January 18, 2024
The focus of this year's U-M Black History Month programming is empowering and uplifting the rich culture, creativity, and impactful contributions of Black folks across the diaspora. This year's theme is "Empowering Generations: Past, Present, and Future."
October 30, 2023
The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) is thrilled to announce that Andrea Wilkerson has been named the office's first assistant director of Native American student enrichment and belonging. Andrea has served as a MESA program manager since 2019 and now joins Nadia Bazzy and Krishna Han in MESA leadership.
June 26, 2023
MESA will partner this fall with M-LEAD and the U-M Dean of Students on a new leadership and capacity building initiative for student organization leaders. The pilot program—M-Coaching—will provide free, individual leadership coaching to a cohort of 10 undergraduate students who are highly engaged in large student organizations on campus and will be able to implement what they learn to better serve their organization.
ACUI, the Association of College Unions International, has recognized the University of Michigan with its prestigious and competitive Excellence in Student Training Programs award. U-M received the distinction for the success of the M-LEAD’s innovative Impact Initiative, with MESA as a key partner.
In the archives
November 1, 2022
MESA associate director Krishna Han and administrative assistant Neika White made guest appearances on the Break Away podcast this fall. The show, produced by the Michigan Leadership Collaborative, offers ways to engage with the greater University of Michigan leadership community and a chance to break away from the new norms of daily routines.
June 2, 2020
In the wake of COVID-19, many changes were made across the Ann Arbor campus. Many programs scrambled to find a way to adapt as more and more precautions were being created in order to keep the university and its staff and students safe. The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) is one of many units that were faced with the task of determining how they could adapt their schedule of events to the new remote conditions brought about by the pandemic.
April 14, 2020
Ever since the return from spring break, life has not been the same for University of Michigan students. My name is Smitty (they/them), a first-year RC-LSA student, and the Writer/Photographer Student Lead for IGR, MESA, and the Spectrum Center. As I work on finishing my first year, the new lifestyle brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has been a difficult one for me to navigate, along with focusing on my studies and managing my mental health. When news of the university switching to virtual classes was sent out, every day after that for the next couple weeks had been a whirlpool of information and anxiety as every department started planning next steps for the uncertain future ahead...
February 4, 2020
As a Pakistani-American woman, it has been an honor and privilege to work with the South Asian Awareness Network (SAAN) alongside Javier Solorzano Parada, Program Manager in preparation for their 18th Annual Conference: Electrify. SAAN serves to create spaces to engage and educate the University of Michigan community with the intent to promote social justice issues through a South Asian lens...
January 28, 2020
When the Black History Month Leadership Committee at the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) considers what it means to be Black at the University of Michigan, Black members of our community note that they examine themselves through many different lenses. Yes, Black people are a part of the campus community, the Michigan community, and the United States, but Black people are also a part of a larger diaspora of people, places, conversations, and histories.
December 10, 2019
Cindy Lin (she/her/hers) is a senior studying Political Science and Asian Studies. In her first year working for MESA, she became part of the pilot program for the Anti-Racism and Coalition Building Teach-Ins. Since then, her team has developed into the Peer Inclusive Educators (PIE) Team.
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