Students of Color of Rackham


SCOR Weekly Newsletter

Students of Color of Rackham Newsletter


Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Check out these upcoming events and announcements!                                 



Upcoming SCOR Events & Opportunities

  1. February Happy Hour with BBSA - Friday, February 20, 2015, 6-8 pm

  2. SCOR Diversity and Social Justice Symposium - Friday,  March 27, 2015, 9-4 pm

  3. SCOR Post-Symposium Happy hour - Friday, March 27, 2015, 7-9 pm

  4. SCOR Symposium Gala - Saturday, March 28, 2015, 6 pm - Jack Roth Stadium Club at the BIG HOUSE

Upcoming events on campus:

  1. 2015 Social Impact Challenge Finals - TODAY, February 18, 2015, 5 pm

  2. "Four Little Girls": Film and Discussion - FROM OUTRAGE TO SOCIAL CHANGE: HOW THE MURDER OF FOUR GIRLS HELPED TRIGGER SUSTAINED CHANGE - Friday, February 20, 2015, 10 am

  3. Association of Black Social Work Students presents "Black Women & Beauty: Shades of Black" - Monday, February 23, 2015, 5-7 pm

  4. Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) presents “What's Wrong with Racial and Other Social Injustices?” - Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 11:30 - 1:30pm

  5. TAKING BACK THE X, BRINGING BACK THE LOVE: Narratives of U-M Black Alumni Activists - Thursday, February, 26, 2015, 5-7 pm

  6. Iranian Graduate Student Association presents Rana Farhan Fusion Jazz Concert - Friday, February 27, 2015 - 8 pm

  7. Nourish YourSELF Lunch Series - Thursday, March 12, 2015, 11:30 am

  8. PHSAD 28th Annual Minority Health Conference - Friday, March 13, 2015, 9-1 pm

Other Opportunities:

  1. Congressional Budget Office 2015 Summer Internship Program - Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015

  2. Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) Graduate Student Instructor Positions - Deadline, Friday, February 27, 2015

  3. Northwestern University’s Black Graduate Student Association - Call for Abstracts - Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2015

  4. Center for the Education of Women (CEW) Scholarship - Deadline: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

  5. CHROMA: The Power & Strength of Color - Call for Artwork - Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015

  6. Sister Friends Support Group - Every Monday, 2 pm

SCOR & BBSA Happy Hour

Join the Students of Color of Rackham and the Black Business Student Association for a night of trivia, food, drinks, and fun!

Food will be provided. Drink specials available from 6-7pm. Prompt arrival is suggested.

SCOR 25th Annual Diversity & Social Justice Symposium

Join us for our 25th annual diversity and social justice symposium.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Freeman Hrabowski.

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.

Post-Symposium Happy Hour

Join us after the symposium to celebrate our 25th annual student-led symposium. We have the space available for SCOR guests all night so stay as long as you would like. Refreshments will be served.

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 buffet style 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!

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 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



"4 Little Girls" is Spike Lee's first documentary, produced in 1997 and nominated for an Academy Award that year. It is the story of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in September, 1963, which resulted in the deaths of four young girls, told through interviews and historic footage.

Following the film Dale Long, a survivor of that bombing at the age of 11, will lead a discussion on "From outrage to social change: How the murder of four girls helped trigger sustained change."

Dale Long is a nationally recognized speaker on social justice issues and has addressed organizations such as the National Urban League and the Congressional Black Caucus. He is active in Big Brothers and Sisters of America and in 1989 received the Big Brother of the Year Award.

Lunch will be provided.

The film will be shown in the Rackham Amphitheatre on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 10 a.m and the lunch/discussion will take place from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend all or part of the program.

The film 4 Little Girls is also available on Amazon and Netflix.

This event is co-sponsored by the Rackham Graduate School, the University of Michigan School of Information, and the U-M LSA Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.

Association of Black Social Work Students presents "Black Women & Beauty: Shades of Black"

This is the 2nd of a two-part series, with the first having been held earlier this week with a screening of the LIGHT GIRLS documentary and panel discussion.

The second part is on Monday, February 23, at 5pm in Room 3752 in the School of Social Work with a screening of DARK GIRLS documentary.

TAKING BACK THE X, BRINGING BACK THE LOVE: Narratives of U-M Black Alumni Activists

Fusing storytelling and cultural expression, this program culminates Black History Mont b featuring the diverse narratives of five generations of U-M alumni and students who will share their personal journeys as change agents committed to the preservation of black identity and communities.


