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Lounges

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.

MULTICULTURAL AND MINORITY CULTURE LOUNGES

Abeng Lounge

The Abeng multicultural council and lounge, located in East Quad, were developed in 1971 as the result of the Black Action Movement (BAM).

Afro American Lounge

The Afro American lounge, established in 1972, was the first lounge to be decorated with art and artifacts which reflected Black culture and history.

Angela Davis

The multicultural lounge in Markley Hall, rededicated on October 17, 1991, celebrates the renowned and controversial political activist, Angela Davis.

Asubuhi Lounge

The lounge serves as a storytelling educational gallery and features information about the Black Action Movement using historical newspapers and graphics.

Audre Lorde Lounge

Lorde, a poet, teacher, librarian, and activist gained wide respect through her struggle against oppression based on race, sexual orientation, and gender.

CAMEO

The CAMEO lounge in Couzens Hall is named after the hall's multicultural council, Couzens Active Minority Ethnic Organization.

Cesar Chavez

Dedicated in 1995, the César Chávez Lounge, located in Mosher Jordan, honors César Chávez and the struggle of the United Farm Workers (UFW).

Edward Said Lounge

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 Lounge

Grace Lee Boggs was a Chinese-American author, social activist, philosopher and feminist. The lounge is dedicated to recognizing Bogg's social justice work.

Mahatma Gandhi

The Oxford Hall's minority culture lounge pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, a civil rights pioneer who initiated the practice of non-violent protest.

Martin Luther King Jr. Lounge

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.

Nikki Giovanni

Dedicated in 1999 and located in Mosher Jordan, the lounge celebrates Giovanni's activism and literary contributions around race, gender, and sexuality.

Rosa Parks

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

The Connector is Housing’s multicultural engagement center and expresses Housing’s commitment to celebrating and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.

Umoja

The name of this lounge, located in Alice Lloyd, was inspired by Kwanzaa, an African American holiday observed from December 26th to January 1st.

Vicky Barner

This lounge was dedicated to commemorate Vicky's activism around equality and respect for the Native American community at the University of Michigan.

Yuri Kochiyama Lounge

Kochiyama is well known for her liberation support work for political prisoners and reparation advocacy for Japanese Americans who were in internment camps.

Memorial Lounges

Arati Sharangpani

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.

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