April 7th: Student Activist Meeting from 4:15-6pm in the Ginsberg Center.

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We are Action Inc., a group of student actionists (activists) on campus who came together looking to improve outlets for student organizing and coalition building on campus. We are reaching out to you as student leaders to come attend an Actionist Lounge designed by and for students who wish to make activism on campus more impactful, organized, and sustainable.

 

Please join us on Thursday, April 7th from 4:15 to 6:00 at the Ginsberg Center (1024 Hill St.) where we will be bringing together student actionists to discuss diverse experiences and tactics used in the fight for social change. Share your personal involvement in student activism, influences and inspirations from other movements, responses to recent criticisms of student protests, the successes you have experienced, and the challenges you may face ahead.

The Actionist Lounge will jumpstart our efforts in building and sustaining a more connected network of actionists on campus. Join us and be part of fostering this productive environment of those who wish to see positive change in the near future.  

Please RSVP and give us some of your input on what you would like to be discussed ahead of time on the google form below.

Link to RSVP and Questionnaire  

This form will let us know which topics you would like to see discussed at roundtables at the event. It is important to us that as active participants in the Actionist Lounge, you have a say in its structure.  

 

Peace and Justice,

Action Inc.

Noor Ahmad

Kyle Finnegan

Evan Theodoracatos

Arielle Wisbaum

Rachel Lohmeier

Christian Davenport

March 25th: 29th Annual Minority Health Conference

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YOU'RE INVITED... 

Public Health Students of African Descent presents

29th Annual Minority Health Conference

Breaking Barriers: Unpacking the Public Health Implications of Mass Incarceration

Friday, March 25

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Fullilove

Associate Dean, Community and Minority Affairs; Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center

Panel Discussion with local criminal justice activists, researchers, and practitioners.

 Register here for FREE

Location: University of Michigan School of Public Health

1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The half-day conference will bring together scholars, practitioners, and advocates from multiple perspectives to unpack the population health implications of mass incarceration and explore innovative public health and policy solutions.

Facebook:  https://goo.gl/YWcDfO

Questions? Email umsphphsad@gmail.com

Please Take the Survey on Islamophobia

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Please fill out this survey to assess student experiences with Islamophobia on campus to help us (a working group on Islamophobia) create a better informed proposal for the strategic plan as part of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion movement. 

 

We really need these survey results in by [Wednesday at] midnight. I know there have been a lot of surveys recently but you know they're all important. This one should only take a few minutes so please fill it out!

https://umich.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9Ex7GYq8tn9mDDn

February 18th: Washtenaw ID Project Poster Making Session

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Please join the Washtenaw ID Project for

A poster-making session!

this Thursday, February 18

from 12 – 2pm

in SSW room B780

We need your help creating posters that will be used during our solidarity march down to the County Clerk’s Office next week! 

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As the final event in the Washtenaw ID Project’s Solidarity in Action campaign, we are organizing a march down to the County Clerk’s Office (220 N. Main St.) for anyone who wants to support the initiative by getting their own County ID card!

Tuesday, February 23

We will meet in the School of Social Work’s McGregor Commons at 12pm, and will march down to the County Clerk’s Office together – please dress warmly!

If you’re interested in getting your own County ID card, please remember to bring the necessary documents – a cell phone or utility bill with your name, your Washtenaw County address, and a date within the past 30 days; and two identity documents, such as a state ID, driver’s license, or passport (or if you only have one of these documents, come with a friend and they can vouch for your identity!) A full list of eligibility criteria and additional details can be found here – please note, you must 1) provide identity documents that add up to at least 300 points, 2) have at least one identity document from column A, and 3) be able to prove County residency.

If you would like to join us for the march, please RSVP to me (jessieam@umich.edu)! Also, if you have any questions regarding the eligibility criteria or how to apply for a card, I’d be happy to answer them!

Coalition for Tuition Equality Mass Meeting this THURSDAY!

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Did you know that in 2014 the Michigan Regents voted to extend in-state tuition to undocumented Michigan residents? Before 2014 undocumented Michigan students had to pay out-of-state tuition.

