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Longtime Ypsilanti resident and EMU Regent Dr. Richard Robb was named chair of the University Logo Committee and tasked with finding a new EMU logo to replace the Huron. Understanding that the logo was offensive to many students, Robb predicted a quick decision and adjournment. Fending off the ire of alums attached to the logo as well as the frustration and occasional apathy of fellow committee members, Robb found himself entrenched in a much larger debate over the identity of the school itself.

Interview Date

Winter 3-9-2021


Eastern Michigan University, Board of Regents, EMU, Huron, logo, mascot, alumni, university administration, dentist, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Michigan Civil Rigts Commission

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Richard Robb, Oral History Interview, 2021