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  1. Athletic Department MLK Town Hall

    January 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Dean Lynn Videka and Associate Professor Robert Ortega are panelists at the athletic department MLK Town Hall. Sociologist and civil rights activist, Dr. Harry Edwards is the keynote speaker. Edwards has a long and storied history of activism focused upon developments at the interface of sport, race, and society. He may be best known as the architect of the Black Power Salute protest by athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

    This town hall and panel discussion will focus on tangible ways in which we can move from protests to progress and how athletes can best use their platforms to help shape change.

  2. The 32nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Memorial Keynote Lecture

    January 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

    Keynote: Hill Harper

    Award-winning actor, best-selling author and philanthropist Hill Harper will deliver the keynote address for the 2018 MLK Symposium Lecture. There will be a special guest performance by Aisha Fukushima, singer, public speaker, educator and founder of RAPtivism, a hip-hop centric project that focuses on global efforts for freedom and justice. The event is sponsored by The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with support from the William K. McInally Memorial Lecture Fund, and the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, a unit under the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. For more information about the 2018 MLK Symposium, visit http://oami.umich.edu/um-mlk-symposium/.

  3. Owning Expertise: A Live Experiment in How Credibility Works and How Ideas Rise

    January 11, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

    This interactive keynote lecture presents current data on the demographics of public discourse, and addresses core questions of thought leadership: what do we know, why does it matter, and how can we maximize our impact? We will also do a large-group experiment in credibility. Participants will walk away with bold ideas, a deeper sense of what they, as well as their colleagues, know and stand for, and actionable steps.

    What is The OpEd Project?

    The OpEd Project is a think tank and leadership organization founded to ensure the full range of human voices is included in history. OpEd accelerates the ideas and public impact of underrepresented voices, including women. One near term goal is to increase the volume of women thought leaders in key commentary forums—which are a key source of history—to a tipping point. Partnering with universities, think tanks, non-profits, and corporations, OpEd targets and trains underrepresented experts (including women) to take thought leadership positions in their fields connecting them with a network of high-level journalist mentors; and channeling the best new experts and ideas to media across all platforms. Op-ed is used (which is defined broadly, to mean an idea of public value in any media platform) as a strategic metric of concrete results.

    Presented by the Institute for the Humanities, College of LSA, and the U-M ADVANCE Program.

  4. India's Archaeological Heritage Since Independence: Challenges and Dilemmas

    January 8, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Nayanjot Lahiri, Ashoka University

    India's archaeological heritage has continued to grow in many different ways since independence, even as the monuments and relics, sites and sculpture remain vulnerable and compromised. This lecture will look at the challenges and pressures on this heritage as a consequence of developments arising from the impact of accelerated industrialization and mega projects, the antiquity trade protected by mafias of various kinds, the state of government-funded institutions, and the adjudication of legal disputes relating to monuments. The lecture will also offer some possible solutions on how India's heritage can be made to matter more than it does at present.

    Nayanjot Lahiri is a historian and archaeologist of ancient India and a professor of history at Ashoka University. Prof. Lahiri won the 2013 Infosys Prize in the humanities for her contribution towards the integration of archaeological knowledge with the historical understanding of India from the earliest times. She also won the 2016 John F. Richards prize for her book Ashoka in Ancient India. Her books includeThe Archaeology of India Trade Routes (1992), Finding Forgotten Cities (2005),Marshalling the Past -Ancient India and its Modern Histories (2012), Ashoka in Ancient India (2015) and Monuments Matter: India's Archaeological Heritage Since Independence (2017). She has edited The Decline and Fall of the Indus Civilization(2000) and an issue of World Archaeology entitled "The Archaeology of Hinduism" (2004).

  5. All About the ADA and Accommodations!

    December 15, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

    If you are providing a service, it is important to know the best ways to communicate with and about individuals who may have disabilities. This session will help you to understand how to best serve individuals with disabilities, and will also give you some etiquette pointers that you can use in your everyday life. In addition, you will find useful information in this session if you are someone who needs an accommodation.

    You will learn to:

    Recognize the impact of language as it pertains to the topic of disability

    Apply specific tips for communicating with individuals with disabilities, including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and individuals who are blind or have low vision

    Determine when your own unintentional biases and assumptions concerning individuals with disabilities are interfering with your ability to provide quality service

    Use appropriate questions in order to determine whether an individual with a disability requires assistance or an accommodation

    Identify ways to better help individuals with disabilities, including those who are accompanied by service animals

    Learn about providing and receiving accommodations

    And more!

    You will benefit by:

    Recognizing how to appropriately and effectively engage with co-workers, members of the public, and others who may have a disability

    Understanding how to best serve individuals with disabilities

    Learning some etiquette pointers to use in your everyday life

    Learn how to engage in the interactive process and request an accommodation

    Presenter: Christina Kline, Disability Coordinator

  6. Workshop on Poverty and Inequality

    December 15, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am

    This workshop series, sponsored by Poverty Solutions, is designed to engage PhD students in an ongoing dialogue on poverty in America and to explore poverty-related research. 

