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  1. Free the Mind: Wellness Fair »

    April 1, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pmCancelled

    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. 


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

  2. SSW Book Club »

    April 8, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will meet via Zoom to discuss a short novel by Louise Erdrich, The Birchbark House.

    This novel for young readers tells a family story of an Ojibwa girl, starting in 1847 near Lake Superior.

    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. Please email Betsy Williams, David Pratt, or Joe Galura for the Zoom link.

  3. Emanuel Film Screening & Discussion »

    April 16, 2020 - 4:00pmCancelled

    The compelling documentary centers on the aftermath of the 2015 fatal shooting of nine African-American church members at the historic Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C.; namely, the public forgiveness by the families of the victims and the survivors of Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white supremacist convicted of the killings. This act of grace ushered a way forward in healing their city — and the entire nation. A facilitated discussion will follow the 90-minute film. Refreshments will be provided. 

    Campus partners include the Center for the Education of Women, North Campus Research Complex, Trotter Multicultural Center, and U-M Voices of Staff – Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team. Michigan Medicine partners include Fast Forward Medical Innovation, Medical School Executive Administration, Medical School Faculty Development, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, and Rogel Cancer Center.

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  4. 25th Annual Lavender Graduation »

    April 30, 2020 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm

    Lavender Graduation is a celebration of LGBTQ graduates at the University of Michigan. Graduates from any school/college in the University from any academic level are welcome to participate. All participating graduates will receive a FREE rainbow 2020 tassel, lavender cords, and a Lavender Degree! Families, students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to join the celebration.  Light appetizers will be served after the ceremony.

  5. Truth in Sentencing Town Hall »

    March 28, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pmCancelled

    Learn about and discuss ways to bring back good/earned time credits within the Michigan prison system with local and state legislators. Featured Panelists include Senator Jeff Irwin, Senator Sylvia Santana and more!

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  6. Celebrating Student Action Toward Campus & Community Change Celebrating Student Action Toward Campus & Community Change »

    March 17, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pmCancelled

    The following lecture is in the spirit of the CASC Minor 10 Year Anniversary theme: Celebrating Student Action Toward Campus & Community Change. The program will present discussion and reflection about the influence of student led action in shifting societal culture, and transforming institutions of higher education. Led by public speaker, human rights activist and educator  Kim Katrin, the session will explore important issues, approaches, and challenges in student led social action including intersectional organizing, allyship and co-resistance, coalition building, and fostering institutional change. The session will conclude with a reaction and conversation from Michelle Saboo, and U-M School of Social Work and CASC Minor alumnas, followed by question and answer.

     Kim Katrin is an internationally acclaimed award winning educator, writer, artist & consultant. Recognized stateside as one of The Root's' Young Feminists to Watch', celebrated in Canada as 2016’s National Youth Role Model and nationally as one of the 50 Most Loved Gay Canadians. As an educator, Kim travels around the world talking to people about justice, equity, and human rights. One of the most fundamental things she shares is a reframing of the golden rule. The golden rule suggests that we should treat other people the way that we want to be treated. That might seem simple enough, but it assumes that there is a standard for other people’s experiences. Instead, she encourages audiences to treat people the way they want to be treated, which means we have to ask.

    A passionate speaker, Kim is dedicated to intersectionality and invested in arousing a sense of curiosity and empathy in her audience. She uniquely weaves together the historical context, statistical analysis, as well as current events. She is a dynamic speaker, invested in the issues and inspiring in her approach to solutions. By focusing on small meaningful actions and choices, she makes creating large scale change accessible. A public researcher, consultant and human rights educator, she has shared hundreds of unique resources and presentations around issues including race, ability & gender. As a social entrepreneur, she speaks to the opportunities and challenges for women in business and leadership roles. With great openness, she welcomes difficult conversations hosting community dialogues and sharing practical strategies around ‘Sexuality & Consent’, ‘Queer & Trans Allyship’ and ‘Anti­Racism & Equity’.


    Michelle Saboo (Namadabiwin Gaagaagi) is a citizen of the Bay Mills Indian Community. She is an advocate for educational access for Indigenous students and has worked in a variety of areas in education, including tribal college administration, pre-college programming, multicultural affairs, admissions, and academic advising. In her work she seeks to broaden the lens of how student success is viewed and achieved.

