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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Events

  1. SSW Book Club

    October 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will discuss Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow.

    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.

  2. Public Comments Event: HUD Changes to Civil Rights' Fair Housing Protections

    October 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    In August 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a new rule with the potential to dismantle important civil rights protections against discrimination in housing.

    Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, known as the Fair Housing Act, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of housing and in other housing-related activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin. However, HUD's new rule proposes to replace the use of "disparate impact" in determining housing discrimination and to raise the burden of proof required to prove discrimination. Moreover, the new rule proposes to release lenders and landlords from responsibility for computer-based algorithms that discriminate while automating decisions about credit scoring, home insurance, and mortgage interest rates.

    Come learn about submitting public comments and make your voice heard on this critical issue! No prior experience submitting public comments is necessary.

    Please visit B780 in the School of Social Work on Thursday, October 17, 2019 any time between 12:00pm to 1:30pm to submit a public comment regarding this rule.

    Public comments on this rule will only be accepted until October 18, 2019.

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  3. Healing Through Words

    October 16, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pmCancelled

    The School of Social Work Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office, the Spectrum Center and Queer Advocacy Coalition would like to invite you to attend "Healing Through Words." This event will provide a space for students to connect, heal, and learn from each other's experiences, identities and narratives.

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  4. Decolonizing Academia with Dr. Clelia Rodríguez

    October 9, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The School of Social Work Student Union: First Generation Student Subcommittee invites you to join Dr. Clelia O. Rodríguez author of Decolonizing Academia: Poverty, Oppression, and Pain at the University of Michigan. Dr. Rodríguez is a woman of color and an educator, born and raised in El Salvador. The seminar will foster dialogue that encourages graduate students to challenge inequalities, disrupt racist ways of learning, and inhibit the exploitation of communities through scholarly practice.

  5. National Coming Out Week / LGBTQ History Month Keynote

    October 8, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Please join us as we welcome River Coello to campus as our keynote speaker for National Coming Out Week 2019 and LGBTQ History Month 2019.

    About River:River Coello is a queer and trans multidisciplinary artist from Guayaquil, Ecuador living in Chicago, Illinois.

    As an actor, River has appeared on various stage productions, having trained at Acting Studio Chicago, Second City Training Center, and the University of Michigan. As a writer, River’s work explores various liminalities of the human condition through a focus on River’s own identities and experiences, grounded in a deeply spiritual perspective.

    Acerca de:River Coello es un/a artista multidisciplinario/a cuir/qüeer y trans de Guayaquil, Ecuador viviendo en Chicago, Illinois.

    Como actor/actriz, River ha aparecido en varias producciones de teatro, habiendo entrenado en Acting Studio Chicago, Second City Training Center y la Universidad de Míchigan. Como escritor/a, el trabajo de River explora varias liminalidades de la condición humana a través de un enfoque en sus propias identidades y experiencias, bien fundado/a en una perspectiva profundamente espiritual.

    Spectrum Center Accessibility StatementIf you have an accessibility need you feel may not be automatically met at this event, fill out our Event Accommodation Form, found at http://bit.ly/SCaccess. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary for some accommodations to be fully implemented, but we will always attempt to dismantle barriers as they are brought up to us. Any questions about accessibility at Spectrum Center events can be directed to spectrumcenter@umich.edu.

  6. DEI Summit 2019: Community Assembly & Discussion

    October 7, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

    The 2019 DEI Summit Community Assembly & Discussion highlights Year 3 progress of the U-M DEI Strategic Plan and kicks off the Year 4 implementation.

    This year's keynote speaker features Van Jones--political commentator, author, and host of CNN's The Redemption Project and The Van Jones Show--followed by a roundtable discussion involving campus-based initiatives. The event will also include remarks from U-M President Mark Schlissel and senior leadership.

    Van Jones is President & Founder of the nonprofit, Dream Corps -- a justice incubator that houses the following initiatives: #cut50, #YesWeCode, #GreenForAll, and #LoveArmy. All with the overarching goal to create innovative solutions that "close prison doors and open doors of opportunity." Van has also led a number of other social and environmental justice enterprises, including The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change.

    A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written three New York Times Bestsellers. In 2009, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. He has earned many honors, including the World Economic Forum’s "Young Global Leader" designation, Rolling Stone’s 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done, Fast Company's 12 Most Creative Minds On Earth, a Webby Special Achievement Award and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

  7. Change It Up!

    October 2, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Change it Up! brings bystander intervention skills to the University of Michigan community for the purpose of building inclusive, respectful, and safe communities. It is based on a nationally recognized four-stage bystander intervention model that helps individuals intervene in situations that negatively impact individuals, organizations, and the campus community.This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if we can accommodate your attendance.Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/E33m8.

