July 24, 2020
I write to provide an update about important developments and growth that are taking place at Michigan Law as a result of conversations between the Black Law Students Association and members of the Law School's administration. We have been working together to enable the Law School to fulfill its promise of providing an outstanding legal education in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.
Since early June, we have been meeting regularly to plan a path forward for our community. These meetings have been informative and productive. We are developing solutions to longstanding problems and working to dismantle structural racism within the Law School. While these problems cannot be eradicated overnight, we are developing policies and practices to change our teaching and learning framework in ways large and small.
I want to thank our BLSA students for their leadership and for the generous and collaborative spirit with which they have engaged in our continuing talks. They raised their demands in good faith and in response to their experience at the Law School. BLSA's love for and commitment to our School and student body has been evident throughout and has been critical to making great strides.
We are committed to bringing about meaningful institutional changes that will strengthen and improve the learning environment for Black students, and all students. Our intent is to be responsive and transformative by making adjustments immediately where possible, as well as by developing longer term goals that will require more time and resources to implement. Below I outline some of the steps we have taken already along with developments that are forthcoming to make our learning environment anti-racist:
Planning and Oversight
In the Classroom
Student Life and Wellness
BLSA's sincere demands have benefitted everyone in our community, and on behalf of the Law School, I thank them for bringing these issues forward. The integrity of our community is at stake. This is only the beginning of our efforts to reshape our community into one that is more competent, inclusive, and equitable. We will continue to work to implement and report on the steps we take as these efforts advance.
I am excited about the future that our students and graduates are helping us create.
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