Trotter Multicultural Center

Arts, Music, and Food Programming

The Trotter Multicultural Center provides a broad range of arts, music, and food-related activities and events that are student designed and centered. Examples of programming include heritage month events and activities that explore a diverse arts, music, and/or food, live cultural art and music performances led by students, and collaborative programming with the Maize and Blue Cupboard on the intersection of food insecurity and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Cultural Awareness Programming and Intercultural Learning Program

The Trotter Multicultural Center currently provides cultural awareness-related educational programming and the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) as an intercultural competence development tool. In 2016, the Division of Student Life launched an effort to create a more equitable and inclusive campus as part of its five-year Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategic plan. The Intercultural Development Inventory experience is a key component to Student Life’s DEI strategic plan is an opportunity for individuals and groups to learn a sense of current levels of intercultural competence, develop a plan to understand difference with greater complexity, and more effectively navigate across difference. Innovative cultural awareness-related educational programming that will support a growth mindset and promote an inclusive campus climate offered by TMC is being developed for implementation in Fall 2019.

For more information about how you or your group can participate in the U-M IDI experience, please contact

Inclusive Student Leadership Programming

Inclusive Student Leadership programming is Trotter Multicultural Center's innovative new approach to developing student leaders who understand both multiculturalism and social justice, while at the same time recognize the nuances of individual identities. The primary goal of this program is to inspire student leaders to practice equitable service to campus groups now and take their expertise into their future careers.

Interfaith Program

The Interfaith Program endeavors to create opportunities and space to accompany students as they make meaning of life’s deepest questions, grapple with who they are called to be, and the impact they want to have in the world as they make transformative connections across identities, experiences, and academic pursuits. The Interfaith Program is currently developing programming and educational opportunities for the campus community focusing on intersectionality, power and privilege, multicultural competence, social justice, and effective ways to support marginalized/underserved students and colleagues.

Trotter Distinguished Leadership Series

The Trotter Distinguished Leadership Series is designed to increase healthy discourse and learning throughout U-M 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. 

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Paint No Pour

Paint No Pour offers students, faculty, and staff the most creative opportunity to explore diverse cultural history. Paint No Pour is inspired by national heritage months, student’s interests, and social events. Our gifted instructor will guide you step-by-step in replicating the works of the month’s celebrated artist.

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” -Edgar Degas