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.
We want to hear your voices. I encourage each and every one of you to:
August 25, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Susan Eisenberg, 2016 Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist, returns to Ann Arbor to share her virtual exhibit titled On Equal Terms: Gender and Solidarity. Her multimedia work chronicles the experiences of women working in trade and union positions and how they navigate sexism and discrimination in male-dominated workplaces.
September 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Come meet first generation students who are the first in their families to go to college for a bachelor's degree. This event is free and open to all incoming and transfer first-generation students and their parents to meet and greet faculty, staff, and students across the university. Organized by the First Generation College Students @ Michigan. RSVP HERE
September 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Join the Office of Multi-Ethnic Students Affairs as they host their inaugural Welcome Week event: MESA-Palooza. Discover on-campus resources about social justice, race & ethnicity, and leadership development while enjoying refreshments and music. Everyone is welcome.
September 14, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
In higher education, as in all industries, workplace policies and practices that support employment success for people with mental health conditions are sound management practices that benefit all workers and employers. Participants will learn about effective approaches for providing employees with mental health conditions what they need to perform their best on the job and raise awareness across their institutions about the importance of adopting an inclusive work culture that fosters mental health and well-being.
September 22, 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.
October 23, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
As the U-M celebrates its bicentennial, it is important to consider the significant place of Asian Studies in its history. In his lecture, Professor Donald Lopez will consider Asian Studies not only as a field of scholarly pursuit, but also in the sense of people from Asia and of Asian heritage studying and teaching at the University.
November 9, 2017 - 8:00am to 8:00pm
The U-M has long been a leader in social science research on the many dimensions of social inequality. This bicentennial symposium will highlight these contributions by focusing on the work of distinguished social scientists who were trained at the University. An illustrious group of Michigan graduates from an array of social science fields will discuss past, present, and future research on issues related to gender, race, poverty, inequality, and economic mobility.