The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) and the William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center (Trotter) is one Division of Student Affairs (DSA) unit with two locations and a multiplicity of offerings. MESA is located on the second floor of the Michigan Union and Trotter is located at 1443 Washtneaw. We envision a campus community where all members and embraced and nurtured because of their uniqueness and commit ourselves to transformative work that empowers the individual, builds community, and promotes justice. We like to describe MESA as the programmatic arm and Trotter as the facility arm of the unit.
Why give to MESA?
The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs is responsible for promoting student development and empowerment of the entire campus community around issues of diversity and social justice through the lens of race and ethnicity. Your gift can help provide students with many programs and initiatives including: Heritage Month Celebrations, Nourish: A lunch series for self-identified Women of Color and My Brothers: A lunch discussion series for Men of Color, co-curricular orientation and mentoring programs such as SIBS: Support for Incoming Black Students and ALMA: Assisting Latinos to Maximize Achievement, and community diversity summits. Your gift will help to enhance the success of students by building support communities through intellectual, social and cultural opportunities, promoting a healthy multicultural and respectful climate that allows for meaningful cross-cultural partnerships among student communities and engaging students in efforts to further develop and deepens their intercultural skills and competencies.
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Why give to Trotter?
Donations can also help maintain and improve the William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center which serves as home away from home for students and allows any registered student organization to utilize the space for no cost to host meetings or overnight retreats. At Trotter, student organizations have office spaces, access to event spaces, a computer lab and Wi-Fi, and a fully equipped licensed commercial kitchen. The Trotter Center offers warm and inviting spaces for cultural, social and educational events and activities that increase interest in the ethnic and cultural traditions of U of M students. It is also a place that is considered to be a home away from home, where students can study, hang out, and relax. With your support, we can strive to achieve our vision of a diverse and vibrant campus community where all members are embraced and nurtured. Needs of the facility are many and include such items as, general maintenance and repair, cultural artwork, air-conditioning, upgrades and new AV equipment and furniture.
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Why does MESA/Trotter need my support EVERY year and why would any donation be helpful?
While endowment funds are earmarked both in how they can be used and when, Annual Gifts are funds that MESA/Trotter can use immediately and where needed most. Each academic year, the University faces unexpected challenges. Annual Gifts from donors like you are vital to ensure our ability to overcome obstacles address emerging student needs and maintain the Michigan difference. Every donation, no matter the size, can be put to immediate and impactful use.
Areas of need that your donation could support:
A gift of any size to these funds to MESA, will lend further support to the mission of MESA/Trotter. In addition to the needs mentioned above for MESA/Trotter, gifts could help with the following needs of our unit:
- Social Networking Social networking initiatives could provide opportunities for personal training, extracurricular and social activities, new learning experiences and community outreach projects.
- Leadership/Mentoring This resource could provide opportunities for more students to participate in and benefit from such programs as ALMA, SIBS and MAP (MESA/Trotter Affiliate Program).
- Food/Snacks We offer light snacks and beverages for students at the Trotter Center and the cost to offer a broad selection of healthy and abundant snacks keeps increasing, so your support could help us maintain and increase the quality and quantity of offerings to students.
- Student work positions We often have students that do not qualify for work study positions that are interested in experiencing working in our unit, and they are unable to volunteer, so with your support, we could offer paid positions to these students.
- We thank you for your support!
How does U-M solicit for gifts?
Alumni and friends are contacted via mail, email, and Telefund, U-M's student telephone fundraising program. Michigan is a big place, so you may be contacted by the general Annual Giving office or by someone at a school, college, or unit on campus. As a whole, we strive to make giving to the University and allocating your gift to the area you wish as simple as possible. So when you are contacted remember you can support student Affairs no matter who reaches out to you.
There are many ways you can give to MESA/Trotter:
- Annual Giving- A fund that is put to use where most needed within a fiscal year.
- Outright Gifts- Gifts of cash, securities or “gifts in kind” make an immediate impact. Gifts in kind include artwork, books and equipment that may be useful to MESA/Trotter.
- Planned Giving- A giving strategy that allows you to make a meaningful charitable contribution while possibly enhancing you and your family's future financial well-being.
- Bequests-One of the simplest ways to give, you can leave a gift from your estate within your will.
How to Make Your Gift
We have provided information on how you can make your gift below. In addition, please feel free to call us anytime if you need assistance.
We're here for you!
We're passionate about connecting donors with Michigan. We welcome questions about Annual Giving and hearing from you about your reason for participating. If there's something specific you'd like to support and you don't see it on our communications, please contact us. We'll help you get your donation to the right place.
To speak to us about giving opportunities please contact:
Parent & Family Giving and Student Life
Mobile: (734) 272-9498
Student Affairs Office of Development
Student Life Office of Development
Student Affairs – Office of Development
9027 Wolverine Tower
3003 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1288
Phone: (734) 647-7309
Fax: (734) 647-6100