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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Events

  1. Social Transformation through Public Engagement

    October 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

    LSA - National Center for Institutional Diversity, Academic Innovation, and Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    Leaders from different sectors discuss partnerships with higher education to inform and implement social change. President Mark S. Schlissel will share remarks on the intersection between two Presidential initiatives: Public Engagement & Impact and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

    DEI Summit Events

  2. "Unrest" (Documentary Film) "Unrest" (Documentary Film)

    October 8, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

    Jennifer Brea's Sundance award-winning documentary, Unrest, is a personal journey from patient to advocate to storyteller. Jennifer is 28, working on her PhD at Harvard, and months away from marrying the love of her life when a mysterious fever leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her it's "all in her head," she picks up her camera as an act of defiance and brings us into a hidden world of millions that medicine abandoned. 

    Investing in Ability Events

  3. University of Michigan DEI Summit University of Michigan DEI Summit

    October 8, 2018 - 9:00am to October 12, 2018 5:00pm

    The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit will give campus community members the opportunity to learn about the work completed during the past year on both universitywide and unit-based plans to improve diversity, equity and inclusion.

  4. Chronic Fatigue and Related Syndromes: An Expert Panel Discussion Chronic Fatigue and Related Syndromes: An Expert Panel Discussion

    October 5, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

    Presenters: Tiffany Braley, MD – Clinical Assistant Professor, Medical School, Department of Neurology, Daniel Clauw, MD – Director of Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, Professor, Medical School, Department of Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine (Rheumatology), and Department of Psychiatry, Ann Kratz, PhD - Assistant Professor, Medical School, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ace Anbender, sports blogger and individual with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Moderator: Donna Omichinski

    .Investing in Ability Events


  5. Michigan Medicine Inclusion and Growth for Healthcare Transformation (M.I.G.H.T.) Disability Awareness Symposium Michigan Medicine Inclusion and Growth for Healthcare Transformation (M.I.G.H.T.) Disability Awareness Symposium

    October 4, 2018 - 2:30pm to 5:30pm

    Keynote speaker: Karin Muraszko, M.D., Julian T. Hoff Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan

    The Council for Disability Concerns produces an annual series of events designed to raise awareness of disability topics on campus and in our community. All events are free and everyone is welcome. If accommodations are needed, contact disability@umich.edu  at least one week in advance.

    Investing in Ability Events

  6. A Panel Discussion on Global Inclusion & Exclusion

    October 4, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Eduardo Marques, a professor from the University of Azores, Portugal is visiting U-M SSW during the first week of October with two of his students. He is working with Dr. Mieko Yoshihama on a PhotoVoice project about social inclusion and exclution. On Thursday, October 4, Dr. Yoshihama invites Eduardo, Dr. Odessa Ganzalez-Benson from SSW, and Ana Paula Pimentel Walker - an assistant professor from Urban and Regional Planning to join a panel discussion about global inclusion and exclusion. After the panel discussion, there will be a mini-PhotoVoice Presentation from the CrossAtlantic Action Research Team.

    RSVP here »

    This event is presented by the Global Social Work Student Association and the CrossAtlantic Action Research.

  7. LatinX Social Work Coalition & Trotter Presents: Un Poquito de Sabor

    September 23, 2018 - 5:00pm

     Come enjoy food, friendship and dancing with the LatinX Social Work Coalition and the Trotter Multicultural Center in celebration of LatinX Heritage Month.

  8. SSW Book Club

    September 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join us for our next Book Club meeting, to discuss 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.

  9. Unite for Social Change Fall 2018 Kick-Off Unite for Social Change Fall 2018 Kick-Off

    September 12, 2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

    Unite for Social Change is a U-M School of Social Work initiative that aims to bring members of the U-M School of Social Work community together. Given the elections happening during the Fall semester, the goal of this kick-off event is to promote understanding about barriers to civic engagement, and to encourage civic action. Activities for the day will include pre-panel activities, panel discussion, and hands-on breakout sessions where participants can learn more about work happening in the community and how they can build and apply their skills to move political social change.

    *  Please note that there are limited spaces for the panel discussion and breakout sessions. We will try our best to accommodate all registrants. However, first come, first served. Based on the time of your registration, you may be invited to join the sessions through live-streaming.

    RSVP here »

  10. Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs: MESA-Palooza

    September 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Join the Office of Multi-Ethnic Students Affairs as they host their annual Welcome Week event: MESA-Palooza. Discover on-campus resources about social justice, race & ethnicity, and leadership development while enjoying refreshments and music. Everyone is welcome.

  11. SSW Book Club

    August 9, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join us for our next meeting, to discuss Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson.

