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  1. DEI Open House »

    April 10, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Come drop in to learn more about what the DEI office has accomplished, upcoming initiatives, or just relax and share your ideas! Participants can come and go freely during this event. Light snacks will be available, and students, staff, and faculty are all encouraged to participate.

  2. Every Star Deserves to Shine: Disability Awareness Workshop Every Star Deserves to Shine: Disability Awareness Workshop »

    April 6, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

    "Hope, Cope, and Learn about Disabilities,"

    Come join us in gaining insight into living and working with people with a disability 

    Program:

    12 -12:40 PM Welcome, Panel & Lunch

    12:45 -1:30 PM Concurrent workshops

    1:30- 2:20 PM Concurrent workshops

    2:25 - 3:10 PM Concurrent workshops

    3:15 - 4 PM Closing remarks

    Guests:

    Darold Gholston, MSW Candidate – Opening remarks

    Professor Shanna Kattari, Ph.D., MEd, ACS, University of Michigan School of Social Work

    Jill Rice, The University of Michigan Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

    Allie Young, Assistant Manager of Dining

    Alex Gossage, Center for Independent Living (CIL) 

    Jennifer Hays, American Learning with John C. Scott, Esq.

    Workshops:

    Seeing From a Visually Impairment Perspective - Kathy Christensen of Washtenaw Intermediate School District & Peggy Pantelis of Macomb Intermediate School District (room B780)

    How to Interact with People Who Have Mobility Challenges - Alex Gossage, Center for Independent Living (CIL) and guest (room B798)

    How to Work with the Deaf & Hard of Hearing - Jill Rice, The University of Michigan Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) (room B684)

    Lunch will be served.

     Please RSVP »

    Sponsored by:

    Darold Gholston and The University of Michigan School of Social Work

  3. Destigmatizing Mental Health: Panel & Discussion Destigmatizing Mental Health: Panel & Discussion »

    April 3, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

    This panel discussion will feature faculty, staff and students sharing their expert knowledge & personal experiences surrounding the intersection of mental health & diversity. Participants will be given an opportunity to engage with the content of the panel discussion in small groups following the panel.

    If you have any questions regarding this event, please reach out to Mental Health Matters (mentalhealthmatters-exec@umich.edu) or the DEI Office (ssw-dei-office@umich.edu).

    RSVP here »

    Feel free to join us earlier in the day for the Free the Mind Wellness Fair!

    Co-sponsored by Mental Health Matters, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Office of Student Services.

  4. Destigmatizing Mental Health: Free the Mind Wellness Fair Destigmatizing Mental Health: Free the Mind Wellness Fair »

    April 3, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Come take an opportunity to relax and unwind at the Free the Mind Wellness Fair! The fair will feature self-care activities, games, healthy snacks, and on-campus resources that support wellness. Michelle Mattison will also lead a yoga session from 12:30-1:30 PM in room 1636. If you plan to attend the yoga session, please RSVP below.

    If you have any questions regarding this event, please reach out to Mental Health Matters (mentalhealthmatters-exec@umich.edu) or the DEI Office (ssw-dei-office@umich.edu).

    RSVP here (for Yoga) »

    Join us later that evening for the Destigmatizing Mental Health Panel and Discussion.

    Co-sponsored by Mental Health Matters, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Office of Student Services.

  5. SSW Book Club »

    March 27, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    This SSW Book Club meeting has been rescheduled from Wed Feb 20. 

    We will discuss Kevin Boyle's book Arc of Justice; A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age. This book tells the "electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle." It won the 2004 National Book Award for nonfiction.

    On Nov 7, 2018, Jamon Jordan of the Black Scroll Network spoke at SSW. He provided an excellent overview of history and of structural racism, and then told the story of Ossian and Gladys Sweet. His presentation inspired our choice of this book.

    You are welcome to join us whether or not you have attended before, and whether or not you have finished the book.

    All members of the SSW community are invited. Feel free to bring your lunch.

