Bask in the Light: Art from LGBTQ+ Incarcerated Folks Across Michigan

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Bask in the Light: Art from LGBTQ+ Incarcerated Folks Across Michigan art exhibit centers the work of individuals incarcerated across the state of Michigan who identify across the LGBTQ+ spectrum and/or who identify as living with HIV/AIDS. Black and Pink at the School of Public Health welcomes the Michigan community to learn more about this project at our opening event on Thursday, April 13, 2023 from 6-7:30pm in the Kalamazoo room in the Michigan League. The art will remain on display at the first floor of the Michigan League until the end of April 2023. Through their work, participating artists engage with the poetics of longing for community and connection, desire for healing and repair, and visual resistance to punitive and heteronormative logics. Their resilience is evident not just in their words and images, but also in the ways they have subverted institutional processes and materials in their creations. The title of the show, Bask in the Light, comes from the work of artist Lādi Dä, reflecting the strength and beauty of transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex individuals trapped in the prison industrial complex.

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Women Leading Local Government: An interactive seminar presented by the Michigan Municipal League’s 16/50 Project

Panel of women speaking

Women make up over 50% of the state’s population, but just 16% of Michigan’s local chief administrative officers. The Michigan Municipal League’s 16/50 Project is transforming this leadership gap – getting more women seated in the municipal top spot in Michigan communities.

Join the 16/50 Project for an interactive panel experience to meet the force of women leading communities in Michigan, engage with local government challenges, and learn more about the municipal management profession.

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DEI @ Work Book Discussion | Laura Huang’s “Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage”

Combo photo of "Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage" book jacket and author Laura Huang's headshot.
“In an ideal world, we’d succeed based on our actual skills and performance. But in the real world, subtle perceptions and stereotypes – about appearance, race, gender, experience and more – color others’ perceptions. The result might be that your hard work isn’t noticed or appreciated, your effort doesn’t lead to proportional rewards and your good ideas aren’t taken seriously. But it doesn’t have to be that way. As Harvard Business School Professor Laura Huang has discovered, there’s a way to flip stereotypes and obstacles in your favor. Drawing on compelling case studies and her groundbreaking research on overcoming bias, Huang explains that by finding your edge, you can turn perceived disadvantages into real strengths – and into real success.” [Center for Positive Organizations] This virtual discussion is open to all — but please register to receive the Zoom link prior to the event.

Free to be me? Evolving gender expression and the dynamic interplay between authenticity and the desire to be accepted at work

Jamie Ladge
Dr. Ladge will be discussing the findings from her co-authored study that examines how the gender expression of transgender individuals evolves as they transition in the context of work. In this manuscript, we draw from interviews with 25 transgender employees conducted at four points in time over a two-year period as they initiate, perform, and continue their gender transition. Contributing to the literature on authenticity and identity transitions, our findings challenge the assumptions that individuals know how to express an authentic self and that authenticity has an endpoint by pointing to the evolving and relational nature of authenticity that involves a trial-and-error approach in which transgender individuals learn to become authentic as they engage in various forms of gender performativity. Further, we position authenticity as a continuum, as individuals may temper their gender expression to elicit acceptance and express a gender that feels “authentic enough” as they contend with the impact of prevailing gender norms and expectations in the workplace. Finally, the findings suggest that the identity transition process evolves in a non-linear way and involves a dynamic interplay between the desire to express one’s gender in a way that feels authentic and the desire to feel accepted by others.

Togetherness: QTBIPOC Gatherings

Togetherness: QTBIPOC Gatherings March Breakfast flyer


Join Spectrum Center and MESA for our March Togetherness: QTBIPOC Gathering of this semester! Typically held on the second Monday of the month, these gatherings provide space for QTBIPOC students to build on-campus communities with each other. There will be food, drinks, and good company as we co-create this space together. Come chat, hang out, connect, snack, and vibe with us!

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The Spectrum Center is dedicated to working towards offering equitable access to all of the events we organize. If you have an accessibility need you feel may not be automatically met at this event, there is space to report that in the registration, or you can fill out our Event Accessibility Form, found at You do not need to have a registered disability with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) or identify as disabled to submit. Advance notice is necessary for some accommodations to be fully implemented, and we will always attempt to dismantle barriers as they are brought up to us. Any questions about accessibility at Spectrum Center events can be directed to

Black Feminist Futures: Jennifer Nash and Samantha Pinto in conversation with U-M prof Aida Levy-Hussen

Jennifer Nash and Samantha Pinto

Jennifer Nash (Duke University) and Samantha Pinto (University of Texas) talk with Aida Levy-Hussen, associate professor of English language and literature, about their book series, Black Feminism on the Edge and about what new and urgent scholarship in Black feminist thought can look like.

About Humanities Afrofutures
Presented by the Institute for the Humanities, Humanities Afrofutures is a month-long series of events at the University of Michigan bringing together scholars, artists and activists to reexamine the past, explore critical issues in the present, and create a space for imagining possible futures.

Speakers include poet-activist Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Black Panther production designer Hannah Beachler, scholars Moya Bailey, Jennifer Nash, and Samantha Pinto, regional community leaders engaging in multi-faceted activist and creative work, U-M faculty, and more.

Join us for Humanities Afrofutures in February 2023. All events are free and open to the public.

The Inclusive Research Matters Seminar Series

Critical Quantitative Methodology: Advanced Measurement Modeling to Identify and Remediate Racial (and other forms of) Bias. Matt Diemer Professor, School of Education; Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research University of Michigan. Thursday, February 20 2023. Noon ET. ISR-Thompson room 1430
The emerging Critical Quantitative (CQ) perspective is anchored by five guiding principles (i.e., foundation, goals, parity, subjectivity, and self-reflexivity) to mitigate racism and advance social justice. Within this broader methodological perspective, sound measurement is foundational to the quantitative enterprise. Despite the problematic history of measurement, it can be repurposed for critical and equitable ends. MIMIC (Multiple Indicator and MultIple Causes) models are a measurement strategy to simply and efficiently test whether a measure means the same thing and can be measured in the same way across groups (e.g., racial/ethnic and/or gender). This talk considers the affordances and limitations of MIMICs for critical quantitative methods, by detecting and mitigating racial, ethnic, gendered, and other forms of bias in items and in measures.

Women In Leadership Conference

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Join us for the 2023 Women in Leadership Conference at the University of Michigan!

The purpose of WIL is to encourage women to excel as leaders and to promote an inclusive community across the University of Michigan and beyond. The conference will consist of an opening keynote, given by Jennifer Morikawa, a senior manufacturing engineer for General Motors (GM) and the Director of SWE. There will also be workshop sessions on topics ranging from DEI to mental well-being. After lunch, there will be ten-minute mentoring sessions where students will have the opportunity to get advice from mentors one-to-one about career planning and resume review. The conference will close with a panel from professional female leaders. Attendees can expect to leave inspired, having learned many important lessons about navigating the professional world.

We are limiting the number of in person attendees to 100 so sign-up quickly to reserve one of these spots!

The Women in Leadership Conference will take place on Saturday, March 18th from 11:00AM – 3:00PM EST. The dress code is casual.

Register HERE!

If you have any questions, please contact the WIL Conference Planning Committee at