    12/1/17: Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center with director Dr. Barbara Israel and Donele Wilkins, CEO of Green Door Initiative. Topic: Community-Academic Research Partnerships

    12/15/17: Professor William Elliott, School of Social Work

    Interested students are invited to contact Poverty Solutions Administrative Coordinator Damien Siwik at dsiwik@umich.edu.

  7. Stress-LESS Thursday

    December 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    We understand that finals are stressful. Join the DEI Office for a self-care break. Come play board games, grab a healthy snack, color, or make a wonderful stress ball companion.

  8. A Call to Action: Help Create an Alternative Event

    December 6, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

    The School of Social Work is leading a collaborative effort to organize an alternative event if Richard Spencer comes to speak on campus. This would not be a protest or counter protest, but rather a separate event that celebrates social justice. While U-M considers his request, students, faculty and staff are mobilizing. The goal is to have a fully-formed action plan and be ready to move swiftly when more details become available.

    Are you interested in helping to plan such an event and collaborate with other graduate schools on campus? Join us for an initial organizing meeting, open to all who are willing to come and share support and ideas for our community.

    Dinner will be provided. 

    RSVP here »

  9. Power and Oppression in Groups

    December 4, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Deepening consideration of social identity and its influences, participants spend time not only understanding how to mitigate and resolve situations that may be damaging, but also how group dynamics may create preference for some identities over others, as well as engaging in thinking on how to reduce these effects. In collaboration with The Program on Intergroup Relations.

    Pre-registration is required.

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  10. Change It Up! Bystander Intervention Skills

    November 30, 2017 - 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.

    Pre-registration is required.

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  11. Marching Forward: A Research and Scholarship Symposium

    November 29, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

    As part of the U-M Fall 2017 Marching Forward series, we invite you to engage across disciplines, generations, and communities to advance research and scholarship that explores political, social, and economic injustices, and/or advances strategies for effective social justice mobilization.

    Through this symposium, we aim to engage the U-M community and the public in further understanding critical historical topics and fostering an intellectual community to explore the civil rights issues of today.

    Agenda and list of presenters

    This symposium takes place two days after the anticipated visit of Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell to the University of Michigan (Nov 27th, Hill Auditorium). Their acclaimed graphic novel trilogy, March, recounts Lewis's experiences throughout the Civil Rights Movement. In protest marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, John Lewis and 600 other marchers drew attention to the importance of voting rights for all African Americans. The marchers were brutally attacked by state troopers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. John Lewis and the marchers did not abandon their cause, but instead propelled the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

    This event is co-presented by the International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative, Department of Psychology, National Center for Institutional Diversity, and the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship. For questions regarding the symposium, please email MarchingForward@umich.edu.

  12. Marching Forward: Congressman John Lewis Keynote Presentation

    November 27, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm

    Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, co-authors of the graphic novel trilogy MARCH, will give a keynote presentation that included a Q&A and book-signing. March powerfully recounts Lewis's experiences throughout the Civil Rights Movement and has won many awards, including the National Book Award.

    This free and public event will be live-streamed and recorded and will offer open seating on a first come, first serve basis (i.e., there will be no tickets).

    John Lewis is a civil rights leader and an American politician, serving Georgia's 5th district since 1987. A member of the Democratic party leadership, Lewis has served as Senior Chief Deputy Whip since 2003. Born the son of Alabama sharecroppers, Lewis's childhood was filled with deeply inspirational moments, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. heard on radio broadcasts. As a college student, Lewis's inspiration fueled his commitment to end legalized racial segregation; he was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was one of the "Big Six" leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won Lewis the admiration of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress. Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls "The Beloved Community" in America. Lewis co-wrote his story with his then-Congressional Aid, now Digital Director and Policy Advisor, Andrew Aydin, in the form of the graphic novel trilogy, MARCH (2013). The collaborative work is illustrated by New York Times best-selling graphic novelist Nate Powell.

  13. Keynote Address: Laverne Cox

    November 15, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    CEW is honored to bring celebrated and award-winning actress, producer & equal rights advocate Laverne Cox to Rackham Auditorium. Doors will open at 5:30 PM.

    In Ms. Cox's lecture, titled Ain't I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood, she will be sharing her experiences as a trans woman of color, and her work as an international advocate for human rights and gender equality. This lecture serves as the capstone event to the 2017 CEW Spectrum of Advocacy & Activism Symposium being held earlier in the day.

    This event is free and open to the public, however, tickets are sold out. The lecture cannot be recorded; however, it will be live-streamed at the Rackham Amphitheatre and the Michigan League Ballroom. Live-stream tickets are available.

  14. Spectrum of Advocacy and Activism Symposium: Finding Your Voice

    November 15, 2017 - 8:30am to 7:30pm

    CEW is leading a one-day Spectrum of Advocacy and Activism Symposium focused on advocacy and activism training. This event will demonstrate how a person’s activism can change over time, how advocacy is tied to a person’s context and situational power, and how partnering with diverse perspectives can strengthen advocacy and activism efforts. "Health outcomes" has been selected as the theme for this year’s symposium because of increasing uncertainty surrounding healthcare in America, including coverage for women’s health care (mental health, mammograms, birth control, maternity care, etc.). The symposium will include presentations by local and national advocacy experts who have taken varied approaches to advocacy in ways that best leverage their current context (power, privilege, and identity). Find more information here.