  6. WoMan: Gender Expression & Race Documentary Screening & Discussion with Sharron Fincher, creator & director »

    March 25, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Join us for an open dialogue about Masculine of Center (MoC) lesbians and how gender impacts our experience, wellbeing, and relationships. Following the documentary screening, we will have a panel of MoC lesbians who participated in the documentary to discuss the documentary and engage the audience in a dialogue about the gender binary and the challenges it creates.

    This is event is co-sponsored by the School of Social Work Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, TBLG Matters, the Queer Advocacy Coalition, the Institute for Research on Women & Gender (IRWG), and the Initiative on Gender Based Violence and Sexual Harassment at IRWG. Refreshments will be served.

    RSVP Here »

    For those who cannot join in-person, LINK TO LIVESTREAM THE EVENT: https://bluejeans.com/725920477

    *Use the CHAT feature to pose questions during the Q&A or for technical assistance.*

    TO WATCH THE FILM: PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK TO THE YOUTUBE VIDEO: https://youtu.be/RX6R_jSelRY

    After the film, please re-join the livestream to view the panel discussion.

  7. Beyond White Social Work: An Analytical Discussion with Black Students Conference »

    March 22, 2019 - 11:30am to 4:00pm

    The purpose of the event is to look at social work/social science fields through the black struggle. We have come together to organize a community event to present social work beyond a white professional framework, and dive into exploring the Black Struggle and the optics of Our contribution towards liberation. This is a free event and all are welcome. 

    RSVP here »

    Sponsored by: Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Black Radical Healing Pathways, University of Michigan's School of Social Work Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office, New Leaders in African Centered Social Work.

  8. Nikkita Oliver: Guest Lecture and Workshop Nikkita Oliver: Guest Lecture and Workshop »

    March 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

    School of Social Work Guest Lecture and Workshop by Nikkita Oliver

    Join the Nikkita Oliver guest lecture and workshop on community participation, and grassroots organizing in policy and politics.

    Co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, Community Action and Social Change Minor, and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

    RSVP here »

    Lecture: Community Participation in Policy and Politics

    Thursday, March 21st, 12:00 - 1:30PM, RSVP Required

    Educational Conference Center, Lunch Provided

    Inspired by the events of the November 2018 primary election, the lecture will provoke discussion on the role and importance of representation in the electorate, and strategies to engage community in the political process. Guest speaker Nikkita Oliver will share her story as the first political candidate of the Seattle People's Party, in her run for Mayor of Seattle in 2017. Through her story, participants will learn more about her journey as a political candidate, and the importance of continued community participation in social and political action. The program will present discussion about the role of community practitioners in political advocacy at the intersection of grassroots community organizing, and the use of politics and policy to promote social justice.

    Workshop: Political Grassroots Organizing and Social Action

    Friday, March 22nd, 9:00AM - 12:00PM, RSVP Required

    Educational Conference Center, Breakfast Provided

    Guest speaker Nikkita Oliver will lead an interactive workshop on community participation and grassroots political organizing and action. Participants will gain knowledge of tacit skills, tools and approaches to engage community through political education and advocacy in local governing structures.

    In order to join each program, complete the online reservation form.

    justice is just us being us

    Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative/artist, community organizer, educator, and attorney. Working at the intersections of arts and organizing she strives to create experiences which draw us closer to our humanity. Her work asks us to engage what we see happening now and to imagine what we hope to see in the future. Nikkita holds a J.D. and Masters of Education from the University of Washington. She is also the case manager for Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to incarceration, and has worked for arts organizations such as Writers in the Schools and Arts Corps. Nikkita is one of the Seattle Mets 2018 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle, the recipient of the 2018 UW Women's Center Women of Courage Award, 2018 UW Evan's School of Public Policy NOW (Network of Womxn) Award, 2017 City Arts Artists of the Year, Gender Justice Power Award (2017), Seattle King County NAACP President's Leadership Award (2017), Columbia Legal Services Imagine Justice Visionary of the Year (2017), the University of Washington Women's Law Caucus Outstanding Achievement as a Young Lawyer Award (2017), the Seattle Office of Civil Rights Artist Human Rights Leader Award (2015), and the 2014 Seattle Poetry Slam Grand Champion.

