Students of Color of Rackham


SCOR Weekly Newsletter

Students of Color of Rackham Newsletter


Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Check out these upcoming events and announcements!                                 



Upcoming SCOR Events & Opportunities

  1. SCOR 2015-16 Executive Board: Call for Applications - Deadline: Saturday, March 21, 2015

  2. SCOR Diversity and Social Justice Symposium - Friday,  March 27, 2015, 9-4:30 pm

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

  4. SCOR Symposium Gala - Saturday, March 28, 2015, 6:30 pm - Jack Roth Stadium Club at the BIG HOUSE


Upcoming events on campus:

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

  2. Association of Black Social Work Students presents "The Righteous Rebellion " - Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6 pm

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

  4. Graduate Student Research Conference - Friday, March 13, 2015, 12-5 pm

  5. 17th Annual Culture Show: Sister Africa - Friday, March 13, 2015, 7:30 pm

  6. NetworkingOut presents "Run This Campus - Circuit Edition" - Saturday, March 14, 2015, 4 pm

  7. Alpha Phi Alpha Black & Gold Scholarship Ball - Saturday, March 14, 2015, 6:30 pm

  8. The Center of Campus Involvement  presents "Change Our World" - Monday, March 16 - Thursday, March, 19, 2015


Other Opportunities:

  1. 21st Annual Black Celebratory - Registration Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015 at 5 pm

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

  3. La Celebracion Latina 2015 Ceremony - Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 15, 2015

  4. “Wake the Town and Tell  the People” Thesis Exhibition - Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6-9 pm

  5. Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) Summer Position - Application Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2015

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


SCOR 2015-16 Executive Board: Call for Applications

Greetings SCOR Members,

It has been my great pleasure to serve as your SCOR President this year! We have had numerous events and activities to build community among graduate students of color. I hope that you have enjoyed our monthly socials, critical conversations about police brutality with the Black Student Union and Central Student government, public forum with the university regents along with the Rackham Student Government, viewing the movie, Dear White People, followed by a much needed discussion, and meeting several university guests including Alice Walker and Marc Lamont Hill. I'm extremely thankful for the opportunity to lead you all for this year, and cannot wait to celebrate the culmination of our activities at this year's SCOR Symposium and Formal Gala (please retrieve your tickets here: 

The time has come for our current executive board to pass the torch to another group of excited, passionate, engaged scholars, and we would like to invite all of you to consider applying for a position on the executive board for the 2015-2016 academic year!Serving on our board provides a great opportunity to develop your leadership, team-building, communication, and facilitation skills (in addition to meeting some great individuals across campus and shaping the education experiences of graduate students at UM!). It would be our honor if you would complete our short application for a position (click here). Please apply by Saturday, March 21

We have compiled a list of our current position descriptions (subject to modification) and qualities that we believe will be necessary to carry out the duties of the position. If you did not receive an e-mail from us and you are interested, please e-mail us at We will send you a copy of the current position descriptions. Please review these carefully as you make your decision to apply.

If you have any questions, please contact us at We look forward to hearing from you, and hope that you will apply!

We hope that you had a restful break. Have a great week and Go Blue!

Courtney McCluney

President, Students of Color of Rackham (SCOR) Executive Board  2014-15

SCOR 25th Annual Diversity & Social Justice Symposium

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

Friday, March 27, 2015 from 9-4:30 pm. Registration begins at 8:30 am.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Lightning Rounds on Student Activism with Michigan Alumni.

Student Activist and Faculty Research Panelists.

Keynote address from 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.

Register here. Please note, anyone attending the symposium during lunch MUST RSVP.

SCOR Post-Symposium Happy Hour

Join us after the symposium to celebrate our 25th annual student-led symposium.

We have the space available to our guests all night so stay as long as you would like.

Refreshments will  be served.


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 - 12:30 am

Get glammed up in your suit and tie or formal gown.

Walk the red carpet to the notorious Michigan Stadium.

Take pictures on the infamous football field under the lights.

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a buffet style dinner in the luxurious Jack Roth Stadium Club.

Have a fun photo session in the photobooth.

Dance the night away with sounds provided by Michigan Alumni DJ Graffiti!

Don't miss this monumental event!

All intended guests MUST RSVP here.

Nourish YourSELF Lunch Series

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.

Association of Black Social Work Students presents "The Righteous Rebellion"

The Righteous Rebellion event personifies the struggle, and resilience of Blacks through various poetic demonstrations featuring local artist from Ann Arbor and Detroit. The events will feature Walter Lacy, Lhea Copeland(aka Lhea J.Love), and Domanique Matthews. The event was inspired by 1960's Day of Absence play documenting the significance of black lives and black contribution throughout society.