Did you also know that although the policy change is a great first step, it excludes undocumented graduate and non-traditional students from accessing the same benefit?

 

We need to change this!

The Coalition for Tuition Equality invites you to join us on Thursday February 11th at 6:30pm to learn about launching a movement to support true tuition equality and address barriers that are still keeping undocumented students from accessing a world-class education offered by our wonderful university.

The Coalition for Tuition Equality is setting 3 goals to improve access and the climate on campus for undocumented students. First, we ask that the Regents revise the improved guidelines to provide access for Graduate undocumented students and non-traditional undergraduate undocumented students. Second, we want the University of Michigan to establish resources, provide spaces, and educate our campus in order to provide undocumented students an environment in which they can thrive. Third, we ask that the University of Michigan establish and promote financial aid programs for undocumented students at the undergraduate and graduate level.

We know that with your help we can reach these goals. Be a part of the movement.  We need your voice and input for upcoming events, actions, and strategic plans to move forward.

RSVP is recommended but not required - please RSVP to mgif@umich.edu.

Coalition for Tuition Equality Mass Meeting

When: Thursday, February 11th, 2016 | 6:30 PM

Where: Weill Hall Rm 1210

-maria

Nourish: Body Image & Hair Events

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Come join in on the conversation about body image & hair in a safe & supportive space open to all women of color. 

All session are held on Wednesdays from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in The Connector (in West Quad with entrances from the Union and South Quad) 

Join us for discussions that address the unique needs and experiences of self-identified women of color at the University of Michigan in a safe, open space. All sessions include free lunch and are open to students, faculty, and staff.

Our Mission: Nourish YourSELF seeks to empower women of color around issues of identity, intercultural competency, health and wellness in an open, spirited atmosphere. The program welcomes all self-identified women of color at the University of Michigan including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff.

Upcoming session dates:

Wednesdays, 11:30am-1pm

February 10

March 16

April 6

Feb.9th: My Brothers: Involvement & How We Create Supportive Spaces.

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My Brothers:  Involvement & How We Create Supportive Spaces

Student involvement allows students to engage with their peers & explore areas of interest.  But as men of color, we may have to hold back parts of our identity or increase our sense of masculinity depending on the spaces.  

Even as we move on into our professions, the want & need to continue to be involved in organizations such as Greek Letter Organizations (GLO's), industry based organizations, or even community based organizations may continue.  

How are our identities as men of color supported in these spaces, as students & as professionals? 

How are we navigating spaces where our identity/ies is not the focal point of the organization? 

How do we want our involvement to look like in these organizations beyond college & how are our identities being showed & supported within them? 

Come take part in an interesting conversation of how our involvement reflects our identities as men of color through dialogue & an activity.  

When:  Tuesday February 9th, 12PM - 1:30PM
Located: Central Student Government - Chambers Room (3rd floor Michigan Union)

Complementary food & beverages provided

My Brothers is a lunch series open to all students, faculty and staff that address the unique needs and experiences of men of color at the University of Michigan in a safe, open space. All sessions include free lunch and are open to students, faculty, and staff.

Our Mission: My Brothers seeks to empower men of color around issues of identity, intercultural competency, health, and wellness that affect them in an open atmosphere. The program welcomes all University of Michigan men of color, undergraduate and graduate, faculty and staff.

Upcoming Sessions for Winter 2016 semester: 

  • Tuesday February 9th, 2016
  • Tuesday March 15th, 2016
  • Tuesday April 5th, 2016

ALE (Ross School of Business) Conference Fireside Chat Feb.5th 6:15-7pm

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What role can businesses play in catalyzing social change? 

Join the Ross Black Business Student Association for a fireside chat on business in society with scholar-activist Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

Friday, February 5th, 2016, 6:15 - 7:00pm

Robertson Auditorium, Ross School of Business

Free and open to the public. 

Event Details

Please join the Ross Black Business Student Association for the opening event of our 40th Annual ALE Conference, during which scholar-activist and cultural critic Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will discuss the role of business and business leaders in catalyzing social change. What role has business historically played in social movements? What role can business leaders play, for example, in the #BlackLivesMatter campaign? Can financial gains be invested such that they promote a vibrant and inclusive economy reaching all members of society? Through a moderated fireside chat and open Q&A, we explore these questions.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, February 5th, 2016 from 6:15 - 7:00pm in the Robertson Auditorium of the Ross School of Business.