  9. Nikkita Oliver: Guest Lecture and Workshop Nikkita Oliver: Guest Lecture and Workshop »

    March 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    School of Social Work Guest Lecture and Workshop by Nikkita Oliver

    Join the Nikkita Oliver guest lecture and workshop on community participation, and grassroots organizing in policy and politics.

    Co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, Community Action and Social Change Minor, and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

    RSVP here »

    Lecture: Community Participation in Policy and Politics

    Thursday, March 21st, 12:00 - 1:30PM, RSVP Required

    Educational Conference Center, Lunch Provided

    Inspired by the events of the November 2018 primary election, the lecture will provoke discussion on the role and importance of representation in the electorate, and strategies to engage community in the political process. Guest speaker Nikkita Oliver will share her story as the first political candidate of the Seattle People's Party, in her run for Mayor of Seattle in 2017. Through her story, participants will learn more about her journey as a political candidate, and the importance of continued community participation in social and political action. The program will present discussion about the role of community practitioners in political advocacy at the intersection of grassroots community organizing, and the use of politics and policy to promote social justice.

    Workshop: Political Grassroots Organizing and Social Action

    Friday, March 22nd, 9:00AM - 12:00PM, RSVP Required

    Educational Conference Center, Breakfast Provided

    Guest speaker Nikkita Oliver will lead an interactive workshop on community participation and grassroots political organizing and action. Participants will gain knowledge of tacit skills, tools and approaches to engage community through political education and advocacy in local governing structures.

    In order to join each program, complete the online reservation form.

    justice is just us being us

    Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative/artist, community organizer, educator, and attorney. Working at the intersections of arts and organizing she strives to create experiences which draw us closer to our humanity. Her work asks us to engage what we see happening now and to imagine what we hope to see in the future. Nikkita holds a J.D. and Masters of Education from the University of Washington. She is also the case manager for Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to incarceration, and has worked for arts organizations such as Writers in the Schools and Arts Corps. Nikkita is one of the Seattle Mets 2018 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle, the recipient of the 2018 UW Women's Center Women of Courage Award, 2018 UW Evan's School of Public Policy NOW (Network of Womxn) Award, 2017 City Arts Artists of the Year, Gender Justice Power Award (2017), Seattle King County NAACP President's Leadership Award (2017), Columbia Legal Services Imagine Justice Visionary of the Year (2017), the University of Washington Women's Law Caucus Outstanding Achievement as a Young Lawyer Award (2017), the Seattle Office of Civil Rights Artist Human Rights Leader Award (2015), and the 2014 Seattle Poetry Slam Grand Champion.

  10. International Students & Visitors Coffee Hour »

    March 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The Office of Global Activities hosts bi-weekly coffee hour for all international students and visitors at the School of Social Work. It is a time to relax and get to know each other. 

    Please join us! Boba tea will be provided if you RSVP before 10 AM on the day of the event. 

    RSVP Here >>

  11. Common Roots: Faculty and Staff of Color Meet & Greet Common Roots: Faculty and Staff of Color Meet & Greet  »

    February 28, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

    The Common Roots planning committee is proud to announce our first event, the Faculty and Staff of Color Meet and Greet. This event gives students an opportunity to connect with one another and provide networking opportunities for the School of Social Work's faculty and staff of color.

    Common Roots is a planning committee consisting of members from the Office of Student Services, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office, the LatinX Social Work Coalition, the Associaition of Black Social Workers and the Black Radical Healing Pathways.

    For more information please feel free to contact the planning committee, commonroots@umich.edu

    Dinner will be served and doors will open at 5:00 PM, the event will formally begin at 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM. 

     

    RSVP

  12. "Changing the Game: What is the Cost of Silence?" »

    February 27, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

    Join the students from the Fall 2018 Facing Race mini-course in a conversation around racial equity as we explore themes of: accountability, decolonization, challenging viewpoints, digging deeper and changing the narrative. Let's share what we can commit to doing to 'change the game' to address racial equity in the School of Social Work and beyond. This is a collaborative space for students, faculty, and staff.

