Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Robbie Townsel-Ransom (front row, third from right), director of Cultural Awareness and Diversity Education, is surrounded by many of the diversity peer educators (DPEs) who live in residence halls on campus. The DPE position, previously known as a minority peer adviser, recently was restructured to better serve the dynamic communities within campus housing that include cultural and social identity groups, as well as ethnic minorities. In addition to new job responsibilities, DPEs will participate as cofacilitators in a class for residence staff that teaches students how to work with residents to build a supportive multicultural community. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

University Symphony Band to tour China in May 2011
The University Symphony Band is preparing for a six-city tour of China in May 2011. The trip by 80 musicians from the School of Music Theatre & Dance complements other ongoing China outreach efforts by the university, and comes 50 years after the band mounted a similar trip to the former Soviet Union.

UM-Flint and WCCC announce collaboration
UM-Flint and the Wayne County Community College District will formalize a new collaboration Dec. 16, marking the completion of articulation agreements that streamline the process for WCCCD students transferring to UM-Flint to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Bachelor’s of Business Administration degrees.

New hours for U-M Occupational Health Services
Occupational Health Services (OHS) is changing its hours of operation. To better serve U-M staff on the midnight shift, OHS will open 30 minutes earlier, effective Dec. 6.

The Michigan Difference

Creating the Cleveland Clinic (East)
Jenny Ho, MPH and MHSA, '00, has worked in Abu Dhabi since 2009 to help build the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi into a fully functioning, 364-bed hospital and clinic. As one of several project managers for the clinic, Ho is helping to develop policies and procedures in the areas of human relations and marketing and communications, and to draft and implement a staffing plan for the facility at large — everything from facilities workers to nurses, physicians, and allied health professionals.