About the ALE Conference

The ALE Conference is the longest running conference at the Michigan Ross School of Business. Now in its 40 years of existence, the conference has engaged attendees around the issues, challenges, and opportunities encountered by underrepresented minorities in the business world. Planned entirely by students, it has historically attracted hundreds of attendees from around the country, including current and prospective students, University of Michigan alumni, industry leaders, and corporate recruiters. Register for the conference today to attend a private reception with Dr. Dyson, exclusive panels, career networking forums, a gala reception, and conference afterparties. *Note that although Friday's fireside chat is at no cost to the public, University of Michigan students are encouraged to purchase a $25.00 all-inclusive conference pass to attend additional conference events.*

Questions? Contact conference chairs Ade Balogun, Danny Brown and Maab Ibrahim at ALEConference2016@umich.edu.

 

Anti-Islamophobia event on January 25th

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Anti-Islamophobia event on January 25th from 6-8 PM in the Pendleton Room at the Michigan Union: The format of the event is open mic - student organizers are also collecting stories right now. Anyone who submits a story can do so anonymously and does not have to tell or read their own story at the event. 

Also, if you have a schedule conflict that night or don't feel comfortable attending, you can still submit a story about your experience with Islamophobia. CAPS and MESA will be present at the event and are committed to having it be a safe space for sharing these stories and for also educating the broader student community, from our student speakers, about what their allyhood and solidarity with Arab and Muslim American students looks like.  

Here is the link to our story submission page:  

http://goo.gl/forms/NMdGHJ242U

This event is also about allyhood and the hope is that the event will have broad attendance, so folks unaware of how Islamophobia impacts students on our campus will learn about this and learn about being an effective ally.

The event is being organized by LSA and various MENA organizations.

January 13: Screening of "Documented"

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Recently, the Washtenaw ID Project has partnered with the School of Social Work for a 2 month Solidarity in Action campaign! To kick off the campaign, we will be having a film screening you won’t want to miss! Please join us for free food and a screening of the CNN documentary, "Documented", highlighting journalist Jose Antonio Vargas' journey in coming out as undocumented and advocating for immigration reform.  

After the film, you will have the chance to hear from Javier Contreras-Uribe, an undergrad student who is under DACA status.  Javier will lead us in a dialogue and brief Q&A!
This will be an opportunity to enjoy some great food, learn more about the effects of not having a valid photograph ID, and how you can join the movement by getting your very own Washtenaw County ID!

 

 

Where: The ECC

When: Wednesday, January 13, 5:45pm – 8:30 pm

Please RSVP (jessieam@umich.edu) if you plan to attend so that we are sure to have enough food!

 

Want to know more?  Watch the film trailer here.

 

This event is brought to you by:

  • the Washtenaw ID Project

  • Social Work Allies for Immigrant Rights (SWAIR)

 

We hope to see you then!

Best regards,

Black Humanities Collective (BHC) on Wed. Nov. 18, 2015

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Please join the Black Humanities Collective this week for one of our last meetings of the semester. We will be joined by Kyera Singleton, PhD candidate in American Culture, and Austin McCoy, PhD candidate in History, who will share with us their experiences with conferencing, mentoring, and networking as advanced graduate students. Dinner will be served.

 

Conferencing, Mentoring, and Networking

Kyera Singleton

PhD candidate in American Culture

 

Austin McCoy

PhD Candidate in History

 

Wednesday, 18 November

5pm

Haven Hall


The Black Humanities Collective (BHC) is an interdisciplinary graduate student organization at the University of Michigan that fosters a community of scholars invested in the intellectual, professional, and social growth and development of students across disciplines whose research interests focus on the African Diaspora. In working toward our mission to affirm and improve the University's commitment to the intellectual and professional development of persons at the University of Michigan studying Africa and its Diaspora, we host a variety of events throughout the year that cater both to graduate and undergraduate students.

