Diversity events at UMSI and beyond

UMSI strives to highlight diversity and build inclusivity through its own events as well as through participation in university-wide events.

Upcoming events

Understanding "Nontraditional" Student Experiences
Wednesday, May 10, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Palmer Commons - CRLT Seminar Room 1013
A panel conversation with individuals across the university who support the success of students with a diverse range of identities, backgrounds and experiences that may not be readily visible.

The Color of Our Skin and the Content of Our Politics: Exploring the Effects of Skin Tone on Policy Preferences among African Americans
Thursday, May 11, 10–11:30 a.m.
Rave Theater, 4100 Carpenter Road
Scholars have established that darker-skinned African Americans have lower incomes, encounter more discrimination, and have poorer health outcomes than lighter-skinned Blacks. However, it is unclear whether skin color is associated with political views.

Give it. Get it. Expect respect.
Tuesday, May 16, 10–11:00 a.m.
Conference Room 2001, LS&A
This presentation will renew the concept of respect for individuals and provide tools as to how to practice this everyday. Featuring: Latisha Cunningham, LSA DEIC Officer

Designing Community-Based Learning Courses with Diverse Learners in Mind
Wednesday, May 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Palmer Commons - CRLT Seminar Room 1013
Experts from LSA's Center for Engaged Academic Learning and the Edward Ginsberg Center discuss ways to promote student learning for a broad range of students through experiences in communities.

Unconscous Bias in Everyday Life
Tuesday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Literature Science and the Arts - Conference Room 2001
Learn how to examine your own background and identities to interact more authentically with co-workers, customers and the community. The workshop will help enhance personal and professional effectiveness on and off the job and positively influence personal and organizational decisions. 

Change It Up!
Monday, June 5, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Conference Room 2001, LS&A
Change it Up! brings bystander intervention skills to the University of Michigan community for the purpose of building inclusive, respectful and safe communities. 

Strategies to Empower Women to Achieve Academic Success
Wednesday, June 7, 8;30-11:00 a.m.
Kahn Auditorium, Alfred Taubman Research Building
Organized and sponsored by the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, the goal of this event is to examine the gender gaps that affect instructional track faculty and determine how women and leaders within the university can work together to overcome them. 

My Turn for ASD Families at Museum of Natural History
Sunday, June 11, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Ruthven Museum Building
Families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders are invited to attend this free program in a less sensory-stimulating and crowd-free environment. This two-hour UMMNH event will allow My Turn visitors to explore the galleries at their own pace, view a planetarium show, and participate in ASD-friendly hands-on activities with specially trained staff and docents.

Understanding Racial, Gender, and Socioeconomic Inequality: Contributions of Michigan Social Science
Thursday - Friday, November 9-10, 2017, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Rackham Graduate School Amphitheater
This bicentennial symposium will highlight focus on the work of  an illustrious group of Michigan graduates from fields such as economics, education, political science, psychology, public policy, social work, sociology, and women’s studies will discuss past, present, and future research on issues related to gender, race, poverty, inequality, and economic mobility.

Past events

Detroit Area Housing and the Tuxedo Project: Transforming a Detroit Neighborhood
Thursday, May 4, 10–11:30 a.m.
Rave Theater, 4100 Carpenter Road
The Tuxedo Project seeks to transform the neighborhood around Stephen Henderson’s birth home on Tuxedo Street into a center for change that celebrates and leverages the literary arts.

The African American Employment Experience: From Slavery to Unemployment and Discrimination
Thursday, April 27, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Rave Theater, 4100 Carpenter Road
Employment—whether forced or voluntary—has been historically used as a tool for the exploitation, manipulation, and control of African-descended people. Mark P. Fancher will discuss the legal and structural challenges to economic justice for America’s black community.

Eighth Annual International Graduate Student Workshop | Gender and Sexuality in Armenian Studies
Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Room 1644, School of Social Work
This workshop will initiate a conversation on Gender and Sexuality in the field of Armenian Studies. We will be inviting graduate students working on gender and sexuality as objects of analysis in Armenian Studies to discuss both the challenges and the opportunities this turn in the field awards.

Business Case for Diversity
Monday, April 17, 10–11:30 a.m.
Conference Room 2001, LSA
This session will use examples from businesses, the military and other entities, while also highlighting cutting edge research that prove the value of diversity.

