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  1. Are we there yet?: The promise, perils, and politics of prison reform

    April 13, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

    In her presentation, Dr. Marie Gottschalk, a professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, will examine why the carceral state, with its growing number of outcasts, remains so tenacious in the United States. Dr. Gottschalk specializes in American politics, with a focus on criminal justice, health policy, race, the development of the welfare state, and business-labor relations.

  2. Careers in Aging - Panel Presentation

    April 12, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    You are invited to join the Geriatric Learning Community and Sigma Phi Omega (geriatric honor society) at the SSW to learn more about our aging world. Professionals who share the common goal of serving older adults will discuss ageism and how it manifests in our society. Specific topics include: working with TGLBQI elders, elder abuse & neglect, and more. Lunch will be provided.

    RSVP here »

    For more information, please contact Ling Lin ( or Ani Grigorian (  

    As a bonus, take the online quiz to test your knowledge on gerontology. Students who take this quiz and attend one Careers in Aging event will be entered to win a prize. Winners will be picked at the panel event on 4/12.

  3. SSW Dean's TBLG Matters Initiative: “Christiani[TEA] and Talkback” SSW Dean's TBLG Matters Initiative: “Christiani[TEA] and Talkback”

    April 11, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

    In response to positive feedback following our last two TBLG + Christianity Lunches, the TBLG Matters Dean’s Initiative is excited to announce a third event, bringing back MSW student and seminarian Jonathan Vanderbeck to host an informal “Christiani[TEA] and Talkback” event.

    This event will be a chance for students and faculty to come and learn more about the intersection between Christianity and TBLG identities, as well as a chance to hear from Jonathan about his perspectives on how this topic is (or isn’t) handled within the School of Social Work. We’ll provide the tea, cups, and light snacks. Feel free to bring a bag-supper and to come and go as you are able.

  4. Strengthening the Huddle: An Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion on Athletes and Mental Health

    April 8, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    The Social Work & Sport Association (SWSA) is holding a Mental Health and Sports Panel. Panelists inlcude Barb Hansen, Will Heininger, Tom George and Kent Bernard.

    RSVP here »

  5. Poverty Workshop- Poverty and mental health: Untangling the causation-selection issue

    April 8, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    During this talk, Prof. Marilyn Sinkewicz, Assistant Professor of Social Work, will discuss findings from her current paper, which explores two different theories, with very different policy implications, that have emerged to explain the reciprocal and reinforcing relation between psychopathology and socioeconomic status: social causation (poverty leads to mental illness) and social selection (mental illness leads to poverty). The study she will discuss uses nationally representative longitudinal data to examine causation and selection processes and their relative predictive value over the adult life course.

    Lunch will be provided. Please note any dietary needs in the RSVP comments

    RSVP here »

  6. Indigenous and Political Influences on Intimate Partner Violence Policies and Prevention Work in Aotearoa (New Zealand)

    April 8, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    "Indigenous and Political Influences on Intimate Partner Violence Policies and Prevention Work in Aotearoa (New Zealand)"

    by Professor Daniel Saunders, Ph.D., University of Michigan School of Social Work

    New Zealand has been a world leader in the development of child custody laws designed to protect survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and their children.  It has also been a leader in the development of indigenously-based, restorative justice practices with possible applications to IPV. Professor Saunders will share some highlights of his four month Fulbright Scholars project in New Zealand in which he studied its history of IPV policy reform and its prevention programs influenced by indigenous Maori culture.

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  7. National Association of Black Social Workers 48th Annual Conference

    March 23, 2016 - 9:00am to March 25, 2016 4:00pm

    Admissions representatives and current MSW students will be exhibiting at the National Association of Black Social Workers 48th Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA to share information on the University of Michigan's MSW and PhD programs.

  8. Detroit Public Schools Panel Event hosted by SWEC

    March 22, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    The Social Work and Education Collaboration (SWEC) organization is excited host a panel discussion with current Detroit Public School employees.

    Come learn directly from the variety of experts experiencing the current challenges of working in DPS and engage in a solution oriented Q&A discussion.

    The panel will consist of educators, social workers, and administration.

    Food will be provided!

