A widely reported incident that was perceived to be bias related occurs on campus in the Fall of 2005. (See the Michigan Daily article)
While the University of Michigan has always had offices and staff to support students, this incident led students to identify a void in the university's support structure: while pursuing specific complaints, the University also needed to understand the implications of bias on campus. Many in the University community recognized a need for reporting mechanisms as well as clearly defined support structures for incidents that are not violations of law or UM policies.
The Office of Media Relation and Public Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Institutional Equity and Michigan Marketing and Design created the Expect Respect Campaign in partnership with student volunteers.The creative design was provided by Michigan Marketing and Design.
The Expect Respect Campaign is launched to supplement work of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution and the Office of Institutional Equity. A telephone line is instituted for reporting hate crimes and bias incidents. The Expect Respect website goes live and allows for incidents to be reported through e-mail.
Poster campaigns and button distribution begin on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.
The Dean of Students Office forms a partnership with students in creating a Expect Respect Student Group. This committee creates a pledge that is distributed to incoming students. Faculty and staff modify the pledge and disseminate it widely.
One of the first student group events is a completely non-partisan discussion about the MCRI with University professor Scott Page.
After the passage of the MCRI, events continued to take place that highlight the divisions in our community.
The first social Climate Matters workshop is held. Representatives from all over the Division of Student Affairs are invited to meet with students to discuss the implications of the MCRI on campus climate.
The Expect Respect Student Group begins to work on grassroots efforts in the residence halls and off campus to promote respect. The most significant of these efforts were the creation of a conversation program. These conversations took place over dinner in Markley to discuss common bias incidents and hate crimes occurring in that residence hall.
A follow-up Climate Matters conference is held. The discussion of the MCRI continues, but the conference is opened to all issues affecting social climate on campus. One issue to come out of this conference was the problems facing student-parents on campus. To address this, the "Got Kids?" campaign will be launched Fall 2008!
The student group continues grass roots efforts, but also launches a program to help fund small student groups and student group collaborations.
The Dean of Students Office partners with the student group to put on "Social" Climate Matters, a continuation of discussion of issues on campus.Future conferences are planned to discuss specific issues of campus climate, rather than having overarching conferences.
The student group expands to include liaisons from student groups all across campus.
For more information about the Expect Respect campaign, contact email@example.com or call the Dean of Students Office at 734.764.7420.
To get in touch with the Expect Respect Student Group, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.