Creating Inclusive Environments for Diverse Religious, Spiritual, and Secular Worldviews

When you hear the word “diversity”, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, religion wasn’t your first thought, or even your second one at that. We live in a world, work jobs, attend classes, and are a part of organizations that are religiously diverse, and yet this identity is often forgotten or labeled as too taboo to talk about with others. In order to be effective leaders, influencers, and DEI practitioners, we have to critically examine how we are cultivating communities that both value and engage diverse religious, spiritual, and secular (RSS) worldviews. Join us for this interactive workshop as we explore how RSS worldviews shape our experiences and the spaces that we occupy.
Learning Objectives:

Examine one’s own RSS worldview
Explore how RSS worldviews have shaped one’s own and other’s experiences
Brainstorm strategies to engage diverse RSS worldviews to cultivate inclusive communities

This workshop is designed for University of Michigan master’s students, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty and staff, please contact rackhampdeworkshops@umich.edu to see if we can accommodate your attendance.
Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/P1ydg.
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.

2022 DEI Climate Sessions

2022 DEI Climate Sessions | Date Announcements
2022 DEI Climate Sessions | Date AnnouncementsWe will review university-level Climate Survey results for students, faculty, and staff. How has the U-M climate changed since the launch of DEI 1.0? What are people saying about the U-M climate currently? Join us for a deeper dive and discussion.
 

Creating Inclusive Environments for Diverse Religious, Spiritual, and Secular Worldviews

When you hear the word “diversity”, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, religion wasn’t your first thought, or even your second one at that. We live in a world, work jobs, attend classes, and are a part of organizations that are religiously diverse, and yet, this identity is often forgotten or labeled as too taboo to talk about with others. In order to be effective leaders, influencers, and DEI practitioners, we have to critically examine how we are cultivating communities that both value and engage diverse religious, spiritual, and secular (RSS) worldviews. Join us for this interactive workshop as we explore how RSS worldviews shape our experiences and the spaces that we occupy.
Learning Objectives:

Examine one’s own RSS worldview
Explore how RSS worldviews have shaped one’s own and other’s experiences
Brainstorm strategies to engage diverse RSS worldviews to cultivate inclusive communities

Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/1nePg.
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.

Community Conversation: Interfaith From a DEI Lens

How do we treat all religious traditions equally? Do we make space or respect the spiritual in the workplace? How do secular and religious identities sometimes find themselves at odds in the workplace? The interfaith team to provide a brief presentation about their work with R/S/S identities on campus as well.

Host: Dilip Das, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Lisa Stella, Associate VP, Student Life

Community Conversations is an opportunity for faculty, staff and student to come together bi-weekly to engage on meaningful ways to increase belonging at Michigan Medicine. We feel that it is important to carve out space for dialogue, provide support for one another, promote self-care, and share valuable resources. The sessions are designed for space to hear your voice and all are welcome!

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Only Hope: A Survivor’s Stories of the Holocaust

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) Study Groups

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) Study GroupsBefore she passed away in 1974, Felicia B. Lubliner wrote about her interment in Polish ghettos and two Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz and GrossRosen. Her powerful stories have recently been published by her son, Irv Lubliner, emeritus Southern Oregon University professor and OLLI instructor.

He will share excerpts from the book, shedding light on his mother’s experiences and indomitable spirit as well as his experiences as a child of Holocaust survivors and his process of bringing his book to fruition. This is followed by a Q and A session.

Irv Lubliner has presented this program to numerous OLLIs across the country
For more information, check out his website at onlyhopebook.com.

This class meets on Tuesday, March 1.

Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.

From rage to reconciliation: Stories from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The Parents Circle-Families Forum (PCFF) is a grassroots organization of Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost immediate family members due to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The PCFF operates under the principle that a process of reconciliation is a prerequisite for achieving a sustained peace. Two PCFF members—an Israeli and a Palestinian—will join us to tell their personal stories of bereavement and explain their choice to engage in dialogue instead of revenge.

Laila Alsheikh lives in Bethlehem in the West Bank. In 2002, her 6 months old son, Qussay, became ill and Israeli soldiers prevented Layla from taking him to the hospital for more than five hours. Qussay soon died from the lack of timely treatment. Layla joined the Parents Circle in 2016. Following her son’s death, she never thought of revenge, but rather has devoted her time and energy to ensuring a better, more peaceful future for her children.

Yigal Elhanan is Israeli. When he was 4 years old, his sister, Smadar, was killed in a Palestinian suicide bombing in Jerusalem. Yigal is a member and activist in the Parents Circle – Families Forum. His father, Rami Elhanan, previously served as the Israeli Co-Director of the organization.  

After hearing from the Parents Circle members, John Ciorciari (Ford School Associate Professor of Public Policy and Director of the International Policy Center and Weiser Diplomacy Center) will moderate questions from the live audience.

The bloody Israeli-Palestinian conflict has taken a heavy toll from each and every one of the PCFF members. It is through this pain that they have chosen to exchange their feelings of rage and revenge, helplessness, despair and the void, with activities of hope for reconciliation. Join us to hear their stories, and learn from their path from revenge to reconciliation.

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Muslim Women in the Digital Age: Podcasting, Music, and Illustration with Misha Euceph, Emmen Ahmed, and Aint Afraid

Muslim Women in the Digital Age: Podcasting, Music, and Illustration with Misha Euceph, Emmen Ahmed, and Ain’t Afraid

Muslim Women in the Digital Age: Podcasting, Music, and Illustration with Misha Euceph, Emmen Ahmed, and Ain’t AfraidMuslim Women in the Digital Age: Podcasting, Music, and Illustration with Misha Euceph, Emmen Ahmed, and Aint Afraid

February 18th, 2022 at 2:30pm ET
RSVP: http://bit.ly/MuslimWomenDigital

How do Muslim women define themselves in the digital age? How do Muslim women, particularly young Muslim women, experience the online world, and what role does the internet plays in their creative work? How do race and religion intersect in Muslim digital communities? Join the Global Islamic Studies Center at 2:30pm EST on February 18, 2022, as podcast host and producer Misha Euceph, illustrator Emmen Ahmed, and musicians and twin sisters Sakinah (Straingth) and Zakiyyah (WiZdumb) of the Muslim hip hop duo Ain’t Afraid, discuss their digital lives.

Misha Euceph’s podcast “Tell Them, I Am” explores the lives and “small moments” of Muslims in the public eye, and is produced by the Obama production company, Higher Ground, as a Spotify Original. Emmen Ahmed’s artwork plays with traditional Mughal miniature paintings, Islamic art, the female form, and Bollywood imagery to hold a mirror up to South Asian Muslim women’s lives. The multi-talented hip hop/pop/soul/R&B artist duo Aint Afraid are singers, songwriters, rappers, poets, and changemakers, whose mission of changing the world includes advocacy in issues related to poverty, homelessness, healthcare, education, hunger, and mental health.

In this two-hour event, each of the four speakers will have 15 minutes to speak about, illustrate, or perform what they do. We will then convene in a panel discussion where the artists respond to each other for 20 minutes, followed by Q&A from the audience for 30 minutes.

Come learn how these Muslim women experience the online world and what role the internet plays in their work: http://bit.ly/MuslimWomenDigital

Cosponsored by The Center for South Asian Studies, The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, Arab and Muslim American Studies, & Room Project

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this event, please reach out to us at islamicstudies@umich.edu, we’d be happy to help. As you may know, some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange, so the sooner you can reach out to us the better.