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  1. Where Do We Go From Here: Body Politics and Movement Towards Racial Empowerment

    November 19, 2020 - 12:00pm

    A virtual panel discussion sponsored by the University of Michigan Health Sciences units, hosted by the School of Kinesiology, and featuring:

    Vanessa Barrow, DPMPodiatrist & Owner, Sole Aesthetic, LLCSpecialization: Aesthetic and regenerative medicine of the foot and ankle

    Neha Gothe, PhDAssistant Professor of Kinesiology & Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignResearch: Bio-psycho-social health benefits of physical activity across the lifespan; yoga as a means to improve health and quality of life

    Samuel R. Hodge, PhDProfessor of Kinesiology, Ohio State UniversityResearch: Intersection of diversity, disability, and social justice in education and sport

    NiCole R. Keith, PhD, FACSMProfessor of Kinesiology & Associate Dean, Indiana University School of Health & Human SciencesPresident, American College of Sports MedicineResearch: Community-based participatory research, physical activity, and health equity

     

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  2. ENGAGE: Food Justice Virtual Debrief

    November 13, 2020 - 12:00pmCancelled

    With our power, resources, and knowledge - what can we do about food injustice in this country? How do we address the policies that have been strategically put into place to deprive some, but not others? Join us for a special debrief session to discuss the connection of food justice to historic social policies, racism, and other social justice issues. Students, faculty, and staff doing work on food and environmental justice are encouraged to join and share their endeavors, and discussion on how the school can better integrate food and environmental justice into its curriculum, field experiences, and student learning is welcome and encouraged.

    Attending this session counts for field credit. Please document your attendance and contact your field faculty supervisor for information.

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  3. SSW Book Club

    November 13, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will meet at noon via Zoom to discuss the award-winning YA novel, Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson.

    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 to help you with SSO authentication. 734-764-4357)

    Here's the Zoom link and the passcode = Watson.

     

  4. Appropriating Food: Food Justice is Racial Justice Appropriating Food: Food Justice is Racial Justice

    November 12, 2020 - 12:00pm

    Food deserts have been purposefully and strategically created, aided by historic redlining and other discriminatory policies and practices that have segregated our Black and Brown communities to impoverished urban areas. These communities lack access to grocery stores and other vendors that provide wholesome, nutritional food, while liquor stores and fast food restaurants are prevalent. Join us in a special virtual discussion featuring prominent Detroit food justice activists and organizers who have taken food sovereignty and environmental empowerment into their own hands. Panelists include Executive Director of the Detroit Black Food Security Network (DBFSN), Malik Yakini, Executive Director of Sustainable Community Farms, Michelle Jackson, and Executive Director of Oakland Avenue Urban Farming and Jerry Hebron, Northend Christian Community Development, INC.

    Attending this session counts for field credit. Please document your attendance and contact your field faculty supervisor for information.

    Event Recording
  5. Discussion with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi Discussion with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

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

    Join us for a virtual talk with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of "Stamped from the Beginning" and "How to Be an Antiracist." This event is being sponsored by the School of Social Work, Rackham Graduate School, the Ross School of Business, and the School of Education.

    Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He is the author of many books including "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America", which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three #1 New York Times bestsellers, "How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You", co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and "Antiracist Baby", illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His next book, "Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action", was be released in October. 

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  6. CASC Info Session (November)

    November 10, 2020 - 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, November 10th, 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!

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  7. Undoing Racism Workgroup Meeting Undoing Racism Workgroup Meeting

    October 29, 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.

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  8. Talking to Family & Friends about Voting: Relational Organizing Workshop

    October 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) is hosting a relational organizing workshop presented by Progressive Pipeline at the SSW. The purpose of this event is to learn how to talk to our communities about the importance of voting in this year's election! We opted for the longer format of the workshop to include breakout rooms for practicing these vulnerable conversations. We are excited about bringing this educational opportunity to the SSW. Remember - voting is social work!

    Join on Zoom here

    As a local chapter of the national network of SURJ groups, we organize white folx for racial justice. We recognize that many of the recipients of this email are Black, indigenous, or people of color, and we hope to offer useful information for people of all racial identities. We welcome feedback from community members at any time.

    Below is an event description provided by Progressive Pipeline for anyone looking for further information about the workshop or the organization:

    Get Everyone To The Polls

    November's once-in-a-lifetime election will come down to turnout. In the time of COVID-19, the best messengers are friends voters already know and trust. Studies show that relational organizing is the most effective tool to drive voters to the polls - and we want to give you the tools to put it into practice.

    Join Progressive Pipeline - a non-profit that's recruiting, training, and deploying the next generation of progressive leaders - for an interactive online organizing workshop, led by the star alumni of our fellowship program. We'll introduce you to Prof. Marshall Ganz's organizing practice and prepare you with the organizing tactics you need to get your friends, family, and neighbors to the polls.