    Through prioritizing Anishinaabe gikendaasowin (knowing), izhichigewin (doing), enawendiwin (relating), and gidakiiminaan (connecting to the land), Michelle believes that the route to student success is possible by supporting students in a holistic manner. She knows that our Indigenous nations can become as healthy as they were prior to colonization. For our nations to thrive, we must support one another to thrive as students, parents, families, and communities. Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts in American Culture with an emphasis in Native American studies and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. She currently resides in Bemijigamaag with her partner and two children.

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    This event is co-sponsored by the Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor, and SSW Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  7. Common Roots Meet + Mixer Common Roots Meet + Mixer »

    March 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pmCancelled

    Common Roots invites you to join them for a fun, food-filled mixer with student organizations of color at the School of Social Work! The hope is to foster community building, collaboration, and networking opportunities for different student organizations and their leaders.
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    *Common Roots is a committee consisting of representatives from the SSW’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the LatinX Social Work Coalition, Black Radical Healing Pathways, Association of Black Social Workers, the Office of Student Services, the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition and other SSW students.

  8. The Cognitive Costs of Environmental Racism: Myth, Science and Myopia »

    March 11, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Please join the University of Michigan MLK Health Sciences Committee and the Institute for Social Research as we host author and ethicist Harriet A. Washington on March 11 for a presentation and discussion on her book "A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and its Assault on the American Mind." 

    Harriet A. Washington has been the Shearing Fellow at the University of Nevada's Black Mountain Institute, a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. She is the author of Deadly Monopolies, Infectious Madness, and Medical Apartheid, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Oakland Award, and the American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award.  

    Does the dose make the poison? Are US patterns of environmental toxicity driven by socioeconomics or race? Are hereditarian scientists correct in ascribing intelligence to racial genetics? How have our habitual modes of thought blinded us to the true nature of environmental toxicity, and what challenges face public health practitioners as they assess the roles of industry, science and government?

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  9. SSW Book Club »

    March 4, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Saeed Jones is an acclaimed queer Black poet.

    The SSW Book Club will discuss his coming of age memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives.

    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.

  10. Healing from Racial Trauma: Lessons from a Public Health Intervention Healing from Racial Trauma: Lessons from a Public Health Intervention »

    February 24, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

    For youth and adults of color, prolonged exposure to racial discrimination may result in debilitating psychological, behavioral, and health outcomes. To help their children prepare for and prevent the deleterious consequences of discrimination, many parents of color utilize racial socialization, or communication about racialized experiences. Given heightened awareness to discrimination plaguing Black communities, better understanding of how racial socialization processes and skills development can help youth and parents heal from the effects of past, current, and future racial trauma is important. Greater racial socialization competency is proposed as achievable through intentional and mindful practice, thus, this workshop will explore theories and practices important in the healing processes of racial trauma. 

    This event is being co-sponsored by the School of Education and the School of Social Work.

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  11. LGBTQ Health and Wellness Week Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises Workshop »

    February 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Join us for a LGBTQ Health and Wellness Week event focused on tension and trauma releasing excersices (TRE). TRE can help release muscular tension, reduce stress and calm the nervous system. 

  12. Queer Martyrdom: The Religious and Sexual Politics of LGBTQ Inclusion with Dr. Brett Krutzsch »

    February 5, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    LGBTQ activists have tried to make particular people into martyrs for political purposes. Some "martyrs" like Matthew Shepard have been successful, while others like F.C. Martinez have not. Those reasons have much to do with race, gender, class, and religion. This topic looks at several examples from mainstream media to think about LGBTQ acceptance in the United States.

  13. LGBTQ Health and Wellness Week Keynote Speaker - Dr. Joy Saniyah »

    February 3, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Dr. Joy Saniyah, Ph.D is the founder and director of Integrative Empowerment Group. As a queer woman of color, Joy is passionate about working with those who are marginalized in society and underrepresented in help seeking environments. Joy has over 13 years of experience in working with college students at several major universities, including three years at CAPS at the University of Michigan.

  14. SSW Book Club »

    January 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will discuss the memoir Ordinary Girls, by Jaquira Díaz.

    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.

