Friday, April 15th: ICO "Doing Racism While Doing Justice" Talk

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Join ICOS this Friday to hear from Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, professor of Criminal Justice at Temple University. Professor Van Cleve’s research examines the cultural impact of mass incarceration on criminal justice organizations and apparatuses. She explores the contradictory ways that racial stigma is reproduced by these institutions in a purportedly, “colorblind” era. Friday’s talk draws on her new book "Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court" (Stanford Press 2016).

Speaker: Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, Temple University Department of Criminal Justice

Talk: “Doing Racism while Doing Justice: Racism and Discretion in Chicago's Felony Court System”

Time and Place: 1:30 - 3 pm, Friday, April 15, R1240 Ross School of Business

Jerry Davis

ICOS director

Take the MLK Symposium Survey!

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The University of Michigan MLK Symposium is one of the largest commemorations of the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the country. As the need to rid our society of injustices continues, we realize this is a platform that can make a stronger impact in education and social justice. 

From this, we are looking to mobilize the student population in a new way: by better supporting your passions through the event planning process in ensuring your MLK programs are rooted in social justice and action. 

The following brief survey is the start of a call to action - how can the UM MLK Symposium be MORE impactful (with your input and engagement)? 

Please fill out the survey by 4/16/2016 at 12:00PM.  Any questions email: 


Yours in Service,

UM MLK Symposium Outreach Sub-committee 

Same Difference Documentary Screening, Dinner, and Discussion

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On Friday April 15th, The Sociologists of Color, Students and Color at Rackham (SCOR) and Trotter Multicultural Center Present:

The Same Difference Documentary Screening, Dinner and Discussion

The documentary "The Same Difference" examines tensions in the lesbian community over race and gender expression. Situated at the intersections of race, gender and sexuality, the documentary explores the policing of gender roles, biphobia, and other taboo issues within Queer communities of color. It asks why certain women are valued over others and how masculine privilege is pervasive, even among women.

Friday April 15, 6:30pm

Rackham Amphitheater-4th floor

Rackham Graduate School

915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Questions? Contact

RSVP here:

Identity Maize: Call for Art

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The MUSLIM STUDENT'S ASSOCIATION and BLACLIST have come together to bring you an interactive art instillation that will be locatedon the Diag on April 13th during Music Matter's Spring Fest 2016. 

This instillation is both a structual and symbolic representation of the diverted path minority students have to take at the University each and every day. This instillation will be an interactive way to learn about experiences outside of your own in an internally reflective and engaging manner without the awkward conversations and essay assignments.

We are looking for pictures, artwork, poetry, written narratives and whatever else you can think of!
Submit your work through this link (you can submit anonymously):

Please get back to us with your work by the 10th!

If you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out to 

Talk on March 23rd: Shaking the Brooklyn Bridge: Haitian Mobilization, the FDA and Contagion in the early era of HIV & AIDS

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Shaking the Brooklyn Bridge: Haitian Mobilization, the FDA and Contagion in the early era of HIV & AIDS:

Dr. Polyné's talk will discuss the idea of a contagious and infectious black body, particularly as it relates to the 1983 and 1990 ban of Haitians from donating blood by the Center for Disease Control and the FDA. Polyné is co-directing a film that examines this contentious moment that was informed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1980s and 1990s, and inevitably sparked historic political mobilization of the Haitian community against racism in a number of American cities.

March 25th-26th: Indian Business Conference

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Hi there! 

We are organizing India Business Conference on 25th and 26th of March 2016 at the Ross School of Business. We have some amazing business leaders speaking at the event about different dimensions of business in an emerging economy like India. We would love for your board to attend as well spread the word about the event within its group members. 

This year's conference features speakers such as : 

· Natarajan Chandrasekaran, CEO of Tata Consultancy Services, India's most valuable company (market capitalization of $71B) and largest private-sector employer (over 340,000 employees)

· Sachin Bansal, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Flipkart, that revolutionized e-commerce in India and is a "Unicorn" valued at $15B.

