B+I Solidarity Statement and Racial Justice Resources

Business+Impact stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the Ross School of Business BBSA. With Business+Impact we aim to build a better world through powerful ideas and solutions to address the global challenges of our time. We are committed to the work of dismantling the structures of systemic racism, advancing racial justice in America, and building an equitable and sustainable future. We recognize that we must examine how we live our values each day, and seek to continually educate ourselves and others in the fight for justice and equity. Below we’ve compiled a set of resources for action, education, and transformation.

Racial Justice Resources:

Obama Foundation: Meet Anguish With Action

National Resource List: #GeorgeFloyd+ Resource Compilation

Read or Listen to The 1619 Project 

National Museum of African American History & Culture: Being Antiracist

United Way of Washtenaw County Equity Challenge: A Self-guided learning journey that examines the history and impacts of racism and how it shapes people’s lived experience in Washtenaw County

NEW Champions for Change leadership program builds the capacity for racial equity leadership in Washtenaw County

The Detroit Justice Center is a non-profit law firm working alongside communities to create economic opportunities, transform the justice system, and promote equitable and just cities

How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Funds for Black Owned Businesses, Compiled by Black Lives Matter

How to find and support Black-owned businesses, wherever you are

5 Ineffective Ways Organizations Respond to Racial Trauma

75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice

Survivors Speak protest schedule for Ann Arbor

5 Ineffective Ways Organizations Respond to Racial Trauma, by Justin Woods, +Impact Studio Design Fellow

Racial Justice News Items

5 Ineffective Ways Organizations Respond to Racial Trauma

Michigan Ross Full-Time MBAs Lead Initiative to Raise Awareness and $100,000 to Fight Racial Injustice

Music + social justice: ‘Seven Last Words of the Unarmed’ project adds educational resources

Businesses speaking out on racism, societal ills must show and tell

Residential College Professor Heather Ann Thompson re: protests on ABC News

How to Be An Antiracist

United Way of Washtenaw County Equity Challenge

75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice

Stand for Something, Speak Out, and Take Action: How Businesses Should Approach Today’s Vital Social Issues

New Workshops for Full-Time MBA Students Explore How to Be an Ally in the Ross Community and Beyond

Podcast: How a Detroit restaurateur went from prisoner to proprietor

Podcast: Michigan Teacher of the Year talks anti-racism, LGBTQ inclusion in the classroom

Some Detroit suburbs reckon with history as anti-Black ‘sundown towns’

Davenport calls for a “Movement of movements” to end police violence

New Faculty Funding Opportunity for Action-Based Research to Combat and Confront Racism

Black women often ignored by social justice movements

The fight for Detroit school children’s constitutional right to literacy isn’t over

Column: Public health and systemic racism are on the ballot in prosecutor elections

This prof is shedding light on energy injustice — and how to fix it

Ecologists across the country say academy must root out racism, recognize Black scholar excellence

Raising Race-Conscious Children: How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism

Podcast: Distinctly Detroit: Oliver Ragsdale Jr.

Michigan Ross Full-Time MBAs Lead Initiative to Raise Awareness and $100,000 to Fight Racial Injustice

Losing Home: Housing Instability and Availability in Detroit

This tool shows where racial equity is lagging in 100 U.S. cities

Podcast: Unlocking Resources for Recovery, Renewal, and Resilience

Laura Morgan Roberts coaches Black workers on how to handle microaggressions 

CID Inaugural Lecture: Thomas Piketty, Capital and Ideology

Thomas Piketty - Center for Inequality Inaugural Lecture

Thomas Piketty - Center for Inequality Inaugural Lecture

The Center for Inequality Dynamics (CID) was founded at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) in 2019 as a partnership between ISR, the Institute’s Survey Research Center, and the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. The center pursues cutting-edge research and innovative teaching on one of the central societal challenges of our time: social inequality.

Join us for our inaugural lecture as we talk to Thomas Piketty about his new book, Capital and Ideology. In this book, Piketty challenges us to revolutionize how we think about politics, ideology, and history. He exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, presents a scathing critique of contemporary politics, and outlines a bold proposal for a new and fairer economic system.

We will have a panel discussion with Elizabeth Anderson, John Dewey Distinguished University Professor, and Fabian Pfeffer, Director of the Center for Inequality Dynamics, with a reception to follow where Mr. Piketty will be signing books.

RSVP here for the event

Anti-Racism Workshop

This workshop will center on the conceptualization and application of anti-racism work. Anti-racism work is defined and constructed differently across time and space within and without the academy. How does the way we think about anti-racism impact the approaches to dismantling racism? What are some emerging approaches in the higher education context? Explore what they mean for you and your path in DEI work.