    Just Mercy is a memoir of an idealistic young lawyer, and his fight to overturn unjust convications and to end mass incarceration. The book has won numerous awards. Read more at https://eji.org/just-mercy

    Learn more about the SSW Book Club.

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

  12. Exploring the Spectrum of Gender Expression A lecture & discussion

    July 19, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

    In mid-July OLLI presents a lecture on gender non-conforming persons in the Summer Lecture Series, “Voices of Local Minorities.” This After 5 program is a follow up to that lecture. Our panel will share stories about personal struggles and rewards.

    Meet a married transman who is the father of two young children, a female Native American Shaman healer, and a woman who identifies as gender non-conforming. Sarah Weinstein will act as panel moderator. Join us in this discussion on gender perspectives.

    After 5 events are open to the public, and do not require OLLI membership.

    Cost is $10.00

  13. SSW Book Club

    June 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join us for our second meeting, to discuss Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson.

    The book tells the story of Stevenson's work through the Equal Justice Initiative. Booklist described Just Mercy as, "A passionate account of the ways our nation thwarts justice and inhumanely punishes the poor and disadvantaged."

    Learn more about the SSW Book Club.

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

  14. Working with Transgender Youth & Families

    June 4, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join the DEI Office, TBLG Matters, and SSW LEO Lecturer, Susan Radzilowski, to discuss the importance of working with younger prepubescent transgender children and parents to provide support and guidance. We will look at the lack of information and support for families of transgender and non-conforming youth and how that adversely impacts both children and families. We will be exploring and understanding gender expressions and how it may differ from gender identity, the impact of gender-affirming care on positive mental health outcomes, and the importance of hormone blockers to prevent children from undergoing the wrong puberty. Lunch will be provided.



    A Mother's Day Reflection

    The Shrine

  15. "Telling Our Stories" Premiere

    May 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

    Join the preview of a new play, "Telling Our Stories," based on the interviews of Black Women in America and strives to empower their voices by creating a space for them to tell their own, full stories. Created by 2017-2018 University Musical Society Artist in Residence and U-M School of Social Work graduate, Morgan Breon. To learn more, click here.

  16. SSW Book Club

    May 17, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join us for our first meeting, to discuss March.

    March tells the inside story of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its most iconic figures. This award-winning #1 bestselling graphic novel trilogy recounts Congressman John Lewis' life in the movement.

    Learn more about the SSW Book Club.

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


  17. U-M MLK Symposium Cross-Campus Planning Meeting

    May 10, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:00pm


    The University of Michigan Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium is proudly one of the largest commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. across the country. The symposium consists of a keynote memorial lecture public event the morning of the MLK holiday (January 15) [open to the public, not ticketed]. The efforts to determine the symposium theme, the artwork for the event booklet, and speakers for the symposium are determined from a dedicated group of students, faculty, staff and administrators across campus. 

    We welcome any interested individuals who are passionate about social justice, civil and human rights, and UM’s role in creating a dynamic program that honors Dr. King to attend our monthly meetings. They are informal, please attend when you would like. Each meeting focuses on finalizing a piece of the symposium events, sharing department or org events, and always reflecting on current affairs, with an emphasis on mindfulness and community. 

    STUDENTS! (undergrad, grad, professional, etc) We need your voice at the table!

    More information about putting your event in the booklet or online, the history of speakers, and other ways to get involved, please visit mlksymposium.umich.edu hosted and sponsored by the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI).

    Please email mlksymposiuminfo@umich.edu if you plan on attending an upcoming meeting, so that we may have an accurate food count.

    The theme for the 2018 Symposium is The Fierce Urgency of Now. This theme calls us to claim ownership of the challenges we face and not leave it for future generations to address. Amidst technological advancements and increased global connections, much work still needs to be done to heal the wounds of our past, and resolve the injustices of our present. The Fierce Urgency of Now compels us to not only act, but to also acknowledge that the absence of action and the continuation of silence, serves to bring us deeper into the shadows of division.

  18. Building Power: Organizing Effectively Against White Supremacy

    March 31, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

    Come join the University of Michigan School of Social for Building Power: Organizing Effectively Against White Supremacy. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from action-driven leaders in social justice, participate in small and large group discussions, and develop action plans for adopting social justice lifestyles. There will be two tracks for conference workshops. The Community Organizing Track will be for individuals who want to develop a deeper understanding of privilege, oppression, and intercultural issues and leave with tangible skills, including skills surrounding direct action strategies. The Individual Leadership Track will be for people who do not identify as community organizers, but want foundational skills and information to combat white supremacy every day and within their chosen professions. More information about the day’s schedule and speakers, form may be found at: https://umsswconference.wixsite.com/buildingpower (website will continue to be updated).

