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  1. Virtual Discussion on COVID-19: Stigma, Physical Distancing, and Solidarity

    April 2, 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 2nd conversation will add a focus on physical distancing and solidarity.

    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 discussionCOVID-19: Stigma, Physical Distancing, and Solidarity

  2. Free the Mind: Wellness Fair

    April 1, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pmCancelled

    Come take an opportunity to relax and unwind at the Free the Mind Wellness Fair! The fair will feature self-care activities, games, healthy snacks, and on-campus resources that support wellness. 


    Co-sponsored by Mental Health Matters, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Office of Student Services.

  3. Truth in Sentencing Town Hall

    March 28, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:30pmCancelled

    Learn about and discuss ways to bring back good/earned time credits within the Michigan prison system with local and state legislators. Featured Panelists include Senator Jeff Irwin, Senator Sylvia Santana and more!

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  4. Common Roots Meet + Mixer Common Roots Meet + Mixer

    March 13, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pmCancelled

    Common Roots invites you to join them for a fun, food-filled mixer with student organizations of color at the School of Social Work! The hope is to foster community building, collaboration, and networking opportunities for different student organizations and their leaders.
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    *Common Roots is a committee consisting of representatives from the SSW’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the LatinX Social Work Coalition, Black Radical Healing Pathways, Association of Black Social Workers, the Office of Student Services, the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition and other SSW students.

  5. The Cognitive Costs of Environmental Racism: Myth, Science and Myopia

    March 11, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Please join the University of Michigan MLK Health Sciences Committee and the Institute for Social Research as we host author and ethicist Harriet A. Washington on March 11 for a presentation and discussion on her book "A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and its Assault on the American Mind." 

    Harriet A. Washington has been the Shearing Fellow at the University of Nevada's Black Mountain Institute, a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. She is the author of Deadly Monopolies, Infectious Madness, and Medical Apartheid, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Oakland Award, and the American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award.  

    Does the dose make the poison? Are US patterns of environmental toxicity driven by socioeconomics or race? Are hereditarian scientists correct in ascribing intelligence to racial genetics? How have our habitual modes of thought blinded us to the true nature of environmental toxicity, and what challenges face public health practitioners as they assess the roles of industry, science and government?

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  6. SSW Book Club

    March 4, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Saeed Jones is an acclaimed queer Black poet.

    The SSW Book Club will discuss his coming of age memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives.

    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. Feel free to bring your lunch.

  7. Healing from Racial Trauma: Lessons from a Public Health Intervention Healing from Racial Trauma: Lessons from a Public Health Intervention

    February 24, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

    For youth and adults of color, prolonged exposure to racial discrimination may result in debilitating psychological, behavioral, and health outcomes. To help their children prepare for and prevent the deleterious consequences of discrimination, many parents of color utilize racial socialization, or communication about racialized experiences. Given heightened awareness to discrimination plaguing Black communities, better understanding of how racial socialization processes and skills development can help youth and parents heal from the effects of past, current, and future racial trauma is important. Greater racial socialization competency is proposed as achievable through intentional and mindful practice, thus, this workshop will explore theories and practices important in the healing processes of racial trauma. 

    This event is being co-sponsored by the School of Education and the School of Social Work.

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  8. LGBTQ Health and Wellness Week Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises Workshop

    February 6, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Join us for a LGBTQ Health and Wellness Week event focused on tension and trauma releasing excersices (TRE). TRE can help release muscular tension, reduce stress and calm the nervous system. 

  9. Queer Martyrdom: The Religious and Sexual Politics of LGBTQ Inclusion with Dr. Brett Krutzsch

    February 5, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    LGBTQ activists have tried to make particular people into martyrs for political purposes. Some "martyrs" like Matthew Shepard have been successful, while others like F.C. Martinez have not. Those reasons have much to do with race, gender, class, and religion. This topic looks at several examples from mainstream media to think about LGBTQ acceptance in the United States.