  9. Putting the Prison in its Place: A Film maker, a professor and an exonerated, formerly incarcerated community activist reflect on the curious place of the prison in American public life

    March 21, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    With over 2 million people held in U.S. jails and prisons, the United States is the world's leading jailer. The shadow of the prison, however, extends far beyond the prison gates. Join us for a conversation on the curious place of the prison in American public life. The conversation will be led by an esteemed panel of experts.

    Brett Story, documentary film maker and critical geographer with the CUNY center on Place, Politics, and Culture will show clips from her new film, The Prison in 12 Landscapes, and lead us in a discussion of the not so obvious places the prison rears its head. For a preview of the film see:

    John Eason, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University will share notes from his forthcoming book, "Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation, a study of prison placement and an ethnography of a rural prison town".

    Walter Smith, a formerly incarcerated community activist, radio host, and 5 time championship body builder who was wrongfully imprisoned for 11 years and eventually exonerated after filing a motion for DNA testing. He has since hosted the weekly radio program "Street Soldier," written a book, and done violence prevention workshops throughout the nation.

    The Event will be hosted by Reuben Jonathan Miller, Assistant Professor of Social Work, faculty Associate, ISR, and Faculty Affiliate, DAAS and Hazelette Crosby Robinson, a formerly incarcerated community activist, alumna of the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and Research Associate on the Detroit Reentry Project.

    This timely conversation with a professor, a geographer and film maker, and an exonerated, formerly incarcerated activist will direct our attention away from the prison itself and help us to attend to its impact across communities, across geographies, and across sites of cultural representation.

  10. Interdisciplinary Care for LGBTQ+ People Interdisciplinary Care for LGBTQ+ People

    March 16, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    This workshop, primarily targeted to students in the health professions, will focus on how healthcare professionals provide holistic care to LGBTQ+ individuals. Through the course of the workshop, participants will learn about health care disparities, social justice issues within the medical system, and best practices for working with LGBTQ+ individuals. Attendees will also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and practice these skills within interprofessional teams.

    Due to the limited capacity of the room, an RSVP link will be included on the event flyer. Those interested in attending the workshop are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to RSVP beforehand.  

    RSVP Will Close Tuesday, March 15 at 5pm.


    RSVP here»

  11. Community Feedback on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Draft

    March 16, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Presentation of the School of Social Work's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Draft.  

    Event will be updated as information and plan develops


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  12. Community Feedback on the Development of School of Social Work's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

    February 24, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    The School of Social Work invites students, staff, and faculty to provide feedback on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan that is developed by the DE&I Committee.  

    Information will be updated as the event nears its date.

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  13. Washtenaw ID Project Solidarity Rally Washtenaw ID Project Solidarity Rally

    February 23, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    As the final event in the Washtenaw ID Project’s Solidarity in Action campaign, we are organizing a march down to the County Clerk’s Office (220 N. Main St.) for anyone who wants to support the initiative by getting their own County ID card!

    We will meet in the School of Social Work’s McGregor Commons at 12pm, and will march down to the County Clerk’s Office together

    If you’re interested in getting your own County ID card, please remember to bring the necessary documents – a cell phone or utility bill with your name, your Washtenaw County address, and a date within the past 30 days; and two identity documents, such as a state ID, driver’s license, or passport (or if you only have one of these documents, come with a friend and they can vouch for your identity!)

    A full list of eligibility criteria and additional details can be found in the link to this event – please note, you must:

    1) provide identity documents that add up to at least 300 points,

    2) have at least one identity document from column A, and

    3) be able to prove County residency.

    Please dress warmly!

  14. 21st Century Policing: Lessons from Cincinnati

    February 22, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Ferguson, Cleveland, Baltimore, Chicago... Cities across America are in crisis, grappling with the need to enact meaningful reforms in the wake of a growing spotlight on the use of deadly force by police officers.

    Cincinnati, once synonymous with broken policing, has been put forward as model for reform in all of these cities and more--thanks to more than a decade of hard, sustained work by a broad array of community organizations, police leaders, federal officials, academics, and many others.

    We've convened a discussion with some of the key participants in Cincinnati's reforms. With others, they worked together to develop and implement the new approach to policing that has garnered such national attention. They'll be joined by a leader from the Detroit Police Department for reflections on what the lessons of Cincinnati might hold for communities here in Southeast Michigan and elsewhere.

    Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. The event will be live web-streamed. Please visit this page on the day of the event for viewing access information.

  15. Why Are They Angry With Us? - a book talk with Larry E. Davis Why Are They Angry With Us? - a book talk with Larry E. Davis

    February 19, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Larry E. Davis, MA, MSW, PhD, is the dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is the Donald M. Henderson Professor. He is the director and founder of the Center on Race and Social Problems, which conducts applied social science research on race, ethnicity, and color.  Davis earned his MSW '73 and PhD '77 from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.  His new book, Why Are They Angry With Us? Essays on Race, addresses the unresolved questions and conflicts about race in America from both the author's personal and a professional perspective. Davis relates racial incidents, observations, and issues to explain the workings of race and racism in America; confronting taboo topics such as race and prison, immigration, and internalized racism.

    Discussants include Professor Rogerio Pinto and MSW student Danae Ross. Book will be available to purchase for $28 (cash or check) at the talk.  Lunch will be provided.

    RSVP here »

  16. Michigan Law Symposium on the Criminalization of Poverty

    February 19, 2016 - 10:00am to February 20, 2016 3:00pm

    The Michigan Journal of Race & Law presents, “Innocent Until Proven Poor: Fighting the Criminalization of Poverty” Symposium.

    Day 1: Keynote: Vanita Gupta, (Asst. Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Dept. of Justice)

    Day 2: Keynote: Sarah Geraghty, (Managing Attorney, Impact Litigation, Southern Center for Human Rights)

    The symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners from multiple perspectives to explore the interaction between poverty and the criminal legal system and strategize solutions. Issues include: aggressive policing of poor neighborhoods, prosecutorial discretion, legal categorization of crimes, debtors’ prisons, excessive bail, civil asset forfeiture, court fees and fines, and collateral consequences. In addition to keynotes and panels, the symposium will engage attendees in skill-building workshops.


  17. TBLG+Christianity Ministry Panel Luncheon

    February 17, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    The School of Social Work Dean's Initiative on TBLG Matters is proud to announce the first of two lunch events this semester exploring and discussing the intersection of TBLG Identity and Christianity! 

    The Dean's Initiative will be hosting the TBLG+Christianity Ministry Panel Luncheon on Wednesday, February 17th from Noon-1:30PM in Room B780 of the School of Social Work Building. 

    *Lunch will be provided*

    With Ministry panelists Jonathan Vanderbeck (MSW '16 and M.Div '16) and Reid Hamilton (Chaplain of Canterbury House), we will deconstruct the relationship and history between conservative Christianity and heterosexism, as well as explore alternative narratives on the relationship between Christianity and queerness.


    More on Jonathan: Seminarian Jonathan Vanderbeck (he/him/his) is currently pursuing degrees from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI (M.Div) and the University of Michigan School of Social Work (M.S.W.), and seeking ordination in the Reformed Church in America (RCA) as the first openly gay candidate for ministry, anticipating ordination in May 2016. Jonathan identifies as a Korean-adopted person-of-color, and is passionate about studying intersectionality between Korean and LGBTQ identities, developing a theology of queer liberation in the realm of Reformed Calvinism, and how to make the best cocktail of vodka, gin, and white tears.

    More on Reid: Reid Hamilton is the Chaplain of Canterbury House because he loves everything the University environment has to offer, from bright and interesting people to ivy-covered libraries to smoky dives. Poet, musician and scholar, he is most interested in things he has not seen before. Before becoming a priest in 1998, Reid jumped out of airplanes, practiced law, got married, got divorced, and got married again – permanently this time! Reid has two children and has spent nearly half of his life in one school or another. He is passionately committed to justice and civil rights. His wife, Deb (originally from Detroit), also loves music and social activism. Reid and Deb enjoy cooking together and conducting bold culinary experiments on their friends. Born in Joplin, Missouri, Reid has lived in Nashville, in North Carolina, in Atlanta and Kansas City before at last making his way north. In his life as a priest he has served as Assistant Rector of St. Paul’s Church, Kansas City, Missouri, and as Rector of Christ Church in Kent, Ohio – home of Kent State University – where he encouraged a parish-based campus ministry.

