Students of Color of Rackham


SCOR Newsletter 12/17/14

Students of Color of Rackham Newsletter


December 17, 2014

                            Check out our upcoming events and announcements!                                 


Upcoming SCOR Events

  1. SCOR, CSG, & BSU Police Brutality Forum - Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 7-9 pm

  2. SCOR Interest Meeting - Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6-8 pm

  3. SCOR Happy Hour - Friday, January 16, 2015, 6-8 pm

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

Upcoming events on campus:

  1. Winter Welcome Back - Thursday, January 8, 2015, 3-5 pm

  2. University of Michigan’s 29th Annual MLK Symposium - Monday, January 19, 2015, All Day

  3. 25th Annual Health Sciences MLK Day Program - Monday, January 19, 2015, 12-1:30 pm

  4. Graduate Student Success Lecture - Monday, January 26, 2015, 4-7 pm

Other Opportunities:

  1. HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Case Competition - Deadline: Tomorrow, December 18

  2. CAPS Services Available

SCOR, CSG & BSU Police Brutality Forum

SCOR Interest Meeting

SCOR Happy Hour

Join us for the 1st happy hour of the New Year and Winter Semester!

Friday, January 16, 2015

6-8 pm

World of Beer

1300 S. University, Ann Arbor, MI

Food will be provided.


Winter Welcome Back

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 3:00pm to 6:30pm

Michigan League and Rackham Graduate School

To connect new and current graduate students with campus life and to provide an opportunity to mix and mingle with other graduate students, Rackham is hosting a Winter Welcome Back event.

Schedule of Events:

Information Fair: 3:00-5:00pm, Michigan League

Professional Headshots: 2:30-5:30pm, Michigan League

Come visit tables with representatives from graduate student cultural, academic and social organizations, as well as vital campus units. We will also be offering free professional headshots at the event on a first-come, first-serve basis from 2:30-5:30pm. The headshots will be for your personal and professional use, so plan to dress accordingly. Snacks and refreshments will be provided at the event. Students who attend the Information Fair will receive a ticket to bring to the Social/Dinner/Movie Night to receive a free t-shirt and will also be entered in a special raffle. The school or college with the highest percentage of participants at the Information Fair will win an ice cream party for their graduate students to be hosted at your school/college.

Pre-registration is required for the Information Fair at

Dinner and a Movie: 4:30-6:30pm, 4th floor, Rackham Building

Join your fellow graduate students for dinner and a movie! We’ll be serving pizza, salad, and dessert in the Assembly Hall and will be showing The Ph.D. Movie at 5:00pm (running time: 1 hour). You can also take a fun photo in Michigan gear in our photo booth! Pre-registration is required for the Dinner and a Movie at

SCOR will have a table. Please be sure to stop by.

The University of Michigan’s 29th Annual MLK Symposium


25th Annual Health Sciences Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Program


"Unity not Uniformity:  A Spotlight on Health Disparities"

Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP

January 19, 2015 / 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Dow Auditorium / Towsley Center

University Hospital 2nd Floor - 1500 E. Medical Center Drive

A reception will immediately follow the lecture.  


Transportation to Towsley will be available for individuals who attend the MLK Keynote Memorial Lecture (featuring Marc Lamont Hill) at 10 am in Hill Auditorium.

This event is led by the University of Michigan's College of Pharmacy in collaboration with the Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research, Office for Health Equity & Inclusion, and the University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers (Human Resources and Service Excellence).

For more information, please visit UMich College of Pharmacy MLK Health Sciences Symposium

Graduate Student Success Lecture

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Architecture of Social Justice

Monday, January 26, 2015 4-7 pm

Rackham Assembly Hall, 4th Floor Rackham Bldg    

Speaker: Dr. James A. Chaffers

The Rackham Graduate School and Graduate Student Success (GSS) present an evening lecture and discussion with Dr. James A. Chaffers, renowned architect and Professor Emeritus. Professor Chaffers was the first professional doctorate of architecture in the United States (D.Arch. 1971, U-M) and retired from faculty of the University of Michigan in where he held faculty appointments and taught in both the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LS&A) from 1973-2008. The focus of his work has been on the exploration of design links between spatial quality and human spirituality. Dr. Chaffers served as the Senior Design Juror and urban design consultant for the “living memorial” in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1997 until it was erected on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. His talk and the ensuing discussion will explore Dr. Chaffers’ unique insights into Dr. King’s life and legacy, the design, philosophy, and collective process behind the King National Memorial, and principles for an “Architecture of Social Justice” if we are to build an inclusive, sustainable, and harmonious future within the Graduate School, the University of Michigan community, and the wider global society we all must share. We invite you to join us for an exciting afternoon.

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

CAPS Student Services


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to creating an environment based on our values of multicultural, multi-disciplinary and multi-theoretical practices that allow our diverse student body to access care, receive high quality services and take positive pathways to mental health. Services provided range from individual & couples counseling to outreach and community engagement.

Message from CAPS:

Not everyone goes “home for the holidays”

It is not uncommon for international students to find themselves alone and with very little or nothing to do during this time. Given the celebratory nature of the Winter Break in the United States, loneliness and sadness may be heightened for students who remain on campus.  In addition, the short days and lack of sunlight in Michigan can add to feeling low in general.

It is important to remember that being alone during the break can actually be quite enjoyable.  The following are suggestions for a more positive Winter Break experience:

  • Enjoy…your own company:  Think of all the things you’ve wanted to do and never had the time for.  Remember those times this semester when you felt stressed out and wished you had a few extra hours?  Well, now you have them!

  • Explore and experience: Even if December is cold and bleak in Michigan, the season has a lot to offer.  For example, you might try your skills at Winter sports activities.  Most facilities are open during the break (not including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day).  Many of these facilities advertise off-season rates between Christmas and New Years.  Airlines may also offer greatly discounted rates if you fly on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

  • Connect: If you have a host family, be proactive in connecting with them before the break.  Even if you haven’t been keeping in touch over the semester, most families who agree to host international students are more than happy to include you in their gatherings and celebrations. This will provide you with an opportunity to meet new people and learn about different holiday traditions.

  • Volunteer: Nonprofit organizations such as soup kitchens and shelters are always looking for people to help during the holidays.  It is a wonderful way to get involved in the local community and spice up your resume.

  • Entertain: So what if no one else has taken the initiative?  You can host a get-together!  Invite others to bring foods and symbols from their culture and/or religion.

  • Relax: This is the PERFECT time to rest and relax before the new semester begins, and you find yourself racing to meet deadlines.  Read a book.  Decorate your room.  Watch a movie.  Do nothing!  Contrary to what we’ve been told, an idle mind is NOT always the “devil’s” workshop!  Enjoy the downtime!

  • Even though you may be staying on campus for the holiday season, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy your time off.  Have a great break!

Contributed by: Durriya Meer, Psy.D.

For more information or to make an appointment please visit the CAPS website at CAPS at UMich

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