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  1. 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 »

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.


    Doors at 4:30 PM

    5 PM Performance

    Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre


    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


    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.

  6. 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.

  7. "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.

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  8. 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'.

  9. 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. 


  10. 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.

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  11. 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.
  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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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  18. 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

  19. 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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  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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.

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  23. 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.

  24. 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 crlt.umich.edu

    Investing in Ability 

  25. 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

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