Office of Diversity and Inclusion

NMU Diversity Statement

Northern Michigan University strives to be an inclusive community where differences are recognized as assets of the institution, respected attributes of the person and a valuable part of the university experience.


Aim North Program 

During an Aim North summer visit to campus, participant (and now NMU freshman) Tirzah Roberts helped to plant a garden.


Graduating high school seniors in Detroit were able to get a head start on college before leaving their hometown through Aim North, a pilot program offered through Northern Michigan University’s Diversity and Inclusion Office. Students could take two summer courses, earning up to eight credits toward the liberal studies requirements for a degree prior to enrolling at NMU or another institution this fall.

Classes are taught by NMU faculty or qualified Detroit-area instructors. This past summer’s courses included college composition and Anishinaabe language, culture and community. They were held at Cesar Chavez Academy in Southwest Detroit.


For more information on the Aim North Program, please click here.


Northern is a safe and welcoming place. We aspire to learn from and encourage each other as global citizens, neighbors, colleagues, and family. We desire to be a role model in embracing all types of diversity and diverse points of view, engaging in civil society and governance, protecting human rights and promoting social justice.

Inclusion is one of the seven NMU Core Values. 

With funding from NSF, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Native American Studies hosted students and educators from the 2017 summer Reimagine STEM programs at Bay Cliff Health Camp to launch a mentoring program by matching students with an educator.Members of the Black Student Union visited multiple Detroit and Chicago area high schools in their annual BSU on Wheels event as an effort to increase enrollment at NMU. They are pictured here with President Erickson at their 2015 bus send off.

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