MULTICULTURAL LOUNGE PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Our multicultural and minority culture lounges are just one of the ways we show our commitment to celebrating and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Born out of the Black Action Movement in the 1970s, these lounges are distinct from other lounges in residence halls because they recognize the activism and accomplishments of underrepresented groups; today they are havens of support, solidarity, and sharing among residents.
For more information on any of the multicultural and minority culture lounges please contact our diversity and inclusion team.
50th Anniversary of the Multicultural Lounge Program
Housing’s Diversity and Inclusion Office is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Multicultural and Minority Lounge Program. The Multicultural and Minority Lounge Program was born out of the student led activism of the Black Action Movement (BAM) at the University of Michigan in 1971. There are currently 16 lounges in the Multicultural and Minority Lounge Program; the lounges are located in the residential communities across campus.
To honor the 50 year legacy of the Multicultural and Minority Lounge program, the Housing’s Diversity and Inclusion office will be collaborating with Student Life partners to create programming to celebrate the lounges. Starting in Winter 2021, there will be both large and small scale programming that provides an opportunity for UM community members and stakeholders to engage in celebrations for the Multicultural and Minority Lounge program. For opportunities to be involved in the programming, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MULTICULTURAL AND MINORITY CULTURE LOUNGES
The Abeng multicultural council and lounge, located in East Quad, were developed in 1971 as the result of the Black Action Movement (BAM).
The Afro American lounge, established in 1972, was the first lounge to be decorated with art and artifacts which reflected Black culture and history.
The multicultural lounge in Markley Hall, rededicated on October 17, 1991, celebrates the renowned and controversial political activist, Angela Davis.
The lounge serves as a storytelling educational gallery and features information about the Black Action Movement using historical newspapers and graphics.
Lorde, a poet, teacher, librarian, and activist gained wide respect through her struggle against oppression based on race, sexual orientation, and gender.
The CAMEO lounge in Couzens Hall is named after the hall's multicultural council, Couzens Active Minority Ethnic Organization.
Dedicated in 1995, the César Chávez Lounge, located in Mosher Jordan, honors César Chávez and the struggle of the United Farm Workers (UFW).
The Edward Said Lounge, located in North Quad and dedicated in 2015, celebrates Said's contributions to the humanities and Arab-American culture.
Grace Lee Boggs was a Chinese-American author, social activist, philosopher and feminist. The lounge is dedicated to recognizing Bogg's social justice work.
The Oxford Hall's minority culture lounge pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, a civil rights pioneer who initiated the practice of non-violent protest.
The lounge, in Bursley Hall, dedicated in 1976, is named after one of the nation's foremost civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dedicated in 1999 and located in Mosher Jordan, the lounge celebrates Giovanni's activism and literary contributions around race, gender, and sexuality.
The Rosa Parks Lounge in Stockwell Hall was dedicated in 1973 and represents Park's dignity and strength in the struggle to end racial segregation.
The Connector is Housing’s multicultural engagement center and expresses Housing’s commitment to celebrating and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.
The name of this lounge, located in Alice Lloyd, was inspired by Kwanzaa, an African American holiday observed from December 26th to January 1st.
This lounge was dedicated to commemorate Vicky's activism around equality and respect for the Native American community at the University of Michigan.
Kochiyama is well known for her liberation support work for political prisoners and reparation advocacy for Japanese Americans who were in internment camps.
In 1998, the memorial lounge in Markley Hall was dedicated to celebrating Arati's life and spirit. In honor of Arati, the lounge was rededicated in 2003.
There are three reflection rooms located in Michigan Housing spaces across campus. They may be used for meditation, prayer, or spending time in quiet reflection.
The reflection room located in The Connector is intended for anyone in Michigan Housing. The Couzens Hall reflection room is for the hill community residents. And Bursley Hall’s reflection room is for Bursley residents.
At this time, the use of the reflection rooms is by reservation only. Please complete this reservation form to request a reservation.
A complete list of reflection rooms can be found on the Trotter Multicultural Center website.