#BLACKYOUTHMATTER: The Elusive Quest for Equitable Education in an Anti-Black Sociopolitical Climate
Thursday, April 13, 10–11:00 a.m.
Rave Theater, 4100 Carpenter Road
Dr. Carter Andrews is Assistant Dean of Equity Outreach Initiatives and an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. Dr. Carter Andrews explores the elusive quest for equitable education for African Americans in the United States. She uses critical race theory as an analytical framework for examining the enduring inequitable access to educational opportunities that African Americans have experienced across time and learning spaces

Award Winning Author Dr. Ibram Kendi: Book Talk & Signing
Tuesday, April 11, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
100 Hutchins Hall, Auditorium, U-M Law School
The 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction Winner and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi joins the University of Michigan community to discuss the history of American racism.

CSAS 7th Annual UM-Pakistan Conference | Gender & Sexuality
Friday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Room 1636, School of Social Work Building
Through a conversation between artists, activists, and academics, we hope to understand the role of gender for both women and men in shaping, experiencing, negotiating, inhabiting, and traversing everyday life, shrines and piety movements, and online spaces.


Policing Black Citizenship: From the Founding to Ferguson
Thursday, April 6, 12–1:00 p.m.
1225 South Hall
Professor Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard Law School will deliver the bi-annual Brian Simpson Lecture. Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and a Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, and formerly the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Queen's College, University of Oxford (2014-2015).

Stranger Affinities: A Race, Colonialism & Sexualities Symposium
Friday, March 31, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room 2239 Lane Hall
This minisymposium on Women of Color Feminism and Queer-of-Color Critique will feature 50-minute talks by Grace Hong and Chandan Reddy, followed by Q&A with the audience.

Queer Geek Methodologies: Social Justice Fandom as a Transformative Digital Humanities
Thursday, March 30, 4-5:30 p.m.
Room 3512 Haven Hall
This talk draws from early work on a new book project that explores the digital production of knowledge about gender, race, and disability through the intersection of social justice discourse and fan culture, exploring ways that the creative production of media fan subcultures has preceded and shaped the development of contemporary digital politics.

What would YOU do?: Involving students in campus sexual violence prevention through bystander intervention
Tuesday, March 28, 4–5:00 p.m. 
School of Public Health-I, 1415 Washington Heights
Join us for a special event featuring Dr. Sarah McMahon, Associate Professor, Social Work, and Associate Director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children at the Rutgers University School of Social work. This seminar, part of the University of Michigan Injury Center’s Distinguished Faculty Seminar series.  Light refreshments will be served. Register by noon of Monday, March 27.  Contact: tcreguer@umich.edu.  

CID Speaker Series: Laurenellen McCann
Tuesday, March 28, 4:00 p.m.
Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad
The Citizen Interaction Design program sponsors an appearance by Laurenellen McCann, a social practice artist and internationally recognized expert in civic engagement and community technology. Laurenellen McCann will discuss their work in addressing the need to invest more in the “civic” in civic tech — prioritizing community leadership and stewardship in the lifecycle of public interest technology. They will do so from the perspective of non-binary gender identity in an industry that often struggles with diversity and inclusion internally.

All About the ADA and Accommodations!
Friday, March 24, 2–3:30 p.m.
Room 2001, Literature Science and the Arts
Recognize how to appropriately and effectively engage with co-workers, members of the public, and others who may have a disability, understanding how to best serve individuals with disabilities and learn some etiquette pointers to use in your everyday life.

What Knowers Know Well: Why Feminism Matters to Archaeology
Friday, March 24, 2:10 – 3:30 p.m.
2239 Lane Hall
Neglected questions about women, gender, and sexuality have been on the archaeological agenda since the late 1980s, and gender-inclusive archaeology has transformed what we know about the past. But some of its strongest advocates deny that they are engaged in feminist scholarship or in any way influenced by feminist politics.

Symposium on Violent Interactions between Law Enforcement and Black Americans
Thursday, March 23, 6–9:00 p.m.
School of Public Health II (SPH II) Auditorium
On July 7, 2016, a lone gunman shot 12 Dallas police officers following a peaceful anti-brutality protest. As the lead trauma surgeon on call, Dr. Williams directed the team of surgeons and specialists caring for the seven officers transported to Parkland Hospital. Days later, after facing one of the largest crises of his medical career, he began confronting what he considers another crisis – violence and racism in America.

Gender in Information Event: Linglong He, CIO, Quicken Loans
Monday, March 20, 12 – 1:00 p.m.
2255 North Quad
Linglong He will discuss "Getting Your Worth in the Tech Industry" as keynote speaker of the UMSI-CDO Career Series: Gender in Information Careers, with support and sponsorship from the UMSI Diversity Committee.   A key focus of the presentation and moderated questions will focus on negotiating worth in the workplace—with a special focus on gender and diversity.  While the series focuses on career paths and success strategies for women, this event is open to all.