    Everything is on the line this fall. We'll show you how to do your part to make sure everyone's voice is heard.

  9. 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Short Film Drop-in

    October 13, 2020 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

    Join the UM-SSW Access & Inclusion Task Force to the second event in a series of activities, kicking off a month-long celebration of 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  10. 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Short Film Drop-in

    October 9, 2020 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

    Join the UM-SSW Access & Inclusion Task Force to the first in a series of activities, kicking off a month-long celebration of 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

     

  11. CASC + ENGAGE: Racial equity Washtenaw county CASC + ENGAGE: Racial equity Washtenaw county

    September 17, 2020 - 12:00pmCancelled

    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 17, 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. Hear from CASC and social work alumni engaged in fighting for equity in Washtenaw County, including Clinical Assistant Professor and Washtenaw County Commissioner, Justin Hodge, CASC alumni and Communications and Public Relations Specialist of the Washtenaw County Intermediate School District, Ashley Kryscynski, among 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.

    Attending this session provides field credit. Please document your attendance and contact your field faculty supervisor for information.

    This session is eligible for CE Contact Hours.

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  12. A Glorious and Inclusive Welcome with Common Roots A Glorious and Inclusive Welcome with Common Roots

    September 16, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Join Common Roots in this orientation where we celebrate individuals with identities that have been historically underrepresented. This will be an opportunity to get to know your peers, share challenges, success, and envision our collective hopes and dreams.

    Watch this video to learn more!

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  13. Debrief: What can we do?

    September 11, 2020 - 12:00pm

    With our power, resources, and knowledge - what can we do about water injustice as a school? All discussions and ideas are welcome - whether it be proposing new field placements that focus on water and environmental justice, integrating more course content on how water injustice is tied to systemic and historic discrimination, or current advocacy efforts demanding access to safe, clean, water is a human right.

    Attending this session provides field credits. Please document your attendance and contact your field faculty supervisor for information.

  14. POSTPONED CEW + Advocacy Symposium: Rogério M. Pinto Lightning Talk 
POSTPONED CEW + Advocacy Symposium: Rogério M. Pinto Lightning Talk

    September 10, 2020 - 2:30pmCancelled

    CEW+ Advocacy Symposium has postponed this event. The new event will appear on this calendar.  

    Rogério M. Pinto and the Faculty Allies for Diversity received the Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change. Pinto will present a lightening talk, Diversity Matters: How about Equity and Inclusion?, during the CEW+ Advocacy Symposium.

    The 2020 Symposium includes a diverse group of scholars and community practitioners who embody leadership in varied ways as they advocate for change. Dr. Martha Jones will discuss the role of Black women in the civil rights and voting rights movements and the ongoing struggle for voting rights for different populations. This year’s Symposium will take place virtually as a series of presentations and workshops that will take place over the course of the academic year. At the kickoff event, 2020 CEW+ Inspire Awardees will present lightning talks about their work as a precursor to a full-length workshop that will happen later in the academic year as a component of the Symposium. The learning opportunities throughout the year-long Symposium will supplement Democracy and Debate Theme Semester coursework and activities.

    This symposium is free and open to all activists, advocates, and allies from all U-M campuses (students, staff, faculty) as well as the local community.

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  15. Water Warriors from Flint to Detroit Water Warriors from Flint to Detroit

    September 10, 2020 - 12:00pm

    Join the ENGAGE team for a discussion featuring prominent water justice activists Monica Lewis Patrick and Bryce Detroit to discuss their work, how water injustice is tied to historic and systemic discrimination, and how lack of access to clean, safe water has exacerbated our current public health crises

    Monica Lewis Patrick is Chief Executive Officer of We the People Detroit and a long-time water justice advocate.

    Bryce Detroit is CEO and Founder of Detroit Recordings LLC and a long-time water justice advocate.

    Attending this session provides field credits. Please document your attendance and contact your field faculty supervisor for information.

    This session is approved for CE Contact Hours.

    Watch the Recording Here

  16. Undoing Racism Workgroup Meeting Undoing Racism Workgroup Meeting

    September 3, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    We will be kicking off our first meeting of the fall semester! Join us to build community collaboration and continue the conversation about anti-racist practice. A Zoom link will be sent out to those who RSVP.

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  17. SSW Book Club

    July 8, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will meet at noon via Zoom.

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

  18. Undoing Racism Meeting Undoing Racism Meeting

    June 17, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Please join us at the next Undoing Racism workgroup meeting to build collective community and continue our efforts to organize and implement anti-racist practice in the SSW. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome! A zoom link will be sent out before the meeting to those who register.

