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  1. Poverty is not Just Material: An Investigation of Attention and Time Poverties

    September 22, 2022 - 9:30am to 11:00am

    This seminar will be presented by Visiting Scholar Dr. Irene Y.H. Ng, from the National University of Singapore.

    While material poverty is an essential starting point for understanding the experiences of individuals in poverty, this presentation argues that policy responses are limited without understanding two other important poverties: attention and time poverties.

    Along the lines of findings from behavioral research that poverty impedes cognitive function, Dr. Ng and her co-authors have found that a natural experiment of a debt relief program improved the psychological function of low-income individuals and that a “scam” experiment they implemented was more likely to trick low wage young workers who were financially distressed. Together with another set of colleagues, she is also conceptualizing a work-based time poverty measure that includes three constructs: long hours, nonstandard hours, and uncontrollable hours. They are discovering the pathways of influence from low wage to psychological well-being through time poverty and family-work conflict as mediators.

    Dr. Ng's presentation will share from her various research studies to suggest the importance of understanding the experience of poverty beyond the material, and to offer policy implications when attention and time poverties are also considered.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Global Activities, the School of Social Work ENGAGE Team, and the University of Michigan's Poverty Solutions. Please note that this event has switched to a fully virtual (Zoom only) format. Information on how to join the Zoom meeting will be provided to those who register for the event.

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  2. Alternatives to Policing: Unarmed Crisis Response and the Role of Social Workers

    September 22, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Police violence against Black bodies rightfully has forced society to look more closely at our policing and public safety practices. The #BlackLivesMatter movement has highlighted the racist origins of policing in this country, and how excessive use of force often targets Black people with deadly results. Disproportionately, police are forced to respond to social, economic, mental/physical health emergencies. Today, community leaders and elected officials are working together to “reimagine our public safety,” by creating, for example, “unarmed crisis response teams” who work alongside police departments. What is the role of social workers in this “reimagined” public safety system? Does our involvement violate any of the professional standards in our NASW Code of Ethics? Join us to hear from an array of panelists working on this issue in communities, including Assistant Professor at UM Social Work, Daicia Price; Chair of the Ann Arbor Independent Community Police Oversight Commission (ICPOC), Dr. Lisa Jackson, Senior Pastor of Vineyard Church Ann Arbor, and member of the Coalition for Re-envisioning our Safety (CORS), Donnell Wyche.

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  3. Winter 2023 Field Placement Application Due: On-Campus Students Starting Field in Winter 2023

    September 22, 2022 - 5:00pm

    The Field Application is due for the following curriculum tracks of On-Campus MSW students who are starting field in Winter 2023: 

    16-month track 

    Includes 16-month students in Special Scholar programs (CWS, CBI, Geriatric, IHMUP, NLAC)

    20-month track 

    Includes 20-month students in the IHMUP program

    Part-Time students admitted to program in Fall 2021 (please review your Course Planning Worksheet)

    For more information, please thoroughly read the Incoming Field Students website

    Submit Your Winter 2023 Field Application

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