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  1. 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.

    Register here »

  2. Fines and Fees: Punishing the Poor & Increasing Disparity

    October 20, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    This discussion is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy's Poverty Solutions.

    From the cash bail system, to fines and fees while incarcerated, to the cost of reentering society, our society functions on a punitive system of fines and fees that often catapults those already experiencing hardship into a spiraling cycle of debt and repayments - never fully able to catch up. Join us as we explore the inequity surrounding fines and fees in our criminal justice system and its role in increasing race-based disparities. Featured panelists include Washtenaw County Prosecutors Eli Savit and Victoria Burton-Harris; MSW Student and Co-founder of Michigan Liberation, Nicholas Buckingham; and Dr. Meghan O’ Neil, Research Scholar at the Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research.

    Register here »

  3. Undoing Racism Workgroup

    April 28, 2022 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Undoing Racism Workgroup

    Undoing Racism is a community collective of students, staff, and faculty in the School of Social Work dedicated to fighting white supremacy at the individual, school, and structural levels.

    This workgroup was established in 2019 after students, staff, and faculty took part in the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism© workshops. Since then, the Undoing Racism workgroup has been working to implement the People’s Institute anti-racist community organizing model – recognizing that community organizing within our school is critical to move toward an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program to bring along all members of the community.

    The Undoing Racism workgroup also emphasizes the role that white members of our community must take on to dismantle and undo white supremacist structures that benefit and maintain power for white people. Our work has largely been focused on building collective community – a fundamental step in the People’s Institute organizing model. Our dialogue and strategic planning to advance towards an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program and school community must begin with building relationships and strengthening community bonds to engage in internal and external anti-racism work.

    Meetings are held monthly on the last Thursday of the month from 12-2pm. All members of our school community are invited to attend.

    Upcoming Meetings:

    April 28th, 2022

    May 26th, 2022

    Contact: ssw.undoingracism@umich.edu

    RSVP here »

  4. SSW Book Club: Parable of the Sower

    March 25, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will meet at noon via Zoom to discuss Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

    Zoom link: https://umich.zoom.us/j/95345939940   Be sure to use your umich email and SSO authentication.

    You are welcome to join our conversation, whether or not you have come before, and whether or not you finished the book.

  5. Undoing Racism Workgroup

    March 24, 2022 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Undoing Racism Workgroup

    Undoing Racism is a community collective of students, staff, and faculty in the School of Social Work dedicated to fighting white supremacy at the individual, school, and structural levels.

    This workgroup was established in 2019 after students, staff, and faculty took part in the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism© workshops. Since then, the Undoing Racism workgroup has been working to implement the People’s Institute anti-racist community organizing model – recognizing that community organizing within our school is critical to move toward an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program to bring along all members of the community.

    The Undoing Racism workgroup also emphasizes the role that white members of our community must take on to dismantle and undo white supremacist structures that benefit and maintain power for white people. Our work has largely been focused on building collective community – a fundamental step in the People’s Institute organizing model. Our dialogue and strategic planning to advance towards an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program and school community must begin with building relationships and strengthening community bonds to engage in internal and external anti-racism work.

    Meetings are held monthly on the last Thursday of the month from 12-2pm. All members of our school community are invited to attend.

    Upcoming Meetings:

    March 24th, 2022

    April 28th, 2022

    May 26th, 2022

    Contact: ssw.undoingracism@umich.edu

    RSVP here »

  6. Undoing Racism Workgroup

    February 24, 2022 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Undoing Racism is a community collective of students, staff, and faculty in the School of Social Work dedicated to fighting white supremacy at the individual, school, and structural levels.

    This workgroup was established in 2019 after students, staff, and faculty took part in the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism© workshops. Since then, the Undoing Racism workgroup has been working to implement the People’s Institute anti-racist community organizing model – recognizing that community organizing within our school is critical to move toward an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program to bring along all members of the community.

    The Undoing Racism workgroup also emphasizes the role that white members of our community must take on to dismantle and undo white supremacist structures that benefit and maintain power for white people. Our work has largely been focused on building collective community – a fundamental step in the People’s Institute organizing model. Our dialogue and strategic planning to advance towards an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program and school community must begin with building relationships and strengthening community bonds to engage in internal and external anti-racism work.

    Meetings are held monthly on the last Thursday of the month from 12-2pm. All members of our school community are invited to attend.

    Upcoming Meetings:

    February 24, 2022

    March 24, 2022

    April 28, 2022

    May 26, 2022

    Contact: ssw.undoingracism@umich.edu

    RSVP Here »

  7. SSW Book Club: Franchise

    February 7, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will meet at noon via Zoom to discuss Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelain.

    Zoom link:  https://umich.zoom.us/j/93465756280
    Be sure to use your umich email and SSO authentication.

    You are welcome to join our conversation, whether or not you have come before, and whether or not you finished the book.

  8. Undoing Racism Workgroup

    January 27, 2022 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Undoing Racism is a community collective of students, staff, and faculty in the School of Social Work dedicated to fighting white supremacy at the individual, school, and structural levels.

