Students of Color of Rackham


SCOR Weekly Newsletter

 Students of Color of Rackham Newsletter


Wednesday, January 28, 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. International Economic Development Program Presents Uma Noite Brasileira, TOMORROW, January 29, 2015, 6 pm

  2. Networking Out Meet & Greet, TOMORROW , January 29, 2015, 7:30 pm

  3. MIX & School of Iformation - Social Justice Design Jam,  FRIDAY, January 30, 2015, 5 pm

  4. Center for Social Impact 2015 Social Impact Challenge Kickoff, Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 5:30-7 pm

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

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

  7. Women of Color in the Academy Project: 4th Annual Shirley Verrett Award Ceremony, Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 5:30-7 pm

  8. 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 February Happy Hour


SCOR's 25th Annual Diversity & Social Justice Symposium


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.

SCOR Symposium Gala


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 here.

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!

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 end the evening 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).

NetworkingOut Meet & Greet

Multi-Ethnic Information Exchange (MIX) & School of Information Social Justice (SISJ) Design Jam

MIX (Multi-Ethnic Information Exchange) and SISJ (School of Information Social Justice) are hosting 3 design jams to help form a consistent look, marketing, and website for the Washtenaw ID Project. The first is Friday, Jan. 30.

The Washtenaw ID Project is a partnership between the County of Washtenaw and local advocacy organizations, led by Synod Community Services. The goal is to provide photo ID cards for everyone in Washtenaw County regardless of immigration status.

County government officials voted to pass this program in November and the roll out will be mid-April 2015. We need help to brand the ID card to raise awareness in the community.

The first event is focused on branding. Prizes will be available to groups with winning designs!

What: Design and Branding for the Washtenaw ID Project

When: Friday, January 30, 2015 5:00-8:00 pm

Where: North Quad Room 2255

Food: Pizza! Please RSVP

Center for Social Impact 2015 Social Impact Challenge Kickoff

2015 Social Impact Challenge

The Center for Social Impact's annual Social Impact Challenge brings graduate students together to address a pressing social issue in the City of Detroit using a multidisciplinary lens. 

The 2015 Social Impact Challenge focuses on creative redevelopment and economic growth with a team of partners including the City of Detroit, Detroit Future City, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Vanguard CDC, and the German Marshall Fund. 

The Challenge, open to all U-M graduate students, engages multidisciplinary teams to tackle a live case statement, investigate a critical social issue, and develop recommendations for action. Top teams present to executives and Detroit leaders for potential implementation and a $2,500 prize! 

2015 Challenge Key Details

  • Open to ALL U-M graduate students
  • Teams must be multidisciplinary
  • Utilize the Team Finder form a team
  • Register by: Tues, Feb. 3, 9am
  • Challenge Kickoff: Tues, Feb. 3, 5:30-7pm
  • Challenge Finals: Wed, Feb. 18, 5-7pm

2015 Social Impact Challenge Kickoff

Tue, Feb. 3, 2015 5:30 – 7:00pm, R1220 (Ross School of Business)

  • All student teams should have representatives attend
  • Official Challenge case  statement presented
  • Challenge partners, content experts, and stakeholders discuss: Scenario, partners, logistics, statement, and project planning

2015 Social Impact Challenge Finals 
Wed, Feb. 18, 5-7pm, 6th Floor Colloquium, Ross School of Business

  • The campus and local community is invited to attend the Social Impact Challenge Finals. Hear from Detroit leaders, learn about pressing social issues and proposed solutions, and participate in a networking reception.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Inaugural William M. Trotter Lecture featuring Dr. Cheryl Clarke

Women of Color in the Academy Project: 4th Annual Shirley Verrett Award Ceremony

Wednesday, February 11. 5:30 pm. Stamps Auditorium. Free. Register here!

The Women of Color in the Academy Project is proud to announce that the 4th Annual award honoring Shirley Verrett will be presented to Lorna Goodison. Professor Goodison is an internationally acclaimed author of twelve award winning books of poetry, three books of short stories, and a prize-winning winning memoir, From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and her Island. Special performance by acclaimed opera singer Marcia Porter, cousin and former student of Shirley Verrett. 

Nourish YOURself Lunch Series

GEAR UP Student Leaders

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 its 17th 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 Creating Inclusive Excellence in Teacher Education (CIETE) Conference

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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