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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

  3. 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

    Learn more about the SSW Book Club.

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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. "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.

  8. 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.


  9. 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 hosted and sponsored by the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI).

    Please email 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.

  10. 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: (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 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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  13. 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.


  14. #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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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  18. SSW #SocialJusticeMatter presents Prof. Katie Doyle

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

    As we continue to highlight the thought provoking social justice work being done by community leaders. We bring you Prof. Katie Doyle. Prof. Doyle brings us the insight regarding youth and homelessness.

    Walk In Their Shoes: Last year alone, there were (at least) 1250+ children and youth in Washtenaw County who experienced homelessness. This simulation sheds light on the daily challenges of our promising young neighbors who happen to be homeless. In this session, participants will “walk in the shoes” of a youth or family experiencing homelessness and learn how individuals and organizations help. We will also explore the ethical implications of running "simulations" like this one.

    **We are scheduled for noon - 2:00. Participants should be ready to start the simulation by 12:15, and stay at least until 1:30 to get the most out of the experience.

    Lunch will be served.

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  19. Film Viewing: "Flint"

    February 13, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

    In honor of Black History Month join the New Leaders in African-Centered Social Work Scholars & the Learning Community on Poverty and Inequality (LCPI) for the film viewing and discussion of "Flint", the retelling of the Flint water crisis staring Queen Latifah.

    Dinner will be provided.

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  20. 4th Annual W.M. Trotter Lecture My Life. My Story! Centering the Voices of Trans Lives.

    February 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    The W.M. Trotter Multicultural Center is honored to be centering the voices of transgender and non-binary individuals at our 4th Annual W.M. Trotter Lecture, with a particular focus on the intersecting identities of gender and race. We are beyond thrilled to welcome to the University of Michigan, speakers Janet Mock, author of Redefining Realness, Surpassing Certainty, and King Amiyah Scott of Fox Network’s STAR. Current and former students and staff from the University of Michigan will also contribute to this phenomenal event! We aim to hold a space in which the personal narratives and lives of trans folks can be shared, celebrated, and honored.

    Previous lectures include The Black Male Athlete; Who is He and What is He to You in 2016, which was held in the Ross Auditorium, celebrating Student Leaders in 2015; as well as, the 2014 Inaugural W.M. Trotter Lecture that featured activist, poet, and educator Cheryl Clarke.

  21. SSW #SocialJusticeMatter presents Dr. Matthew Smith

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

    The School of Social Work invites you to the Social Justice Matter Series. The event surrounds meaningful dialogue and discussion about how we as social work professionals can become better involved and continue to advocate for change in this ever-changing climate.  Faculty and/or community advocates will share their expertise and approach in addressing social justice and advocacy that may include but are not limited to; best practice, interventions, and strategic skills across an array of areas.

    Join us as we welcome Dr. Matthew Smith.

    The title of the talk will be: "Bringing a Social Justice Lens to Virtual Reality Job Interview Training to Meet the Grand Challenges of Social Work".

    Professor Smith will present his work developing and evaluating his "Virtual Reality Job Interview Training" tools among several marginalized groups that face an uphill battle to find employment. He will also provide a brief demonstration of the intervention and discuss the vision for how this work can move forward to help additional groups enhance their access to employment.

    Lunch will be served.

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  22. Youth Voice: Our Queer Stories-Neutral Zone

    February 6, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

    In this panel session, we will hear from LGBTQIA+ teens in our community. They will bravely share their stories and talk about what they need from us.

  23. "The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe: A History" by Rita Chin

    February 6, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm


    Rita Chin, Professor of History

    Kristin Dickinson, Assistant Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures

    Damani Partridge, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies

    In 2010, the leaders of Germany, Britain, and France each declared that multiculturalism had failed in their countries. Over the past decade, a growing consensus in Europe has voiced similar decrees. But what do these ominous proclamations, from across the political spectrum, mean? From the influx of immigrants in the 1950s to contemporary worries about refugees and terrorism, "The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe" examines the historical development of multiculturalism on the Continent. Rita Chin argues that there were few efforts to institute state-sponsored policies of multiculturalism, and those that emerged were pronounced failures virtually from their inception. She shows that today's crisis of support for cultural pluralism isn't new but actually has its roots in the 1980s.

    Chin looks at the touchstones of European multiculturalism, from the urgent need for laborers after World War II to the public furor over the publication of "The Satanic Verses" and the question of French girls wearing headscarves to school. While many Muslim immigrants had lived in Europe for decades, in the 1980s they came to be defined by their religion and the public's preoccupation with gender relations. Acceptance of sexual equality became the critical gauge of Muslims' compatibility with Western values. The convergence of left and right around the defense of such personal freedoms against a putatively illiberal Islam has threatened to undermine commitment to pluralism as a core ideal. Chin contends that renouncing the principles of diversity brings social costs, particularly for the left, and she considers how Europe might construct an effective political engagement with its varied population.

    Challenging the mounting opposition to a diverse society, "The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe" presents a historical investigation into one continent's troubled relationship with cultural difference.

    Event Accessibility: Ramp and elevator access at the E. Washington Street entrance (by the loading dock). There are accessible restrooms on the south end of Lane Hall, on each floor of the building. A gender neutral restroom is available on the first floor.

  24. Stories of the Black West-Douglas Lewis

    February 5, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

    Join us as historian Douglas Lewis (Attorney/Director, University of Michigan Student Legal Services) shares stories about the courageous contributions of Blacks in shaping the West. His interactive presentation and larger than life stories will enlighten and inspire us all.

  25. LGBTQ Health and Wellness Week Keynote Speech: Pidgeon Pagonis LGBTQ Health and Wellness Week Keynote Speech: Pidgeon Pagonis

    February 5, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Please join us in welcoming Pidgeon Pagonis (pronouns: they/them) to campus. Pidgeon will be opening the 3rd Annual LGBTQ Health and Wellness Week on Monday, February 5th in the Educational Conference Center in the School of Social Work Building.

    Pidgeon (Chicago, IL) is an intersex activist, educator, and filmmaker. They are a leader in the intersex movement’s fight for bodily autonomy and justice. Their goal is to deconstruct the dangerous myths that lead to violations of intersex people’s human rights, including common, irreversible medical procedures performed without consent to make bodies conform to binary sex stereotypes.

    Pidgeon has a decade’s worth of experience giving talks and facilitating intersex workshops around the globe. In 2015, they received the LGBT Champion of Change Award from the White House. They can be seen on the cover of National Geographic’s January 2017 issue titled, "Gender Revolution". This past fall, they co-led the #LurieEndSurgery protest outside of Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Intersex Awareness Day.

    This event is free and open to the public.

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