    This workgroup was established in 2019 after students, staff, and faculty took part in the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism© workshops. Since then, the Undoing Racism workgroup has been working to implement the People’s Institute anti-racist community organizing model – recognizing that community organizing within our school is critical to move toward an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program to bring along all members of the community.

    The Undoing Racism workgroup also emphasizes the role that white members of our community must take on to dismantle and undo white supremacist structures that benefit and maintain power for white people. Our work has largely been focused on building collective community – a fundamental step in the People’s Institute organizing model. Our dialogue and strategic planning to advance towards an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program and school community must begin with building relationships and strengthening community bonds to engage in internal and external anti-racism work.

    Meetings are held monthly on the last Thursday of the month from 12-2pm. All members of our school community are invited to attend.

    January 27, 2022

    February 24, 2022

    March 24, 2022

    April 28, 2022

    May 26, 2022

    Contact: ssw.undoingracism@umich.edu

    RSVP here »

  9. Undoing Racism Workshop Meeting

    December 9, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Undoing Racism is a community collective of students, staff, and faculty in the School of Social Work dedicated to fighting white supremacy at the individual, school, and structural levels.

    This workgroup was established in 2019 after students, staff, and faculty took part in the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism© workshops. Since then, the Undoing Racism workgroup has been working to implement the People’s Institute anti-racist community organizing model – recognizing that community organizing within our school is critical to move toward an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program to bring along all members of the community.

    The Undoing Racism workgroup also emphasizes the role that white members of our community must take on to dismantle and undo white supremacist structures that benefit and maintain power for white people. Our work has largely been focused on building collective community – a fundamental step in the People’s Institute organizing model. Our dialogue and strategic planning to advance towards an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program and school community must begin with building relationships and strengthening community bonds to engage in internal and external anti-racism work.

    Meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month from 12-2pm (with some exceptions). All members of our school community are invited to attend.

    A Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event to all those who RSVP.

    RSVP »

  10. Undoing Racism Workshop Meeting

    November 18, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Undoing Racism is a community collective of students, staff, and faculty in the School of Social Work dedicated to fighting white supremacy at the individual, school, and structural levels.

    This workgroup was established in 2019 after students, staff, and faculty took part in the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism© workshops. Since then, the Undoing Racism workgroup has been working to implement the People’s Institute anti-racist community organizing model – recognizing that community organizing within our school is critical to move toward an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program to bring along all members of the community.

    The Undoing Racism workgroup also emphasizes the role that white members of our community must take on to dismantle and undo white supremacist structures that benefit and maintain power for white people. Our work has largely been focused on building collective community – a fundamental step in the People’s Institute organizing model. Our dialogue and strategic planning to advance towards an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program and school community must begin with building relationships and strengthening community bonds to engage in internal and external anti-racism work.

    Meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month from 12-2pm (with some exceptions). All members of our school community are invited to attend.

    A Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event to all those who RSVP.

    RSVP »

  11. Undoing Racism Workshop Meeting

    October 14, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Undoing Racism is a community collective of students, staff, and faculty in the School of Social Work dedicated to fighting white supremacy at the individual, school, and structural levels.

    This workgroup was established in 2019 after students, staff, and faculty took part in the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism© workshops. Since then, the Undoing Racism workgroup has been working to implement the People’s Institute anti-racist community organizing model – recognizing that community organizing within our school is critical to move toward an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program to bring along all members of the community.

    The Undoing Racism workgroup also emphasizes the role that white members of our community must take on to dismantle and undo white supremacist structures that benefit and maintain power for white people. Our work has largely been focused on building collective community – a fundamental step in the People’s Institute organizing model. Our dialogue and strategic planning to advance towards an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program and school community must begin with building relationships and strengthening community bonds to engage in internal and external anti-racism work.

    Meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month from 12-2pm (with some exceptions). All members of our school community are invited to attend.

    A Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event to all those who RSVP.

    RSVP »

  12. Undoing Racism Workshop Meeting

    September 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Undoing Racism is a community collective of students, staff, and faculty in the School of Social Work dedicated to fighting white supremacy at the individual, school, and structural levels.

    This workgroup was established in 2019 after students, staff, and faculty took part in the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism© workshops. Since then, the Undoing Racism workgroup has been working to implement the People’s Institute anti-racist community organizing model – recognizing that community organizing within our school is critical to move toward an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program to bring along all members of the community.

    The Undoing Racism workgroup also emphasizes the role that white members of our community must take on to dismantle and undo white supremacist structures that benefit and maintain power for white people. Our work has largely been focused on building collective community – a fundamental step in the People’s Institute organizing model. Our dialogue and strategic planning to advance towards an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program and school community must begin with building relationships and strengthening community bonds to engage in internal and external anti-racism work.

    Meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month from 12-2pm (with some exceptions). All members of our school community are invited to attend.

    A Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event to all those who RSVP.

    RSVP »

  13. SSW Book Club

    August 23, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will meet via Zoom to discuss My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.

