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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

  1. 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


  2. Language Interpretation in Social Work Practice »

    September 29, 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.

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