  10. LGBTQ Health and Wellness Week Keynote Speaker - Dr. Joy Saniyah

    February 3, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Dr. Joy Saniyah, Ph.D is the founder and director of Integrative Empowerment Group. As a queer woman of color, Joy is passionate about working with those who are marginalized in society and underrepresented in help seeking environments. Joy has over 13 years of experience in working with college students at several major universities, including three years at CAPS at the University of Michigan.

  11. SSW Book Club

    January 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will discuss the memoir Ordinary Girls, by Jaquira Díaz.

    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. Feel free to bring your lunch.

  12. Towards Humanity: A Conversation on Humanism and Antiracist Organizing Towards Humanity: A Conversation on Humanism and Antiracist Organizing

    January 28, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    In honor of  MLK Symposium Events and the Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor Program, 10 Year Anniversary: 

    The following session will explore themes presented in Tawana Petty’s book Towards Humanity: Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racism Organizing. Through a lecture and panel discussion, the presenter will explore pressing issues facing antiracist organizing and  her vision and approach to a humanistic philosophy. Following the lecture, the speaker will host a conversation with community development organizer Lauren A. Hood to discuss how Detroit based organizers navigate questions, themes, and challenges in ant-racist organizing, applications of humanism, and other guiding philosophical principles toward change. This event is co-sponsored by the Community Action and Social Change Minor Program, SSW Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Semester in Detroit Program. 

    Tawana Petty (Honeycomb): Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She is intricately involved in water rights advocacy, data and digital privacy education, and racial justice and equity work. She is Director of the Data Justice Program for the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP) and co-leads Our Data Bodies (ODB), a five-person team concerned about the ways our communities’ digital information is collected, stored, and shared by government and corporations. Tawana is a convening member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC) on behalf of DCTP, which organizes Data DiscoTechs (discovering technology) fairs and other initiatives to foster media and digital literacy. She recently co-produced with ODB, the Digital Defense Playbook, a workbook of popular education activities and tools for data justice and data access for equity, as well as the report, A Critical Summary of Detroit's Project Green Light and Its Greater Context, on Detroit's Project Green Light surveillance program. Tawana is a co-founder of Riverwise Magazine, a quarterly magazine which lifts up community stories by Detroit residents, which might otherwise be misrepresented or underrepresented in local and national media. Riverwise Magazine recently produced a special surveillance issue, Detroiters Want to Be Seen, Not Watched. She is a board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership (Boggs Center), a Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) Fellow, and the organizer of an annual art festival and artist retreat in historic Idlewild, Michigan, which convenes over 30 artists, organizers, herbalists and innovators each year to create art, share healing practices and respirit each other and the communities they serve. Tawana is the recipient of several awards, including the Spirit of Detroit Award, the Woman of Substance Award, Women Creating Caring Communities Award, Detroit Awesome Award, University of Michigan Black Law Student Association's Justice Honoree Award, was recognized as one of Who’s Who in Black Detroit in 2013 and 2015, the Wayne State Center for Peace and Conflict Studies' Peacemaker Award, and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in 2018.

    Lauren Hood: Born & raised in Detroit, Lauren A. Hood brings double consciousness to the practice of community development. Being both a trained practioner and a lifelong resident, Hood serves as a translator/negotiator between development entities and citizen stakeholders. Through her work as an Equitable Development Strategist, Hood develops engagement frameworks, facilitates dialogues, and creates platforms that allow for the emergence and inclusion of often unrecognized place based expertise in city planning and neighborhood development processes. Through her consultancy Deep Dive Detroit, Hood produces workshops and events on community engagement, equitable development and racial justice for civic, philanthropic & institutional clients. Passionate about preserving the city's cultural heritage, Hood regularly writes and delivers keynotes on the value of placekeeping, preserving black spaces and how to authentically engage community. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the City of Detroit Planning Commission and on the board of directors for Detroit Sound Conservancy, MoGo, and on the advisory board of the Urban Consulate.  She holds an undergraduate business degree and Masters Degree in Community Development, both from the University of Detroit Mercy. To learn more about Lauren A. Hood visit her website at laurenahood.com/work


    Please note that the RSVP For this program is closed. Additional overflow space will be available in the School of Social Work Building, McGregor Commons lobby.

