University of Michigan Seeks to Foster Racial Tolerance on Campus

The University of Michigan has launched a new program aimed at fostering respect for all members of the campus community regardless of race, gender, ethnic origin, religion, or sexual orientation. The program, called Expect Respect, also hopes to raise awareness about hate crimes and bias incidents on campus.

The Expect Respect Web site and a telephone hotline offer students and other members of the campus community a tool to report racial incidents to university authorities.

The Dean of Students Office is sponsoring events on campus that embody the spirit of the Expect Respect initiative. Student groups are encouraged to submit ideas to the administration for programs and events that will increase tolerance on campus. Students are encouraged to show their support for the program by wearing an Expect Respect button.