CLA Communities

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CLA Communities

We strive to create a campus community where every member is regarded with respect and feels a sense of belonging.

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You Belong Here!

CLA is a large, diverse college where you will find your community and your path. No matter what, there are others here like you, and many ways to find connections to people and opportunities.

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Tour celebrating 50 years of CLA's MLK Program

Social justice is a core value in CLA, and we believe that supporting students in their identities and communities is essential to ensuring their academic success.

CLA students come from all different backgrounds, ethnicities, geographic regions, and perspectives. Together in community, we engage with each other to increase awareness and empathetic understanding, as our students develop the Core Career Competency of engaging diversity.

Martin Luther King Jr. addressing thousands of people on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

CLA is home to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program, which provides a unique space for students. It offers not only culturally-relevant academic advising, but also important social justice programming — from talks and symposiums to concerts, cultural celebrations, and off-campus trips. 

The MLK Program's mission is to foster students' engagement with and understanding of complex issues of power, privilege, and social justice.

Your First Year

We've built in several ways for you to get to know your fellow students during your first year in CLA.

Student Groups

College Day Student Organizations

Many student groups are affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts, allowing you to meet and connect with students who have similar interests.

Alumni Network

CLA students can use the Maroon and Gold Network, an online platform that allows you to get advice from U of M alumni around the world who have volunteered to share it.

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