010, regents highlighted the university's ties to the western side of the state when they conducted one of their monthly meetings in Grand Rapids.

Public comments on regents' agenda items will be taken prior to their consideration. Comments on nonagenda items will follow the regular business agenda. People with disabilities who need assistance should contact the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University in advance at 734-764-3883.