Trotter Multicultural Center

As a national leader in promoting an inclusive campus climate, the Trotter Multicultural Center serves as a campus facilitator, convener, and coordinator of cultural awareness and inclusive leadership education initiatives for students. The Trotter Distinguished Leadership Series is designed to increase healthy discourse and learning throughout the University of Michigan by inviting speakers from the political and public service sectors of national and international note. Our goal is to bring together bright minds with talks that are idea-focused on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration, and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter to students at the University of Michigan.

The discussions usually total 75 minutes in length including a 45 minute moderated discussion with 30-minute audience Q&A. A 30-60 minute reception are generally held after the event.

The Trotter Distinguished Leadership Series is developed with the financial support of generous donor gifts and programmatic support from U-M's Weiser Diplomacy Center and the Wallace House.

For more information on TDLS events or if you would like to speak at an upcoming event, please contact us at tdls.board@umich.edu


2019-2020 Academic Year Events

  • Jim Fitterling (CEO of Dow, Inc.)
    Moderator: Julio Cardona (Director of Trotter Multicultural Center, University of Michigan)
    Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
    Location: Sankofa Lounge, Trotter Multicultural Center
  • Condoleezza Rice (66th United States Secretary of State)
    Moderator: Lynette Clemetson (Charles R. Eisendrath Director of Wallace House, University of Michigan)
    Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
    Location: Multipurpose Room, Trotter Multicultural Center
  • Peter Bhatia (Editor for the Detroit Free Press, Pulitzer Prize Winner)
    Moderator: Karen Rouse (Reporter, WNYC News, New York Public Radio)
    Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 
    Time: 3:00-5:00pm 
    Location: Sankofa Lounge, Trotter Multicultural Center
  • Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (Professor and Director, Michigan State University and author of "What the Eyes Don't See") 
    Moderator: Jacob Carah, Independent investigative journalist & documentary filmmaker
    Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    Time: 3:00 - 5:30pm 
    Location: Multipurpose Room, Trotter Multicultural Center
  • Senator Stephanie Chang (Michigan State Senator) 
    Moderator: Niala Boodhoo (Host and Executive Producer, Illinois Public Media)
    Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
    Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm 
    Location: Multipurpose Room, Trotter Multicultural Center
  • Representative Sarah Anthony (Michigan State Representative)
    Moderator: Elizabeth A. James 
    Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
    Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location: Sankofa Lounge, Trotter Multicultural Center
  • Cheh Kim (Senior Information Specialist, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)
    Moderator: TBA
    Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location: Sankofa Lounge, Trotter Multicultural Center

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