    RSVP here »

  13. Black Panther Viewing Party »

    February 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:45pm

    The Association of Black Social Workers would like to invite you to a Black Panther Viewing Party. Join us for some fun, soul food, and a brief discussion following the film! There will be catering through Cuppy's Best Soul Food restaurant located in Ypsilanti.

    This event was supported in collaboration with the Center for Educational Outreach, SSW DEI Office, Office of Student Services, and professor Daicia Price.

  14. Black History Month Trivia Night »

    February 21, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    Celebrate Black History Month with the DEI Office in friendly competition with a trivia night! Dinner and prizes will be provided. 

    RSVP Here »

  15. LGBTQ Health & Wellness Week 2019 Featured Speaker - Ignacio Rivera »

    February 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Ignacio G. Hutiá Xeiti Rivera (they/them) is a trans and queer activist of color with over 20 years of experience in anti-oppression and sexual liberation work including topics of: consent, sexual survivorship, and sex after sexual violence. Their work continues to center those at the margins, particularly people of color and those with queer and trans identities.

  16. Spirituality Speed Dating »

    February 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    A client's spiritual beliefs can significantly influence their behavior, cultural norms, schemas, how they deal with trauma, etc. Not to mention how spirituality impacts our personal lives as social workers! Come join the Interfaith Alliance in Spirituality Speed Dating where we will discuss spirituality and its impact on our work as social workers, our client's lives, our own lives, and how we can incorporate spirituality in our DEI and social justice efforts. A panel discussion will follow.

    Lunch is provided.

    RSVP Here »

  17. Beyond White Social Work: An Analytical Look at Social Work thru the Black Struggle »

    February 9, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

    This event will look at social work/social science fields through the black struggle. The event was inspired by current/past experiences navigating academia, so it's focus is primarily centered on listening to understand black voices, as often black/poc experiences/pain are utilized as tools for others' learning. We have come together to organize a community event to present social work beyond a white professional framework, and dive into exploring the Black Struggle and the optics of Our contribution towards liberation. This is a free event and all are welcome.

    RSVP here »

  18. School of Social Work MLK Event
Juliana Huxtable Live in Performance School of Social Work MLK Event Juliana Huxtable Live in Performance »

    February 6, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The University of Michigan School of Social Work is pleased to present Juliana Huxtable live in performance at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre for the 2018 Martin Luther King Symposium. Huxtable is a NYC-based artist, DJ and poet whose work probes the perception and presentation of identity, history and online communities.  Her performance marks Michigan Social Work’s first commissioned artist in over 20 years, as a part of the Social Justice Art Collection.

    Huxtable will present a new iteration of her performance work highlighting her compelling use of language, and collaborations in music, projection, and lighting design.  Featuring instrumental performances by her frequent collaborators, the pianist, percussionist, and composer Joe Heffernan, Detroit-based harpist Ahya Simone with lighting design by Michael Potvin. Through Huxtable’s explorations, one may contemplate the power and powerlessness of the body as well as its dispossession in relation to technology, violence, and blackness.

    In conjunction with SW713 :  Art and Design for Social Work, Social Justice and Community Change Instructed by Professor Larry Gant.

    RSVP

    Doors at 4:30 PM

    5 PM Performance

    Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

    Free

    Related Projects Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today

    Huxtable’s work is also included in the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s presentation of Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today. Organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the exhibition examines the radical impact of internet culture on visual art since the invention of the web in 1989. This exhibition presents more than forty works across a variety of media—painting, performance, photography, sculpture, video, and web-based projects. It features work by some of the most important artists working today, including Judith Barry, Juliana Huxtable, Pierre Huyghe, Josh Kline, Laura Owens, Trevor Paglen, Seth Price, Cindy Sherman, Frances Stark, and Martine Syms.

    December 15, 2018, to April 7, 2019

    University of Michigan Museum of Art

    Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series

    Huxtable will also give a Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture.

