Students of Color of Rackham


SCOR Newsletter 1/21/15

 Students of Color of Rackham Newsletter


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Check out these upcoming events and announcements!


 Upcoming SCOR Events:

  1. SCOR Happy Hour, Friday, February 20, 2015 - Time & Location TBD
  2. 25th Annual SCOR Diversity and Social Justice Symposium, Friday,  March 27, 2015, 9-4 pm - Rackham Graduate School
  3. SCOR Symposium Gala - Saturday, March 28, 2015, 6:30 pm - Jack Roth Stadium Club at the BIG HOUSE

 Upcoming events on campus:

  1. Ta-Nehisi Coates: “A Deeper Black: Race in  America” - TODAY, January 21, 2015, 5:10 pm

  2. "Can We Kick It?" Transformative Hip Hop Event - TOMORROW, January 22, 2015, 12-2 pm

  3. Education xChange - Friday, January 23, 2015, 9:30-5:30 pm, Ross Colloquium (6th Floor)
  4. Poetic Story Telling: A Spoken Word Performance, Friday, January 23, 2015, 7 pm
  5. South Asian Awareness Network (SAAN) Symposium - Friday, January 23-24, 2015

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

  7. International Economic Development Program Presents Uma Noite Brasileira, Friday, January 29, 2015, 6 pm

  8. Networking Out Meet & Greet, Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7:30 pm - Trotter

  9. Symposium on Minority-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Research and Collaboration, Thursday, February 5, 2015

  10. Inaugural William Trotter Lecture featuring Cheryl Clarke -Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 5:30 pm

  11. Nourish YOURself Lunch Series, Thursday, February 12, 2015, 11:30-1 pm, Michigan Union

 Other Opportunities:

  1. GEAR UP Student Leaders - Application Deadline: Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5 pm
  2. Northwestern University’s Black Graduate Student Association - Call for Abstracts - Deadline: Sunday, February 1, 2015
  3. Bailey Graduate Fellowship - Deadline:  Monday, February 2, 2015
  4. MSU CIETE Conference - Saturday, February 7, 2015, 8:30-2:30 pm
  5. Center for the Education of Women (CEW) Scholarship - Deadline: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
  6. Sister Friends Support Group, Every Monday at 2 pm - CAPS, 3rd floor of Michigan Union

Other Information:

  1. Blog Highlight - UCRJ’s Austin McCoy speaks on Black Enrollment at UMich

SCOR Happy Hour


Time & Location to be determined. Stay tuned for updates.



March is right around the corner! Join us for our 25th annual diversity and social justice symposium.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Freeman Hrawbowski.

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for academic innovation and inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past six years ranked UMBC the #1 “Up and Coming” university in the nation.

RSVP for the symposium and other symposium events here.


25 is a big year and we want to celebrate SCOR's endeavors with all of you!

Join us at the BIG HOUSE (Michigan Stadium) in the Jack Roth Stadium Club for an unforgettable event. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

All intended guests MUST RSVP on the Eventbrite page.

Hors d'oeuvres and a plated dinner will be served. Everyone will have an opportunity to take pictures on the football field. We will have a photobooth and sounds provided by Michigan Alumni DJ Graffiti!

Don't miss this monumental event! 

Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Motorola Lecture

Ta-Nehisi Coates presents “A Deeper Black: Race in America”

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 5:10 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium

This lecture is part of the University of Michigan's Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium.

 Ta-Nehisi Coates delves into the conflicted and hopeful state of black America today. What does "black culture" mean? What is the continuing role of both the older and younger generations in shaping it? Where will gentrification, education, and the splintering (or unifying) of families take it? Coates asks the small personal questions as well as the big historic ones. A question & answer period will follow the lecture.

About the Motorola Lecture:

Presented by the Institute for Research on Women & Gender and the Women’s Studies Department, with co-sponsorship from the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the Center for the Education of Women, and the Ford School of Public Policy, the biennial Motorola Lecture features an outstanding journalist who routinely addresses issues concerning gender in his or her reporting.#umichTNC                

 For more information visit the Institute for Research on Women and Gender website at IRWG

“Can We Kick It?” A Transformative Hip Hop Event

Education xChange

Dear Students,

We just wanted to send you a reminder about the Education xChange event that the student organization, Education + Business, is hosting this Friday, Jan. 23.  We understand that this is during the same time as some of your classes.  You are more than welcome to just attend the parts of the Education xChange that fit with your schedule (just make sure to register). Notable events are the keynote speaker from Google (morning) and the Design Thinking Challenge (afternoon) as well as panels in between.

Poetic Story Telling: A Spoken Word Performance

South Asian Awareness Network Conference

Graduate Student Success Lecture

International Economic Development Program Presents Uma Noite Brasileira

You are cordially invited to Uma Noite Brasileira, hosted by the International Economic Development Program 2015: Brazil at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy! The event will be held from 6pm to 7:30pm on Thursday, January 29th in the Great Hall at the Ford School.

Join us in celebrating a melodious night of Brazilian culture through song and dance! This star-studded event will include Vencedores - the student samba band, the student capoeira group, the SNRE Ensemble, and an interactive Zouk dance style workshop. Last but certainly not least, we will close the night with a performance and sing-along led by the Levitsky Singers! 

Please feel free to bring your family and friends. Nos esperamos a sua presença! We hope to see you!

Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public, with donations humbly suggested (all proceeds will go towards our research and site visit).

Networking Out Meet & Greet

Symposium on Minority Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Research and Collaboration

Historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and emerging minority-serving institutions (MSIs) provide access to and support through higher education for many minoritized students nationwide. Research on MSIs, however, offers sometimes conflicting views on the prospects for sustaining MSIs’ missions observing students from these populations. Join scholars of and institutional leaders from MSIs for this symposium examining current research, identifying needed areas for further investigation, and exploring potential collaborative efforts in this vital sector of higher education in the United States.

