Undoing Racism is a community collective of students, staff, and faculty in the School of Social Work dedicated to fighting white supremacy at the individual, school, and structural levels.
This workgroup was established in 2019 after students, staff, and faculty took part in the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism© workshops. Since then, the Undoing Racism workgroup has been working to implement the People’s Institute anti-racist community organizing model – recognizing that community organizing within our school is critical to move toward an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program to bring along all members of the community.
The Undoing Racism workgroup also emphasizes the role that white members of our community must take on to dismantle and undo white supremacist structures that benefit and maintain power for white people. Our work has largely been focused on building collective community – a fundamental step in the People’s Institute organizing model. Our dialogue and strategic planning to advance towards an anti-racist and anti-oppressive program and school community must begin with building relationships and strengthening community bonds to engage in internal and external anti-racism work.
Meetings are held monthly on the last Thursday of the month from 12-2pm. All members of our school community are invited to attend.
- January 27th, 2022
- February 24th, 2022
- March 31st, 2022
- April 28th, 2022
- May 26th, 2022
The Spectrum Center’s Pronouns 101 Workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about gender pronouns, their significance to queer and trans communities, and gender inclusive language. During this session, staff and faculty will participate in an interactive workshop focused on the importance of pronouns and gender inclusion.
Learning objectives include:
• Learn about inclusive and affirming pronouns for trans and non-binary people
• Increase your knowledge and comfort regarding pronouns
• Increase your knowledge of using gender neutral pronouns
The Native American Studies program at the University of Michigan requests sponsorship for the sixth annual Berkhofer Lecture on Native American Studies to be given virtually by Robin Kimmerer.
The past five Berkhofer Lectures, featuring Tommy Orange, author of the bestselling New York Times novel There There, were grand affairs, with some 300 people in attendance each year. These audiences consisted of students and faculty from U-M, interested residents of Ann Arbor, Native Americans from the Metro-Detroit area, and with the event now online, audiences worldwide. In asking Robin Kimmerer, a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment we seek to shift the focus of the Berkhofer lecture to highlight emerging indigenous literary talent.
Event link: TBD
We are pleased to officially announce our third anti-racism series event and speaker on March 28th, at 5:00pm, in Tauber Colloquium. Jazmine Williams McCoy, Director of DEI for Rocket Companies, will facilitate a conversation titled: Statements, celebrations, and donations: Exploring the corporate approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Registration information is now available!
This session will explore privilege as it relates to dominant identities and discuss how one’s privilege has systemic advantages regardless if earned or aware. Participants will receive a basic introduction to privilege followed by an interactive activity that will identify individual areas of systemic advantage based on social group affiliation. The participants who would gain the most from this session are those who are willing to go beyond their comfort zone and engage in difficult conversations that will not only challenge them to be more conscious of their behaviors, but also serve as motivation for social change. This session is not intended to target anyone’s identity or make folks feel guilty about their privilege(s); rather, make them aware of their personal advantages and hopefully inspire them to be more inclusive. A brave space will be created so participants can engage in dialogue and not feel judged or targeted.
Identify common advantaged identities
Understand their own privilege(s) based on association with various social identity groups
Reflect on personal experiences where privilege was consciously or unconsciously manifested in their daily interactions
This workshop is designed for University of Michigan master’s students, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty and staff, please contact email@example.com to see if we can accommodate your attendance.
Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/WJ24w.
We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full participation in this event, please follow the registration link to indicate your accommodation requirements. Please let us know as soon as possible in order to have adequate time, preferably one week, to arrange for your requested accommodations or an effective alternative.
All music educators must be prepared to construct learning environments that are equitable and socially just. Much of that preparation begins in our university-based music teacher education programs, where a critical foundation is laid. Built on the assumption that this work is essential for teachers of any subject area, this talk will consider how three domains of the music curriculum—content, context, and pedagogy—can be approached through a lens of equity and justice. Research and personal reflections will inform a discussion of the imaginative potential and problematic practices of this work in today’s sociopolitical climate.
Carlos Abril is Professor of Music and Associate Dean at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and Chair of the Society for Research in Music Education. His body of research seeks to document visible and invisible barriers to the study of music in schools, as well as to illuminate ways to make the study of music more relevant and accessible. His work is published in numerous research and professional journals, as well as in books. He co-edited the books Teaching General Music: Approaches, Issues, and Viewpoints (Oxford University Press) and Musical Experiences in Our Lives: Lessons We Learn and Meanings We Make (Rowan & Littlefield) and has published music and instructional materials for World Music Press and Macmillan/McGraw-Hill. His latest book, General Music: Dimensions of Practice (with Dr. Brent Gault), is currently in press with Oxford. Abril has served on the Research Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts and is the recipient of the Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship.