L.E.A.D.: Leading Equity and Diversity Initiatives Workshop

Rackham Graduate School logo with University of Michigan block M in yellow

Rackham Graduate School logo with University of Michigan block M in yellow

Throughout this series of panel discussions, participants will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with a diverse group of people who lead diversity initiatives (this will include administrators, staff, students, and faculty, as well as others who work in the community). Each panel guest will speak about their own journey around DEI and how it has impacted their work and fueled their passion. They will also share information on their current diversity initiatives. Participants will have the chance to then engage in dialogue with panelists.

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.

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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 (one week preferred) to arrange for your requested accommodation(s) or an effective alternative.

The Choice: Silo-Bridging, Ensemble-Based Institutional Analysis

Business+Impact and U-M’s Center for the Study of Complex Systems will again bring together U-M scholars from across disciplinary boundaries to ponder big questions about how society should best choose the institutions/methodologies to make choices that will influence and contribute to a society’s or organizations’ ability to flourish. These institutions and mechanisms guide, manage, allocate, and harness society’s intellectual, financial, social, and ecological resources to decide on laws, policies, and leaders.  

8:30-9:00 Danish Java Mingle

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introduction

9:15-10:10The Five Pure Types: A Gathering of Experts”

10:10-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 Keynote Tom Malone (MIT)

11:45-12:45 “Dyads: Real World Choices “

12:45-1:30 Lunch 

1:30-2:15 “Spillovers, Robustness, and Context”

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-3:15 “A Deep Dive: The Legal Choice”

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-4:30 Micro-Charette: “Metrics for Civic Capacity”

4:30-5:00 Closings and Openings

Some featured participants include Tom Malone of MIT, Melissa Valentine of Stanford, and Scott E. Page of the University of Michigan.

The Choice consists of an interdisciplinary group of scholars focusing on how institutions influence allocations, shape our decision-making, and organize how we relate to one another politically and economically. Within any domain, be it health or education, law or the economy, a society must choose among institutional forms to distribute resources, assign power, or otherwise structure the way that we interact with one another and pursue our interests. Those institutional choices matter for their specific domains and also more broadly.

Our inquiry focuses on five core questions related to those choices:

(1) How societies choose and design individual institutions

    • why do we have markets for cars and democracy for judges?

(2) How technological advances and demographic changes influence these choices

    • the rise of markets to structure employer-employee relationships; algorithms for criminal sentencing

(3) How nested and linked institutions produce robust outcomes

    • eg, the functionality of boards of directors atop hierarchies and federalism as a marketplace for citizens’ ideas

(4) How institutional ensembles contribute to civic capacity

    • how communities build trust and order

(5) How civic capacity limits or enables institutional choices and forms

    • why development projects fail in some countries; how norms can constrain or enable innovation

CEW+ Advocacy Symposium: Redefining Leadership

Join CEW+ for its annual fall symposium focused on redefining leadership. The 2019 Symposium includes a diverse group of scholars, community practitioners and international activists who embody leadership in varied ways as they advocate for change. This year Joy DeGruy and Stephanie Land will kick off the Symposium during the Mullin Welch Lecture where they will discuss how nontraditional leadership strategies can enhance advocacy work with a focus on self-care, resilience, and systemic change.

This working symposium is free and open to all activists, advocates, and allies from all U-M campuses (students, staff, faculty) as well as the local community.

The CEW+ Advocacy Symposium is organized in partnership with Barger Leadership Institute, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, and Nicola’s Books with funding from CEW+’s Frances & Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and the CEW+ Mullin Welch Fund. 

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Listening to Strengthen Democracy

Kathy Cramer, Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science and Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Senior Advisor at Cortico

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Our democracy suffers from a lack of listening and an overabundance of people not feeling heard. In her talk, Dr. Cramer will explain what she heard while inviting herself into the conversations of people in small communities in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. That project led to a collaboration with a team of technology experts at MIT and partner nonprofit, Cortico. Kathy will talk about the community-driven listening network they invented, the Local Voices Network, and share what they’ve learned so far from chapters in Wisconsin, New York, Massachusetts, and Alabama.

Sponsored by The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy and The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

For more information contact closup@umich.edu or call 734-647-4091.

Building Resilience in Times of Chaos

Positive Links Speaker Series
Building Resilience in Times of Chaos

Emma Seppälä
Science Director
Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education
Stanford University

About Seppälä’s talk

We have little control over our environment and the challenges that come our way. But there is something we can do about our internal environment: the state of our mind, our ability to handle challenges, and bounce back. In this session, Seppälä will explore different empirically validated techniques to improve our emotional intelligence, our social connection, and our ability to endure and thrive no matter what comes our way.

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Sanger Info Session


Join staff and student leaders to learn which opportunities you can get involved in this year at the Sanger Leadership Center to advance your leadership skills and deepen your personal growth.

Programs include:

  • Ross Leaders Academy
  • LDRx Leader Experience
  • Story Lab
  • Legacy Lab
  • Leadership Crisis Challenge

Barger Leadership Institute Speaker Series

Paul Saginaw and Eileen Spring

BLIspeakerseriesFood for Thought: How two local leaders cultivated mindful careers in the specialty food and food bank sector

Paul Saginaw, Partner, and Co-Founder of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses and Food Gatherers
Eileen Spring, President/CEO of Food Gatherers

In 1988 and a few days before Thanksgiving, Food Gatherers became Michigan’s first food rescue program and the first program of its kind to be founded by a small local business, Zingerman’s Delicatessen. Today, co-founder Paul Saginaw is a partner to the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses powered by nearly 600 people in ten different businesses with nearly $60M in annual sales. Eileen Spring, who has been in her role for 24 years, has worked to meet rising levels of food insecurity with a staff of 30 people, more than 7,000 volunteers who deliver 6.5 M pounds of food to people struggling with food insecurity in Washtenaw County. Join us to hear from these two respected local leaders from different sectors but with a singular purpose: to provide food to people with excellent service, dignity, and purpose.

Allies for Inclusion: Allies for Inclusion Workshop

Dr. Karen A. Myers

Event flyerThe Allies for Inclusion is a ninety-minute workshop offered to faculty, staff and students who want to learn more about disability-related issues and are interested in becoming disability allies. Through various interactive activities and presentation, attendees will be able to:
-Demonstrate inclusive language and understand its importance.
-Know the difference between the letter of disability law and the spirit of disability law.
-Understand the concepts of Universal Design, Universal Instructional Design, and Universal Design for Student Development.
-Be able to identify areas of their campuses and communities that are not universally designed or accessible.
-Appreciate and understand the need for ability allies and commit to being an ally for inclusion by advocating for awareness, acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event or have any questions, please contact Anna Massey at abeattie@umich.edu.

About the speaker: 
Karen A. Myers, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Higher Education Administration graduate program at Saint Louis University and co-founder and director of the award-winning international disability education project, Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit, the Ability Ally Initiative workshops, Ability Allies in Action: Pre-Kindergarten-Eighth Curriculum, and The Ability Institute. She has been a college teacher and administrator since 1979 at nine institutions; is an international disability consultant and trainer, author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books; and teaches her self-designed graduate courses, “Disability in Higher Education and Society” and “Disability Administration in Higher Education.” She is co-founder of the ACPA College Student Educators International Coalition on Disability, past ACPA Foundation Trustee, and co-author of the ASHE monograph, Allies for Inclusion: Disability and Equity in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2014).