Students of Color of Rackham


SCOR Weekly Newsletter

Students of Color of Rackham Newsletter


Wednesday, February 11, 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 Symposium Gala - Saturday, March 28, 2015, 6 pm - Jack Roth Stadium Club

Upcoming events on campus:

  1. Redefining Community Based Policing Partnerships - TODAY, February 11, 2015, 5 pm

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

  3. "Do You See What I See" Lunch Discussion - TOMORROW, February 12, 2015 - 11:30 am

  4. Nourish YourSELF Lunch Series - TOMORROW, February 12, 2015, 11:30-1 pm, Michigan Union

  5. 39th Annual Black Business Student Association Conference - Friday, February 13 - Saturday February 14, 2015

  6. 2015 Social Impact Challenge Finals - Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 5 pm

  7. "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

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

  9. 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

SCOR 25th Annual Diversity & Social Justice Symposium

SCOR Diversity & Social Justice Gala

Redefining Community Based Policing Partnerships presented by BBSA & Michigan Law School

TODAY, Wednesday, February 11th at 5pm in the Ross School of Business Colloquium, 

Facilitated by Sha’ Dunacan, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Ross School of Business.

This is an opportunity for the community to partner with University of Michigan Police Department to redefine community policing at the University of Michigan. The event will be interactive with small group discussions and larger group report-outs. This is a working meeting so please come ready to share creative and innovative ideas for next steps in building a positive and inclusive community at the University of Michigan.

ALL are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please register for the workshop here

Light Refreshments and Snacks will be provided.

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

Today, 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.

"Do You See What I See" Lunch Discussion

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This event will feature a sketch that centers on the relationship between advisor and advisee in a lab setting. It explores the subtle behaviors that can negatively affect students’ experiences of graduate education, asks the audience to consider the range of behaviors that might undermine the success of students, and reflect on what is at stake personally and professionally for individuals who find themselves involved in dysfunctional advising relationships. Presented by Rackham Graduate School and the CRLT Players.

Click on the link below to register to attend:

Nourish YourSELF Lunch Series 

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, Nourish YourSELF will offer women of Color the opportunity to gather, redefine the space, and explore the dimensions of our identities as women of Color.

What does it mean to join the Nourish YourSELF community?  Is "safe space" a space that we enter and exit, or is it something we carry inside us?  How are our identities being acknowledged, or not, in this space?  How do our identities as women of Color impact how others perceive and interact with us? Have you ever been stereotyped because of one of your identities?  Or, maybe you have stereotyped someone else because of one of their identities. Come join this conversation and engage with one another in a reflective activity that will push us to think about the intersectionality of our identities.

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.

39th Annual Black Business Student Association Conference

39th Annual Alfred L. Edwards BBSA Conference

The Intersection of Change & Leadership

February 13-14, 2015

Register Here

Don't miss out on dynamic keynote speakers, relevant panel discussions, networking opportunities with top firms, empowering Ross Talks, and a phenomenal closing gala!


Friday, February 13th

  • Conference Welcome

    • Keynote address: Carla Harris, Managing Director (Morgan Stanley)

  • Conference Mixer

Saturday, February 14th

  • Breakfast

  • Panel 1: Finessing the First Years

    • Adler Merveille: General Manager, DoorDash

    • Aniefre Essien: Founder, Vaytus Media

    • Nicole Stallings: Manager, Deloitte

    • Atalie Short: Senior Associate, McKinsey

    • Karin Pryce: Strategy & Operations, Sears

  • Panel 2: Diversity in Tech

    • Chris Genteel: Head of Diversity Markets & Supplier Diversity, Google

    • Nancy Bright: Regional Director, Girls Who Code

    • Chad Sanders: Global Expansion Manager, Dev Bootcamp

  • Panel 3: Digital Media Workshop

    • Marcus Collins: Head of Social Engagement, Translation, LLC

  • Networking Luncheon

    • Keynote Address: Erica Leblanc, Marketing Director at SC Johnson

  • Ross Talks

  • Closing Gala

    • Keynote Address: Anne Sempowski Ward, CEO of Thymes Fragrance

“Nom Nom Impact” Lunch Discussion Series

2015 Social Impact Challenge Finals 

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.

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, (D979) 

 Gerloni Cotton

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

 L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology and 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

PHSAD 28th Annual Minority Health Conference

Congressional Budget Office 2015 Summer Internship

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

Application opens Friday, 2/13/2015 and closes 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, IL. 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 Friday, 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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