Juneteenth events honor the progress of African Americans in the U.S. since the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 while continuing to recognize the ongoing efforts to overcome systemic injustices and inequities Black communities face.
We hope to enrich the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor communities by underscoring the importance of Juneteenth, ensuring all students, staff, faculty, and residents feel a deep sense of belonging. We hope you can join us for our celebration while we advance our educational mission as a university and seek to empower the community in a longstanding annual tradition to promote Black liberation and excellence.
U-M continues its commitment to supporting Black liberation and anti-racism through impactful DEI initiatives and by examining progress
The campus community comes together to provide the resources and energy to make the symposium a memorable event
We are always looking for new ways to partner with schools and units across the university, as well as community members
2023 Juneteenth Symposium
The University of Michigan's 3rd Annual Juneteenth Symposium theme was Systems Check: Exploring Structural Solutions to Systemic Racism.
The keynote by Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., one of the nation’s most prominent scholars and public intellectuals, examined the breadth and depth of the impact of systemic racism on the Black community, examining disparities in housing, voting, and education.
The celebratory events included a community prayer breakfast, a black film festival, and the KidZone tent at the Top of the Park.
LaTonya Berryhill, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research and Women of Color Task Force
Rachel Dawson (Co-Chair), U-M Precision Health and Women of Color Task Force
April Gross, Office of Diversity Equity & Inclusion
Elizabeth James, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
Brendan Kirwin, Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives
LaTasha Mitchell, Rackham Graduate School Dean’s Office
John Rodriguez , Office of Diversity Equity & Inclusion
Shaun L. Strong, School of Public Health
Gloria Taylor (Co-Chair), Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives
Ashli Wilson, Michigan Medicine Office of Health Equity and Inclusion
Support the Symposium
Join us in promoting Black liberation and excellence
If you want to help support the Juneteenth Symposium celebration, please email the committee at [email protected] to offer donations.
- Donations can be made through the Leaders & Best donation site. Please include a comment that says “Juneteenth celebration”
University of Michigan Units
- Donations can be made via shortcode transfer. Please contact Rachel Dawson ([email protected]) to request the shortcode for your donation.