Gender in Information Event: CDO | AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiations
Wednesday, March 15, 5–7:30 p.m.
UMSI Engagement Center
The CDO is hosting the AAUW Start Smart Interactive Workshop for UMSI students.  Start Smart facilitators will be leading this workshop with the goal to empower students with the skills and confidence in the art of salary negotiation to bridge the gender wage gap. Due to the interactive component of this workshop, space is limited to the first 40 students who sign up in iTrack. This is the second session of the annual series on Gender in Information co-sponsored by the Diversity Committee and the Career Development Office. 

LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Week Keynote Speaker
Monday, March 13, 7–8 p.m.
Educational Conference Center, School of Social Work Building
The 2nd Annual Health and Wellness Week includes a series of diverse events focusing health and wellness for queer, trans, and similarly-identified individuals. The keynote speaker is Amorie Robinson, PhD, LP (aka "Kofi Adoma”).

Black Bodies, Social Justice and the Archive
The Institute for the Humanities and UMSI will host an open seminar on the relationships between the new concepts of the archive and the advancement of social justice causes in the United States.

Race at the Intersection
Leading scholars from around the U.S. will discuss their work on the intersection of racism with multiple socially-constructed identities.

Race, Gender, Nation, and Species: Breaking New Ground in Environmental Justice Studies
Speaker: David Pellow, PhD,-University of California- Santa Barbara,  is the Dehlsen Chair of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture by Rebecca Solnit
Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit will deliver the Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture, "Hope and Emergency," followed by a question and answer period with the audience. ASL interpretation will be provided. Free and open to the public.

Winter 2017 Communication & Media Speaker Series 
Kristen Warner (Associate Professor, College of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Alabama): "The Difficulty around Diversifying Hollywood's Labor Force and its Circumventions"

Promoting Academic Excellence in STEM:  The Evolving Roles of Learning Communities 
This event features a lecture by Michael McKibben of University of California, Riverside who will discuss a model for a highly successful, large scale learning community for STEM students.  A reception and a campus-wide poster session will follow. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 8, if you are planning on attending the event.

Brothers Dialogue Series
My Brothers is a lunch series open to all students, faculty and staff that address the unique needs and experiences of men of color at the University of Michigan in a safe, open space.

Diversity Next! Series: Dr. Kyra Gaunt
Black Music Matters: On the Power of Shared Song Leading and Silence in Mass Protests. Diversity Next! is an arts-inspired series of conversations convened by the Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) that seeks to broaden the horizons of diversity deliberations on the U-M campus and beyond.

SAMMUS
SAMMUS (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is an Ithaca, NY-based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. 

UMSI's Lunar New Year Celebration
The Diversity Committee sponsored the first open house celebration of the Lunar New Year with traditional food, games, customs and a stunning art installation by U-M artist in residence Wang Qingsong.

Politicized Science: Why Evidence Still Matters
Speaker: Sharyn Clough, Professor of Philosophy; Director, Phronesis Lab: Experiments in Engaged Ethics; School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Oregon State University

Gender & Feminist Psychology Brown Bag
Jen Frederick, U-M graduate student, on "Pathways to feminist identity among women's movement activists"

Defective, Deficient, Burdensome: Thinking About Bad Bodies
Join Eli Clare as he uses history, storytelling, and poetry to examine the ways in which some bodies and communities are named as bad and disposable. Ranging widely from police brutality to disability-based bullying, he reveals the deep damage done by the notion of defectiveness.

U-M Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Series: One Drop of Love
This multimedia one-woman show, written and performed by U-M alum Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, explores the intersections of race, class and gender in search of truth, justice and love.

The Center for World Performance Studies presents Diversity Next! Expanding the diversity conversation through the arts
This panel is part of an arts-inspired series of conversations convened by the Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) that seeks to broaden the horizons of diversity deliberations on the U-M campus and beyond.

Indie Lens Pop-Up: Meet the Patels
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations.

Perspective on Inclusion: Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein
Justice Richard Bernstein became the first blind justice, elected by voters statewide, to the Michigan Supreme Court in November 2014. 

Promoting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Two Major Research Universities: Lessons from the Meyerhoff Adaptation Project
This innovative project builds upon lessons from the exemplary UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars Program to develop inclusive high-achieving undergraduate programs at UNC and PSU that promote diversity, equity, and institutional transformation.

Clarence Wardell III: White House Police Data Initiative
Dr. Clarence Wardell will discuss the White House initiative to use data on police-citizen interactions to increase trust and engagement between law enforcement and citizens.

UMSI Community Gathering
A monthly opportunity for the UMSI community to come together to discuss aspects of our climate and culture. 

