About The Office of the
Vice President for Government Relations

The role of Government Relations:

To 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.

To direct the University's Government Relations programs at the local, state and federal levels.This includes planning and developing the institution's response to proposed legislation; developing and maintaining effective relationships with governmental agencies and officials; and analyzing and assessing legislative, administrative and regulatory activities as they pertain to University programs, activities and operations.

Contact information, directions and list of personnel can be found on our Staff Directory page.

Government Relations also assists in the management of the annual U-M United Way Campaign.

Within the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations are:

The Office of Community Relations:

Community Relations coordinates the various University of Michigan partnerships, services and links between U-M and government and community organizations representing the greater Ann Arbor area and Southeastern Michigan. The Community Guide web site offers an extensive directory of   resources and partnerships within the community.

The Office of Federal Relations:

Our Washington, D. C. office monitors legislation of interest to universities generally and U-M specifically; facilitates congressional and administration meetings and issue briefings for U-M faculty and staff; provides office space for University people on business in Washington; and serves as a clearinghouse on government activities, places, people and employment opportunities. The office serves University faculty, staff and students, as well as members of Congress and federal government officials and agencies. The office also works closely with higher education associations and coalitions to advance the University's agenda in Washington.

The Office of the Lansing Service Center

Lansing Service Center links University personnel with community agencies, state and local governments, the Legislature, and other groups to develop programs, technology networks and other services using University resources that benefit their respective constituents and all citizens of Michigan. The office supports the activities of the Legislative Advocacy Program, an effort of the Alumni Association and the Office of Government Relations to increase alumni involvement in advocating public higher education. The outreach program includes an annual Michigan Alumni Day in Lansing, Wolverine Caucus events (for alumni who work in or around state government), and ongoing contact with State legislators.

The Office of State Outreach:

State Outreach provides a direct line of communication between the University of Michigan and Michigan communities. Their goal is to increase awareness of U-M resources for research and service of benefit to those communities. State Outreach also manages the Michigan Road Scholars Tour each May, a traveling seminar on the State of Michigan. This educational tour exposes participants to the state's economy, government and politics, culture, educational systems, health and social issues, history, and geography. The Michigan Outreach Directory is an online database managed by State Outreach designed to help Michigan residents find information about the University of Michigan's many outreach projects and services that can benefit their lives and their communities.