"Confronting an Institution’s Pasts" Symposium, presented by the Inclusive History Project and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies on February 10, 2023. Seated (left to right) are panelists Kacie Lucchini Butcher, Evelynn Hammonds, and James Campbell.

About the Project

Our Mission

The Inclusive History Project (IHP) is charged with studying, documenting, and sharing a comprehensive history of the University of Michigan that is attentive to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our work to tell the history of the university necessarily stretches across U-M’s three campuses and Michigan Medicine.

The IHP engages members of the university community and our campuses’ neighbors to better understand the full history of the institution, including its record of inclusion and exclusion, and to consider what reparative actions that history demands in the present and for the future.

Principles and Commitments That Guide Our Work

UM-Dearborn Students for Peace in Middle East march against activity in the Persian Gulf, Feb. 1991
Shadow of tree on Burton Memorial Tower

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.

A person holds a sign that reads "Fight, Defend Affirmative Action" at a demonstration.

Looking Ahead

The range of possible outcomes from the IHP include:
  • The development of new scholarship, research, and courses
  • New expressions of a more inclusive and accurate institutional narrative such as exhibits, campus tours, websites, updated ceremonies, and other forms of institutional storytelling
  • New and revitalized community relationships and partnerships
  • Changes in our institutional landscape and physical environment such as new kinds of monuments and public art
  • New and revised building and space names
  • Reparative acts directed at alumni and others who have been in some measure harmed by earlier practices and policies
  • New institutional programs and policies that address the contemporary effects of historical and systemic racism and other forms of discrimination and exclusion on our community, including but not limited to actions as permitted by law in areas such as admissions, financial aid, and faculty and staff hiring, promotion, and compensation
  • Many other tangible ideas that emerge from a thoughtful and engaged process
People crossing a snowy street corner on the Ann Arbor campus.

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. The report provides greater detail about the IHP’s plans, including its foundational principles and ongoing commitments, research priorities, and the many possible outcomes for the project.