Tags: Access and Affordability
, Building Partnerships with Outside Institutions
, Digital Tool
, Diversity and Inclusion
The Youth Civil Rights Academy, led by Professor Barry Checkoway, seeks to establish a program fostering a partnership between U-M, schools and communities throughout the state of Michigan and beyond with the shared goal of preparing a new generation of civil rights leaders. The Academy will utilize a digital portal to provide large scale interactive participation for high school age participants and as a platform on which youth, regardless of their geography, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, can learn about their rights in a modern day context, share their stories and experiences, and discover resources for effecting change at different levels. The opportunity to propel the state of Michigan into the country’s discourse over civil rights education allows for the engagement of a diverse representation of individuals, communities and schools to collaborate on civil rights education within the state. By doing so, U-M will be able propagate its core institutional values of equality, diversity and inclusion through serving as the Academy’s center for civil rights leadership, which will prepare a new generation of school and community leaders to promote civil rights while expanding equal opportunities statewide.