Students of Color of Rackham


SCOR October Newsletter

October 15, 2014

Check out our upcoming events and announcements!                            






Upcoming SCOR Events

  1. SCOR Movie Night: Dear White People - October 24 @ 7:00PM

  2. SCOR Happy Hour - October 24 @ TBA

  3. SAVE THE DATE: SCOR Diversity and Social Justice Symposium - March 27-28, 2015


Upcoming events on campus:

  1. Wolverine Express Outreach Program needs graduate student volunteers for October 22nd

  2. Latin@ Gala - October 16 @ 6:00PM

  3. Salute to Latinas - October 16 @ 8:00PM

  4. African Business Summit: Strategies for Success - October 18 @ 9:00AM

  5. AMS General Body Meeting - October 21 @ 6:00PM

  6. Which is ‘White’ and Which is ‘Colored’? A lecture by Prof. Peter L. Carlo Becerra - October 22 @ 11:30AM

  7. #Global Women Write In, A Wikipedia Editing Workshop - October 22 @ 1:00PM

  8. Equal Means Equal Preview Screening - October 22 @ 6:00PM

  9. Women of Color STEM Conference - October 23-25

  10. The Future of Education in Detroit - October 24 @ 4:00PM

  11. Feminists Theorize the Post-Liberalization State - October 24 @ 9:00AM

  12. AMS Annual Pumpkin Carving Event - October 28 @ 6:00PM

  13. Golden Ticket Presents: MBA All-Star Weekend - October 31-November 2

  14. Sister-Friends Group Meetings



SCOR Movie Night: Dear White People




Friday, October 24


State Theater




SCOR Happy Hour




Date: Friday, October 24

Time: TBA

Location: Buffalo Wild WIngs







Wolverine Express Outreach Program Graduate Student Volunteer


We are in need of more presenters for the first Wolverine Express outreach program this year, so please sign-up if you can join us:

Ottawa Hills High School, Grand Rapids  - Wednesday, October 22


Arrive at CEO by 8:45 am for orientation & breakfast & Bus returns to campus by 5:00 pm

We are located at 1214 South University Ave. (Same building as Starbucks) on the 2nd Floor across from the IGR Office

Sign-Up to Participate


Please click on the following link and complete the form: Ottawa Hills sign-up



I will confirm details with you closer to the school visit.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lynn Halton via email at or by phone at 734-764-1424.


Wolverine Express Information:

Wolverine Express is a school visitation program in which a diverse group of University of Michigan faculty, staff, students & alumni assemble as a team and travel via bus to visit select high schools located in under-resourced areas of Michigan to promote higher education.  During the visits, presenters will facilitate presentations designed to promote academic success and college aspiration while also sharing information about their U-M experiences. Participants should expect to commit at least a half-day for a school visit, depending on travel and weather conditions.


We had successful visits with Wolverine Express last year and encourage you to join us for high school visits planned for this year.  


Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to seeing you on Wolverine Express!




Latin@ Gala


Thursday, October 16


Michigan League Ballroom.


Sponsored by the Michigan Latin@ Assembly. In line with past programming for the University of Michigan’s Latin@ Heritage Month festivities, Michigan Latin@ Assembly (MLA) will be hosting the Latin@ Gala - the culminating event of this heritage month.


The Latin@ Gala this year operates under a theme of “Nuestras Voces, Nuestra Familia” (“Our Voices, Our Family”). Bringing together students, faculty, and other members of the campus environment, the Gala works to unite the myriad Latin@ and non-Latin@ community members on campus to not only emphasize their collaborative, cooperative spirit at the end of Latin@ Heritage Month, but moreover to continue interrogating and remembering the differences within these communities throughout the remainder of the year.


For more information contact Hannah Mesa.


Salute to Latinas


Thursday, October 16


Michigan League, Hussey Room.


Salute to Latinas: Unified Beyond the Shadows. The Annual Salute to Latinas organized by Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, honoring Latinas and women of color by celebrating who they are and their accomplishments as well as educating our audience on the struggles and oppressions we face.


Event cosponsored by Latina/o Studies. Contact: Cándida Curtis-Cavazos.



African Business Summit: Strategies for Success





AMS General Body Meeting


Tuesday, October 21


PIBS Skydeck (8th floor of Neuroscience Hospital)


The Association for Multicultural Scientists (AMS) will be having our second general body meeting with a focus on core values assessment and career development goal-setting. Please RSVP here by Friday, October 17th! For directions to the PIBS Skydeck and more information please contact the AMS E-board ( or Destiney Buelto (




Which is ‘White’ and Which is ‘Colored’?


Wednesday, October 22


3512 Haven Hall.


Notes on race and color among Puerto Ricans in interwar New York City. A lecture by Prof. Peter L. Carlo Becerra.


#Global Women Write In, A Wikipedia Editing Workshop

Speaker: Adeline Koh

Date: 10/22/2014

Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Location: Hussey Room, Michigan League

Join Professor Adeline Koh (Richard Stockton College) as she leads a workshop on getting involved with Wikipedia and best practices while editing.

You might be surprised to note how short or nonexistent the entries for many important female theorists are (for example: bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Sara Ahmed) on Wikipedia. Additionally, coverage of international events involving women is brief or missing. These gaps are striking, especially since Wikipedia is the most commonly referenced encyclopedia globally. #GWWI encourages internet users to write entries about women from around the world and to improve existing entries. Participants should sign up for a Wikipedia account before the workshop and bring their computers to the workshop.

Sponsored by Digital Studies at the University of Michigan (a constituent unit of the Department of American Culture), the Third Century Initiative, STAMPS, IRWG, and FemTechNet (a DOCC).




