SAMI provides funding for individual students and student organizations that promote, projects and/or events that are designed to increase self-development and educate the campus community on multicultural issues through an academic lens.

Special Announcement 2021/22

Due to the COVID pandemic, the SAMI grant committee will evaluate funds for travel, in-person conferences based on CDC and U-M guidelines. On-campus events that do not follow University guidelines/protocols such as mask requirements, enforcing social distancing or exceed the number of people allowed for gatherings by the University will not be granted funding. We will continue to fund projects/events throughout the school year as long as public health and University policy allows.


The Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI) created Student Academic Multicultural Initiatives (SAMI) in 1993 to provide students and student organizations with a source of funds for involvement in academic multicultural activities.

In broadest terms, multiculturalism can include groups that are organized on the basis of cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, age, gender, social class, and sexual orientation differences. Consistent with OAMI’s goals, the SAMI Committee encourages and considers student proposals for projects and activities designed to educate the campus community on these issues.

Funding for SAMI is provided by the Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer and is coordinated and disbursed by the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives.

Recently Funded

Individual Conference Attendance – Jennifer Gonzalez

Student Conference on Latinx Affairs

A Public Health Master’s Student, Jennifer Gonzalez has a focus on Health Behavior and Health Education and interests in health disparities and social determinants of health. With help from OAMI’s SAMI Fund, Gonzalez attended the 2018 Student Conference On Latinx Affairs (SCOLA) where she participated in a resource fair, workshops, and cultural events.

Student Org Conference Attendance – Black Medical Association

Annual Medical Education Conference – San Francisco, CA.

Members of the Black Medical Association BMA, Emmanuel Quaye, Taylor Jamerson, Tochukwu Ndukwe, Marcel Eadie, Kristian Black attended the Annual Medical Education Conference in San Francisco, California. There they participated in residency programs where members networked and workshops ranging from clinical skills practice, dealing with discrimination in the clinical setting, handling burnout in your career, and how to manage money. Some members also presented their research.


Academic Multicultural Programming – “Fusion of Cultures”

African Students Association

In December of last year, the African Students Association (ASA) collaborated with collaborating with the Arab Students Association, Iraqi Students Association, Japanese Students Association, Taiwanese American Students Association, Persian Students Association, and the Michigan Pakistanis to present the annual “Fusion of Cultures”– a social event established by the African Students Association aimed to embrace students and organizations of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.