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  1. ENGAGE: Storytelling for Social Justice  »

    April 8, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Storytelling, or listening to the stories of others and sharing your own stories, builds the foundation of human interaction. Telling others how we got here and why we care about an issue builds connection, allows us to share our values, and create meaning. The art of public narrative is used in all aspects of social work practice - from helping our clients rewrite the stories they tell themselves, to helping communities and groups galvanize social change, to helping policy makers and politicians tell a “story of self” while creating a “story of us.” Join us for a special discussion featuring the former Chief Storyteller for the City of Detroit and current NYU Journalism Professor, Aaron Foley; current Chief Storyteller for the City of Detroit, Eric Thomas; and Detroit poet, activist, and author, Jessica Care Moore.

    Field credit is offered to students attending this session. Students should check with their field faculty supervisors for more information.

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  2. Undoing Racism Community Meeting »

    April 15, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Join us for our April meeting to build community collaboration and continue the conversation about anti-racist practice and actions. 

    Undoing Racism is a community collective of students, staff, and faculty in the School of Social Work dedicated to fighting white supremacy at individual, school and structural levels. This workgroup was established in 2019 after the community took part in the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism workshops, and builds on their anti-racist community organizing model. Our work has been largely focused on building collective community and emphasizes the role that white members of our community must take on to dismantle and undo white supremacist structures. 

    We know there are many important efforts going on at SSW; Undoing Racism will amplify all these efforts, including the advocacy sparked by MSW and Doctoral students. No matter what role you play here at SSW, you are always welcome and encouraged to come to Undoing Racism meetings.

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  3. Classes end »

    April 21, 2021

  4. Exam Paper period begins (4/22- 4/28) »

    April 22, 2021

  5. Creating Resilient Communities: Your Role »

    April 22, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:15pm

    This workshop will introduce participants to the Adverse Childhood Experience study. By highlighting the impact of adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress, participants will be able to identify how specific experiences impact the health and social behaviors of individuals.

    Michigan ACE's Initiative seeks to share invaluable information about the implications of ACE's in our communities as well strategies for prevention and healing.

    Toxic stress experiences by members of target groups will be discussed. Resiliency strategies that professionals and community members can utilize to positively improve outcomes for children and families will be explored.

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  6. The Nervous System's Response to ADHD and Toxic Stress »

    April 23, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

    This course will build on the previous course called Trauma or ADHD: Trauma-Informed Tools for Working with ADHD; however, it is not a prerequisite for this course. Participants will be given an overview of the similarities between ADHD and the body's response to toxic stress levels. We will discuss why a more somatic approach tends to have more effective results. We will address how the current system of mental health increases the disparity between majority and minority cultures and how that affects minorities of color who disproportionately encounter toxic stress.

    This will be a body centered approach providing specific tools for working with ages 9-99. The facilitators will explain the Wave Model based on experiential therapy and the work of (Dana) Maurie Lung, PhD, LMHC, LMFT; Gary Stauffer, LMSW; and Tony Alvarez, LMSW. Participants will be invited to practice the tools with each other or in a group while being supported by the facilitators.

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  7. Field Education ends »

    April 24, 2021

  8. Final Educational Agreement Due »

    April 26, 2021 - 5:00pm

    For all students currently enrolled in field, the Final Educational Agreement is due to the Office of Field Education.

  9. Grades due (or 72 hours after exam, whichever comes first) »

    April 30, 2021

  10. University Commencement »

    May 1, 2021

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