Fellows and Scholars

Michael R. Wenger

Michael R. Wenger

AAC&U Senior Fellow

Michael R. Wenger is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Sociology at The George Washington University, a senior consultant on race relations with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and a senior fellow at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

From October, 1998 to August, 2014 Mr. Wenger served at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the nation's pre-eminent research and public policy analysis institution focused on issues of race. He was the founder and Director of NABRE (Network of Alliances Bridging Race and Ethnicity), which linked community-based race relations/racial justice organizations across the country in order to facilitate communication and collaboration.

From September, 1997 to October, 1998, Mr. Wenger was Deputy Director for Outreach and Program Development for President Clinton's Initiative on Race. He was responsible for the development and implementation of programs designed to broaden public support for President Clinton's vision of One America in the 21st Century--a more just, inclusive and unified America that offers opportunity and fairness for all Americans.

He currently is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the National Collaborative for Health Equity and of the Board of Directors for the League of Black Women and a co-founder of the Within Our Lifetime network, an alliance of organizations across the country dedicated to ending racism within our lifetimes.

He is a winner of the Bender Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty at The George Washington University, a frequent speaker on race relations, and the author of his memoir, My Black Family, My White Privilege: A White Man’sJourney Through the Nation’s Racial Minefield, and of numerous articles and reports on race relations.


BA Queens College, City University of New York, 1965