· Yashwant Sinha, Former Minister of External Affairs & Former Minister of Finance, Government of India, he is credited for major reforms that helped put India on a firm growth trajectory.

· Niren Chaudhary, Global President of KFC, Yum! Brands: He has introduced and grown some of the largest global brands in India (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell).

· Ananth Narayanan, CEO, Myntra, India’s largest m-commerce platform for fashion and lifestyle products. He is also an ex-Mckinsey director and Michigan Alum.

· Mukesh Aghi, President of U.S.-India Business Council: The former CEO of L&T Infotech has extensive executive experience in global business and deep grasp of policy dynamics in India and the U.S.

· Sunil Bhargava, Founder and Managing Partner, Tandem Capital: He leads Silicon Valley’s Mobile Seed Fund that backed Tile - the revolutionary item tracker.

· Rajan Nagarajan, SVP, CTI Foods: Business transformation guru and former CIO, Mahindra Satyam, former VP at Kraft Foods.

· Lil Mohan, Entrepreneur and Professor at Chicago Booth: Expert on digital marketing and former Global Head, Enterprise Mobile Consulting, Infosys.

· Vikramaditya Khanna, William W. Cook Professor of Law: He is the co-director of the Joint Centre for Global Corporate and Financial Law & Policy, a collaboration between Michigan Law and India's Jindal Global Law School

· Aradhna Krishna, Dwight F. Benton Professor of Marketing: She is a pioneer in sensory marketing.

· Anuradha Nagarajan, faculty member, Corporate Strategy and International Business

More information on the conference can be found on www.rossibc.orgRegister here.  

Would you be able to spread the word amongst your members? We really want to gather an engaging audience and would deeply appreciate your support. 

Thank you,


Attend a Mentoring Lunch with MacArthur Fellow Tiya Miles!

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Hi Everyone, 

Next week on Friday March 11th, we are having one of our mentoring lunches with Tiya Miles. The lunch will be from 2-4 pm in 3773 Haven Hall and we will keep the group fairly small.  So, I will take RSVP’s until I can’t, and then I will let you know that the event has filled up.  As always, this lunch will be an opportunity to talk with Tiya about her experience in the academic world, her work/life balance, her writing process, her teaching, etc.  

Tiya Miles, for those of you who don’t know her, is a professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of American Culture, Department of Afro-American and African Studies, Department of History, Department of Women Studies, and Native American Studies Program.  She is a MacArthur fellow, and her website lists her research and creative interests as African American and Native American interrelated and comparative histories (especially 19th century); Black, Native, and U.S. women's histories; and African American and Native American women's literature. Her most recent book, The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story, was published by the the University of North Carolina Press in 2010. She also wrote Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom, published by the University of California Press in 2005, and a co-edited book with Sharon P. Holland, Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country, published by Duke University Press in 2006.

Please forward this information to anyone that you think might want to attend, and then RSVP to me by Wednesday.  The plan is to do sandwiches or salads from BABO, so if you are going to attend, RSVP with a lunch order and I will pick it up on that day.  

Our next mentoring lunch with be with Sandra Gunning from 11:30 -1:30 on April 15th in Haven 3773.  Please circulate that information, as well, if you think you know people who might be interested.  


All the best,


Send RSVP's to 

March 11th: Readers & Best: Arab Heritage Month

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Readers & Best: Arab Heritage Month

Friday, March 11th, 12:30-3:00

University of Michigan student volunteers are needed to visit Adams STEM Academy in Ypsilanti to read Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books and facilitate an art activity related to Arab Heritage Month. The time commitment includes a brief orientation, time at the school and travel. Transportation will be provided. This opportunity is a collaboration between MESA and Readers and Best, a volunteer guest reader program developed by the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning and the Athletic Department’s Let’s Go Do program. Sign-up here.

Munger Black History Month Events

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Hello SCOR! 

