Members of Hindusthan Club pose for a group photograph.

People & Communities

This Frame includes projects that focus on the lived experiences of individuals and communities within and around our campuses and on how institutional policies, practices, and norms have affected these experiences.

Additional project sites in development include one focusing on Jewish students at U-M and a community archives project, which is being developed in collaboration with the Bentley Historical Library. Both are expected to launch in fall 2024.

Project Sites

Cornerstone Project

African American Student Project

Fall 2016 - Present

The African American Student Project started in 2016, with the goal of providing more information about African Americans at U-M. The core of the project is a searchable database containing the names and years of attendance of nearly 6,000 African American students who attended the university for any length of time from 1853 until 1970. Work on identifying students from the 1970s is currently underway.

The Origins of UM-Flint’s DEI Centers

Beginning Winter 2024

This project is documenting and deepening understanding of the role students, staff, faculty, and the broader Flint community have played in the founding of various centers focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion on the UM-Flint campus, including the Center for Gender and Sexuality and the Intercultural Center. The project considers the founding missions of the centers, the role of student activism in creating and maintaining them, how they have changed over time, and their ongoing grappling with inclusion and belonging.