Story Telling Highlighting Trans Women and Trans Femme Experiences
First-year UMSI student Vidhya Aravind will be one of three panelists speaking as part of the storyelling experience for Transgender Awareness Week.

50 Years of Civil Rights Leadership: A U-M Symposium in honor of Rev. Jesse Jackson

SBEE Seminar Series: Willemien Kets
Willemien Kets, assistant professor at MEDS at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, will speak on "Challenging Conformity: A case for diversity."

Diversity and Disability in Bollywood Films
UMSI assistant professor Joyojeet Pal presents a discussion of disability in Indian popular culture. A U-M Investing in Ability event.

LRCCS Film Series | Panel discussion featuring Cui Zi’en, Wang Wo, and Ying Liang

William Warner Bishop Lectureship - Loretta Parham (AMLS '77)
The UMSI Diversity Committee sponsors a lecture by UMSI Distinguished Alumni Award winner Loretta Parham, Director and CEO of the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library, as part of the UMSI Homecoming celebration.


Introducing the U-M Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan
Please join us as we launch U-M’s strategic plan and outline the university’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Your voice, your participation and your ideas will play a vital role in shaping our future. A day of events kicks off at 9:00 AM at the Power Center.

Dr. Jessa Lingel lecture
The Queer Science and Technology Studies Social Reading Club and MISC are co-sponsoring Dr. Jessa Lingel's visit to the School of Information. She'll be giving a talk on her book project, Uncommon People: Digital technologies and the struggle for community.

John Seely Brown Symposium on Technology and Society
Speaker Liz Gerber is a professor, designer, consultant and community leader who studies and designs organizations and technology to support collective innovation. Drawing on theory from social computing and organizational theory, Dr. Gerber will outline a framework that will support collective innovation that is inclusive, collaborative, and comprehensive.

CID Presents: Rebuilding Citizenship for the Twenty-first Century
Catherine Bracey will speak on the connection between technology, good governance and citizen engagement.

UMSI-CDO Women in Information Career Series: Erin Teague
U-M alumna and Yahoo director of product development Erin Teague spoke about "Getting Your Worth in the Tech Industry."

Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures, Digital Memory and the Myth of Digital Universalism
University of Illinois research professor Anita Say Chan looked at experiments in innovation spaces from the periphery, including the development of rural hack lab spaces in Peru, in this Digital Futures Lecture Series talk.

Addressing Workplace Behavior:  Incivility, Microaggressions, and Bullying
The UMSI Career Development Office and the Center for the Education of Women held this workshop as part of the Women in Information series.

CDO workshop: The Art of Salary Negotiation: Ask For It
The UMSI Career Development Office held a work shop on salary negotiation for bridging the gender wage gap.

Women in Information Part I: UMSI Alumni Career Panel
The UMSI Career Development Office hosted a panel of alumni to offer advice and share experiences focused on women in information careers.

MISC Panel: Perspectives on Online Courses from the Trenches
UMSI professor Chuck Severance, a popular MOOC instructor, and UMSI staff member Heather Newman, a student in Georgia Tech's online master's program, discussed issues including whether MOOCs alleviate educational inequalities.

MLK Symposium Speaker: Jonathan Obar
University of Ontario Institute of Technology professor Jonathan Obar outlined solutions for preventing "big data discrimination."

The New Face of Entrepreneurship with Michigan Alumni: Mike Muse
The U-M Alumni Association sponsored a talk on the intersections race, ethnicity, age and gender in the landscape of entrepreneurship, followed by an alumni entrepreneurship panel and Wolverine Tank, a student start-up pitch contest.

Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Monkey
A Lunar New Year celebration with food, crafts and traditions in the North Quad, home of UMSI.

UMSI Career Fair
Undergraduate and graduate students had the opportunity to meet with dozens of high-profile prospective employers at the winter UMSI Career Fair.

2nd Annual UMSI Meet & Eat
The UMSI Diversity Committee hosted students, staff and faculty for a lunch to help different people across the school meet and learn more about each other. 

U-M MLK Symposium Keynote Memorial Lecture
Nontombi Naomi Tutu, daughter of South African social justice advocate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, spoke at the Keynote Memorial Lecture at the 2016 U-M MLK Symposium. 

Yahoo! Speaker: Patrick Keilty
University of Toronto assistant professor Patrick Keilty, who researches digital studies with an emphasis on theories of gender, sexuality and race, gave a talk titled "Desire by design."

MLK Symposium Speaker: Alicia Garza
UMSI and the U-M Graduate Library hosted Alicia Garza, co-creator of the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and the associated movement.

Women in Science and Engineering Software Carpentry Workshop
In this hands-on workshop, female instructors taught core computing skills for research and data analysis to female U-M faculty, staff, post-docs and students.