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July 18, 2019

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October 8, 2018

Campus briefs

Topic: Campus News

SPH to launch HIV prevention program for transgender women

More than 20 percent of transgender women are currently living with HIV, and transgender women are nearly 50 times more likely to contract HIV than cisgender individuals. In an effort to address this health inequity, a research team led by the University of Michigan in partnership with Brown University and the University of California, San Francisco will launch a couples-based intervention program aimed at preventing HIV for transgender women and their partners. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, researchers will enroll 100 couples in the San Francisco area in the trial. Transgender women and their partners will attend three to five counseling sessions together, where they will focus on communication skills and relationship goals. Counselors will provide education on prevention strategies for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases as well as HIV testing. The program was designed in partnership with transgender women, who will also lead the counseling sessions.

U-M launches site to chronicle Detroit engagement

The university has launched a new website that captures the engagement of its faculty, students and alumni in Detroit. It can be found at and was created to bring together all U-M efforts with Detroit — including the U-M Detroit Center on Woodward Avenue — under one digital umbrella. The university’s engagements with Detroit, where it was founded in 1817, include student organizations, social change projects, courses, K-12 programs, community-academic research projects, business engagement and collaborations with city government and neighborhood organizations. “Today we have literally hundreds of projects in and with the city, and we are proud of how these engagements help to realize the city’s opportunities in economic mobility, cultural expression, education, and healthy communities,” said James Holloway, vice provost for global engagement and interdisciplinary academic affairs. “This website will help to create more transparency around our partnerships with the city.”

U-M security and fire safety report available

The U-M annual security and fire safety report for 2018-19 now is available online at The Division of Public Safety and Security publishes this comprehensive resource on campus safety each year to provide the university community with information about public safety and emergency services, safety tips, university policies, laws and support services. The report also includes three-year statistics of reported crime, including bias-motivated crimes, on the Ann Arbor campus and adjoining properties. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires universities to provide their communities with this information so people can make informed decisions about their personal safety. Additional safety and security information, including crime alerts and the daily crime and fire log, can be found online at Questions about the report can be forwarded to DPSS Clery Compliance Coordinator Erik Mattila at

Michigan Medicine HR unveils new website

Michigan Medicine Human Resources has unveiled a new website that is more user-friendly and inclusive for all faculty and staff. HR staff members spearheaded the project and implemented changes that reflected direct feedback from Michigan Medicine faculty and staff. The new website now also provides access to training resources for employees and those in leadership roles. It also is ideal for screen readers and adaptive website viewing, and is easier to use on mobile devices. Faculty and staff can view the website at

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record