    The program will also be available for remote access through live stream. See link below 

    Live Stream »

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

  13. 21 Day Equity Challenge Kick-Off Event

    January 8, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:00pm

    Join us for the kick off of the 21-Day Equity Challenge in a commitment to deepening your understanding of and willingness to confront racism for 21 consecutive days beginning January 6 and ending January 26. SIGN UP HERE! During every morning of the Challenge, you'll receive an email "prompt" with readings, videos and/or podcasts. You are encouraged to take about ten to fifteen minutes each day with the material in the prompt.

    Throughout the month we will also be collectively reading Towards Humanity: Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racism Organizing by Tawana Petty.  Reading and reflections will occur in preparation for Tawana Petty's visit to University of Michigan School of Social Work. Please stop by for refreshments as we commit to fresh new efforts!

  14. Undoing Racism: Collective Community Building

    November 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    All members of our SSW community are invited to participate in our regular meeting focused on undoing racism efforts. The first portion of the meeting will offer an opportunity for participants to share recent and current activities with the second portion leaving space for employees to engage in SEED workshop that was provided to students and for students to provide an update on ways concepts of power and oppression can continue to be advanced for the remainder of the academic year.

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  15. Immigration and Social Work: How We Can Effectively Engage Immigrant Communities

    November 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    This session will focus on how social workers can effectively engage and serve alongside immigrant communities. There will be presenters from Michigan Immigrant Rights Center and Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Lunch will be served.

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  16. DEI Impact Awards Ceremony DEI Impact Awards Ceremony

    November 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Come celebrate with the School of Social Work’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for a ceremony to honor the award winners and nominees for the DEI Impact Awards, recognizing individuals or groups in the School who have made significant contributions to advancing diversity, equity & inclusion in the School of Social Work and/or in the community.

    The recipients of the 2019 Impact Awards are:

    Students: Sharon Almonte and Dominique Crump

    Clinical Assistant Professor: Justin Hodge

    Joint PhD Program Coordinator: Todd Huynh

    Undoing Racism Workgroup: Lisa Fedina, Lorraine Gutiérrez, Daicia Price, Richard Tolman

    Lunch will be provided.

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  17. Decolonizing Spirituality & Indigenous Health Practices

    November 22, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

    The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to how the medical system - of which many social workers are now apart - has vilified Black and Indigenous spiritual practices and the impacts this has on these communities. If we plan to be competent social workers, we must have a clear understanding of how history impacts the present. We must also arm ourselves with information past our individual belief systems and get comfortable with asking people about their spiritual practices nonjudgmentally.

    This event will explore how all of our various belief systems and spiritual practices intersect and will use the model from the Intercultural Development Inventory to discuss how to be adaptable social workers rather than more monocultural in how we treat the people whom we serve. There will be speakers competent in a variety of traditions and practices and there will also be time for open dialogue.
  18. Poetry (& More) with Kay Ulanday Barrett Poetry (& More) with Kay Ulanday Barrett

    November 21, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    The Spectrum Center, Council for Disability Concerns, and School of Social Work DEI Office are very excited to host multi-talented brown trans disabled artist, Kay Ulanday Barrett this November. Kay is a poet, performer, and educator whose work has been supported and published by organizations including the UN Global LGBTQ+ Summit, the Asian American Literary Review, and Race Forward. Join us in hosting them during Trans Awareness Week to hear about their work, both in reading and in their experience creating it. Event navigation details: http://bit.ly/SCeventnav. More Trans Awareness Week events: http://bit.ly/TransAwareness19

  19. SSW Book Club

    November 20, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The SSW Book Club will discuss Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye.

