Students of Color of Rackham


SCOR Weekly Newsletter

Students of Color of Rackham Newsletter


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Check out our upcoming events and announcements!                                 



Upcoming SCOR Events & Opportunities:

  1. SCOR End of the Year Bar Crawl - TODAY, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6 pm-2 am

Upcoming events on campus:

  1. Non-Traditional Student Focus Groups - TODAY, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 1 pm

  2. Center for Social Impact Launch Year Celebration - TODAY, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 5-7 pm

  3. "Walking the Line of Blackness" Video Screening & Discussiom - Thursday, April 23, 2015, 4 pm

  4. Michigan Black Alumni & Student Mixer - Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6 pm

  5. Rackham Mentoring Plan Workshop - Monday, May 11, 2015, 10:30-12:30 pm, Rackham Common Room

  6. Rackham Mentoring Plan Workshop - Friday, May 22, 2015, 10:30-12:30 pm, Lurie Engineering Center

Weekly Campus Activities:

  1. Sister Friends Support Group - Every Monday at 2 pm - CAPS Office, Michigan Union, 3rd Floor

  2. “Get into Shape” with Cardio Kickboxing - Every Monday at 5 pm & Wednesday at 7:30 pm - Trotter

  3. “Feel Good Fridays” - Every Friday, 1-5 pm - Trotter Multicultural Center

Other Opportunities:

  1. Minority Senior Scholarship Program - Application Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2015

  2. Fitness Fellowship International presents "Saving Black Men" Fun & Fitness Family Health Fair, Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 10 am - 2 pm

  3. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Managing Editor Position - Application Deadline: Monday, May 11, 2015

SCOR End of the Year Bar Crawl

We hope that you all are able to join us as we close out the school year with our 2nd annual End of the Year Bar Crawl. The bar crawl itinerary is as follows:

6-7:15 pm - Dominick’s, 812 Monroe St. (Due to weather: Space reserved in basement)

7:30-8:45 pm - Blue Leprechaun, 1220 S. University Ave. (Basement in alcove between Blue Lep & Study Hall Lounge)

9-10:15 pm - Scorekeeper’s, 310 Maynard St.

10:30-2 am - Alley Bar, 112 W. Liberty St.

There will be 15 minutes allotted for travel time to each bar. Food will be provided at Dominick’s and the Blue Leprechaun ONLY. Carpooling and walking is highly recommended. Please, dress for the weather and drink responsibly.

Non-Traditional Student Focus Group

Do you consider yourself to be a nontraditional student at the University of Michigan?

What experiences or social identities make you "nontraditional?"

We would love for you to tell us about it!

Please join us for a focus group about your identity(ies) and how the campus climate and culture impact your life differently from students with a more "traditional" educational experience. The final focus group session is TODAY!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 1 p.m. - Palmer Commons (Central Campus) - Plaza Room

Food will be served, and a $15 gift card will be offered.     


Your participation will be confidential. Findings will help the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) improve its support services for underserved and nontraditional students.

Here's a little bit more about our study...

Historically, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has defined "nontraditional students" as older scholars who do not receive bachelor's degrees prior to the age of 25. That age gap is enough to substantially separate their experiences in school from fellow students of a "traditional" age, by adding new academic and social challenges.

Presently, we know that age is just one of many characteristics that can significantly separate a student's experiences from those of their peers. These characteristics can impact a student at either the undergraduate or the graduate level. We recognize that being an underrepresented ethnic or racial minority, LGBT, a veteran, a parent or caregiver, a first-generation student, a community-college transfer or a student with physical or emotional health conditions are some of the characteristics that greatly shape student experiences in a nontraditional way. However, we also recognize that there may be other factors that affect the student experience.

Therefore, we want to hear from you: your experiences, your frustrations, what you need to better succeed as a nontraditional student. Please come and share your insight with us!


Black Student Union (BSU)

Blavin Scholars Program

Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

Spectrum Center

Veterans and Military Services Program

Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs

Center for Social Impact Launch Year Celebration

Join students, faculty, staff, and community members as we celebrate the inaugural year of the Center for Social Impact at the Ross School of Business!  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

5-7 pm

Ross School of Business, 6th Floor Colloquium

The Center for Social Impact fosters collaboration with mission-driven organizations to address pressing social challenges across sectors. Please join us to celebrate our year and meet impact-minded individuals, while learning about our programs and ways to engage with the Center.