This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if we can accommodate your attendance.

Registration required at https://myumi.ch/lxxw7

Young, Gifted, @Risk & Resilient – Promoting Mental Health and Well-being Among Students of Color

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Young, Gifted, @Risk, & Resilient (YGARR) national conference at the University of Michigan! This day-long conference will bring together leading researchers, practitioners, administrators, faculty, and students to focus on campus climate and mental health among young adult/college students of color.

The current dialogue on mental health among college students has become a nationwide priority. Students of color in particular are tasked with navigating unique circumstances that can negatively influence their mental health, including racial/ethnic discrimination disparities in service utilization that can be exacerbated by discrimination experiences, treatment related to immigration status, and racialized sexual and gender marginalization. Yet, there is a relative dearth of scholarship specifically focused on the roles and impacts of campus climates characterized by these types of experiences on the mental health and well-being of college students of color. Such gaps in knowledge inhibit our ability to fully provide high quality, responsive, and equitable and inclusive supports and services.

We welcome you to visit the conference website to learn more. If you have any questions, please email Laura Sánchez-Parkinson at lasanche@umich.edu.

More info.

Business+Impact Showcase

Flowing from clubs to initiatives and centers, the Ross Business+Impact Initiative is an essential part of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Not only that, but through partnerships with other U-M schools and specific programs, we create multidisciplinary action-based learning opportunities across campus. New and existing students interested in poverty alleviation, healthcare access, sustainability, human rights and diversity should attend to discover opportunities to make a difference in the places where they live and work, at the school, and around the world.

This event is a tabled event with multiple constituents, and there will be light hors d’oeuvres served.

Exhibiting Organizations:

Blueprints For Pangaea
Career Development Office
Center for Positive Organizations
Center for Socially Engaged Design / Innovation in Action
Community Consulting Club
Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project
Detroit Revitalization & Business
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion @ Ross
Emerging Markets Club
Engaged Learning Office (UMSI)
Erb Institute
Ginsberg Center
Global Initiatives at Ross
Graham Sustainability Institute
Healthcare and Life Sciences Club
Impact Investing Group
Michigan in Washington

Net Impact – MBA
Net Impact – Undergraduate
Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships
Open Road at Ross
Poverty Solutions
Problem Solving Initiative
Propel Business Club
Semester in Detroit
Smart Cities Club
Social Venture Fund
Systems Studio / Taubman College
Tauber Institute for Global Operations
TechArb Student Venture Accelerator
University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program
William Davidson Institute
Wolverine Disaster Relief Club
Zell Lurie Institute

Out for Business: LGBTQA at Michigan Ross

Join us to learn more about the Ross MBA experience from members of Ross Out For Business LGBTQA community. We’ll briefly highlight what differentiates Michigan Ross and provide an opportunity for students to talk with admissions staff and current MBA students.


TEDxUofM Salon: Life with Disability

Disability is not a bad word.

Often times, our questions about what life is like when living with a disability go unanswered, because we’re afraid of the topic. TEDxUofM’s goal with this fantastic event, aptly held on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, is to give our community a space for open dialogue to learn about disabilities, help remove stigmas, and better understand the people who live with them beyond their disability.

Our Salon will feature two TED talks and will host a panel of University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students with disabilities and/or who work in the field. They will share their stories with the audience and answer a few of their questions as well during an interactive portion of the night.

TEDxUofM Salons are intimate, discussion-based explorations into specific ideas. They feature a speaker, a few TED talks, and animated discussions and activities to get you thinking about the world around us.

II Round Table: Antisemitism Today

What is Antisemitism, and how is it manifesting itself today? Is it on the rise globally? How does it differ in different parts of the world? Join a panel if U-M faculty as they discuss the issues surrounding antisemitism in our world. A Q&A will follow.

Joshua Cole (moderator)
Acting Director, International Institute; Department of History

Karla Goldman
Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies; School of Social Work
-Antisemitism and white supremacy

Julian Levinson
Department of English Language and Literature; Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
-Antisemitism and the political left

Shachar Pinsker
Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies; Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
-Short historical perspective on antisemitism, Zionism, and Israel–and the lines between criticism of Israel and antisemitism today.

Steven Ratner
U-M Law School; Center for South Asian Studies; Center for Southeast Asian Studies; Donia Human Rights Center
-The regulation of hate speech in U.S. constitutional law and international human rights law

Alexandra Minna Stern
Department of American Culture; History; Women’s Studies; Obstetrics and Gynecology
-How antisemitism sits at the core at the alt-right and particularly its distorted narrative of American history, touching on the role of social media in amplifying antisemitism

Jeffrey Veidlinger
Director, Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies; Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
-The historical background of antisemitism

This event is co-sponsored by the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.