    Join Zoom Meeting: https://umich.zoom.us/j/96921685804

    Be sure to use your umich email and SSO authentication.

    The ebook is available through the U-M Library.

    You are welcome to join our conversation, whether or not you have come before, and whether or not you finished the book.

  14. Important Info. for Fall Incoming MSW Students - Part 3 Important Info. for Fall Incoming MSW Students - Part 3

    August 4, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

    In this webinar, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Director Larry Gant and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Assistant Director, Lauren Davis will share information about current DEI initiatives and ways incoming students can get involved in these efforts in the School of Social Work. Students are encouraged to send in questions during the session.

    The session will be recorded for those who cannot attend live. RSVP for the session to receive a link to the recording.

    Click here to view recording »

  15. Pride on the Diag Pride on the Diag

    July 10, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Tentatively rescheduled from 6/25/21 to 7/10/21

    The Queer Advocacy Coalition, in collaboration with Rackham Graduate School, The Spectrum Center, and other LGBTQIA+ student organizations at the University of Michigan are hosting a Pride and Sexual Health and Wellness Event! There will be performances from local LGBTQIA+ artists and drag performers, as well as interactive tables from campus and local organizations, educational opportunities about LGBTQIA+ safe sex practices, and a mobile STI testing unit through MIUnified. There will be games and photo opportunities, so grab your friends or family and come out to celebrate! 

    Learn More

  16. SSW Book Club

    May 26, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will meet at noon via Zoom to discuss Reuben Miller's new book, Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration.

    Zoom link: https://umich.zoom.us/j/96328070299
    Passcode: MillerBook

    All members of the SSW community are invited. Use your umich Zoom account to join. (If needed, contact 4-HELP for help with SSO authentication: 734-764-4357)

  17. 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.

    RSVP Here »

  18. SSW Book Club

    March 26, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will meet at noon via Zoom to discuss Alice Randall's novel, Black Bottom Saints.

     https://umich.zoom.us/j/99617087215

    All members of the SSW community are invited. Use your umich Zoom account to join. (If needed, contact 4-HELP for help with SSO authentication: 734-764-4357)

  19. Undoing Racism Community Meeting

    March 18, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Join us for our March 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.

    RSVP Here »

  20. Clinical and Ethical Issues with Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth: A Deeper Dive

    March 12, 2021 - 9:00am to 12:15pm

    This webinar will offer a working definition of terms, including Transgender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Intersex, Gender Nonconforming, Non-Binary, Intersex, Gender Transition, and Ally. Language and terminology will be examined with emphasis on using affirming language and avoiding offensive terminology...

    Registration for this course is closed. Visit the CE Course Catalog for more offerings.

  21. CASC Info Session (March) CASC Info Session (March)

    March 9, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Interested in learning more about the Community Action and Social Change minor? Join an info session to learn more.

    These informationals provide an opportunity to learn more about the minor, requirements, course offerings, the msw prefered admissions program, and other opportunities to get involved in programs, events, and other experiences in the minor. We invite you to join us for a virtual presentation Tuesday, March 9th, from 12 - 1PM. 

    In order to join, complete the RSVP below. The zoom link and official invitation will be sent the day before the event, via email.

    We look forward to meeting you!

    RSVP

  22. Asian Pacific Islander Townhall

    February 18, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Join the Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Coalition to discuss and share how rising anti-Asian American sentiment is affecting us, others, and our community. Both API-identifying and non API-identifying faculty, students, and staff are welcome.

    RSVP here »

    The zoom link and password will be sent out the morning of the event.

  23. Undoing Racism Community Meeting

    February 18, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Join us for our February meeting to build community collaboration and continue the conversation about anti-racist practice and actions. For our February meeting, we will review a draft of the SSW anti-racist guiding principles and work in small groups to provide feedback and reflect on our spheres of influence in the SSW as it relates to classroom and curriculum.

    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.

    RSVP Here »

  24. CASC Info Session (February) CASC Info Session (February)

    February 9, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Interested in learning more about the Community Action and Social Change minor? Join an info session to learn more.

    These informationals provide an opportunity to learn more about the minor, requirements, course offerings, the msw prefered admissions program, and other opportunities to get involved in programs, events, and other experiences in the minor. We invite you to join us for a virtual presentation Tuesday, February 9th, from 12 - 1PM. 

    In order to join, complete the RSVP below. The zoom link and official invitation will be sent the day before the event, via email.

    We look forward to meeting you!

    RSVP

  25. SSW Book Club

    January 28, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will meet at noon via Zoom to discuss the two books chosen for Read Watch Connect:

    Towards Humanity: Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racism Organizing, by Tawana Petty

    How to be an Antiracist, by Ibrim X. Kendi

    Our discussion is one among multiple events focused on the work of these authors.
    You are welcome to join us, whether or not you have attended before, and whether or not you have finished the books.

    All members of the SSW community are invited. Use your umich Zoom account to join. (If needed, contact 4-HELP for help with SSO authentication: 734-764-4357)

     

     https://umich.zoom.us/j/94895926160

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