|President Dennison started the Diversity Advisory
Council at UM in 1991 to promote cultural diversity through campus programs and
events. Since then his unwavering commitment to diversity at UM has helped bring about
significant growth in minority student enrollment.
From 1990 to 1999, American Indian student enrollment
increased by 60.7 percent, African-American student enrollment increased by 12.5 percent,
Asian/Pacific Islander student enrollment increased by 16 percent and Hispanic enrollment
increased by 11.3 percent.
More than 700 minority students were enrolled
during fall 1999 in undergraduate and graduate programs.
The University has worked over the past
decade to establish programs that help American Indian students succeed in higher
education. American Indian enrollment has increased from 239 students in 1990 to 376 in
By putting up their own money to create new
scholarships, the Dennisons led the way in making it possible for more American Indian
students to attend UM.
In the past decade, the University has
strengthened its international exchange opportunities, signing agreements with
universities in Canada, Europe, Asia and South America.