The Munger Graduate Residence is excited to present a Black History Month Celebration. We have a week of small events planned leading up to our featured movie screening, to honor Black History Month. 

Week Events:

TUESDAY: Film Screening of PBS Black Panther Party at 9pm, Munger Media room.


WEDNESDAY: Visit the Pantry and tell us "Why you celebrate Black History Month?" 


THURSDAY: Film Screening of AOKI: Samurai Among Panthers at 9pm, Munger Media room


FRIDAY: Visit the Pantry and tell us "Why is Black history important history?"


SATURDAY: Movie Screening and Black Jeopardy at 5pm-8pm, Munger Media room


SATURDAY:  Featuring Cuppy's Soul Food Dinner at 8:30pm RSVP Only!


**Seating is limited so please RSVP immediately. Invitations will go out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Everyone who RSVPs will be notified on their participation status prior to the event** 

Please feel free to invite your friends, colleagues, and family. 

We hope to see many of you there. Have a great week and stay warm. 

Munger Fellows

Tues. February 23rd: Multicultural Leadership Meeting from 5:30-7:30pm

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Dear all,

Hope your February is going well. Per planning from our last meeting, we are meeting next week prior to the Rackham Diversity Forum, and Break (it's so close! :):

Multicultural Leadership Council Meeting #2, Winter 2016

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

5:30pm to 7pm

Rackham 1st Floor Executive Board Room

Kindly RSVP by emailing Aliza in a separate email, with your name/others who are attending, and your org name.

In the meeting we will focus on the MLC's engagement with the DEI through the letter template we began working on last time. Through discussion and working time, we are hoping to collectively finalize a common letter template, systematize people adding information relevant to their School, and plan how each of us could use the letter as one step towards sitting down with our respective DEI representatives

Hope to see you there/then!

Best wishes

Participants needed for Impact of Police Violence Survey

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Dear People,


Please forward on….

Videos of police interactions with civilians are widespread throughout social media and news outlets. Some of these videos contain violence.  This online survey asks you to comment on the potential impact of these videos on you. No actual videos are shown and the survey only takes a few minutes. We are very thankful for your time and participation.  Follow this link to the survey:

ind regards, 


Silvia Dominguez PhD

Sociology & Human Services

Center for International Affairs and World Cultures

Flint Water Crisis Teach In

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Students of Color of Rackham:


I'm working with an interdisciplinary group of students, staff, and faculty to organize a University-wide Teach-in on the Flint water crisis.

We’re seeking student representatives from multiple departments, schools and groups on campus into this organizing committee. We’re aiming to:

  1. Ensure that the community of Flint is at the center of these discussions. We will work to minimize the travel/time burden on Flint and Detroit residents/activists/organizers who are being sought out for multiple speaking engagements across campus.

  2. Co-coordinate a teach-in that includes presenters from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds in order to promote learning across our academic silos;

If you (or another representative from your school/dept/organization) is interested in joining our next planning meeting, please contact Teona at


Stay tuned for a list of some preliminary guiding principles we’ve developed for the group.


Also, even if you can’t make this initial meeting, let us know if you want to stay informed as dates/locations/etc are decided.


Thanks for your consideration and we hope you can join us!

Teona & the UM Teach-in for Flint Organizing Committee

Mary Jones UM SNRE

Teona Williams UM SNRE

Katie Moore UM SNRE & SPH

Benjamin Kunstman UM SNRE & Engineering

Ember McCoy UM SNRE

Grace van Velden UM SPH

Maren Spolum UM SNRE

Mary-Catherine Goddard UM SPH

UM-SSW Resources and Information on the Flint Water Crisis

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Legislative and Social Policy Update

Flint Water Crisis

 As you all know, the water situation in Flint finally reached a climax and everyone is scrambling to help in various ways. Last week, NASW-Michigan put out a call to action to social workers who are looking for ways to get involved at any level. Over 170 have responded so far, with offers to help ranging from water and filter distribution to addressing long-term health effects. NASW wants to facilitate a strong response from the social work community and best utilize our passions and skill sets to empower the Flint community to recover from this crisis.