We hope this event reinvigorates the passion to take action and to spark more dialogue on social movements of the 1960s Day of Absence and the present day #BlackLivesMatter campaign. The purpose of this event is to celebrate black culture by critically examining the profound longitudinal impact of Blacks in the community. In efforts to respond to the reprehensible treatment of Blacks domestically and abroad, please come to show solidarity and support of the movement and the speakers on March 12th at 6 PM.

What:The Righteous Rebellion

Where: School of Social Work Room 790 (Lower-level)                

When: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 6:00  PM                        

Price: FREE    

Refreshments will be provided.

If there are any question, please feel free to contact Grace Adofoli or Adrianne Muntz

Sponsored by: ABSWS, MESA and The School of Social Work Office of Student Services  

PHASAD 28th Annual Minority Health Conference

Graduate Student Research Conference

The the Graduate Student Community Organization (GSCO) and Becoming Educators of Tomorrow (BET) present the fifth annual Graduate Student Research Conference.  


Friday, March 13 from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This year’s theme is “Education as a Civil Right in the 21st Century: Connecting Research and Practice.”

We are looking forward to an exciting event in which faculty, students, and alumni will be able to share with and learn from one another.

Our schedule is as follows:

Welcome Lunch (12:00-1:15)

Keynote Speaker

Session A (1:30-2:30): Panel Presentation, Roundtable Session, and Research-in-Practice Session

Session B (2:45-3:45): Panel Presentations and Roundtable Session

Session C (4:00-5:00): Panel Presentation and Roundtable Session

While we hope that you will be able to participate in all of the day’s events, you are welcome to attend any portion of the Conference. A detailed schedule of events is forthcoming.

Registration closed on Monday, March 9. You may still try to register here.

17th Annual Culture Show: Sister Africa

This year's theme is “Sister Africa” and we will be showcasing Africa across borders!!!

Don't know what that means? Then come for the show!

Know what that means? Then come for the show!

Sister Africa will be the 17th annual culture show of the African Student Association.

Ticket Pricing & Options:

  1. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 non-students when purchased from an ASA member.

  2. Online tickets Here

  3. Message ASA Eboard ( to get tickets directly. ($5 for students; $8 for non-students)

  4. Buy tickets at the door on the day of the show. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

  5. FREE - Get a Passport to Art from the OFFICE OF NEW STUDENT PROGRAMS or your RESIDENCE HALLS COMMUNITY CENTER and bring it to the MICHIGAN THEATER on the DAY of the SHOW.

We hope that people leave the show with a better understanding and appreciation for Africa and a renewed hope for unification of its descendants from around the world.

Foxy P from African Comedians, a Nigerian comedian and YouTube star, will host the show.

Fashion Designers from all over the United States of America are allowing Sister Africa’s models to showcase their work.

Dancers from ASA's Amala Dancers and Oga Boys to Brazilian Capoeira dancers to our famous Zuzu Acrobats and more will be performing!!

This doesn't include the poetry, singing and instrumental ensembles we will be having.

If you have questions please e-mail

NetworkingOut presents "Run This Campus - Circuit Edition"

Alpha Phi Alpha Black & Gold Scholarship Ball

The Theta Zeta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. presents it’s annual Black & Gold Scholarship Ball.

What: Annual Black & Gold Scholarship Ball

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015

6:30 PM - 1:00 AM

Where: Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel

3200 Boardwalk Drive

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Tickets are $50.00 per person, but the night will be filled with dinner, a live band and DJ, cocktails, prize giveaways, and much more. Proceeds from the event will be used to award scholarships to local high school students.

This is an all-formal event, meaning long dresses for ladies and tuxedos for men. Tickets can be purchased here: or you can contact any member of the Theta Zeta Lambda chapter directly.

We hope that you can join us for this special night!

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs presents Arab Heritage Month

The main event and opening keynote address is Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the Rackham Amphitheatre.
Professor Sa'ed Atshan will be the keynote speaker.

The Center for Campus Involvement presents "Change Our World"

This 4-day event is geared to start the conversation among classmates, friends, student organizations and the like about how one can make an impact within the UM community, Ann Arbor, the state of Michigan, and the world.  Any action, big or small, can begin and continue the ripple effect of positive works within our community.  Join us to be inspired by acts of kindness and genuine passions, and to explore and discuss how YOU can work towards positive change beginning March 16th through March 19th!

Detailed Information for each date as follows:

Monday, March 16th: Event keynote kickoff featuring Hannah Brencher, founder of More Love Letters. Her talk is guaranteed to inspire, stir reflection, and start conversations. 

Doors open at 6:30 pm, talk starts at 7 pm in the Michigan League Ballroom.

*Hannah is the author of "If You Find This Letter", on shelves this month, award winning blogger, and TED speaker, and will soon appear on the Meredith Viera Show.


Tuesday, March 17th: Lunch and Learn from 12-1:30pm in the Kuenzel Room of the Union. 

The lunch and learn topic will be "Social Action in a Selfie World."