  8. Ignite and Implement: Student Engagement with DEI Initiatives

    October 1, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    This event will follow a Design Thinking approach where students spanning multiple and intersecting identity groups will facilitate dialogue to reflect on realities and generate ideas around transparency, inclusivity, communication, and engagement with DEI initiatives on campus including within Student Life.

  9. Meet & Greet - Faculty, Staff & Students of Color Meet & Greet - Faculty, Staff & Students of Color

    September 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    The Common Roots planning committee is proud to announce our second event, the Faculty, Staff and Students 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, students, and staff of color. Dinner will be served and doors will open at 5:30 PM, the event will formally begin at 6:00 PM. 

    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.

     

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  10. Queer/Cuir Américas Symposium

    September 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm

    This is a public symposium of the Cuir Américas Working Group | Grupo de Trabajo Feminista/Queer/Cuir to be held in Ann Arbor on September 20, 2019, to advance the publication of two scholarly journal special issues that will appear in the United States (in English) and in Brazil (in Spanish and Portuguese). They aspire to create a public space at the University of Michigan for the discussion of LGBTQ Latinx, Indigenous, and Afro- diasporic gender and sexuality through this one-day public event. Their interdisciplinary, transnational, action-based, Latinx queer feminist scholarly group includes university-based scholars and independent scholars and activists that are involved in diverse educational initiatives in several Latin American countries and U.S. Latinx communities. They will host a panel discussion, a keynote speaker, and a reception.

    For more information about the special issue of GLQ on Queer/Cuir Américas: Translation, Decoloniality, and the Incommensurable, please visit https://cuiramericas.org/.

  11. Beyond White Social Work Part 3: Exploration into AfroFuturism, Transformative Creative Arts Movements, and Intergenerational Conversations with Black Folxs

    September 14, 2019 - 11:30am to 4:00pm

    Purpose: The purpose of this event is to explore how AfroFuturism informs Our knowledge in Social Work/Social Science fields. How we will Go Beyond what Beyond White Social Work means and its destination to explore the impact on emphasizing, listening, centering Black voices, as often Black experiences/pain are utilized as tools for others' learning.

    We do not see ourselves historically in the conversation of social work Beyond being subjects in Our classrooms. 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.

    The sessions will explore Black Womxn, Hypervisibility/Invisibility in Spaces, Environmental Justice, Transformative Creative Arts Movements, Black Veterans, AfroFuturism and AfroWomynhood Exploring Creative Impact on the Diaspora, Beyond Allyship: Anti-Racist Coherence and Afrofuture Consonance etc.

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    This event is part of the University of Michigan's School of Social Work SEED Orientation week, and is free and open to all. For more information please contact Florence Alexander, Yusef "Bunchy" Shakur, Lauren Davis, Nyshourn Price, & Daicia Price at goingbeyond-teach.in@umich.edu

    Sponsored by: Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, New Leaders in African Centered Social Work, U-M School of Social Work Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Office, Black Radical Healing Pathways, U-M School of Social Work

  12. The Hong Kong Protests: Conversation and Implications for Social Work

    September 11, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

    The protests in Hong Kong that started with oppositions to the extradition bill have evolved rapidly, garnering international attention due partly to the scale of the protests but mostly to the level of brutality exhibited by the Hong Kong police and the threat of China’s military intervention (this article has a good background: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/08/world/asia/hong-kong-protests-explained.html). The protests have been led by young people who use social media to organize without identifiable leaders, and their tactics were inspired by Bruce Lee’s line: “Be water.” The ongoing protests have exposed deep-seated fear of China’s control of Hong Kong, and long-simmering frustration of young people with the society. Dr. Lydia Li will provide a brief history of the relationship between Hong Kong and China, and background contexts of the Hong Kong society to help understand the current conflict.  The protests have triggered many questions relevant to social work, especially those related to organizing and tactics. For example, what are the strengths and weaknesses of being leaderless and “like water”? How to draw the line between non-violence and forceful tactics? How to remain peaceful when being treated violently? Are tactics that cause inconvenience to innocent others, such as blocking public transportation and airport, justified?  The event is an open discussion.

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  13. First Generation Student-Parent Open House

    August 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

    First Generation Students (FGS) are students who are the first in their families to go to college for a bachelor's degree. FGS are trailblazers within their communities and at University of Michigan. Come meet other staff, students, and faculty who are also trailblazers at UofM. This event is free and open to all incoming and transfer first-generation students and their parents to meet and greet faculty, staff, and students across the university.

    It is highly encouraged to complete the RSVP form included below by August 20, 2019. Though it is not required for attending the Open House, we use this form to assist with design and accommodations at the event. Light snacks will be provided. There is no dress code for this event. 