  15. Towards Humanity: A Conversation on Humanism and Antiracist Organizing Towards Humanity: A Conversation on Humanism and Antiracist Organizing »

    January 28, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    In honor of  MLK Symposium Events and the Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor Program, 10 Year Anniversary: 

    The following session will explore themes presented in Tawana Petty’s book Towards Humanity: Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racism Organizing. Through a lecture and panel discussion, the presenter will explore pressing issues facing antiracist organizing and  her vision and approach to a humanistic philosophy. Following the lecture, the speaker will host a conversation with community development organizer Lauren A. Hood to discuss how Detroit based organizers navigate questions, themes, and challenges in ant-racist organizing, applications of humanism, and other guiding philosophical principles toward change. This event is co-sponsored by the Community Action and Social Change Minor Program, SSW Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Semester in Detroit Program. 

    Tawana Petty (Honeycomb): Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She is intricately involved in water rights advocacy, data and digital privacy education, and racial justice and equity work. She is Director of the Data Justice Program for the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP) and co-leads Our Data Bodies (ODB), a five-person team concerned about the ways our communities’ digital information is collected, stored, and shared by government and corporations. Tawana is a convening member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC) on behalf of DCTP, which organizes Data DiscoTechs (discovering technology) fairs and other initiatives to foster media and digital literacy. She recently co-produced with ODB, the Digital Defense Playbook, a workbook of popular education activities and tools for data justice and data access for equity, as well as the report, A Critical Summary of Detroit's Project Green Light and Its Greater Context, on Detroit's Project Green Light surveillance program. Tawana is a co-founder of Riverwise Magazine, a quarterly magazine which lifts up community stories by Detroit residents, which might otherwise be misrepresented or underrepresented in local and national media. Riverwise Magazine recently produced a special surveillance issue, Detroiters Want to Be Seen, Not Watched. She is a board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership (Boggs Center), a Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) Fellow, and the organizer of an annual art festival and artist retreat in historic Idlewild, Michigan, which convenes over 30 artists, organizers, herbalists and innovators each year to create art, share healing practices and respirit each other and the communities they serve. Tawana is the recipient of several awards, including the Spirit of Detroit Award, the Woman of Substance Award, Women Creating Caring Communities Award, Detroit Awesome Award, University of Michigan Black Law Student Association's Justice Honoree Award, was recognized as one of Who’s Who in Black Detroit in 2013 and 2015, the Wayne State Center for Peace and Conflict Studies' Peacemaker Award, and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in 2018.

    Lauren Hood: Born & raised in Detroit, Lauren A. Hood brings double consciousness to the practice of community development. Being both a trained practioner and a lifelong resident, Hood serves as a translator/negotiator between development entities and citizen stakeholders. Through her work as an Equitable Development Strategist, Hood develops engagement frameworks, facilitates dialogues, and creates platforms that allow for the emergence and inclusion of often unrecognized place based expertise in city planning and neighborhood development processes. Through her consultancy Deep Dive Detroit, Hood produces workshops and events on community engagement, equitable development and racial justice for civic, philanthropic & institutional clients. Passionate about preserving the city's cultural heritage, Hood regularly writes and delivers keynotes on the value of placekeeping, preserving black spaces and how to authentically engage community. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the City of Detroit Planning Commission and on the board of directors for Detroit Sound Conservancy, MoGo, and on the advisory board of the Urban Consulate.  She holds an undergraduate business degree and Masters Degree in Community Development, both from the University of Detroit Mercy. To learn more about Lauren A. Hood visit her website at


    Please note that the RSVP For this program is closed. Additional overflow space will be available in the School of Social Work Building, McGregor Commons lobby.

    The program will also be available for remote access through live stream. See link below 

    Live Stream »

    This event is co-sponsored by the Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor, SSW Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Semester in Detroit Program. 

  16. 21 Day Equity Challenge Kick-Off Event »

    January 8, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:00pm

    Join us for the kick off of the 21-Day Equity Challenge in a commitment to deepening your understanding of and willingness to confront racism for 21 consecutive days beginning January 6 and ending January 26. SIGN UP HERE! During every morning of the Challenge, you'll receive an email "prompt" with readings, videos and/or podcasts. You are encouraged to take about ten to fifteen minutes each day with the material in the prompt.

    Throughout the month we will also be collectively reading Towards Humanity: Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racism Organizing by Tawana Petty.  Reading and reflections will occur in preparation for Tawana Petty's visit to University of Michigan School of Social Work. Please stop by for refreshments as we commit to fresh new efforts!