Topics for the Symposium will include institutional financial resilience, holistic models of student services support, placing minority-serving institutions in a global context, and enhancing pathways from community colleges to four-year institutions, as well as preparation for graduate education. Please register here by January 26.


Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the School of Education

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Opening Luncheon & Keynote

Tribute Room


1:10 – 2:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Brownlee and Tribute Rooms


2:45 – 3:45 pm

Panel: The Future of MSIs and Serving Students at the Margins

Whitney Room

Inaugural William Trotter Lecture featuring Cheryl Clarke

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

5:30-7:30 pm

Rogel Ballroom at the Michigan Union

Cheryl Clarke, a Black lesbian feminist poet activist, will reflect on her involvement in liberation struggles across the black, feminist, and gay liberation movements in the United States. 

Nourish YOURself Lunch Series

GEAR UP Student Leaders Application

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is interested in hiring undergraduate and graduate students for our Spring Campus Visits and our College Tour Student Leader positions.

Qualifications: Student Leaders are responsible for fulfilling the mission of the GEAR-UP program, which is to encourage and prepare underrepresented students for post-secondary education. Student leaders must have a positive attitude, genuine interest in inspiring high school students for success, respect for and interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, professionalism and desire to promote higher education. Positions are open to current undergraduate students who will be returning students in the fall.

Requirements: Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA, be in good academic standing (per university definition) and currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student. Applicants must also successful pass the university background check. GEAR UP College Tour Student Leader applicants must not be enrolled in spring and/or summers classes or hold any other position of employment for the duration of the college tour.

Application Process: Students may apply to one or both positions. All applications are due by Friday, January 30th by 5pm in the OAMI office, which is located on the 3rd floor of the Student Activities Building. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. For more information please visit or contact Courtney Vanderbilt or Vanita Sanders at (734) 936-1055.

Northwestern University’s Black Graduate Student Association


Northwestern’s Black Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce its17th Annual Graduate Research Conference that will be held on April 24th-April 25th 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Evanston. This year’s conference theme is Diversifying Excellence: Change and Innovation in the Black Community and Beyond. We invite graduate students across the Midwest to submit abstracts and present their work.

The aim of this year’s conference is to highlight the work of scholars of color and scholars whose work touches black communities and communities of color. We strongly encourage students from all disciplines to present their research, including humanities, business, STEM, social sciences, law, and arts. Students can present their work as a poster, oral presentation, or performance. Awards will be given for best poster, oral presentation, and performance!

Conference highlights include pre-conference networking events and a post-conference dinner for presenters and organizers!

 Diversifying Excellence: Change and Innovation in the Black Community and Beyond

Friday April 24th- Saturday April 25th 2015

Hilton Garden Inn, Evanston, IL

Registration for the conference is FREE!! All are welcome to attend!!

Register at:

Submit abstracts at:

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 1st 2015

*Abstracts should be submitted in a format appropriate to your field and should be no longer than 250 words.*          

Please email for more information.

Bailey Graduate Fellowship

The Menakka and Essel Bailey Graduate Fellowship offers multiple grants up to $6,500 each for graduate students who are U.S. citizens pursuing research, field work, cultural experience, or other study relevant to their graduate degree, preferably in the areas of public health, health care, or environmental work in South or Southeast Asia (excluding China or Japan). Preference given to students seeking funds in addition to this source.

Are you a Graduate Student wishing to pursue research, fieldwork, or another project related to your graduate studies in South or Southeast Asia, but not China or Japan? Preference is given to areas of public health, health care, or environmental work.

Are you a U.S. citizen?

If so, you may be eligible for a Menakka and Essel Bailey Fellowship!

The Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan announces the Menakka and Essel Bailey Fellowship application is now available!

The application deadline is February 2, 2015.

If you have any questions, contact Kristina Bee or Doreen Murasky via or 734-764-7271.

MSU CIETE Conference

Creating Inclusive Excellence in Teacher Education (CIETE) Conference

When: Saturday, February 7th, 2015: 8:30am- 2:30pm

Where: College of Education, Erickson Hall

For Conference Details & Registration, Please Visit Our

Center for the Education of Women (CEW) Scholarship

 Each year, The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) offers approximately 40 scholarships to UM students with gaps in their education. Awards are given at the graduate, professional, and undergraduate levels to students whose education has been interrupted.

The interruption in education must be for at least (a) 48 consecutive months or (b) a total of 48 months, not counting interruptions of less than 8 months. The interruption may have taken place at any point in the pursuit of higher education.


1)  4-year interruption between high school and community college before attending the University of Michigan

2)  4-year interruption between undergrad and graduate school.

3)  1 year off between high school and undergrad and then 3 years off  between undergraduate and graduate school

4) Started college right after high school, took 2 years off, finished undergraduate degree and then had a 2 years break before starting graduate school.

 This is for current students as well as those starting Fall 2015. You must be enrolled for the 2015-16 academic year.

 To obtain eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and application materials, visit the CEW website at

 The deadline for submission of the application is Tuesday, March 10, 2015 and awards for the 2015-2016 academic year will be announced in July.

 If you have further questions about a CEW Scholarship, please call (734) 764-7271 or email Doreen Murasky and Kristina Bee at

 Sister Friends Support Group

Blog Post: UMich Black Student Enrollment

United Coalition for Racial Justice (UCRJ) President Austin McCoy and fellow organizer Garrett Felber make an enlightening blog post on the declines of black student enrollment at the University of Michigan. The Meaning of Declining Black Enrollment at the University of Michigan

Check it out. Share it with others.

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