Get Involved

NASW-Michigan created an open volunteer list that will serve as an ongoing communication device among office staff, volunteer coordinators on the ground and volunteers. As needs arise, they will put out calls to action and those who are available can contact them. To sign up, fill out this form

NASW-Michigan is also in the process of pulling together a task force of experts to think about long-term interventions. If you are interested in joining, contact the Director of Public Policy, Allan Wachendorfer (


As you may have noticed, there are numerous online campaigns raising funds, not to mention contributions from state and federal government and numerous celebrities. We recommend you donate wisely if you chose online donation campaigns. Be sure they are connected with someone trustworthy.

NASW-Michigan is not officially endorsing any form of contributions or any particular campaign, other than supporting the appropriation of funding through state and federal governments. They encourage members to donate to the campaigns of their choice or donate their time. That being said, some NASW members have recommended the following:

  • Some NASW members formed a small organization, called Crossing Water, and are helping to coordinate ground efforts. They are working diligently to reach populations that traditional services have not yet reached and who are the most vulnerable and under served. From time to time, they come across special needs like plumbing fixtures that need repaired in order to install filters, general water shortages, or educational materials to help people understand how to use filters or that boiling water does not remove lead. Crossing Water started a small online campaign to fill in these unforeseen gaps and would appreciate any support
  • Metro Community Development set up a 'Flint Water Shut Off Fund' to assist many of the residents who have received water shut off notices. Most of these residents are low-income seniors and families struggling with low paying jobs. The water rates are exorbitantly high in the City of Flint. If the residents aren't able to get help with clearing their unpaid bills, they will be without water and the bottled water donations will not last long. Metro Community Development is a Community and Economic Development Private Non-Profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible. Support can be sent in a check to "Metro Community Development" and mailed to Metro Community Development, Inc., 503 S. Saginaw Street, Suite 804, Flint, MI 48502, Attn: Flint Water Shut Off Fund. For more information, please contact Sarah Razak, Manager of Finance and Operations, at(810) 423-8630 or

More Info

  • has created a website for the Flint water issue. The site has information about water and filter sites, news updates, videos about installing a water filter, properly testing water, and much more.
  • All individuals who live within the city limits of Flint are entitled to FREE plastic recycling bins through Republic Services at no cost to them. This is so that the plastic water bottles can be properly disposed. The number to register is 888-872-7455. Residents should receive bins within 3 to 5 business days. Republic Services can answer any questions at the above number.


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the doctor who played a significant role in bringing this issue to light, had her article, "Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children Associated With the Flint Drinking Water Crisis: A Spatial Analysis of Risk and Public Health Response" published in the American Journal of Public Health.  

Feb.11-12th: Simone Browne Talk and Workshop

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Dear colleagues,

This message is to update you all with regards to the upcoming visit of Dr. Simone Browne (Associate Professor, African and African Diaspora Studies Department, UT Austin). Her visit is possible thanks to the support of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the Michigan Library, the Black Humanities Collective, and the Visual Culture Workshop.

The public talk will be held on February 11th at 4pm in Room 100, Hatcher Library

Update! The title of the talk is "Draw a Black Line through It: On the Surveillance of Blackness." Browne states she will "situat[e] blackness as an absented presence in the field of surveillance studies" to question "how a realization of the conditions of blackness—the historical, the present, and the historical present— can help social theorists understand our contemporary conditions of surveillance."

Update! A graduate student workshop to discuss Dark Matters with Dr. Browne will now take place Friday, February 12th at 11am in3512 Haven Hall. (Limited space will be available so RSVP in advance to

Jan.29th Deadline for The Survivor Centered Coalition Application!

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Attention: The application deadline has been extended for this groundbreaking local justice coalition. Apply by 1/29 at 4pm to be considered, and help facilitate survivor-centered inclusion.

