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  1. #UMBlackout: Mobilizing Black Communities for Radical Transformation in the Digital Age #UMBlackout: Mobilizing Black Communities for Radical Transformation in the Digital Age »

    February 11, 2016 - 8:30am to 5:00pm

    In honor of Black History Month and co-sponsored by the UM Social Work Community Organization Learning Committee, the #UMBlackout: Mobilizing Black Communities for Radical Transformation in the Digital Age symposium invites your participation in a working session about contemporary black activist leadership for transformative change through digital forums. Through workshops, lectures, and a panel discussion, a wide variety of scholars, campus and grassroots organizers will engage in diverse reflections about the role of the internet in social change efforts through strategic mobilization. Join us in a collective discussion to advance discourse and direct action in community practice in the digital age.

    RSVP here »

  2. Coffee Hour w/ Dr. Hagos, Dean of Social Work at University of Addis Ababa »

    February 11, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am

    On Thursday, Feb 11th, Ashenhafi Hagos, Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, will be visiting the SSW as part of a conference held by the Africa Studies Center on the theme "Building Community Health." An objective of the conference is to develop interests here for faculty collaboration and exchanges around social work in Ethiopia. 

    Below is information on Dr. Hagos' work and interests. 

    In addition to work in urban areas, Dr. Hagos is particularly interested in rural social work since the majority of Ethiopia's population still reside in underdeveloped rural areas and in the north of the country there is a very severe drought at present.  He is also interested in social work with homeless populations in urban areas who have migrated from depressed rural areas.  At present in Ethiopia, the national government is providing substantial support for education and health care as national priorities.  Dr. Hagos is familiar with the Univ. of Michigan, having spent a summer here attending two Survey Methodology Summer Institutes. 

    RSVP here »


  3. On the Study of Racism On the Study of Racism  »

    February 11, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

    The Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop on Racism presents a panel discussion workshop: "On the Study of Racism". 

    Opening Presentation: James S. Jackson (U-M)

    Closing Presentation: Philomena Essed (Antioch University) 

    Panel Discussion Workshop Members:

    Chandra Ford (UCLA)

    Tene Lewis (Emory University) 

    Ellis Monk (University of Chicago) 

    Sponsored by the Institute for Social Research, Rackham Graduate School and the Survey Research Center. 

  4. 2nd Year Continuing Students Field Placement Materials Due for Fall 2016 »

    February 11, 2016 (all day)

    2nd Year Field Placement Application Form due for 2nd year 20-month students. 

    Students planning to stay at the same placement must still fill out this form to verify their plan with the Office of Field Instruction.

  5. CASC Senior-Alumni Mixer »

    February 11, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

    CASC seniors interested in connecting with alumni and thinking through life after graduation are welcome to attend this connections event! Get advice from CASC alumni, ask questions, or simply hangout. As always, food will be provided!

  6. Income & Child Maltreatment in Unmarried Families: Evidence from the Earned Income Tax Credit »

    February 12, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

    The Poverty and Inequality Learning Community is hosting a discussion with Lawrence M. Berger, MSW, PhD, Professor, Doctoral Program Chair, and Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His work informs public policy in order to improve its capacity to assist families in accessing resources, improving family functioning and wellbeing, and ensuring that children are able to grow and develop in the best possible environments. Associate Professor Shawna Lee will led the discussion.

    Lunch will be provided.

    RSVP here »

  7. Experience Detroit: Social Change, Innovation, and the City  »

    February 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Interested in learning more about Detroit? Curious about the role of innovation, entrepreneurship and industry in social change work in Detroit? Join students from across the University as we engage with the city through dialogue with community members and activists, explore city businesses and organizations, eat delicious, locally catered food, and learn more about Detroit. *Note, this trip includes some walking. Please contact with questions about accessibility. 
    Email to learn more about the trip.

  8. Speaker Series - Our Once and Future Selves »

    February 15, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    This course is open to the public and will feature student conversations with faculty.

    This speaker for this session will be Professor and Associate Dean of Social Work Jorge Delva.

  9. Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting »

    February 16, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Organizations, institutions, and individuals are at their best when gratitude, mindfulness, positivity, and strengths are valued. A special interest group (SIG) is interested in meeting to explore ways to create a more positive, transformative, hopeful, and empowered environment for all SSW community members - students, faculty, and staff. We are interested in meeting with like-minded individuals to work toward this goal!

    Are you interested in getting involved in the SSW?

    Do you enjoy talking about the culture, climate, and narratives of the spaces you find yourself in?

    Do you appreciate strengths-based projects, initiatives, and environments?

    Do you wish to create intentional learning spaces?

    Are you interested in strengthening community within the SSW?

    Join this new special interest group at the U-M SSW! This SIG was formed in response to students, faculty, and staff voicing vibrant ideas for making the SSW a more strengths-based, resilient, compassionate, and connected space. A place where we focus on deficits AND strengths; challenging realities AND hope; ideas AND action.

    Click here to view the meeting agenda. 

    Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP so that we may have an accurate count for lunch.

    RSVP required »

    This SIG is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Services, the Office of the Associate Dean for Educational Programs, and the Leadership in Community Benefit Organizations program. 

  10. 2016 Leon and Josephine Winkelman Memorial Lecture »

    February 16, 2016 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm


    How different are millennials from their grandparents in religion?  How are religious values passed down across generations in America today—if at all?  In this lecture, Professor Vern L. Bengtson will address these questions from his 35-year study of 400 multi-generation families.  His book based on this project, “Families and Faith:  How Religion Is (and Isn’t) Passed Down Across Generations” will also be discussed.

    Event is complimentary. Registration is required.

    Register Here »

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