Equal Means Equal


Wednesday, October 22


Michigan Theater

Admission is free but registration is required at eventebrite.

Presented by SafeHouse Center.


Featuring a post-screening panel discussion and director and women’s rights activistKamala Lopez. Kamala will share behind-the-scenes narratives about her experiences in making the film.


This screening will include clips from the film, Equal Means Equal, the documentary that Bust Magazine called “The Best Women’s Rights Documentary… Ever.”  This moving documentary has perspectives from national leaders, experts in their fields, and stories from survivors of issues such as domestic violence and human sex trafficking.



Women of Color STEM Conference


The 2015 Women of Color (WOC) STEM Conference will be held in Detroit, Michigan October 23-25 at the Detroit Renaissance Center.




Undergraduate and Graduate students can attend the Saturday, October 25 sessions  at no cost.

The Saturday session will include:

  • Personal development workshops

  • Professional development seminars

  • Networking opportunities

  • Career fair

  • Submission of a resume to be distributed to career fair employers

If you would like to participate, please register at registration website by October 10, and use this special code: UMICHARSTU- Under fees, please select "Local A"




The Future of Education in Detroit




Thursday, October 23, 2014

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Prechter Lab Room #2202

School of Education

610 E. University Ave

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

An Education Policy Initiative Speaker Series with panelists Daniel Varner, CEO of Excellent Schools Detroit, Tom Willis, CEO of Cornerstone Charter Schools, and Veronica Conforme, Interim Chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority. Brian Jacob, co-director of the Education Policy Initiative, will moderate.


Free and open to the public


About the Topic:

Over the last decade, K-12 education in Detroit has undergone unprecedented change with the establishment of the Education Achievement Authority in 2012, the surge of charter school enrollment, and the influence of nonprofits in the education sector.These dramatic shifts have opened up new opportunities while uncovering new challenges. The Education Policy Initiative has invited three key Detroit education leaders to unpack these reforms and contextualize them within the economic, social, and historical framework of the city of Detroit. The discussion will end with the panelists’ predictions for the future of education in Detroit, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.


About the Panel:

Dan Varner is the CEO of Excellent Schools Detroit (ESD), a coalition of philanthropy, educators, and community-based. ESD focuses its efforts on dissemination of actionable information, alignment of actors, innovation in education, and community voice. Mr. Varner is a current member of the State Board of Education and received his JD from the University of Michigan Law School.


Thomas Willis is the CEO of Cornerstone Charter Schools. Cornerstone directs four charter schools, one of which (Madison-Carver Academy K-8) was recently named as 1 of 31 Top Schools in Detroit by Excellent Schools Detroit. Mr. Willis grew up in the Detroit area and earned a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Michigan.


Veronica Conforme is the Interim Chancellor for the Education Achievement Authority (EAA). The EAA is the governing body of the Education Achievement System, a statewide school system to replace underperforming Michigan schools. It currently oversees 15 schools in Detroit. Prior to this role, Ms. Conforme served as Chief Operating Officer of the New York City Department of Education.


Brian Jacob is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy, Professor of Economics, and the co-director of the Education Policy Initiative at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.


Please contact with any questions and visit our website at



Feminists Theorize the Post-Liberalization State


October 24


2239 Lane Hall


In recent years, a great deal of academic research has focused on the negative effects of neo-liberalism and neo-liberal economic policies. Such scholarship often presumes the retreat or decline of the state. "Neo-liberalism" in this context often takes on a deterministic and ghostly character -- acting as a primary agent that reshapes socio-economic and cultural practices and permeates all forms of political life. However, research in comparative and historical contexts provides a more complex picture of the nature and causes of inequality. States, while restructured in varying ways, continue to play a central role in shaping the causes and responses to inequality. The nature of state formation affects processes of economic restructuring. Social movements that respond to various forms of inequality are immersed in complicated political dynamics with both the state and transnational and national capitalist actors. The objective of this symposium is to move beyond surface invocations of "neoliberalism" and provide an in-depth working group on the nature and practices of the post-liberalization state from historical, comparative and transnational perspectives.


AMS Annual Pumpkin Carving Event


Tuesday, October 28


PIBS Skydeck (8th floor of Neuroscience Hospital)


AMS will have our annual pumpkin carving event October 28. Please RSVP here by Friday, October 24th! For directions to the PIBS Skydeck and more information please contact the AMS E-board ( or Destiney Buelto (



Golden Ticket Presents: MBA All-Star Weekend


MBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND is an opportunity for Masters of Business Administration (MBA) students from all over the country and the graduate student community at the University of Michigan to celebrate during a weekend they will never forget. This weekend will also include the first STUDY BREAK party of the school year.





  • Friday, October 31st, 2014 - House Party (FREE; Location will be sent to ticket buyers)

  • Saturday, November 1st, 2014

    • Community Service Project

    • BUS Tailgate (Ross Tradition featured in BusinessWeek)

    • Football Game vs. Indiana @ the Big House

    • Study Break party w/ Bottle Service (Location will be sent to ticket buyers)

  • Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 - Brunch (MBA's ONLY)





Maize ($20) - Includes admission and bottle service at STUDY BREAK Party - Deadline 10/24

Blue ($45) - Includes BUS tailgate and football game ticket - Deadline 10/10

Maize and Blue Package ($65) - Includes everything in Maize and Blue - Deadline 10/10



Maize ($30) - Includes admission and bottle service at STUDY BREAK Party - Deadline 10/24

Blue ($55) - Includes BUS tailgate and football game ticket - Deadline 10/10

Maize and Blue Package ($85) - Includes everything in Maize and Blue - Deadline 10/10



* No refunds or exchanges













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