  17. Undoing Racism: Collective Community Building »

    November 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    All members of our SSW community are invited to participate in our regular meeting focused on undoing racism efforts. The first portion of the meeting will offer an opportunity for participants to share recent and current activities with the second portion leaving space for employees to engage in SEED workshop that was provided to students and for students to provide an update on ways concepts of power and oppression can continue to be advanced for the remainder of the academic year.

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  18. Immigration and Social Work: How We Can Effectively Engage Immigrant Communities »

    November 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    This session will focus on how social workers can effectively engage and serve alongside immigrant communities. There will be presenters from Michigan Immigrant Rights Center and Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Lunch will be served.

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  19. DEI Impact Awards Ceremony DEI Impact Awards Ceremony »

    November 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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

    The recipients of the 2019 Impact Awards are:

    Students: Sharon Almonte and Dominique Crump

    Clinical Assistant Professor: Justin Hodge

    Joint PhD Program Coordinator: Todd Huynh

    Undoing Racism Workgroup: Lisa Fedina, Lorraine Gutiérrez, Daicia Price, Richard Tolman

    Lunch will be provided.

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  20. Decolonizing Spirituality & Indigenous Health Practices »

    November 22, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

    The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to how the medical system - of which many social workers are now apart - has vilified Black and Indigenous spiritual practices and the impacts this has on these communities. If we plan to be competent social workers, we must have a clear understanding of how history impacts the present. We must also arm ourselves with information past our individual belief systems and get comfortable with asking people about their spiritual practices nonjudgmentally.

    This event will explore how all of our various belief systems and spiritual practices intersect and will use the model from the Intercultural Development Inventory to discuss how to be adaptable social workers rather than more monocultural in how we treat the people whom we serve. There will be speakers competent in a variety of traditions and practices and there will also be time for open dialogue.
  21. Poetry (& More) with Kay Ulanday Barrett Poetry (& More) with Kay Ulanday Barrett »

    November 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    The Spectrum Center, Council for Disability Concerns, and School of Social Work DEI Office are very excited to host multi-talented brown trans disabled artist, Kay Ulanday Barrett this November. Kay is a poet, performer, and educator whose work has been supported and published by organizations including the UN Global LGBTQ+ Summit, the Asian American Literary Review, and Race Forward. Join us in hosting them during Trans Awareness Week to hear about their work, both in reading and in their experience creating it. Event navigation details: More Trans Awareness Week events:

  22. SSW Book Club »

    November 20, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will discuss Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye.

    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.

  23. Transgender Awareness Week Keynote Speaker - Kavi Ade »

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

    The Spectrum Center invites this year's Transgender Awareness Week Keynote, Kavi Ade. Kavi Ade is a black trans queer speaker, arts educator, and nationally recognized poet of Afro and Indigenous Caribbean descent. Speaking on race, gender, sexuality, mental health, domestic violence, and sexual assault, Kavi's work grapples with being set at the throne of violence, and exploring the ways in which a body can learn to survive. Using art as resistance, they create transformative dialogue that aims to combat supremacist powers, and heal communities that have been harmed. Kavi has given poetry readings and keynote speeches, led workshops, and spoken on panels in numerous cities and communities, including over 100 colleges and universities, domestically and internationally. Kavi received the leeway foundation's transformation of work that honors "women and trans* artists and cultural producers who create art for social change, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work."

  24. Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid - A Book Talk with Bill Lopez »

    November 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    In Separated, William D. Lopez examines the lasting damage done by a daylong act of collaborative immigration enforcement in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Exploring the chaos of immigration enforcement through the lens of community health, Lopez discusses deportation's rippling negative effects and what it looks like from the perspective of the people who experience it. Focusing on those left behind, he reveals their efforts to cope with trauma, avoid homelessness, handle worsening health, and keep their families together.

  25. Common Roots - Recruitment Event  »

    November 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Join Common Roots Planning Committee as we host our recruitment event for the Fall 2019 semester. The Common Roots Planning Committee will detail accomplishments, discuss plans for transition and goals for the Winter 2020 semester. 

    Please join us! Lunch will be served. 

    Common Roots is a committee consisting of representatives from the SSW’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office, the LatinX Social Work Coalition, the Black Radical Healing Pathways, Association of Black Social Workers, the Office of Student Services and SSW Student Representatives.


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