    Accessibility: The conference will be in the basement and first floor in the School of Social Work. The building is wheelchair accessible, and includes an elevator. There are options for gendered and non-gendered bathrooms. For any other questions re: accessibility, please feel free to email krisagb@umich.edu. This event is free and open to all members of the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti community, along with students from across the University of Michigan campus.

  19. CAPS Self-Care Workshop

    March 28, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Staff from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will be leading mindfulness activities and a workshop to discuss techniques for self-care, time management and how to overcome procrastination.

  20. SSW #SocialJusticeMatters: Invisible Identities

    March 26, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Invisible Identities is an event hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and international students at the School of Social Work, sponsored by the Office of Student Services. This event strives to get individual’s voices heard regarding their experiences of being misidentified. Many people are quick to assume someone is white, able bodied, straight, or many other visible identities, when in fact they do not identify as that. Come join our team as students share their experiences and learn how to not be so quick to identify someone. Lunch will be provided.  RSVP Here »

  21. Faculty & Staff Workshop: International Students - Immigration Environment, Cultural Matters, and Academic Success

    March 20, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    This workshop will be facilitated by experts from the International Center. It is designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and critical skills related to international student support at the School of Social Work. The topics of this workshop include 1) current immigration environment faced by international students, 2) cross-cultural matters regarding language and learning styles, and 3) ways to enhance academic success among international students. We will examine immigration laws and current political climate, address issues of concern to vulnerability and invisibility, and discuss practical teaching approaches in increasingly multi-cultural settings. In addition, results of an international student survey will be presented along with student speak-outs.

    1.5 Macro CEU hours are offered.

    This workshop is a collaborative effort between the U-M International Center and the School of Social Work's Office of Global Activities, the Associated Dean for Educational Programs, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office.


  22. #SocialJusticeMatter Series presents Dr. William Elliott

    March 19, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Moving from a Period of Normal Science to Revolution: Wealth Inequality and Education in America

    In The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn discusses how periods of normal science are interrupted by periods of revolutionary science. Kuhn suggests that during periods of normal science researchers identify questions to investigate based on existing knowledge. The insights gained from these analyses are constrained, then, by the limits of the prevailing paradigm. Resulting changes tend to mostly comprise tweaks around the margins, rather than fundamental reconsiderations. Periods of normal science persist until the current is no longer able to solve a growing number of the problems, or when external events provoke a clamor for a different vision, a revolution.

    The U.S. financial aid model has been in a period of normal science for far too long. The goal of financial aid has been narrowly framed as only helping young adults pay for college, a low bar that completely ignores its potential to have a positive influence on early education, college completion, and post-college financial health. It’s a model in need of a revolution. Revolutions seldom start, however, without a spark. U.S. policy innovation has been ignited by such sparks in the past.

    Lunch will be served, please RSVP.

    RSVP here »

    Sponsored by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office and the Office of Student Services.

  23. Queer Students Abroad

    March 16, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

    The International Center, in collaboration with the Spectrum Center, CGIS, and MESA, are putting on this student panel highlighting the experiences of queer students abroad.

  24. SSW #SocialJusticeMatter presents Duane Breijak and Allan Wachendorfer

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

    Creating Change In and Out of the Profession: Tactics for Social Work Advocacy 

    Duane Breijak, LMSW-Macro (MSW '12)
    Director of Member Services, NASW Michigan Chapter

    Allan Wachendorfer, LMSW-Macro (MSW '14)
    Director of Public Policy, NASW Michigan Chapter 

    Wondering how to best advocate in the current political climate? How do we as social workers make change within our own field? There are countless ways social workers can and should leverage their skills, expertise, and voices to make lasting change on policy and legislative levels. In this workshop, Allan and Duane will provide an overview of current Michigan legislation that has potential implications for social workers and social justice, discuss ways to make change within the profession, and learn strategies to utilize NASW as your professional ally. Ethical considerations and obligations will also be covered.

    Lunch will be served, please RSVP.

    RSVP here »

    Sponsored by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office and the Office of Student Services.

  25. DEI Lunch and Learn- LGBTQ Policy

    March 6, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Join the DEI Office for a “Lunch and Learn” session focused on LGBTQ policy in America. Learn about the state of protections for LGBTQ folks both past and present, and where we might be headed under the Trump administration and beyond. We invite you to learn not only for yourself, but also to be better prepared to serve your LGBTQ clients and constituents, and to talk about ways that you can better protect and advocate for yourself and your clients.

    RSVP here »

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