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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 Thursdays from 12-2pm. All members of our school community are invited to attend.

Contact: ssw.undoingracism@umich.edu

Fall Virtual Undoing Racism Meetings

Leadership

Lisa Fedina

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Lorraine M. Gutiérrez

Edith A. Lewis Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, associate dean for educational programs, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, professor of social work, with tenure, School of Social Work, and professor of psychology, without tenure, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Megan Leys

Lorenzo LaMere

MSW Intern - Undoing Racism

Megan Leys

Megan Leys

MSW Intern - DEI Office

Richard M. Tolman

Sheldon D. Rose Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work

Daicia R. Price

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work

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