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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Events

  1. Change It Up! Bystander Intervention

    October 20, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

    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.

    You will learn to:

    Identify self-awareness and social responsibility as qualities of strong personal leadership

    Discuss your own and others' identities and experiences

    Determine the various options for effectively intervening during a negative situation

    Develop your ability to assess which intervention option is based on the situation

    Discuss and practice how to leverage bystander intervention skills within their campus communities

    You will benefit by:

    Receiving high impact learning through educational theater

    Increasing your motivation to intervene in harmful situations

    Gaining ability to assess the effectiveness of multiple options for intervention

    Expanding your skills and confidence to successfully intervene in harmful situations

  2. Gifts of Art Free Concert Featuring Katherine Ball

    October 19, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Katharine Ball is a professional singer and graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She has performed locally and around the U.S, including Alaska. Ball was a semifinalist in the Elizabeth Connell Prize for Dramatic Sopranos’ international competition. Her accompanist Andrew Meagher, a Michigan graduate in Organ Performance, plays for various churches in the area. Look for live stream video and event subscriptions on Michigan Medicine's Gifts of Art Facebook page.

  3. From Stigma to Strength: Rethinking How We Do Diversity

    October 18, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

    Attempts at enhancing diversity often begin with a notion of enhancing tolerance for a minority group, resulting in ongoing senses of both disenfranchisement by the minority group and resentment by members of the dominant group. Looking at examples from the rise of the multicultural workplace, to the rise of autistic people and in the world of work, to the rise of women and gender and sexual diversity, we will examine opportunities to move from reactive, to strategic, to a new kind of essential diversity approach.

  4. Immigrants and Newcomers: Historic Limits to Diversity at U-M

    October 12, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

    A Long History of Unauthorized Immigration brings together a select, interdisciplinary group of key scholars for comparative engagements with current research into unauthorized immigrant Asian American, Latinx, African American, Muslim, Jewish, gendered, and sexualized social group histories and cultural practices from the late-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. The symposium invites its participants to reflect on what is illuminated or interrogated when comparative analysis brings together the varied experiences of different social groups during the same period of US history. Find more information here.

  5. DEI Unconscious Bias Training

    October 11, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

    The unconscious mind is a powerful and intrinsic force in helping to shape our overall behavior in our everyday lives. This interactive session is designed to examine how unconscious bias can affect one's perceptions, decisions, and interactions. This training will help you to examine your own background and identities to interact more authentically with co-workers, customers and the community, and to create stronger and more positive work relationships with others. This training is geared towards faculty and staff.

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  6. Potluck Tea Circle Potluck Tea Circle

    October 9, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Association of Black Social Work Students, Latinx Social Work Coalition, Radical People of Color Collective, & the DEI Office Presents:

    A Tea Circle

    A potluck event for students of color to create a community. Please note: This tea circle is a safe space for Michigan Social Work Students of Color, and we appreciate your understanding and respect for this space. First and second-year Students of Color welcome. Doors are also open to any Alumni of Color. 

    Please come join us to break bread together, dialogue, and learn more information about each student organization. Most importantly, come for love and affirmation. Please bring a comfort dish to contribute to the circle.

     *Please let us know if you are interested in but cannot make this welcome meeting, and we will follow-up with information. *
  7. Entering, Engaging, and Exiting Communities Workshop for MSW Students

    October 6, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

    Join other social work students as you explore how to purposefully enter into, engage with, and exit from communities through meaningful service. In this interactive workshop, you will explore motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways.

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  8. Dogs on the Diag- Service and Therapy Dogs

    October 6, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:30pm

    Come out and see how dogs can help people. The objectives in this annual activity are to raise consciousness about and reinforce the animal-human bond with the intent of making the academic, hospital, and surrounding local community feel comfortable with and appreciative of therapy and service dogs and their various roles in helping human beings. In addition, for the past ten years, we have Invited various service and therapy dog organizations (e.g., Paws with a Cause: Canine Companions; Leader Dogs, Therapaws, etc.) to come to campus in October, to interact with members of the community, especially students and hospital patients, all of which is a wonderful learning experience for our campus and surrounding community. We established several venues for dog viewing (and patting) around campus and in the hospital. We also fielded questions as well as offers from individuals to enroll their own pets in the therapy dog program or to foster and socialize puppies until they were old enough to undergo training as service dogs. Conclusions: By presenting positive, detailed information about the training and ultimate helpfulness of various types of service and therapy dogs and by providing "hands-on" interactions with these canines, we have promoted the idea of bonding between dogs and people, both emotionally and as valuable assistant to individuals with disabilities.

  9. Immigration, Religion and Race in the U.S. and Europe - Politics in an era of populism

    October 5, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Immigration has been an important topic in elections in Europe since the rise of the Front National in France in the 1980s. In the last year the far right has seen mixed results, but immigration has played an important role for populist politicians on both sides of the Atlantic. In Europe, Islamic terrorism and the refugee issue has played a key role in raising the salience of the immigration issue. In the U.S., undocumented immigration from Latin America and the spread of immigrants to new regions of the country has also raised the salience of the issue. Using evidence from previous research, including research examining the importance of the salience of the immigration issue, Professor Givens will examine the connection between immigration, religion and race and the rise of populist politicians in the U.S. and Europe.

