Claiming the Culture

Faculty initiative raises student voices to address diversity, equity and inclusion


In Search of Stories

Aerie mobile recording studio ready to hit the road


A Peerless Pedagogue

Mark Jefferson crossed boundaries in the classroom and redrew them for post WWI Europe


13 Things You Didn't Know

New student housing, smart policing, social mobility rankings, and more


Sol Sister

How this Mama found her groove and hustled her way to the top


Big Heart, Big Impact

Tricia Stewart Terry helps animals find sanctuary


People, Places & Things

Amplifying Black creatives; how a 19th century diary inspired a master's thesis; and the newest Alumni Award winners


Give Rise

Help us get to $100 million


An Institution of Opportunity

Diversity has and always will be part of our DNA.

We recognize that a diverse learning environment not only offers unique perspectives and sparks innovation but is key to preparing individuals to succeed in an increasingly interconnected and complex world. At EMU, we want to ensure people from different backgrounds have access to an excellent education that prepares them to thrive and contribute to society.

None of that is possible without our incredible faculty.

That’s why it’s so meaningful that our faculty members are leading the discussion about what it means to have an inclusive campus climate, and how it affects students when we fail. One compelling result of their work, a three-part video series that amplifies student voices to address diversity, equity and inclusion, is featured in “Claiming the Culture” on page 3. The stories are authentic and powerful and shed light on an EMU experience that many may naively think doesn’t exist. Yet it does.

I admire our students’ honesty and candidness, and I am profoundly grateful for the work that our faculty teams are doing to bring these stories to light.

Present to Past

This issue also tells the story of Mark Jefferson (page 5), a fascinating figure from our history who is much more than the namesake of a science building. Jefferson was one of the most celebrated geographers of his time and, as chief cartographer at the Versailles Peace Conference, was instrumental in helping draw national boundaries in Europe following World War I. He was a scholar, an innovator, and a thinker.

I hope you enjoy these stories and more in this issue of Eastern Magazine.

­James Smith, Ph.D. President, Eastern Michigan University

About Eastern Magazine

Eastern Magazine (ISSN 2150-4679) is published by the Division of Communications at Eastern Michigan University, 15 Welch Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. All rights reserved. The views presented are not necessarily those of the editor or the official policies of the University. ©2022 Eastern Michigan University.

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