Refreshments and networking will be followed by a keynote address from David Egner, Executive Director of the New Economy Initiative (NEI).  A special project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in partnership with a dozen Detroit-focused foundations, NEI has pledged over $130 million to city projects. These include initiatives in social innovation, entrepreneurship, and workforce development.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by April 20 to attend!

"Walking the Line of Blackness" Video Screening & Discussion

What: Video Screening of Walking the Line of Blackness

When: Thursday, 4/23 at 4pm

Where: Annenberg Auditorium. Ford School of Public Policy

RSVP via Facebook.

Light refreshments will be served. Film to be followed by community discussion.

The struggle for an inclusive society cannot be fully realized without acknowledging the backgrounds and experiences of others.

Last semester at the Ford School, many within the community came together to have a difficult, compassionate and frank discussion about race in response to the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Aura Rosser, and too many others.

Out of that conversation came the desire of some of your colleagues to share their experience of being Black in America with the Ford School and the broader University of Michigan community.

Since December, we have been working to put together a visual piece that is representative of the just some of the complexity of Black identity and we would like to share our finished product with you.

We have put together a twenty-minute film about our experiences both here at the Ford School and in American culture and society, in our own words.

We invite you to a screening of our film, Walking the Line of Blackness as we share our part of our experience, our journey with you.

The film will be followed by a community discussion about the importance of race and we hope this will be an honest and powerful discussion to bring to light issues too often overlooked by the scope of public policy.

We ask you to join us as students, colleagues and friends as we share something that is so important to us with you.

Thank you for your love and support and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Michigan Black Alumni & Student Mixer

For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

Rackham Mentoring Plan Workshop

Rackham and its Mentoring Committee, MORE, are sponsoring a Mentoring Plan Workshop. A mentoring plan is a two-way agreement about needs and expectations written by a faculty research mentor and a graduate student mentee. It is an excellent way to establish and support mentor-mentee relationships as the student progresses toward degree completion. The workshop will be held on Monday,  May 11th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm in the Rackham Common Room or on Friday, May 22nd from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm in the Lurie Engineering Center, Johnson Rooms.

The goal of the Mentoring Plan Workshop is to enhance the mentoring relationship between the student and research faculty mentor/advisor (i.e., faculty mentor). The workshop begins from the understanding that the process of working together across different levels of academic experience, as well as differences in personal backgrounds, work styles, and life experiences, is often challenging. Although some aspects of their work together may go very smoothly and easily, there may be other aspects that are uncomfortable or awkward, and could be improved. Students and faculty will have an opportunity, in the context of this workshop, to develop a Mentoring Plan for the successful completion of their graduate program.

Prior to the workshop both faculty and student participants will be asked to complete a brief pre-survey on mentoring. During the workshop, each faculty mentor-student team will create a plan that promotes the student’s academic and professional success – the Mentoring Plan. After the workshop, both may begin implementing the plan and will be sent a post-survey shortly after the workshop and will be sent a second follow-up survey 6 months following the workshop. Information about the pre- and post-workshop surveys will be sent to participants after registration.

Because this program is aimed at the faculty mentor-student working relationship, mentors and students should attend the workshop together. (If a faculty mentor has previously attended, he/she may opt to attend only the mentor-student team meeting time to develop the Mentoring Plan.) Registration is required of both the student and faculty mentor, and we are particularly interested in offering this opportunity to student-faculty pairs at the beginning of their mentoring relationship. We are encouraging Rackham students who could benefit from this workshop to participate with their faculty mentors.

Both faculty mentor and student must register here:

Workshop Schedule:

10:30 am - 11:00 am, Welcome & Introduction

11:00 am – 11:45 am, Small Group Breakout Sessions: (Separate for Mentors and Students)

11:45 am – 12:00 pm, Reassemble for discussion of mentoring plans.

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm, Time for one-on-one work on mentoring plans.  (Lunch is available.)

For more information, please contact Larry Rowley at 734-647-4566 or

Sister Friends Support Group

“Get in Shape” with Cardio Kickboxing

“Feel Good Fridays” at Trotter

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, May 1, 2015.

Please contact Aisha Davis at  with any questions.

Fitness Fellowship International presents "Saving Black Men" Fun & Fitness Family Health Fair

Congressional Budget Office Position

We are seeking candidates who have edited publications similar to those produced by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The selected candidate would manage the day-to-day operations of editing and publishing-helping to ensure that CBO's reports are clear and accessible to a broad audience, including Members of Congress, Congressional staff, researchers, and other members of the public - as well as edit publications.

Please visit to view the announcement and apply online.

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