Students of Color of Rackham


SCOR Newsletter 1/7/15

Students of Color of Rackham Newsletter


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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

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

  6. Save the Date: Cheryl Clarke Inaugural William Trotter Lecture - Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Other Opportunities:

  1. Northwestern University's Black Graduate Student Association - Call for Abstracts - Deadline: February 1

  2. CAPS Services Available

  3. Sister Friends Support Group

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

SCOR, CSG, & BSU Police Brutality Forum


SCOR Interest Meeting

SCOR January Happy Hour

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


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.

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

Motorola Lecture

Ta-Nehisi Coates presents 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.


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

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.

Save the Date: Cheryl Clarke Trotter Inaugural Lecture

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.

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.

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

Sister Friends Support Group

Sister Friends: An empowering and supportive group of Black female graduate students.

When: Mondays, 2-3:30 pm (Starts on Michigan Time)

Where: CAPS - 3rd floor of Michigan Union

Why: To explore issues relevant to black women in a confidential and safe space.

Topics may include: Self-Esteem, Relationships, Academic Pressures, Body Image, Identity, Stereotypes.

To schedule a pre-group meeting, contact Jayme Banks at

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. Give us your feedback.

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