Featured speakers:

Melba J. Boyd,

Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Wayne State University, (D 1979)


Gerloni Cotton

Law Student, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), (BA 2009)


L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology & Black Studies, City College of New York – CUNY,

(PhD 2007)


Austin McCoy

Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, University of Michigan


Lester Spence, PhD

Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Political Science, Johns Hopkins University,

(BA 1991, PhD 2001)


Spoken word and freedom songs will be presented

Iranian Graduate Student Association presents Rana Farhan Fusion Jazz Concert

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Tickets are now on sale!

Event Facebook page:

General Admission: Student: $10, Non-student: $15.

VIP Seating: Student: $25, Non-student: $30                   

We have done our utmost to keep ticket prices down to make the event more accessible to the larger student body. Invite your friends; introduce them to facets of our modern day culture!

Nourish YourSELF Lunch Series

Please come as your schedule allows.

Lunched provided by Ahmo's

Facebook Event: Click Here!

As always... Nourish YourSELF: Rest. Relax. Be Fed.

Nourish YourSELF seeks to empower women of Color around issues of identity, intercultural competency, and health & wellness in an open, spirited atmosphere. The program welcomes all University of Michigan women of Color – undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, & staff. Each month, we have a different topic, most often selected by women in attendance from previous sessions.

PHSAD 28th Annual Minority Health Conference

Register for the conference here.

Congressional Budget Office 2015 Summer Internship Program

Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a small agency that provides nonpartisan economic and budgetary analysis to the Congress, is currently accepting applications from graduate students for the 2015 Summer Internship Program.

CBO internships provide valuable experience in the federal budget process and policy making with responsibility for specific projects and the opportunity to work alongside leaders in economic analysis.

Additional information is available at and students can find the link to apply at The deadline is Friday, February 27, 2015.

Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) Graduate Student Instructor Positions

Deadline: Friday, 2/27/15

Apply online at

Course Description:

The Program on Intergroup Relations is seeking graduate student instructors for two Fall term courses: UC 320/Psych 310/Soc 320 Training for Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation and UC 321/Psych 311/Soc 321

Practicum for Intergroup Dialogue Facilitators.  These two courses first train and then support, respectively, the student peer leaders who facilitate in IGR’s premiere intergroup dialogue program.


IGR GSIs are part of a dynamic teaching team of instructors and practitioners who meet weekly to plan and implement the course strategy.  GSIs are equal partners in the grading, teaching, and evaluation of students in these courses.  The GSI position is a 50% appointment.

Required Qualifications:

Currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. Ability to effectively teach and evaluate undergraduate students.

Desired Qualifications:

Knowledge of intergroup relations, social justice education and/or experiential learning is strongly preferred.

Decision Making Process:

All applications will be submitted for review to lGR faculty/staff members. After review of applications, a short list of interviewees is developed and interviews are conducted. Each candidate is interviewed by two IGR faculty/staff using a protocol of questions. Decisions will be made and offers extended by the end of March.

Applicants are notified at each point in the process.

Selection Process:

Selection criteria include merit, teaching experience, and experience working with intergroup relations. Decisions will be made and offers extended by the end of March 2015.

Northwestern University’s Black Graduate Student Association - Call for Abstracts

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 (Extended): MARCH 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.

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

CHROMA: The Power & Strength of Color - Call for Artwork

SAAN & MEdAN Presents Chroma 2015: The Power and Strength of Color

We, the South Asian Awareness Network and Middle East and Arab Network, are currently accepting submissions for “Chroma: The Power and Strength of Color.” The art show will be on March 21st in North Quad Space 2435 from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. We intend to center the art, creative expression and narratives of people of color. Too often our work is not visible or heard, and we would like to create a space to celebrate our empowerment and healing through art.

Art of any medium is welcome; we will showcase various forms of art, including, but not limited to, poetry, photography, drawings, sculpture, painting, video, dance, music, and skits.         

Please email submissions, or pictures and descriptions of your work, and any questions/concerns to  by March 13, 2015. The deadline for submissions is March 13th. Include the dimensions of your work, if applicable, as well as any space necessities. Visit the SAAN website for more information & other upcoming events.

Sister Friends Support Group

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