Students of Color of Rackham


SCOR Newsletter 12/10/14


Students of Color of Rackham Newsletter


December 10, 2014

                           Check out our upcoming events and announcements!                                 


Upcoming SCOR Events

  1. SCOR, SMES-G & SHPE-G Holiday Party & Toy Drive - TONIGHT @ 10:00PM

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

Upcoming events on campus:

  1. BSU & NAACP “Die In” on the Diag Protest - TODAY 2-4 pm

  2. Save the date: PHSAD Annual Minority Health Conference - Friday, March 13, 2015

  3. Save the date: Black Celebratory 2015 - Saturday, May 2, 2015

Other Opportunities:

  1. Ann Arbor Alphas: Blackout Holiday Party - Saturday, December 13, 2014

  2. HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Case Competition - Deadline Thursday, December 18

  3. Participate in research survey: Mindfulness, Burnout, and Activism

SCOR, SMES-G, & SHPE-G Holiday Party & Toy Drive


Symposium Save the Date.jpg


In the past few days, you have heard about the hashtags #wecantbreathe and #blacklivesmatter on social media protesting the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. These hashtags are a part of a movement currently spreading throughout the nation. Schools around the country have been participating in silent protests called “die-in protests” where participants simulate being dead, lying silently while covering themselves in banners for short periods of time.

At the University of Michigan, there have been small occurrences of activism for these events, but none large enough to represent the amount of students in the University that are outraged by these acts of discrimination.  It is our responsibility as a very well known school of activism to show our support for such an important issue.

This is an invitation to protest this injustice on the Diag. To show our support for the cause, we are going to, as a community, participate in a “die-in” Wednesday, December 10th from 2-4 pm. These two hours will signify half the time Michael Brown’s Body lay in the street after he was killed. You can stay for 5 minutes or the whole time, just come, make your voices are heard.

We want this to truly be a representation of OUR campus. Invite all of your friends. Bring blankets, signs, and energy.

Below is an agenda for the protest:

Meeting on the Diag: 2 PM

Brief comments from BSU & NAACP: 2 PM - 2:05 PM

Silent Die-in Protest on Diag: 2:05 PM – 2:50 PM

Moving to West Hall Arch @ South University (tentative location): 2:50

Introduction of the BSU, NAACP, organizers and protest: 3 PM – 3:05 PM

Libations: 3:05 PM – 3:15 PM

Reading of names of individuals killed by the police or excessive force

Readings: Please keep time to 5 minutes

Closing of protest: 3:50 PM – 4 PM

For more information, check out the Facebook event page "Die In" on the Diag



Black Celebratory 2015

Greetings Graduates,

The 2015 Black Celebratory will take place Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 at 6:00pm at the Power Center. The theme for the Black Celebratory is Mold Breakers, Game Changers, We are History Makers! The planning committee is excited and looking forward to making this an eventful and memorable year.

We are currently seeking a Student Speaker and a Student Singer for the 2015 Black Celebratory. Graduates interested in being a student speaker must submit a written 5-minute speech by Friday, January 30th at 5pm. Graduates interested in singing the Black National Anthem must confirm their interest by January 30th at 5pm and audition during the Black Celebratory Planning Committee Meeting on February 5th, 2015 at 7pm. Student speakers and singers must adhere to the selection guidelines that are provided by the Black Celebratory Committee listed below.

Guidelines for Student Speaker/Singer:

  1. Must be in good academic standing according to University of Michigan Academic Standards and to possess above a 2.0 GPA.

  2. Must complete all academic coursework by the end of the summer term of the current graduation year

  3. Must submit a speech that speaks to the student experience at the University of Michigan, is absent of inappropriate content such as words that are derogatory, offensive, references to alcohol consumption.

  4. Once the student speaker is selected they must agree and be available to meet over 4 preparatory sessions that are completed at least two weeks before the ceremony with the coordinator.

  5. Interested student singers must attend the mandatory audition on Thursday, February 5th at 7pm in the Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives.

If you are interested in being a Student Speaker or Singer please confirm your interest via email with Courtney Vanderbilt, Black Celeb Coordinator at


2015 Black Celebratory Planning Committee


HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Case Competition



The second annual HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition challenges multidisciplinary, graduate student teams to respond to a real life affordable housing design and planning issue. The competition is sponsored by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R)

Multidisciplinary teams must be comprised of a minimum of three students (no more than five) plus one faculty advisor, representing at least three graduate level programs:


-planning / public policy

-business / real estate / social entrepreneurship


  1. Encourage research and innovation to create high-quality affordable housing that strengthens the social and physical fabric of low- and moderate-income communities and neighborhoods.

  2. Raise practitioner and future practitioner capacity to produce more livable and sustainable housing for low- and moderate-income people.

  3. Foster cross-cutting team-work within the design and community development process.

Important Dates:

10-01-2014 Registration Opens

11-12-2014 Competition launch; Phase l design problem released

12-18-2014 Deadline for teams to register

02-09-2015 Deadline for teams to submit Phase l solution

02-20-2015 Finalists announced; Phase ll released

March 2015 Site visit for finalists (TBD)

April 2015 Final jury and winners announced in DC (TBD)

Prizes: $20,000 to the winning team

$10,000 to the runner up

Registration for the 2015 IAH Competition will begin in Fall 2014. Sign up to receive updates as they become available

Participate in research survey: Mindfulness, Burnout, and Activism

Hi, my name is Linsa Varghese and I am a senior at the University of Michigan. I am seeking participants for my Honor’s Thesis study. I am researching the relationship(s) between mindfulness, servant leadership, and burnout in social justice activists.

I am contacting you to ask if you could potentially post a link to the survey on your Facebook group, and/or e-mail it to your organization’s constituents.

You can access the survey via this link:

You can participate in this study if you fit the following criteria:

  • Over 18 years of age at the time of participation in the study

  • Identify as a social justice activist

As further incentive, you also have the option of submitting your email address (which will remain separate from your questionnaire answers to ensure anonymity) to be a part of a drawing for one of several ten dollar Visa gift cards.

While there is considerable research on mindfulness, servant leadership, and burnout respectively, there is very little research on the relationship between them, and furthermore how they may appear and affect those who are social justice activists. With this research, it may be possible to develop intervention techniques to combat burnout in social justice activists.

For my study, you will access a website to complete a series of anonymous questionnaires that will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. The online survey includes questions on mindfulness, leadership, and emotional health. You will also be asked to answer questions about your age, ethnicity/race, education and other demographics questions. You may leave the questionnaire at any point if you feel uncomfortable.

If you have any questions and/or concerns about my study, please do not hesitate to contact me, Linsa Varghese, at You may also contact my faculty advisor, Dr. Ram Mahalingam, at

This survey was exempted from the Institutional review board (IRB) HUM00092118, as it is an anonymous survey.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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