Committee approves final round of anti-racism faculty proposals


Two proposals have been approved for funding in the third and final round for hiring tenure track faculty through the university’s Anti-Racism Hiring Initiative.

The selection committee, consisting of faculty members from across campus, chose two proposals, totaling six positions across five schools and colleges and one research institute, for funding.

Racial Justice and the Urban Humanities will refocus ongoing efforts to create collaborative models of research, teaching, learning and urban design in and around the Detroit metropolitan region. This will extend a longstanding interdisciplinary framework for deep interconnection of design, the humanities and a commitment to Detroit.

It includes three faculty positions, one in the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning focused on urban design, one in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies in LSA, and the third position shared by the Digital Studies Institute and Taubman College.

Addressing Environmental Racism and Promoting Health Equity will examine the connections among racism and racial violence, environmental injustice and racialized health disparities to achieve better knowledge of the way policies and actions exacerbate or ameliorate unequal burdens of harm.

It also includes three faculty positions, one each in the School for Environment and Sustainability, the School of Public Health, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The Institute for Social Research will partner with one of the schools in hiring a faculty member.

The Anti-Racism Hiring Initiative has approved funding for 21 faculty positions across 12 schools and colleges since it was launched in fall 2020. The first faculty members hired through the program will join U-M in the 2022-23 academic year.


Leave a comment

Commenting is closed for this article. Please read our comment guidelines for more information.