*Food provided. First come, first serve.*


Wednesday, March 18th: Hidden Leaders and Best - a TED Talk style event featuring amazing UM students and student organizations who are helping to change our world!  

Features Include: Solar Spring Break UM, Food Recover Network at UM, and The Detroit Partnership

Doors open at 6:30pm, talks begin at 7pm in the Rogel Ballroom of the Union. 

*Food Provided*


Thursday, March 19th: Pledge for Change and Touching Strangers Project Exhibition from 11am-3pm in the Willis Ward Lounge of the Union.  Join us to make your pledge for making a positive difference in our world. Also, stick around to check out an awesome photo project that brought together perfect strangers on our campus who left each other with more understanding!


Questions about the event? Please contact myself ( For more information, please visit!

21st Annual Black Celebratory

The 21st Annual Black Celebratory ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm at The Power Center.

The University of Michigan Black Celebratory Planning Committee institutes this annual celebration to honor, respect, and remember those from our past and present communities who could only dream of this opportunity. This ceremony marks a tradition of valuing our cultural offerings not only to the University but beyond, to the world community as well.

The registration form and audit are due Friday, March 13th at 5:00pm in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI).

For more information visit the Black Celebratory 2015 website.

CHROMA: The Power & 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  byMarch 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.

La Celebracion Latina 2015 Ceremony

The Office of Academic & Multicultural Affairs formally invite any undergraduate and graduate students graduating this semester to be part of this ceremony. We have been honoring Latino graduates for 16 years. Please Register Here by March 15, 2015.

Event Information:

Friday May 1st,2015

La Celebracion Latina Ceremony 6:00-7:00 pm Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre (Arrive no later than 5:30pm)

La Celebracion Latina Reception 7:00 pm-10:00 pm Pendleton Room at the Michigan Union

What is La Celebracion Latina?

La Celebracion Latina Video

This year we  are celebrating 16 years of La Celebracion Latina.La Celebración Latina is a celebratory program that highlights Latino graduates at the University of Michigan at the conclusion of every academic year. The mission of the program is not only to recognize their achievements and the cultural significance of the Latino community, but also to give incentive to future students to reach the ultimate goal of graduation. The purpose of La Celebración Latina is to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students, as well as to show respect to everyone who helped them make this wonderful achievement, including family members, friends, faculty, staff and administrators.

La Celebracion Latina is a program by the Office of Academic Multicultural Affairs

Feel free to email the Program Coordinator, Sara Garcia, at, if you have any questions.

“Wake the Town and Tell the People” Thesis Exhibition

Wake the Town and Tell the People is an art exhibition that explores postcolonial identity as a liquid identity, one in a constant state of flux co-existing in multiple locations. In this MFA thesis exhibition the viewer will encounter an installation comprised of drawings, photographs and sound sculptures. Taken in its entirety the show seeks to ask the following question: How has identity, sense of placelessness, or presence been altered by dislocation?

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 19, 6 - 9 pm

Russell Industrial Center - 1600 Clay Street, Detroit, MI 48211

Future Public Health Leaders Program Summer Position

Job Description: Residential Life Leader

The Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) is a CDC funded program, designed to encourage underrepresented college students to consider careers in public health. The program is a 10-week residential summer program that runs May 26 thru July 31, 2015. FPHLP incorporates a multi-prong curriculum that integrates both real-world field experience and seminars and workshops designed to introduce students to public health careers.

FPHLP is seeking a residential life leader to plan and supervise residential life activities in the evenings and on weekends for forty (40) undergraduate students. The residential life leader will be responsible for day-to-day guidance of the group, primarily in the mornings, evenings and weekends.

Responsibilities will include assisting with administrative tasks for the program, plan activities for evening and weekend activities for the students, and assist with coordinating students’ transportation to public health sites including distributing and collecting vehicle keys. The residential life leader will meet weekly with key program staff to discuss issues of concern and work together to develop solutions. An orientation/training session is mandatory for the position.  

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with supervision and leadership, strongly desired

  • Graduate student preferred

  • Experience in residential life

  • Experience with conflict resolution and negotiation

Estimated Start date: May 18, 2015

Estimated End date: August 7, 2015

Estimated Hourly Rate: $14-$16/hr

Please email a cover letter and resume to:

Dana Thomas, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, by Friday, March 20, 2015.

For more information visit the FPHLP website at

Minority Senior Scholarship Program

The  Minority Senior Scholarship Program (MSSP) at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC will expose medical students from minorities underrepresented in medicine to careers in academic pediatrics. We offer a one month clinical rotation at Children’s National, networking opportunities, community child health experience, and individual mentorship from our faculty and pediatric residents.  We provide a stipend and waive the elective application fee.  Additional funds are available to help students offset the cost of travel and housing.

Program and application information is available at Applications are due by Friday, 05/01/2015.

Please contact Aisha Davis at  with any questions.

Sister Friends Support Group

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