The University of Michigan’s approach to mental health offers a unique lens to observe radical transformations in the student experience. Mental health services have juggled the concerns of students and administrators alike, acting as both catalysts and constraints to progressive change.
In this exhibit, we explore the perspectives of undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and administrators. Their stories reveal the ways in which race, gender, sexuality, and nationality all influenced the experience, treatment, and future of student mental health. Their stories also extend well beyond the Diag, revealing far broader shifts in the history of the United States and beyond.
“Mental Health at Michigan” is part of Michigan in the World (MITW), a paid undergraduate internship program where students develop online public exhibitions about the history of the University of Michigan and its relationships with the wider world. MITW is coordinated by the U-M History Department in partnership with the Bentley Historical Library and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Bentley Michigan in the World Fellows: Sam Franz, Dustin Gladstone, Brooke Reiter, Estrella Salgado, Kia Schwert
Faculty Coordinator: Henry M. Cowles
Graduate Student Supervisor: Alexander Clayton
Public Engagement Manager: Gregory Parker
Archivists: Cinda Nofziger, Brian Williams
Brooke Reiter, Dustin Gladstone, Estrella Salgado, Kia Schwert, and Sam Franz
Alexander Clayton, Brian Williams, Cinda Nofziger, Gregory Parker, and Henry M. Cowles
Bentley Historical Library and LSA Technology Services