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  1. 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.

  2. "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 »

  3. 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'.

  4. 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. 


  5. 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

  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  8. Workshop on Public Charge and Writing Comment Session Workshop on Public Charge and Writing Comment Session »

    November 29, 2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

    A drastic change in the public charge rule proposed by the Trump administration would substantially restrict access to green cards and various types of visas for immigrants who are not already well-off financially. Learn more and join us in fighting back.

  9. Ikwewag Noojimowag Endaazhi-Waawiyekizowag: Standing in a Circle, the Women are Healers Ikwewag Noojimowag Endaazhi-Waawiyekizowag: Standing in a Circle, the Women are Healers »

    November 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    Join Anishinaabe Elder Mona Stonefish for an evening of healing and restoration of the self through tradition and culture, as we learn about the experiences of North American Indian women. Feast will be cooked by Jonathan Fowler, Native chef.

    Anishinaabe Elder Mona Stonefish (Bear Clan) is a Doctor of Traditional Medicine and an international activist for peace, Indigenous, women’s and disability rights. She is Senator of the Anishinaabemowin Teg – language preservation, a Keeper of Wisdom, and a Grandmother Water Walker. She is also a member of the Native American Museum of Washington D.C., a traditional dancer, and recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013). She and her granddaughter Sky Stonefish support and teach one another, confront discrimination, and fight to tear down barriers in their travels together.

  10. Transgender Awareness Week Keynote Speaker-Reyna Ortiz »

    November 14, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Reyna Ortiz has been working for over four years at Taskforce Prevention & Community Services: however, she has been involved with the transgender community since 2000. When she began to frequent other transgender women who were sex workers, Reyna then started to share her knowledge and help find resources available for the community.

  11. Coffee & Conversation: DEI Open House Coffee & Conversation: DEI Open House »

    November 8, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

    You're invited to join the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for our open house event Coffee & Conversation! 

    The event will feature the staff, students and faculty of the DEI office. Each member of the team will be in attendance during select times. Participants can come and go freely during this Open House event. 

    Refreshments will be available on a first come, first served basis. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to participate.

  12. A House Divided: The History of Segregation & the Legacy of Gentrification in Detroit »

    November 7, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, which outlawed the widespread practice of housing discrimination. Please join historian and founder of the Black Scroll Network, Jamon Jordan, as he discusses the court case involving the family of Ossian and Gladys Sweet, one of the most remarkable fights for civil rights in Detroit's history and it's lasting impact.

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  13. ADHD Awareness Event - Setting the Record Straight »

    November 1, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Despite the fact that ADHD is one of the most researched of psychiatric disorders, and neuroimaging studies show that it is a neurobiological disorder, ADHD myths continue to pervade our national discussion, fueled by sensationalized media and the opinions of mental health professionals. For this event, five ADHD experts will come together for a panel discussion to not only set the record straight, but also to share how they work as a team to provide their clients a scaffolding of support. Using a strengths-based, multi-dimensional approach, this team of experts helps students and adults living with ADHD find their paths to healing and personal fulfillment. RSVP Here

    Panelists Include:

    Sari Solden, M.S., is a psychotherapist and author of Women with Attention Deficit Disorder (2005) and Journeys Through ADDulthood (2002) and an international keynote speaker

    Geraldine Markel, Ph.D., is an educational psychologist, author, and ADHD productivity coach at Managing Your Mind Coaching and Seminars

    Terry Matlen, M.S.W., is a psychotherapist, author, consultant, and coach, specializing in women with ADHD

    Regina Carey, M.Ed., founder of Carey On, LLC specializes in working with adults with Invisible Disabilities and Women Empowerment

    Susan Hunsberger, M.A., is the owner of Strategize Organize, LLC, where she partners alongside adults and students struggling with chronic disorganization and/or ADHD as a Professional Organizer

  14. Understanding the Trump Administration’s Memo on “Gender”: Policy Basics Teach-In »

    October 31, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    This pop-up discussion will focus on recent news reports about the leaked policy memo circulating among Trump administration officials defining gender in ways that would discriminate against transgender, non-binary, and intersex populations. We will focus specifically on the policy-related dimension of this issue, situate the debate within a broader policy framework, and outline the current policy landscape as it relates to civil rights.

