Center for the Education of Women now known as CEW+
In an effort to best impact the lives of a larger constituency, the Center for the Education of Women will now be known as CEW+. The center was founded 54 years ago with the distinct purpose of helping women achieve their academic pursuits. Over time, it has increasingly supported underrepresented minorities, LGBTQ+ constituents and various other marginalized populations that intersect with all genders. While the center has served a diverse constituency for years, officials say that fact was not always outwardly apparent, presenting an opportunity to reorganize and rebrand in an effort to make the center more accessible to those who can benefit from its resources. Now known as CEW+, the center will continue to address the challenges and issues uniquely faced by women, especially women of color, focusing on educational and financial supports, career advancement, salary negotiation and creating communities that extend beyond U-M. The center will also serve as a convening organization for units across U-M that serve nontraditional students and in partnership with other units, CEW+ will become the home of emerging programs designed to support underserved, nontraditional populations by catalyzing, providing for an incubating these ideas in the hope that they become institutionalized.
Legislature approves 2 percent boost to higher-ed funding
State funding for Michigan’s 15 public universities will increase by 2 percent under a fiscal year 2018-19 budget the state Legislature approved June 12. The increase will bring total operating funds for state universities to more than $1.5 billion in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The budget now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder to sign. The spending plan allocates $320.8 million, up 2 percent, for the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. UM-Dearborn will receive $26.1 million, up 2.6 percent, and UM-Flint will receive $23.6 million, up 2.3 percent. The budget also outlines new requirements for universities in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal at Michigan State University. They include requiring that a summary of all Title IX reports against employees be shared with a university’s governing board, and that universities institute an in-person sexual assault prevention course for all freshmen and incoming transfer students. Universities face a 10 percent funding cut for not complying.
Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies names 2018-19 fellows
The Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies has awarded fellowships to three faculty members, five graduate students and one postdoctoral scholar for 2018-19. The institute also named its graduate student liaison for the next academic year. Recipients will join faculty and graduate students from history and other departments for a series of lectures, workshops and symposia. The faculty, graduate student and liaison award terms are July 1-June 30. The postdoctoral award term is Sept.1-Aug. 31. For more information on the recipients, visit myumi.ch/6QrgE.
SPH receives federal funds to launch genomic science fellowship program
The School of Public Health has received federal funding to launch an integrated, interdisciplinary fellowship program that will provide training in the ethical, legal and social implications of genomic science. Led by Scott Roberts, professor of health behavior and health education at SPH, the ELSI Research Training Program is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute and will launch in fall 2018. The ELSI Research Training Program will provide individually tailored training for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows, including advanced coursework, research mentoring, and professional development led by an interdisciplinary team of U-M faculty mentors.
— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record