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 

Environmental Awareness and Compassionate Action

Environmental Awareness and Compassionate Action - Tibetan Buddhist Scholar and Teacher - Demo Rimpoche

Environmental Awareness and Compassionate Action - