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    Pioneering LGBTQ+ Activist Jim Toy, MSW ‘81, Has Died

    Jim Toy, MSW ‘81, has died. Toy’s lifelong LGBTQ+ activism resulted in inclusive policies at the university and legislation at the state and local level.  One of those results is the Spectrum Center, which was the first such university office of its kind. Toy received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from U-M last May.

    Read more about Toy's life and impact:

    Michigan’s first openly gay man, prominent Ann Arbor LGBTQ activist, dies at 91

    A Community in Mourning: Michigan Politicians, LGBTQ+ Orgs Honor Jim Toy’s Activist Legacy

    Longtime LGBTQ+ activist Jim Toy, first publicly gay man in Michigan, dies at 91

    Gentlest But Most Unshakeable Campaigner’ Jim Toy, Michigan LGBTQ+ Trailblazer and Icon, Dies at 91

    Memories and Tributes for Jim Toy

    Jim was bright, funny, exuded the most humble and positive energy, tirelessly advocated for systems change and discussed the tapestry of his intersectionality, being biracial, gay, growing up poor, long before most of us embraced this concept. Jim impressed upon me and so many students the value and skills to push for social justice change, and always encourage me to "keep misbehaving" which, I do in his honor! The Harvey Milk of Michigan, Jim Toy, has died and left a profound legacy. - a model for us all.
    Laura Sanders
     
    I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jim on creating an inclusive and safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community. He will be sorely missed.
    Paula Allen-Meares
     
    It's hard to have words to express the difference that Jim Toy has made in the world and for so many people. He was a visionary in his work for social justice and did not let fear get in the way of what he knew was right. We are all privileged to have benefitted from the good he has made in the world. We should never forget his courage, vision, and the hard work he put into advancing justice.
    Lorraine Gutiérrez
     
    Jim was a one-of-a-kind, amazing person. Jim used his gifts to lead to meaningful change! We will all miss him dearly and we will all benefit from his work in the years ahead.
    Joseph Himle
     
    Thank you very much, Jim, for your immense amount of service to the community and very meaningful contributions to the LGBTQ community.
    Christine MacKenzie
     
    I first knew Jim as one of my students. We even traveled together to one of my extension classes. Afterward, I invited him to speak to many of my classes. I think of him as a friend and I mourn his loss.
    Charles Garvin

    Recordings of Jim Toy

     
    • January 3, 2022
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    Alumni Honored with SSW Distinguished Alumni Awards

    The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes School of Social Work alumni whose achievements exemplify the values of the School of Social Work and who have made an exceptional impact on the profession, the community and/or Social Work education.

    Learn more about the Distinguished Alumni Award »

    • September 29, 2021
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    View the 2021 Centennial Homecoming Festivities

    Last week, we hosted an in-person (and virtually accessible) Centennial Homecoming and Reunion weekend. This was our very first in-person alumni event since the pandemic started over 18 months ago, and it was a lot of fun to see so many wonderful friends! The feedback we received from guests has been uplifting and inspiring. One alum stated that the weekend was like “chicken soup for the soul”. Thanks to everyone who joined us virtually and in person. 

    Treating with Equality: Supporting LGBTQIA2S+ Individuals in Health Care Settings

    All Class Reunion Lunch

    • September 29, 2021
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    Two alumni honored with SSW Distinguished Alumni Awards

    The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes School of Social Work alumni whose achievements exemplify the values of the School of Social Work and who have made an exceptional impact on the profession, the community and/or Social Work education.

    Learn more about the Distinguished Alumni Award »

    • May 1, 2021
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    Michigan Social Work Mourns the Loss of Larry Davis

    Michigan Social Work mourns the loss of Flint native Larry Davis, MSW '73, PhD '77 professor and dean emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Davis was deeply intellectual, a quality that he attributed to his Michigan interdisciplinary doctoral education, and he continued to be a strong supporter of the School, serving on the Dean's Advisory Board for many years. In 2014 Davis received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan Social Work. He also created a scholarship, the U-M SSW Clara P. and Larry E. Davis Scholarship in 2006 to support a PhD student whose research focuses on poverty and social justice. To date the scholarship has supported 15 doctoral students.

    Davis holds the honor of being the first person to receive both the 2016 Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award by the Council on Social Work Education, and the 2018 Society for Social Work and Research Distinguished Career Achievement Award. His latest book, “Why Are They Angry With Us: Essays on Race” is described as, "his most personal book—touching on themes of racial identity, internalized racism, and the legacy of slavery." 

    Davis’ contributions to the field of social work were giant. He was a teacher, mentor, colleague and friend to many at the School, and his loss is deeply felt.

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    Three alumni honored with SSW Distinguished Alumni Awards

    Three School of Social Work alumni were presented Distinguished Alumni Awards at the SSW All-Class Reunion Lunch on Friday, October 4, 2019.

    The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes School of Social Work alumni whose achievements exemplify the values of the School of Social Work and who have made an exceptional impact on the profession, the community and/or Social Work education.

    Learn more about the Distinguished Alumni Award »

    • October 30, 2019
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    Four alumni honored with SSW Distinguished Alumni Awards

    Four School of Social Work alumni were presented Distinguished Alumni Awards at the SSW All-Class Reunion Lunch on Friday, October 5, 2018.

    The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes School of Social Work alumni whose achievements exemplify the values of the School of Social Work and who have made an exceptional impact on the profession, the community and/or Social Work education.

    Learn more about the Distinguished Alumni Award »

    • October 5, 2018
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    Harold R. Johnson Shares Experiences as First African American Dean at U-M with StoryCorps

    Dean Emeritus Harold R. Johnson talks with his daughter Karen Downing (U-M librarian) about his experience has the first African-American dean at the University of Michigan.

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    Three alumni honored with SSW Distinguished Alumni Awards

    Three School of Social Work alumni were presented Distinguished Alumni Awards at the SSW All-Class Reunion Lunch on Friday, October 27, 2017.

    The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes School of Social Work alumni whose achievements exemplify the values of the School of Social Work and who have made an exceptional impact on the profession, the community and/or Social Work education.

    • November 22, 2017
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    William Cabin '04 Appointed to Review NASW Policy Statement

     William Cabin, '04 has been appointed by NASW to the panel to review the NASW Policy Statement on Hospice Care Policy. The policy review is part of the NASW review of policy statements.

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