    February 7, 2018,  5:15 PM

    Michigan Theater

    Sponsors

    Major funding was provided by The Faculty Alliance for Diversity at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

    Michigan Social Work gratefully acknowledges for their support, The Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, The University of Michigan Museum of Art, The Institute for Research on Woman and
    Gender, and The Spectrum Center.

  19. Community & Conversation: DEI Open House »

    February 6, 2019 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

    You're invited to join the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for our winter open house! Come drop in to learn more about what the office has been working on, and the upcoming initiatives planned for this semester. Participants can come and go freely during this event. Light refreshments will be available. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to participate.

  20. "Changing the Game: What is the Cost of Silence?" »

    January 30, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:15pmCancelled

    Join the students from the Fall 2018 Facing Race mini-course in a conversation around racial equity as we explore themes of: accountability, decolonization, challenging viewpoints, digging deeper and changing the narrative. Let's share what we can commit to doing to ‘change the game' to address racial equity in the School of Social Work and beyond. This is a collaborative space for students, faculty, and staff.

    RSVP Here »

  21. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Welcome Meeting »

    January 24, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

    SURJ UMich works to motivate and make known transformative education opportunities that sharpen the analysis, organizing skills and leadership of white anti-racist organizers and the broader University of Michigan community. Please join us as we come together to begin setting our agenda and intentions for this semester's chapter. We will also be hosting a one-time training on the topic of, 'how to initiate conversations about white supremacy and anti-racism'.

  22. Student Forum on School Climate: Part 2 Student Forum on School Climate: Part 2 »

    December 11, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

    On October 29, 2018, MSW students gathered for the Student Forum on School Climate. This event featured an overview of the school climate survey results from a survey conducted last year. Following the climate survey results, students were able to de-brief the results in small groups. After the small group de-briefs, students expressed an interest in furthering the conversation. Attending students wanted more time to discuss the issues and to begin problem solving. 

    The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion would like for students to join the 2nd Student Forum on School Climate. The structure of this upcoming event will be much like a hackathon. Students will break out into small groups to problem solve on the following topics: Addressing Privilege & Oppression, Community & Connectivity, Curriculum & Classroom Experience, Student Recruitment & Welcoming, and Support for Students.

    Lunch will be provided. 

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  23. DEI Impact Awards Ceremony »

    December 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Come celebrate with the School of Social Work’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for a ceremony to honor the award winners for the DEI Impact Awards, recognizing individuals or groups in the School who have made significant contributions to advancing diversity, equity & inclusion.

    RSVP Here

  24. World AIDS Day and Awards »

    December 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

    The School of Social Work Research Office and the Michigan HIV/AIDS Council invite you to World AIDS Day and Awards. We will come together to unite in the ongoing fight against HIV. More than 36.7 million individuals are living with HIV worldwide; 1.1 million in the USA and 16,218 in Michigan. RSVP
     
    9 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration 9:30 a.m. Why World AIDS Day? - Rogério Meireles Pinto, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Social Work 10:15 a.m. The State of HIV in Michigan - Dawn Lukomski, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 11 a.m. Awards Ceremony - Michigan HIV/AIDS Council 11:15 a.m.
    Awards Ceremony and Testimonial
    Levi Berkshire, MI HIV/AIDS Council
    Amy Hamdi, MI HIV/AIDS Council
    Leon Golson, MI HIV/AIDS Council
    Andre Truss, Michigan DHHS
    11:30 a.m. Jeanne White-Grinder, mother of Ryan White 11:45 a.m. Create a paper tile for our commemorative quilt (see the sample to right). 12:10 p.m. Larry Gant, Professor School of Social Work - Brief description of the curated social justice art collection. 12:15 p.m. Lunch and View the School of Social Work's social justice art collection.
  25. SSW Book Club »

    November 30, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join us in room 2733 SSWB for our next SSW Book Club meeting.

    We will discuss the award-winning novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis.

    You are welcome to join us whether or not you have attended before, and whether or not you have finished the book.

    All members of the SSW community are invited. Feel free to bring your lunch.

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