About Government Relations

Vice President Cynthia H. Wilbanks oversees the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations.

University officials monitor federal and state legislation that impacts or involves higher education. Officials work with elected officials and government agencies in providing information and research findings that may assist their policy work.

We have offices in Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Washington, D.C.

  • U-M & A2
    5/11/15 The U-M Community Relations office has launched a new website that shows facts and figures explaining how the university is an integral part of the Ann Arbor community, and more.

  • U-M releases results of campus climate survey on sexual misconduct. U-Record article has links to survey and report.

  • Mott Children's Hospital has released results from a national poll and a video detailing the public's view of powdered alcohol. See poll

  • U-M among the Princeton Review's 353 Green Colleges U-Record article

  • House Reps: Where Did They Go to College? from National Journal, (they missed a couple, we actually have 10)

  • Government Relations is proud to salute our colleague Dr. Veronica Johnson who has established an Internship at the UM School of Information (Veronica Wilkerson Johnson Internship Award). 

  • U-M maintained its ranking at No. 6 on Kiplinger's list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2015. Read More

  • You can learn more about the State’s higher education appropriations process by joining the Alumni Association’s Legislative Advocacy program.

  • The University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers was named the best hospital in Michigan by the U.S. News & World Report.

  • U-M provides Guidelines for Political Campaigns and Ballot Initiatives.

  • A New website from Michigan Creative, U-M + Detroit, shows the committment of U-M to the City of Detroit.
    The Detroit Center is the base of operations for many of U–M's Detroit–focused programs

UM Student Intern in Detroit Reception

On Tuesday, July 28th, UM organized a reception for the hundreds of its students who took internships with organizations based in the City of Detroit. Hosted by President Mark Schlissel, the event attracted over 250 students, corporate and government leaders and UM professors and officials to the One Woodward Building in Detroit.

The event was organized through the Office of the Vice President of Government Relations and the Office of Global Communications and Strategic Initiatives. The event highlighted the experiences of four UM students who spoke eloquently of their internships working in Detroit, their new or reawakened appreciation for the City and the valuable knowledge they gained this summer at their respective work places. The students were Kelly Hall (major: Psychology, Class of 2017), Fulton Breen (major: MBA/MA Educational Leadership & Policy, Class of 2016), Kathryn Shepherd (major: Aerospace Engineering, Class of 2016) and Damaris Doss (major: Music, Class of 2018).

Audrey Harvey, Executive Director & CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan (BCBSM) Foundation and Kristina Green, Recruiting Team Captain for Quicken Loans, joined the student interns on the stage. Both BCBSM and Quicken were companies who placed a large number of UM student internships this summer. Ms. Harvey and Ms. Green both addressed the audience and spoke of the value that their respective organizations placed on having UM interns work for them.

The event culminated with a speech from President Schlissel who spoke of the importance of students having the opportunity to have internships and the positive influence they can have on their future professions. Mr. Schlissel also discussed UM beginning as an institution in Detroit in 1817, our upcoming bicentennial celebration and reinforced UM’s continuing commitment to the City of Detroit going forward.