Dear Ann Arbor campus,

What will we dare to do, to become, as a great public university? Together, we’re in the midst of our year of planning to answer this vital question through our work with Vision 2034 and Campus Plan 2050.

These two presidential initiatives are closely connected and together are helping to build our shared future. The first is the creation of a strategic vision informed by our community that will sharpen U-M’s impact and create new opportunities that challenge the present and enrich the future. The other is the development and shaping of Ann Arbor blueprints, environments and buildings that are needed to support the strategic vision.

I want to thank the thousands from the U-M community who have shared their ideas for U-M’s Vision 2034. As we enter the next critical phase of this planning journey, I invite you to get involved through a number of opportunities, including open houses in October.

In addition, there are two tools for providing input on the campus plan that I encourage you to use. The first is the collaboration survey, which is for faculty and staff and gathers valuable information about how and where collaboration occurs. And the second is the online, interactive map survey. It allows the Ann Arbor campus community to share how they use and move through campus today, and how those experiences could be improved in the future. Both tools open today and stay open until Sept. 30.

I am incredibly proud of this university and excited about where we’re headed together. I hope you will participate in both of these important initiatives and I appreciate the insights you can offer. Learn more at and

Santa J. Ono