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  1. 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 »

  2. 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 »

  3. 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 »

  4. 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 »

  5. 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.

  6. 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 »

  7. 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

  8. 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)

  9. 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 »

  10. 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)

  11. 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 »

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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 »

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Undoing Racism Community Meeting

    January 21, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Join us for our first meeting of the semester 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 »

  19. CASC Info Session (January) CASC Info Session (January)

    January 19, 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, January 19th, 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

  20. U-M MLK Health Sciences Keynote - Where Do We Go From Here: Body Politics and Movement Towards Racial Empowerment U-M MLK Health Sciences Keynote - Where Do We Go From Here: Body Politics and Movement Towards Racial Empowerment

    January 18, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Bodies represent the sites of socially constructed differences and power relations such that the personal is political. ‘Politics’ govern the dynamics of who, what, when, how, and why of human experiences. Body politics based on racial or ethnic ascriptions (and other intersecting elements such as gender, sexuality, age, social class, ability, etc.) govern and adversely affect the overall health and wellness of bodies of Color in general, and Black bodies in particular by impacting their abilities, opportunities, access (inclusion/exclusion), care/treatment, and the overall nature of their experiences.

    As such, body politics create and contribute to health disparities. However, movement offers a variety of health benefits and thus, is a source of empowerment for racially politicized bodies.This event will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Monique Butler that will address the theme Where Do We Go From Here: Body Politics and Movement Towards Racial Empowerment.

    This event is sponsored by the U-M Health Sciences units.

    RSVP Here »

  21. Undoing Racism Community Meeting

    December 17, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Join us to build community collaboration and continue the conversation about anti-racist practice and actions. A Zoom link will be sent out to those who RSVP.

    RSVP Here »

  22. SSW Book Club

    December 11, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will meet at noon via Zoom to discuss the award-winning novel, Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.

    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. Use your umich email to join. If needed, contact 4-HELP at (734) 764-4357 to help you with SSO authentication.

    Zoom link:  https://umich.zoom.us/j/92230315799

    Passcode: Books

  23. Celebrating Student Action Toward Campus & Community Change Celebrating Student Action Toward Campus & Community Change

    December 4, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

    The following lecture is in the spirit of the CASC Minor 10 Year Anniversary theme: Celebrating Student Action Toward Campus & Community Change. The program will present discussion and reflection about the influence of student led action in shifting societal culture, and transforming institutions of higher education. Led by public speaker, human rights activist and educator Kim Katrin, the session will explore important issues, approaches, and challenges in student led social action including intersectional organizing, allyship and co-resistance, coalition building, and fostering institutional change. The session will conclude with a reaction and conversation from CASC Minor alumni including Amy Navvab, and Hoai An Pham, followed by question and answer.

    Kim Katrin is an internationally acclaimed award winning educator, writer, artist & consultant. Recognized stateside as one of The Root's' Young Feminists to Watch', celebrated in Canada as 2016's National Youth Role Model and nationally as one of the 50 Most Loved Gay Canadians. As an educator, Kim travels around the world talking to people about justice, equity, and human rights. One of the most fundamental things she shares is a reframing of the golden rule. The golden rule suggests that we should treat other people the way that we want to be treated. That might seem simple enough, but it assumes that there is a standard for other people's experiences. Instead, she encourages audiences to treat people the way they want to be treated, which means we have to ask.

    A passionate speaker, Kim is dedicated to intersectionality and invested in arousing a sense of curiosity and empathy in her audience. She uniquely weaves together the historical context, statistical analysis, as well as current events. She is a dynamic speaker, invested in the issues and inspiring in her approach to solutions. By focusing on small meaningful actions and choices, she makes creating large scale change accessible. A public researcher, consultant and human rights educator, she has shared hundreds of unique resources and presentations around issues including race, ability & gender. As a social entrepreneur, she speaks to the opportunities and challenges for women in business and leadership roles. With great openness, she welcomes difficult conversations hosting community dialogues and sharing practical strategies around ‘Sexuality & Consent', ‘Queer & Trans Allyship' and ‘Anti­Racism & Equity'.

     

    Amy Navvab graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 (B.A. Women's Studies and Psychology with a Community Action Social Change minor) and the University of Michigan's School of Social Work in 2014 (Master of Social Work). Upon graduation she worked in Restorative Justice for over 5 years in Chicago, Boulder, and Denver primarily in schools but also in the criminal justice system. She has experience facilitating restorative practices with kindergarten students up to 12th graders as well as training and supporting adult educators around Restorative Practices. She recently switched to be a School Social Worker with Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado and is still supporting restorative practice in schools but as a Mental Health Provider for students in Special Education.

     

    Hoai An Pham graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 (B.A Social Theory and Practice, and with a Community Action and Social Change minor). Hoai An Pham is an organizer based in Ann Arbor, MI, where she was born and raised as a first generation Vietnamese American. As a queer disabled abolitionist, she has worked in movements around immigration, labor, climate, prisons, and racial justice, with the goal of building long-term, welcoming community. She is currently the Digital Organizer for We the People-MI and also the manager of her twenty-six Sims.

     

    Session held remotely. Zoom link will be sent prior to the event.

    RSVP Here »

    This event is co-sponsored by the Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor, and SSW Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  24. Undoing Racism Community Meeting

    November 19, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pmCancelled

    Join us to build community collaboration and continue the conversation about anti-racist practice and actions. A Zoom link will be sent out to those who RSVP.

    RSVP Here »

  25. CASC + ENGAGE: Racial Equity in Washtenaw County

    November 19, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    It is essential to connect our critical analysis of social justice issues to multi-level collective action for systemic and institutional change. Join us on September 19, from 12 pm-1:30 pm, for a special joint-session in partnership with CASC to explore how racial and socioeconomic inequity in Washtenaw County is connected to historic and ongoing discriminatory policies and practices. This virtual discussion will feature social workers in the field, CASC alumni, among others, discussing the history of racial inequity in Washtenaw county, its connection to the present, the role of social work practice in addressing this issue, and the activists leading change.

    Attendees will learn about the racial equity issues in Washtenaw county, how historic and ongoing policies have created it, and the institutions and infrastructures in place that uphold it. Attendees will learn about racial inequity in housing, education, socioeconomic, among other indicators. The session will also feature current social workers and activists working to address racial inequity in Washtenaw county, and present ways to get involved.

    Presenters

    Hear from CASC and social work alumni engaged in fighting for equity in Washtenaw County, including Clinical Assistant Professor Justin Hodge, Washtenaw County Commissioner Felicia Brabec, and others. Associate Professor and CASC Director Katie Richards-Schuster, and CASC Assistant Director Amber Wiliams, will also join us to share how we move from critical analysis to action for equitable change.

    Agenda

    12:00 - 12:30pm | Introductions and Identifying Issues

    12:30 - 1:00pm | History of racial inequity in Washtenaw County and its connection to current problems

    1:00 - 1:30pm | Activism and its connection to social work practice

    Learning Objectives

    Describe how historic and ongoing policies have contributed to racial inequity in Washtenaw county.

    Identify strategies for addressing racial inequity in Washtenaw county.

    CE Approval Statement

    The University of Michigan School of Social Work, provider #1212, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The University of Michigan School of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 5/15/2020-5/15/2023. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 synchronous online continuing education contact hours.

    Please see the CE Policies page for more information about continuing education.

    Event Recording

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