Center for the Education of Women+ scholarship winners pose for a group photograph.

The Inclusive History Project

A journey of institutional self-discovery committed to challenging our conception of the past and taking action to build a truly inclusive present and future.

Our Charge

The IHP is committed to building a project that covers the whole university and engages deeply and meaningfully across and beyond our campuses.

A Comprehensive History

The IHP is charged with studying and documenting a comprehensive history of the University of Michigan that is attentive to diversity, equity, and inclusion and stretches across the university’s three campuses and Michigan Medicine.

Engagement

Through the histories we tell and the partnerships we create, the IHP is committed to engaging with faculty, staff, students, alumni, patients, and neighbors. This broad and deep engagement is fundamental to a fuller understanding of the university’s past and its contemporary effects.

Reparative Efforts

The IHP must foreground the continuing impact of the university’s history on its present, and build out from a renewed knowledge and acknowledgment of our institution’s past to make concrete commitments to reshaping its future.

Women's basketball team poses for a group photograph.
Women's basketball team, Class of 1904

University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library

People gather around tables for Passover seder.
Hillel Passover Seder, April 1942

Hugh Grannum, Detroit Free Press
University of Michigan Library Digital Collections
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This work is licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Intercultural Center staff participating in the UM-Flint Homecoming Parade, Sept. 2022
Intercultural Center staff participating in the UM-Flint Homecoming Parade, Sept. 2022

Courtesy of University of Michigan-Flint Intercultural Center

Rosa Parks receives honorary doctorate at UM-Dearborn Commencement, April 28, 1991
Rosa Parks receives honorary doctorate at UM-Dearborn Commencement, 1991

University of Michigan-Dearborn Campus Archive

Parks was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree.

Our Origin

The IHP was announced as a presidential initiative in June 2022. It emerged in response to contexts that include the rich histories of campus activism and institutional support for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts here at the university, historical name reviews that have taken place on the Ann Arbor campus over the last several years, and the broad movement of other colleges and universities to reckon with their histories. It also builds on wide-ranging efforts to study and reckon with U-M’s history that are underway on our campuses.

Drone view of UM-Flint campus in the fall, 2020
Students crossing State Street in front of the Michigan Union on the Ann Arbor campus, 1947

A Design for the Inclusive History Project

In July 2023, the IHP’s Framing & Design Committee released a design for the IHP’s next five years that includes a research plan and priorities, recommendations for additional project activities, and an articulation of the values and commitments that must guide the IHP’s work.

Explore our Research Plan and Priorities

The IHP is engaged in rigorous, scholarly work to study and document the university’s full history. Our research is organized by four Frames, which are essential themes that provide a structure for the project’s wide-ranging research.

U-M graduate student Austin McCoy speaking at a protest in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Updates & Events

Stay informed about events, research findings, and other project news.

Symposium
IHP-EIHS Symposium
  • April 19, 2024 (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)
  • In-person & Virtual

IHP-EIHS Symposium

Approaches to Oral History and the Work of Inclusive History

Drawing on the perspectives of three scholars in different fields, we will explore the potential uses of oral history work for projects that are public facing, DEI-centered, and explicitly reparative. How does the practice of oral history change the ways we think about our audiences, our work with community partners, our research, and the potential impacts of our scholarship?
News
What difference can we make in 5 to 10 years?
  • Mar. 2024

What difference can we make in 5 to 10 years?

UM-Dearborn looks to the past and present in a multiyear initiative to build a more inclusive and representative future.
News
President Ono’s February 2024 video message on the IHP
  • Feb. 2024

President Ono’s February 2024 video message on the IHP

The IHP is charged with telling a more complex and more inclusive history of our university, one that necessarily includes all of our campuses, spans more than 200 years, and crucially – addresses our successes and our failures when it comes to matters of diversity, inclusion and equity.
Student Opportunity
Apply for Inclusive History Project-Dearborn Student Internships
  • Feb. 2024

Apply for Inclusive History Project-Dearborn Student Internships

The Inclusive History Project-Dearborn is looking for student interns for Summer and Fall 2024 to substantively contribute to important research initiatives for The 1959 Project. Apply by March 15 for fullest consideration!
Student Opportunity
Apply for the Inclusive History Project Student Advisory Committee
  • Feb. 2024

Apply for the Inclusive History Project Student Advisory Committee

The Inclusive History Project (IHP) is forming a student advisory committee to engage students interested in the IHP’s wide-ranging efforts to study and reckon with the University of Michigan's (U-M) history and create a truly inclusive present and future.
News
IHP continues with university engagement efforts
  • Record
  • Feb. 2024

IHP continues with university engagement efforts

The University of Michigan’s Inclusive History Project is continuing its efforts to engage members of the university community by developing a tri-campus student advisory committee and creating a research and engagement fund.