Chancellor's Office

Proposition 2 remarks

 

November 18, 2006

Dear friends and colleagues,

As you know, Proposition 2 passed by a wide margin in Tuesday's election. This proposition bans the use of race or gender preferences in university admissions. UM-Dearborn will now take special care to make sure that our programs are consistent with the requirements of Michigan law.

I am particularly concerned to share with you some commitments that are not affected by this vote.

First, UM-Dearborn remains fully and vigorously committed to the principle of enhancing opportunities for all our citizens, of all racial groups, ethnicities, and both women and men. UM-Dearborn has been a source of hope and opportunity for men and women throughout the region who are first-generation in college, who have experienced large obstacles in earlier years, and whose lives have been transformed at UM-Dearborn. We will continue to work energetically to make these opportunities available to all.

Second, we are strongly committed to continuing to build an environment on the campus that is welcoming to a racially and culturally diverse community of students, faculty, and staff.  We still have work to do on this topic, and Prop 2 will not interfere with this goal. We will make important progress on this goal in the coming years.

Third, the issues of racial discrimination, the legacy of past discrimination, and the gaps that exist in our region along racial lines continue to be leading and unresolved problems for our region. These realities must be addressed if our state is to thrive. UM-Dearborn can and will continue to play an active role in striving to improve the performance of the institutions of our region for addressing issues of racial difference.

I am confident that the Dearborn campus will be an even more diverse representation of the population of our region in the future. We will work energetically to bring the full equality of opportunity that a college education promises to the full range of our population. And we will succeed in embodying a vibrant, welcoming, and diverse university community.

With sincere best wishes,

Daniel Little