The Crisis in Context: Central American Migration and Social Justice Oct. 23-24, 2015

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You may register for the conference at/ para registrarse en la conferencia, por favor visite nuestra página de web: www.tinyurl.com/crisisincontext  

The Crisis in Context: Central American Migration and Social Justice conference brings together activists, academics, journalists, and social workers to examine the origins of the wave of immigrants from Central America, what is driving them to migrate, and the responses of governments and communities.

 

La crisis en contexto: Migración centroamericana y justicia social. Este congreso reúne a activistas, académicos, periodistas, y trabajadores sociales para reflexionar sobre los orígenes de la ola de inmigrantes centroamericanos, las circunstancias que los impulsa a migrar, y las respuestas de gobiernos y comunidades.

Open to public at no cost/Abierto al público y sin costo alguno - RSVP here / Regístrese aquí

Featuring a Keynote Lecture by Oscar Martinez /

Con una conferencia magistral dada por Óscar Martínez

Salvadoran journalist, activist, and author of The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos en the Migrant Trail

Periodista salvadoreño y autor de Los migrantes que no importan ("The Beast" en Inglés)

Respondents/Comentaristas:

    Marcia Martinez, Cofamipro-Honduras

    Friar Tomas Gonzalez, "La 72"-Mexico

Friday, October 23, 2015 / Viernes, 23 de octubre de 2015

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Rackham Ampitheatre / Anfiteatro de Rackham

Conference and Panel Sessions /

Conferencia y sesiones de paneles

Saturday, October 24, 2015 / Sábado, 24 de octubre de 2015

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

School of Social Work, Room 1840/ Escuela de Trabajo Social, Salón 1840

 


 

Join the Ann Arbor Alphas for a Halloween Masquerade Ball!

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Come join the Ann Arbor Alphas on Oct. 30 for the premier Halloween masquerade party of the year. The event will be open bar and feature refreshments, great music, a cash prize for the best mask, and the classiest young professionals and grad students in the Ann Arbor area. We will also have Detroit hustle and ballroom instructions and a cash prize for best mask.

Tickets can be purchased online at
www.eventbrite.com/e/a-masked-affair-tickets-5024915658
for $15 and at the door for $20.

See the flyer below for more information.

See you there!
The Ann Arbor Graduate Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  (TZL)

Mark Your Calendars!

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Thursday, November 5th

4464 East Hall

11:00 - 12:00 pm

 

We Really Need to Talk: Encouraging

and Empowering Interracial Dialogue"

 

Presented by:

Professor Keith Maddox,

Department of Psychology,

Tufts University


Abstract - Media coverage of recent events have revived the public debate surrounding the continuing problem of racial bias in the United States.  However, with a particular focus on Black and White Americans, growing awareness is accompanied by a growing divide between Black and Whites concerning the nature of the problem.  Interracial contact and dialogue is generally accepted as an effective method to combat racial bias, in part through the exchange of ideas and perspectives that lead to productive solutions.  However, these opportunities are often avoided because people anticipate negative affective and interpersonal consequences.  In this talk I discuss the social psychological literature exploring these challenges and describe two strategies developed in my lab that we can use to encourage and empower interracial contact and dialogue.

Growing Allies Fall Retreat November 14th-15th

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We are proud to announce the return of the Growing Allies Retreat for Fall 2015

The retreat will be held on November 14th-15th at the Trotter Multicultural Center. Attendance to the retreat is FREE

Growing Allies strives to build a community of social justice allies committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment at the University of Michigan and beyond. We envision a community where allies work together and support each other. The retreat is one of the key places where this process begins! 

Retreat attendees will participate in experiential exercises, team-building, and dialogue around the topics of affirming identity, building community and being a change agent. Growing Allies views allyhood as a process and recognizes great value in connecting people who are engaged in that process. This retreat focuses on engaging both those who are already involved in social justice and ally development, as well as those who are new to thinking about their role in social justice. All are welcome. Meals and snacks will also be provided. Please note that this is not an overnight retreat. 

Participant applications are available HERE and are due October 27th.

Facilitator applications are available HERE and are due October 20th.