    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. Feel free to bring your lunch.

  20. Transgender Awareness Week Keynote Speaker - Kavi Ade

    November 18, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    The Spectrum Center invites this year's Transgender Awareness Week Keynote, Kavi Ade. Kavi Ade is a black trans queer speaker, arts educator, and nationally recognized poet of Afro and Indigenous Caribbean descent. Speaking on race, gender, sexuality, mental health, domestic violence, and sexual assault, Kavi's work grapples with being set at the throne of violence, and exploring the ways in which a body can learn to survive. Using art as resistance, they create transformative dialogue that aims to combat supremacist powers, and heal communities that have been harmed. Kavi has given poetry readings and keynote speeches, led workshops, and spoken on panels in numerous cities and communities, including over 100 colleges and universities, domestically and internationally. Kavi received the leeway foundation's transformation of work that honors "women and trans* artists and cultural producers who create art for social change, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work."

  21. Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid - A Book Talk with Bill Lopez

    November 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    In Separated, William D. Lopez examines the lasting damage done by a daylong act of collaborative immigration enforcement in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Exploring the chaos of immigration enforcement through the lens of community health, Lopez discusses deportation's rippling negative effects and what it looks like from the perspective of the people who experience it. Focusing on those left behind, he reveals their efforts to cope with trauma, avoid homelessness, handle worsening health, and keep their families together.

  22. Common Roots - Recruitment Event

    November 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Join Common Roots Planning Committee as we host our recruitment event for the Fall 2019 semester. The Common Roots Planning Committee will detail accomplishments, discuss plans for transition and goals for the Winter 2020 semester. 

    Please join us! Lunch will be served. 

    Common Roots is a committee consisting of representatives from the SSW’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office, the LatinX Social Work Coalition, the Black Radical Healing Pathways, Association of Black Social Workers, the Office of Student Services and SSW Student Representatives.


  23. Jewish Community, Race, and Social Justice with Ilana Kaufman Jewish Community, Race, and Social Justice with Ilana Kaufman

    November 5, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Ilana Kaufman’s talk, “Jewish Community, Race, and Social Justice” will be presented free and open to the public on Tuesday, November 5 at 7pm. The event will be held in the Educational Conference Center of the School of Social Work (1080 S University Ave). She will discuss the intersection of U.S. Jewish identity and race, as animated by modern movements for social justice. Informed by community pain-points such as Jewish communal reactions to the Women’s March and the Movement for Black Lives Platform, Kaufman will explore notions of anti-Semitism, community and movement-building, and how to effectively partner with groups despite some fundamental disagreements and tensions.

    Ilana Kaufman is the Executive Director of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative. Kaufman’s work aims to draw attention to those in the Jewish community who have diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, namely non-white and non-Ashkenazi heritage, or of multiple racial and ethnic identities. These individuals, many of whom identify as Jews of Color, have historically been underrepresented in our Jewish institutions and largely invisible in Jewish demographic studies. Through the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, Kaufman develops more accurate demographic information about how many American Jews of Color there are and how to create more inclusive Jewish communities. She focuses on grantmaking to programs that support Jews of Color, research and field building, and community education.

    The event is generously sponsored by the Jewish Communal Leadership Program in the School of Social Work, Trotter Multicultural Center, Michigan Hillel, The School of Social Work Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, and LSA Diveristy, Equity, and Inclusion.

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  24. The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy

    November 1, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Dorian Warren, president of the Center for Community Change Action, will give a talk about his book, titled "The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy," as part of the 2019 Real-World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions speaker series.

  25. School of Social Work's Bystander Intervention Training

    October 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    The School of Social Work’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion brings bystander intervention skills to the SSW community for the purpose of building inclusive, respectful and safe communities. The training is based on a nationally-recognized four-stage bystander intervention model that helps individuals intervene in situations that negatively impact individuals, organizations, and the campus community. Unable to attend in person, view the livestream: https://bluejeans.com/639314111

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