  15. Trans Awareness Week Keynote Speech

    November 13, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Z Nicolazzo (pronouns: ze/hir) will host an evening keynote that goes deeper into discussing the book Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion.

    Ze is an assistant professor and faculty associate at Northern Illinois University. Hir research focuses on mapping gender across college contexts, with a particular emphasis on affirmative and resilience-based research alongside trans* students.

    Snacks will be provided.

    Register here »

    Free and open to the public.

  16. Trans* In College: Personal Pathways To and Through The Research Process

    November 13, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Join the DEI Office, TBLG Matters and Spectrum Center in welcoming Z Nicolazzo (pronouns: ze/hir) for an interactive discussion on Ze's research on Trans* In College: Personal Pathways To and Through The Research Process. Ze is an assistant professor and faculty associate at Northern Illinois University. Hir research focuses on mapping gender across college contexts, with a particular emphasis on affirmative and resilience-based research alongside trans* students. Ze recently published a book titled Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion.

    Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.

    RSVP here »

  17. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations

    November 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Join the Management Leadership Learning Community for a Lunch n' Learn presentation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in organizations. Our presenter is Yodit Mesfin-Johnson with NEW: Solutions for Nonprofits and Yodit will speak on many experiences with this topic in their organization. This event is in conjunction with the DE&I office and Diversity Week.


    YODIT MESFIN JOHNSON is Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Strategy for NEW | Solutions for Nonprofits. She has overall strategic and operational responsibility for all NEW programs and manages NEW's program directors. As the chief program officer she provides leadership to NEW’s strategic planning process and implements new programmatic strategic initiatives. She is a nationally recognized leader in business development, nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship.

    Yodit brings extensive corporate, entrepreneurial and community based experience to this role. Prior to joining NEW, Yodit directed a statewide business and economic development program for the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED). In that capacity and since, she has been a frequent speaker and advocate for nonprofits and socially conscious innovators.

    Yodit studied Marketing, Communications and Gender Studies at Eastern Michigan University. She is the 2016 recipient of the Black United Fund’s Epic Leader and Community Conduit Award. A nationally recognized speaker, teacher, activist and on-air personality, Yodit juggles many responsibilities, including being a Mom,while using her voice to champion causes that promote equity, access and opportunity for all people.


    Building Diverse Teams for High Performance »

  18. Impact on Inequality: Contributions of Michigan Social Science

    November 9, 2017 - 8:00am to 8:00pm

    The U-M has long been a leader in social science research on the many dimensions of social inequality. This bicentennial symposium will highlight these contributions by focusing on the work of distinguished social scientists who were trained at the University. An illustrious group of Michigan graduates from an array of social science fields will discuss past, present, and future research on issues related to gender, race, poverty, inequality, and economic mobility.

  19. "Through the Fire: The History Behind the 1967 Rebellion"

    November 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Join Jamon Jordan of the Black Scroll Network who will give a talk that focuses on the decades-long turbulent racial history that led to the 1967 Rebellion. He will detail what happened during the 1967 Rebellion, and the legacy of those five days and what has happened in Detroit as a result. This presentation is sponsored by the SSW DEI Office.

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  20. Flip the Script: Thoughts on Adoption from the Adoptee's Perspective

    November 2, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Join for a comprehensive discussion and panel on the history and impact of adoption from the perspective of adoptees. 

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  21. From Affirmative Action to Diversity in Higher Education | Distinguished Diversity Scholar Career Award Lecture by James S. Jackson

    October 30, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

    The celebration of diversity in higher education has been a long time coming. There are many reasons for this tortuous path and we will explore some of them in my talk. The University of Michigan has been a leader in this journey, but not without its own missteps in the larger context of racialized social and political beliefs, and actions in the larger culture of the United States.

  22. Film: Including Samuel

    October 26, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    "Including Samuel," an award-winning documentary by Dan Habib, was filmed and produced over the course of four years. According to Habib, the film chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. 

  23. James T. Neubacher Award Ceremony

    October 24, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am

    Continental Breakfast at 9:30, followed by the James T. Neubacher Award Ceremony.  A plaque will be awarded by Regent to the recipient of the Neubacher Award and Certificates of Appreciation to other members of the University of Michigan Community (faculty/staff/students/alums) who were selected from among the nominees by the Neubacher Award Committee.


  24. Mental Health at U-M: Stories from Students

    October 23, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    When "I" is replaced with "WE" even "illness" becomes "wellness" -ActiveMinds

    Active Minds at the University of Michigan is a chapter out of Active Minds Inc. and, as a student led organization, our goal is to combat the stigma surrounding mental illness and connect students to resources on campus.

  25. Asian Studies at U-M: A Brief History

    October 23, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

    As the U-M celebrates its bicentennial, it is important to consider the significant place of Asian Studies in its history. In his lecture, Professor Donald Lopez will consider Asian Studies not only as a field of scholarly pursuit, but also in the sense of people from Asia and of Asian heritage studying and teaching at the University.

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