  10. Reinventing Normal: Technologies for Empowerment

    October 5, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

    All of us have things we are good at, things we aren't, and things we'd like to do but they are hard for us for whatever reason. The idea of "disability" carries with it the idea what cannot be done. How is technology changing that? How is technology changing the idea of what we can or can't do? These four speakers from U-M address the ways in which technologies are empowering individuals in their lives, changing the idea of what is a disability, and literally reinventing normal.

    Panel speakers:
    Connie Chang, Managing Director, Fast Forward Medical Innovation
    David Chesney, Computer Science and Engineering,
    Michelle Meade, Director, UM Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  11. Creating An Accessible Learning Environment

    October 4, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

    Students bring a diversity of needs to our classroom. Teaching with accessibility in mind can help us include and accommodate them all. In this session, you will learn how to incorporate inclusive teaching principles and practices that promote accessibility to all students.

  12. Intercultural Awareness

    October 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

    There are many hidden ways in which culture influences behavior. Starting with an understanding of American culture, this session focuses on cultural differences between countries and how "common sense" assumptions we make about others may be flawed.

    You will learn to:

    Determine some American cultural values and norms that might differ from other cultures.

    Discuss some of the challenges persons from other cultures might face at a US educational institution, as a student or employee.

    Identify examples of verbal and nonverbal communication, symbolic meaning, cultural norms and cultural values.

    You will benefit by:

    Obtaining a general framework for understanding culture.

    Increasing self-awareness and improving competency in both inter -and intra-cultural communications

  13. DEI Drop In Space

    September 27, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In light of recent hate incidents on campus and in our community, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and CAPS are providing a safe space to come together, reflect, and focus on self-care in these difficult times. RSVP Here »

  14. Language Interpretation in Social Work Practice

    September 22, 2017 - 8:30am to 2:00pm

    This professional development workshop will help students and professional social workers learn and appreciate the role of language in social work practice. All social workers, monolingual and multilingual alike, perform the role of language interpreter (and/or translator) in practice. Ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in practice calls for methods, philosophies, and tools that can allow us to build relationships across class, gender, immigration status, sexuality, language and race. Interpretation- facilitating communication across lines that might otherwise divide communities is essential to working towards our commitment to DE&I. Participants will learn methods and strategies for interpretation with special attention to the potential for power imbalances that influence the way in which communication is mediated through an interpreter.

    RSVP here »

  15. Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion: “Creating Inclusive Higher Education Work Environments for People with Mental Health Disabilities” Webinar

    September 14, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    In higher education, as in all industries, workplace policies and practices that support employment success for people with mental health conditions are sound management practices that benefit all workers and employers. Participants will learn about effective approaches for providing employees with mental health conditions what they need to perform their best on the job and raise awareness across their institutions about the importance of adopting an inclusive work culture that fosters mental health and well-being.

  16. Pride Outside

    September 4, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

    Pride Outside is the largest LGBTQ+ welcome event on campus where all active LGBTQ+ groups come and advertise their organization. Enjoy free food and live music while learning more about LGBTQ+ life at UofM!

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

    September 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

    Join the Office of Multi-Ethnic Students Affairs as they host their inaugural 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.

  18. First Generation Student-Parent Open House

    September 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Come meet first generation students who are the first in their families to go to college for a bachelor's degree. This event is free and open to all incoming and transfer first-generation students and their parents to meet and greet faculty, staff, and students across the university. Organized by the First Generation College Students @ Michigan.

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  19. ON EQUAL TERMS: Gender & Solidarity

    August 25, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Susan Eisenberg, 2016 Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist, returns to Ann Arbor to share her virtual exhibit titled On Equal Terms: Gender and Solidarity. Her multimedia work chronicles the experiences of women working in trade and union positions and how they navigate sexism and discrimination in male-dominated workplaces.

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  20. DE&I Lunch: The Intersection of Transgender Health and Education for Diversity

    July 10, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Due to the marginalization of transgender people, having basic health needs met is a barrier for those who identify as trans. Research proves that a major barrier lies within higher education because educators are not discussing trans topics, specifically around hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgeries, as well as ways to communicate with and address trans people. Because overall well-being and physical health needs are not being met, civic health/civic well-being and a trans person’s quality of life are directly connected. This presentation will explore techniques to be more inclusive in and out of the classroom, as well as ways to actively support trans people as they strive to address their basic health care needs.

    Presentation by Brendon Holloway, MSW Candidate

    RSVP here »

  21. DE&I Lunch Session

    June 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join the DE&I Office for a lunch conversation to discuss relevant Diversity, Equity and Inclusion topics. This will also be a community building space to support each other as we work together to strengthen DE&I in the School of Social Work.

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  22. DE&I Lunch Session

    May 15, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join the DE&I Office and OSS for a lunch conversation to discuss relevant Diversity, Equity and Inclusion topics. This will also be a community building space to support each other as we work together to strengthen DE&I in the School of Social Work.


  23. DEI Lunch Session

    April 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pmCancelled

    Join the Office of Student Services and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for a DEI lunch. This will be a space to build community and to continue our dialogue on diversity, equity and inclusion in the School of Social Work and larger community. Lunch will be provided.

  24. DEI Drop-In Lunch Session

    April 10, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join the Office of Student Services and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for an informal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) related drop in lunch session. This will be a space for building community, as well as an opportunity to talk about any DEI questions, concerns, or ways that you would like to contribute to DEI efforts.

  25. California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education - UC Merced

    April 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

    An admissions representive will attend the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education at San Jose State University to share information about U-M's MSW and PhD programs. 

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