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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The School of Social Work is pleased to present the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan developed by the SSW community. From Fall 2016 to Winter 2017, we engaged in a year-long process to develop a plan that will help our SSW community improve diversity, equity and inclusion in the context of our social work heritage, as expressed in our vision, mission and goals. One of our first steps to implement the plan is to create an Office that will be responsible for prioritizing and coordinating the efforts of this comprehensive plan with the entire SSW community.

Creating a more socially just environment at U-M and SSW involves you

We want to hear your voices. I encourage each and every one of you to:

Upcoming Events

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • "Through the Fire: The History Behind the 1967 Rebellion" »

    November 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Trans* In College: Personal Pathways to and Through the Research Process »

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

    Z Nicolazzo (pronouns: ze/hir) will lead 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 ...

  • Trans Awareness Week Keynote Speech »

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

    Dr. Z Nicolazzo - Northern Illinois University

    Join us in welcoming Z Nicolazzo (pronouns: ze/hir) to campus. Ze will join us for Transgender Awareness Week on Monday, November 13th. Ze is an assistant professor in the Adult and Higher Education program, and a faculty associate in the Center ...

  • Transgender Awareness Week Keynote Address »

    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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

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