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A Sense of Place

It often conjures images of farms or forests, but what does it really mean for a place to be “rural”? Rackham student Surabhi Balachander is looking for a new definition that reflects the experiences of the people who live there.

Speaking Their Legacy

Over a century ago, groups of Afrikaans-speaking Boer settlers left war-torn South Africa for Argentina. Today, their descendants speak a unique blend of Afrikaans and Spanish, and a team of U-M researchers is working to document it before it disappears.

Rethinking Research

In June, the university announced it would begin ramping up research after a four-month pause caused by COVID-19. Graduate students share their experiences, concerns, and insights as they return to their labs and studios.

Hanging in the Balance

Bats are a potential source of the novel coronavirus behind COVID-19, but a different affliction is ravaging their own populations. One Rackham researcher wants to help them—and help people grasp their importance to our ecosystem.

A History of Activism

In 1985, the Minority Organization of Rackham was formed. Now called Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR), the group continues to expand support and advocacy for the academic, professional, and social needs of graduate students of color.

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