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  19. SSW Book Club

    May 19, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will meet via Zoom to discuss Separated, by Dr. William Lopez.

    The book examines immigration law enforcement, focusing on one raid in Washtenaw County.

    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. A Zoom link will be sent the morning of the discussion. (If needed, email Betsy Williams, David Pratt, or Joe Galura for the link.) 

  20. 25th Annual Lavender Graduation

    April 30, 2020 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm

    Lavender Graduation is a celebration of LGBTQ graduates at the University of Michigan. Graduates from any school/college in the University from any academic level are welcome to participate. All participating graduates will receive a FREE rainbow 2020 tassel, lavender cords, and a Lavender Degree! Families, students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to join the celebration.  Light appetizers will be served after the ceremony.

  21. Virtual Discussion on COVID-19 Stigma: Detroit

    April 23, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

    This week we will have several special guests from Detroit at our conversation on Identity and Vulnerabilities in the time of COVID-19: 

    Ayesha Ghazi-Edwin: LEO Lecturer, School of Social Work

    Alicia McCormick: Youth Development Director, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives

    Dillon Cathro: Director of Youth Organizing, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives  

    Zachary Rowe: Executive Director, Friends Of Parkside

    Sonia Harb: Special Advisor on Detroit Engagement for the Office of the Provost

    Reverend Charles Williams: MSW candidate, Chair of the National Action Network in Michigan.

    Fatima Salman: Program Coordinator, ENGAGE: Detroit

    Undrea V. Goodwin: Public Health Project Coordinator, SEMHAC

    Guests will contribute their perspective from Detroit, an epicenter of the pandemic and will join us in a conversation on how multiple personal identities make us more or less vulnerable to the virus and to its associated stigma and inequities. This follows on conversations the Faculty Allies for Diversity have been having for the past four weeks on social consequences of the pandemic. For the next few weeks, we will invite guests to speak on issues concerning other areas (New Orleans, Brazil) hard hit by COVID-19. Please join us!

     

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  22. Emanuel Film Screening & Discussion

    April 16, 2020 - 4:00pmCancelled

    The compelling documentary centers on the aftermath of the 2015 fatal shooting of nine African-American church members at the historic Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C.; namely, the public forgiveness by the families of the victims and the survivors of Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white supremacist convicted of the killings. This act of grace ushered a way forward in healing their city — and the entire nation. A facilitated discussion will follow the 90-minute film. Refreshments will be provided. 

    Campus partners include the Center for the Education of Women, North Campus Research Complex, Trotter Multicultural Center, and U-M Voices of Staff – Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team. Michigan Medicine partners include Fast Forward Medical Innovation, Medical School Executive Administration, Medical School Faculty Development, Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, and Rogel Cancer Center.

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  23. Virtual Discussion on COVID-19 Stigma: Special Guest Charles Sanky, MD Candidate from Icahn School of Medicine, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City

    April 16, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

    Dear Social Work Community:

    This week we will have special guest at our conversation on stigma in the time of COVID-19: Charles Sanky, MD Candidate from Icahn School of Medicine, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City.

    Charles will contribute his perspective from New York City the epicenter of the pandemic and will join us in a conversation on how multiple personal identities make us more or less vulnerable to the virus and to its associated stigma and inequities. This follows on conversations the Faculty Allies for Diversity have been having for the past four weeks on social consequences of the pandemic. For the next few weeks, we will invite guests to speak on issues concerning other areas (Detroit, New Orleans) hard hit by COVID-19. Please join us!

    Facilitator: Rogério M. Pinto 

    Faculty Allies Co-Chairs Rogério Pinto and Addie Weaver

    Faculty Allies members: Trina Shanks, Todd Herrenkohl, David Córdova and Lorraine Gutiérrez

    DEI Director Larry Gant

    We look forward to having a robust discussion.

  24. Virtual Discussion on COVID-19: Identity and Intersectionalities

    April 9, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

    Dear Social Work Community:

    For the past two weeks, the Faculty Allies for Diversity (FAD) in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DEI), has held social support virtual conversations among those individuals wishing to prevent and stop stigmatization and all issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The April 9 conversation will add a focus on identity and intersectionality.

    Please join:

    Facilitator: Rogério Pinto 

    Faculty Allies Co-Chairs Rogério Pinto and Addie Weaver

    DEI Director Larry Gant

    Faculty Allies members: Trina Shanks, Todd Herrenkohl, David Córdova and Lorraine Gutiérrez

    We look forward to having a robust discussion

  25. SSW Book Club

    April 8, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will meet via Zoom to discuss a short novel by Louise Erdrich, The Birchbark House.

    This novel for young readers tells a family story of an Ojibwa girl, starting in 1847 near Lake Superior.

    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. Please email Betsy Williams, David Pratt, or Joe Galura for the Zoom link.

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