  14. SSW Book Club

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

    The SSW Book Club will discuss Fracturing the Founding: How the Alt-Right corrupts the Constitution, by John E Finn.

    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. Microaggressions

    July 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

    Microaggressions - the subtle everyday verbal and nonverbal slights and insults which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages - can effect anyone. In this thought-provoking presentation, attendees learn how background influences individuals' perceptions and experiences of other; strategies for building strong relationships; and ways to create more mindful & inclusive work environments. Facilitated by Clarissa Love of the Office of Health, Equity & Inclusion.

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  16. Let’s Talk: Microaggressions & Strategies for Resilience

    June 27, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

    Led by the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) Wellness Counselor Kate Hagadone, PhD, LP, and OGPS Admissions & Diversity Coordinator Reginald Beasley, MA, session focuses on microaggressions prevention and useful strategies when they do occur. Snacks served. Free and open to the public.

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  17. CEW+Inspire Workshop Series: Understanding Nutrition and Community Health – A Journey from Service to Research to Advocacy

    June 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

    During this workshop, attendees will follow Dr. Cindy Leung’s trajectory in public health. Exploring her early work in local food banks with food-insecure populations and her scientific research on the effectiveness of our federal food programs, attendees will then discuss her present-day qualitative research to better understand the lived experiences of food-insecure individuals. Participants will learn about populations affected by food insecurity, including low-income families and college students. To wrap up the session, attendees will learn how all of this information is being used to design programs and affect future policies to benefit food-insecure populations. A hands-on wellness activity will be presented by the CEW+ Inspire team to complement this workshop.

    The discussion will be followed by a networking reception.

     

  18. Community Gathering

    June 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join us as we come together in community to discuss and process the recent events with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, and finding ways to assist families and individuals at risk.

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  19. “Am I Good Enough?” Yes, You Are!

    June 5, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

    It’s not unusual to find yourself in a situation where you doubt your own ability to succeed, even when those around you view you as capable. Research finds that you are not alone in coping with this feeling that brings discomfort. Come to this interactive workshop to learn more about impostor syndrome and ways to manage it.

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  20. Non-Violent Communication: Restorative Practice in Conflict Mediation Series

    May 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In this workshop series, Carrie Landrum, Assistant Director of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution, and Dillon Cathro, MSW'19 candidate, will be exploring a very helpful communication technique that many facilitators, counselors, and educators find invaluable: the Non-Violent Communication (NVC) process developed by Marshall Rosenberg. We will also be exploring intercultural conflict styles to normalize and legitimize the many varied ways that humans may engage through conflict.  As social workers, we may unconsciously impose our cultural norms on others when we ask that others engage in ways that we believe to be superior or "best." To ensure we engage with others non-violently, these sessions will encourage social work students to recognize the ways in which we may unconsciously be imposing dominant norms on others, and give students the skills needed to mitigate those unconscious biases, in the midst of conflict. Lunch will be provided.

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  21. Non-Violent Communication: Restorative Practice in Conflict Mediation Series

    May 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In this workshop series, Carrie Landrum, Assistant Director of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution, and Dillon Cathro, MSW'19 candidate, will be exploring a very helpful communication technique that many facilitators, counselors, and educators find invaluable: the Non-Violent Communication (NVC) process developed by Marshall Rosenberg. We will also be exploring intercultural conflict styles to normalize and legitimize the many varied ways that humans may engage through conflict.  As social workers, we may unconsciously impose our cultural norms on others when we ask that others engage in ways that we believe to be superior or "best." To ensure we engage with others non-violently, these sessions will encourage social work students to recognize the ways in which we may unconsciously be imposing dominant norms on others, and give students the skills needed to mitigate those unconscious biases, in the midst of conflict. Lunch will be provided.

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  22. Non-Violent Communication: Restorative Practice in Conflict Mediation Series

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

    In this workshop series, Carrie Landrum, Assistant Director of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution, and Dillon Cathro, MSW'19 candidate, will be exploring a very helpful communication technique that many facilitators, counselors, and educators find invaluable: the Non-Violent Communication (NVC) process developed by Marshall Rosenberg. We will also be exploring intercultural conflict styles to normalize and legitimize the many varied ways that humans may engage through conflict.  As social workers, we may unconsciously impose our cultural norms on others when we ask that others engage in ways that we believe to be superior or "best." To ensure we engage with others non-violently, these sessions will encourage social work students to recognize the ways in which we may unconsciously be imposing dominant norms on others, and give students the skills needed to mitigate those unconscious biases, in the midst of conflict. Lunch will be provided.

    RSVP Here »

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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).

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    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.

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