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  15. Language and Disability: An Exploration Language and Disability: An Exploration  »

    October 30, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

    Panelists: Petra Kuppers, Lloyd Shelton, Dessa Cosma, Pam McGuinty, Luke Kudryashov

    This event will explore language and disability experiences through multiple lenses, including poetry, political implications, access to the nuances of English for people with hearing loss, and a discussion panel on linguistic authority, implications of language choice, and building community across differences.

    Investing in Ability

  16. Updated ADA Information: Assistive Animals and Emotional Support Animals (ESA) Updated ADA Information: Assistive Animals and Emotional Support Animals (ESA) »

    October 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Panelists: Christina Kline, Disability Coordinator, U-M Office for institutional Equity; Jack Bernard, U-M Associate General Counsel

    Moderator: Jeff Edelstein

    Do you know the difference between Emotional Support Animals and assistive animals? Do you know which animals can legally be kept in dorms or in rentals? Which animals can be taken into public spaces such as restaurants and stores? Our panel can provide answers.

    Investing in Ability

  17. Student Forum on School Climate »

    October 29, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join the SSW Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a student forum to discuss the School of Social Work’s recent climate survey results and engage in the ongoing conversation around improving school climate. Join us so that together we can foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning community!

    Lunch will be provided.

    RSVP here »

  18. SSW Book Club »

    October 25, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join us in room 2629 SSWB for our next Book Club meeting. We will continue our discussion of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.

    Learn more about the book from the book website and trailer.

    Learn more about the SSW Book Club.

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

  19. Disability and Accessible Teaching: Current Perspectives and Best Practices Disability and Accessible Teaching: Current Perspectives and Best Practices »

    October 24, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

    Facilitators: Grant Jackson (CRLT) and Stephanie Rosen (University Libraries)

    Free session but registration required at

    Investing in Ability 

  20. Neubacher Ceremony Neubacher Ceremony  »

    October 24, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

    The Ceremony recognizes U-M affiliates (faculty/staff/students/alums) who have been nominated and selected for their contributions to disability issues.

    Investing in Ability

  21. Active Minds Panel Discussion Active Minds Panel Discussion  »

    October 22, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Student panelists tell their own stories


    Investing in Ability

  22. The Impact of Episodes: Lunch & Discuss »

    October 22, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The Impact of Episodes: Lunch & Discuss will use profound television shows and visual media as a catalyst for discussion as it pertains to the School of Social Work and social work profession. This event features an episode from the hit television series HBO's Insecure. 

    In this episode, Issa Dee struggles to find value in her position at a nonprofit organization while also seeking guidance for her financial struggles. Join the students of the DEI office as we unpack and discuss key elements of this episode and relate it back to the social work program. Click here to review the episode's trailer.



    *Lunch will be provided. Please include any dietary restrictions and/or accommodations in the RSVP form. 

  23. Keeping Our Door Open - A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Refugee Resettlement Keeping Our Door Open - A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Refugee Resettlement »

    October 22, 2018 - 8:00am to October 23, 2018 3:00pm

    This two-day symposium on refugee resettlement features keynote speakers U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-12th District) and Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS (founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). HIAS is the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees. School of Social Work presenters includes Associate Professor Sherrie Kossoudji and Assistant Professor Odessa Gonzalez Benson. Benson, received funding from the U-M Office of Research Faculty Grants and Awards to support this symposium.

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  24. Telling Our Own Stories: A Visual Storytelling Workshop on Disability Life at U-M Telling Our Own Stories: A Visual Storytelling Workshop on Disability Life at U-M »

    October 18, 2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

    Panelists: Victor Strecher, Ph.D., Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship; and Patricia F. Anderson, Emerging Technologies Informationist for the Health Sciences; with surprise special guests

    Comics allow us to explain feelings and events in ways that bridge time and space and identity in unexpected ways. Comics can give us a way to tell stories we might not tell in other ways, or which might not be heard if we did. In this two part workshop, we’ll first hear from people about why and how comics worked for their stories, followed by a workshop activity for artists and storytellers to collaborate on telling stories about life with disabilities.


    Investing in Ability Events

  25. "Deej" (Documentary Film) "Deej" (Documentary Film)  »

    October 16, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

    Deej is DJ Savarese, a non-talking autistic man who was abandoned by his birth parents and remained uneducated until his adoptive parents helped him pursue an education. This film deals with Deej's transition to college life and the difficulties and growth that Deej pursues at Oberlin. He is a wordsmith who uses a machine to talk and he and his community know something you don't.

    Investing in Ability Events

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