  18. 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 »

  19. Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on Americas Campuses Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on Americas Campuses

    February 15, 2016 - 7:00pm

    The Office of Greek Life, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies will be hosting Mr. Lawrence Ross as a guest lecturer. 

    Ross is the author of several books about African American culture – namely The Divine Nine: History of African American Fraternities and Sororities – and he will be coming to the University of Michigan to discuss the research found in his new book Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on Americas Campuses. This interactive and multimedia lecture will bring light to commentary about campus race relations across America, as told by the experiences of students of color at several predominant institutions.

    The event will take place on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 7pm in the Michigan League Ballroom. It is FREE and open to the public! Copies of his book will be sold and autographed after the lecture. It is also an official part of the University of Michigan MLK Symposium.

  20. 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.

  21. 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 »

  22. Call for Ideas

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

    As part of the university-wide initiative to improve diversity, equity and inclusion, the School of Social Work is in the middle of a year-long planning process to address and improve these issues at the School within the context of our social work heritage, as expressed in our vision, mission and goals.

    Student input and ideas are critical to this process and thus the SSW Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee needs to hear from YOU!

    From February 3-15 MIDNIGHT we are asking students to take part in an open Call for Ideas. The goal of this Call for Ideas is to get input and feedback from SSW students related to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in three specific areas:

    What is your vision for the School of Social Work??;
    What do you see are the strengths/barriers that exist?; and
    What are your ideas that will help the School of Social Work get there?

    The Call for Ideas is open to all SSW students. We encourage students to submit individual ideas and responses, but also to meet as groups to brainstorm and generate ideas. Students can submit responses to one, two or all of the prompts. We also encourage students to be aspirational when considering possible solutions.

    The SSW Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is committed to including ideas and solutions submitted through this Call for Ideas. Submitted ideas will be presented and discussed during the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion All School Meetings taking place Feb 24th and March 16th at noon in the ECC. Please plan to join these decision making meetings.

    Learn more about the university-wide initiative, the SSW process, timeline, and the Diversity Committee and attend associated SSW events.

    If you have any questions, please email

    Please click on the link below found under "Event Details" for the google form (right under "Relevant Website")

  23. #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.

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  24. Workshop | Faith and Fit in Social Work Values: Exploring Teaching Strategies

    February 10, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    This session seeks to support SSW faculty in considering and facilitating discussions regarding religion and diversity with students in the classroom. The session will explore grounding concepts from the NASW Code of Ethics and the recently revised NASW Standards and Indicators of Cultural Competency in Social Work Practice with opportunities to consider one’s own beliefs and values. Classroom facilitation and teaching strategies will be explored through discussion of relevant class examples.


    Differentiate concepts of religion and spirituality.

    Identify 2 concepts from the NASW Code of Ethics relevant to the intersection of religion and diversity in Social Work practice.

    Identify 2 concepts from the NASW Standards and Indicators of Cultural Competency in Social Work Practice (2015) relevant to the intersection of religion and diversity in Social Work practice.

    Identify 1 teaching strategy to use in facilitating faith and ethics discussions in social work student education.


    With the goal of using our limited time most efficiently and effectively, we ask you to consider (4) questions in preparation for our time together. Click here to download the pre-workshop discussion/reflection guide. Please bring this guide with you to the session.

    12-12:15pm: Welcome & Introduction

    12:15-12:30pm: Providing Context

    12:30-1:45pm: Classroom Case Examples & Discussion

    1:45-2pm: Student Case Examples & Discussion


    Debra Mattison, LMSW, ACSW | Shari Robinson-Lynk, LMSW, ACSW | Leigh Robertson, MA, LMSW, ACSW


    Open to all SSW faculty. This session is designated as a professional development opportunity for SSW faculty only. 

    (2) free ethics CEUs offered to participants. (pending, subject to change)

    Lunch will be served.

    RSVP required »

    We look forward to your participation! 

    Sponsored by the Office of the Associate Dean for Educational Programs.

  25. Washtenaw ID Project Presents: What Does Solidarity Look Like?

    February 4, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Join the Making of a video and written collage documenting what solidarity means to you and enjoy free pizza!

    Themes of Event

    How to work and support the community

    The benefits of the ID

    Information on future events

    How to get involved

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