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  1. SSW Book Club »

    March 27, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    This SSW Book Club meeting has been rescheduled from Wed Feb 20. 

    We will discuss Kevin Boyle's book Arc of Justice; A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age. This book tells the "electrifying story of the sensational murder trial that divided a city and ignited the civil rights struggle." It won the 2004 National Book Award for nonfiction.

    On Nov 7, 2018, Jamon Jordan of the Black Scroll Network spoke at SSW. He provided an excellent overview of history and of structural racism, and then told the story of Ossian and Gladys Sweet. His presentation inspired our choice of this book.

    You are welcome to join us whether or not you have attended before, and whether or not you have finished the book.

    All members of the SSW community are invited. Feel free to bring your lunch.

  2. African-Centered Social Work 101: Our [His]story African-Centered Social Work 101: Our [His]story »

    March 27, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    The New Leaders in African-Centered Social Work Scholars invites you to a discussion on African-Centered Social Work. This will be an introduction to African-Centered Social Work theory and practice, come gain tools as to how to engage in service in the Black/African-American community. 

    "Afrocentricity is a concept that existed long before it was named and identified by scholars. The Afrocentric or African-centered way of living pre-exists Western knowledge and civilization (Asante, 1988; Akbar, 1984; Karenga, 1965; Mbiti, 1969; Schiele, 1994, 1996, 1997)...As a viable theory for social workers to use in practice, Afrocentricity utilizes African philosophies, history, and culture as a starting place of interpreting social and psychological phenomena to create relevant approaches of personal, family, and community healing and societal change (Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment)."

    Lunch will be served. Please RSVP here

  3. International Students and Visitors Coffee Hour »

    March 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The Office of Global Activities hosts bi-weekly coffee hour for all international students and visitors at the School of Social Work. It is a time to relax and get to know each other. This week, we have invited Dean Lynn Videka to be our guest. She will share and have discussion with us on the School's global vision.

    Please join us! Boba tea will be provided if you RSVP before 10 AM on the day of the event.

    RSVP here »

  4. Social Work Month Celebration  »

    March 28, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Let's celebrate! Join us for a special reception to celebrate social work and the impact it makes each and every day. 

  5. Bright Lights and Windows: A look behind the curtain of Dutch sex work
23rd Annual De Vries - VanderKooy Memorial Lecture Bright Lights and Windows: A look behind the curtain of Dutch sex work 23rd Annual De Vries - VanderKooy Memorial Lecture »

    March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

    The Red Light District of Amsterdam speaks to our imagination as a symbol of Dutch liberalism, pragmatism, and the normalization of the human experience. Bernice Severin will discuss how, behind the neon lights, hides a deeper, darker culture of exploitation. The audience will come away with an understanding of the history, culture, policy, and economics of Dutch prostitution, as it has expanded beyond canal-front windows to sex farms and storage rooms. Bernice Severin is a social worker with Veilig Thuis (Safe At Home), an advice center and hotline for domestic and child abuse. From 2011 to 2017 she worked for the Amsterdam Coordination Center Against Human Trafficking.

    This event is sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the De Vries - VanderKooy endowment, School of Social Work, Institute for the Humanities, Rackham Graduate School, International Institute, Center for European Studies, Netherlands Embassy, Washington D.C., Netherlands America University League

  6. 2019 Student Learning Symposium 2019 Student Learning Symposium »

    March 29, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

    Paving the Path: Diversity, Advocacy, And Research of Social Workers

    The 2019 Student Learning symposium is both a celebration of knowledge and a professional opportunity for highlighting the excellence in learning we have come to associate with the School of Social Work. Students will present topics and issues they are passionate about through a variety of presentations (posters, data blitz, etc.). Everyone is encouraged to attend and see how students have used the knowledge obtained in the School of Social Work to develop their work and research.

    Topics covered include:

    Queer and Transgender Affirmation

    Various Practice Styles/Methods

    Children & Families


    Health Care

    Community Engagement

    and more

    Refreshments will be served

    RSVP here »


    Sponsored by The School of Social Work

  7. Reflections on the End of the Safety Net as We Know It  »

    March 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    The Learning Community on Poverty and Inequality (LCPI) and Poverty Solutions are pleased to present a talk by Dr. Sheldon Danziger titled Reflections on the End of the Safety Net as We Know It. This event will be held from 12pm to 1:30pm in SSWB B780 on March 29, 2019. Lunch will be provided. 

    Sheldon H. Danziger is the President of the Russell Sage Foundation. Previously he was the Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Research Professor at the Population Studies Center, and Director of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan.

    Click here to RSVP »

  8. SSW Meeting - Recruitment, Admissions, Student Services and Financial Aid Committee (RASSFA) »

    March 29, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:15pm

    Visit the SSW meeting calendar for full schedule information.

  9. Alumni Networking Lunch: N. Vanessa Jackson, LMSW »

    April 1, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Come to have a free lunch, learn about clinical work in nonprofits as well as in a medical setting. Vanessa has worked as a clinical therapist for well over 10 years, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University and her master’s degree from the University of Michigan, School of Social Work. Much of her clinical practice has been with survivors of childhood sexual abuse as well as individuals overcoming traumatic experiences. She has a significant amount of clinical experience working with individuals battling depression, anxiety and adjustment disorders. She’s highly regarded for her efforts in addressing specialty clinical areas to include crisis intervention, trauma focused sensory intervention, juvenile risk assessment and family skill building.


    RSVP here »

  10. Our stories are our medicine: Centering culture, resistance, healing, and art in research with Indigenous communities Our stories are our medicine: Centering culture, resistance, healing, and art in research with Indigenous communities »

    April 1, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

    Announcing the Second Annual Symposium on Community Action and Research

    Our stories are our medicine: Centering culture, resistance, healing, and art in research with Indigenous communities

    Monday, April 1, 3-5pm – Educational Conference Center, School of Social Work

    RSVP here »


    Ramona Beltran, Associate Professor of Social Work – University of Denver


    Cintia Huitzil, Joint PhD Student in Anthropology and Social Work – University of Michigan

    Amy Stillman, Professor of American Culture and Music

    Don Lyons, MSW and a citizen of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibway and descendant of Six Nations Mohawk. 


    Email Lorraine Gutierrez ( or Joseph Galura ( if you have any further questions.

    Sponsored by the Graduate Certificate in Community Action and Research with support from LSA Department of American Culture Latina/o Studies

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