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

2021-2022 Academic Year Events

TDLS: Setting Change in Motion: The Power in Communities and Storytelling with Richard Lui and Rudy Espinoza, moderated by Erika Hayasaki

This month we host "Setting Change in Motion: The Power in Communities and Storytelling" where we explore the power of communities and stories in civic engagement. We are honored to host award-winning journalist and MSNBC/CNN news anchor, Richard Lui, and Executive Director of Inclusive Action for the City, Rudy Espinoza. The event will be moderated by Erika Hayasaki, independent journalist and writer based in Southern California and current U-M Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellow. The virtual event will be hosted Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 5:30-7pm. Trotter Multicultural Center looks forward to seeing you on October 20, 2021 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Register at:

Previous Events:

  • TDLS: COVID-19: Reflections and vision for the future with Dr. Paula Lantz, moderated by Nicholas St. Fleur, Knight-Wallace Fellow. Watch the Recording (Wednesday, March 31, 2021)
  • TDLS: Cybersecurity, Technology and Government with Javed Ali, moderated by Ravi Rendse, U-M VP IT and CIO. Watch the Recording (Tuesday, December 1, 2020) 
  • TDLS: Reflections from Former Presidential Speechwriters with Sarah Hurwitz and John McConnell, moderated by Aaron Kall, U-M Director of Debate. Watch the Recording (Thursday, October 29, 2020)
  • TDLS: A Discussion With Representative Sarah Anthony with Representative Sarah Anthony, Michigan State Representative, moderated by Elizabeth A. James (Friday, February 21, 2020).
  • TDLS: A Discussion With Senator Change with Senator Stephanie Chang, Michigan State Senator, moderated by Niala Boodhoo, Host and Executive Producer at Illinois Public Media (February 14, 2020).
  • Public Health Leadership and Advocacy: A Discussion with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Professor and Director, Michigan State University and author of "What the Eyes Don't See," moderated by Jacob Carah, Independent investigative journalist & documentary filmmaker (January 28, 2020).
  • Shifting the Lens in Today's Society: Leadership in Journalism: A Discussion with Peter Bhatia with Peter Bhatia, Editor for the Detroit Free Press & Pulitzer Prize Winner, moderated by Karen Rouse, Reporter for WNYC News, of New York Public Radio (October 25, 2019). 
  • Condoleezza Rice, 66th United States Secretary of State, moderated by Lynette Clemetson, Charles R. Eisendrath Director of Wallace House, University of Michigan (October 4, 2019).
  • Jim Fitterling (CEO of Dow, Inc.) moderated by Julio Cardona, Director of Trotter Multicultural Center, University of Michigan 
    (October 1, 2019)
  • TDLS: A Discussion on Women in Leadership with U-M Professors Barb McQuade and Kathryn Dominguez, moderated by Arnessa Garrett of the Dallas Morning News (March 27, 2019).
  • TDLS: A Discussion on Immigration with John Sandweg, Former Director of ICE and Homeland Security, and U-M Professor Mara Ostfeld (February 19, 2019).
  • Hailing Cesar Film Screening and Discussion with Eduardo Chávez, grandson of civil rights activist César Chávez (January 15, 2019)