Becoming Campus Abolitionists

Online Ann Arbor, MI

Activists, community organizers, and policymakers have attempted police reform for more than a century. Whether diversifying departments, conducting racial bias training, or implementing community policing, no reform effort has stopped police from harming the public it has pledged to "protect and serve." While these concerns are largely understood outside of higher education, a closer look

The local impact of safety nets on communities of color

Online Ann Arbor, MI

The first event in this three-part COVID-19 reflections series will feature a panel discussion on the local impact of safety nets on communities of color during the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion will be moderated by Mara Ostfeld, associate faculty director of U-M Poverty Solutions. Panelists include: - William Lopez; clinical assistant professor at U-M School

Lessons Learned: Michigan’s Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities

Online Ann Arbor, MI

The final event in the COVID-19 reflections series will feature Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the vice president and chief health equity officer at CVS Health and former chief medical executive for the State of Michigan, in conversation with Celeste Watkins-Hayes, faculty director of the Center for Racial Justice. Together, they will reflect on the two-year anniversary

Deepening Diversity: A DEI of Public Health Consequence


Although people of color suffering under interlocking systems of oppression — such as impoverished and working-class residents of disinvested urban or rural communities — bear the largest population health burdens in the United States, the magnitude of racialized health inequity is often greatest among college graduates. Whether predominantly white universities are simply failing to address

Race and Racism, Comparatively: A Fall 2022 Series

Online Ann Arbor, MI

“Race and Racism, Comparatively” is a series of three conversations highlighting the work of scholars both in and beyond U-M whose scholarship is contributing to much-needed conversations on the global dimension of race, racism, and their impacts. Through these events, we seek to help broaden the aperture through which the academic community considers these themes,

#BlackLivesMatter Arts in the Performing Arts

Online Ann Arbor, MI

Initially a hashtag but now a global movement, #BlackLivesMatter emerged as a response to the 2013 acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murder. With the mission to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes, the global network is expansive and affirms the lives of

Blackness in Translation

Online Ann Arbor, MI

In this virtual panel and discussion, Yomaira Figueroa-Vásquez (Michigan State University) and Ryan James Kernan (Rutgers University) will share their groundbreaking research on the literary and cultural translation of Blackness before engaging in a discussion moderated by Aaron Coleman, U-M’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Critical Translation Studies. Dr. Figueroa-Vásquez’s and Dr. Kernan’s transnational and Afrodiasporic scholarship