* Please pass this message along to anyone who may be interested! *

The Survivor Centered Coalition is seeking applicants for the 2016 Core!


For the past 4 years, Survivor-Centered Coalition (previously Speaking from Silence) has supported survivors of interpersonal violence who identify as LGBTQ people, people of color, and QTPOC.

Our annual events - such as the Speaking from Silence speak-out - are designed to give space for survivors whose narratives are not typically addressed in the mainstream. Join Core to be part of planning progress! Email with any questions.

Click here to access the Core application.
Applications are due by 4:00 PM PM on Friday, January 29th!

The Policing of Identity: The Checkered Past of the ID Card

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Please join the Washtenaw ID Project for:

THE POLICING OF IDENTITY: The Checkered Past of the ID Card

A presentation by Cass Adair, PhD Candidate, UM Department of English Language & Literature

Tuesday, January 26, 5-6:30pm

School of Social Work (1080 S. University), room B780

Fruit, veggie, & cheese platters provided!

Cass will provide a brief overview of local ID card programs, a "genealogy" of ID cards in the U.S. and their political and social context, and a discussion on race and gender identity as related to ID politics. Discussion/Q&A to follow.  

Please RSVP to me ( if you plan to attend!

Please Donate to Ozone House until Dec.11th!

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A call to all UU student employees:

Have you ever thought about where you would go if you were kicked out of your house or suddenly found yourself with no where to stay? Where do you think homeless youth in Ann Arbor go, especially during the coldest months of the year? 

One place they can go is Ozone House. This is a place for young people to go to receive guidance on living a safe and healthy life through prevention and intervention services. It is a safe place for young people in Ann Arbor to go when they have no where else to turn. 

From now until December 11th, Campus Information is collecting donations for Ozone House at our three desk locations (Michigan Union, Pierpont, and the League). Things to donate include: 

  • Full size shampoos, lotions, conditioners
  • Plain White T-Shirts
  • Gift cards to Meijer, gas stations, Walmart
  • African American hair products
  • Combs, toothpaste
  • Cleaning supplies

For more information, please don't hesitate to ask myself, or anyone at the Campus Information desks. We truly hope you consider donating so we, as University Unions employees, can show caring during this season.

Thank you and happy studying!


Dec 4th Deadline: Apply to be a Workshop Facilitator or Student Coordinator for CommonGround

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Applications for IGR CommonGround Winter 2016 Workshop Facilitators and Student Coordinators now available HERE!

Application Deadline Due December 4th @5PM

IGR CommonGround is part of The Program on Intergroup Relations developed for students across campus to learn about prejudice, stereotyping, power, privilege, and oppression through one-time workshops.  

Workshop Facilitators undergo an intensive training, develop the curriculum for workshops and facilitate 2-3, and attend monthly meetings. 

Students Coordinators are the primary source of innovation and feedback for the program's growth; thus assist with marketing, recruiting, developing facilitator training, and implementing community building events.  

To learn more, visit our WEBSITE!



Please Attend the BBSA Kwanzaa Celebration!

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Hello SCOR Members,

Hope you all enjoyed your break! As Thanksgiving comes to a close and we move into the holiday season, I want to personally invite all SCOR members to the first-ever BBSA Kwanzaa Celebration on Thursday, December 3rd from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Ross School of Business in Room 1210. Food will be served. 

Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday that can be celebrated by anyone and highlights family, community, and culture. Our Kwanzaa Celebration will feature Bill Davis, visiting professor from Rutgers University, spoken word artists, and an overview of the Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of the of the holiday that can be applied to daily life. 

Space is limited, so I hope to see all of you there! We would love if we could share this information with your listserv. Happy to answer any questions about Kwanzaa or the event, so feel free to reach out. 

Enjoy the rest of your break. Hope to see you soon!

Imani N. Davis

MBA Candidate, Class of 2016

University of Michigan | Stephen M. Ross School of Business

732-648-5269 |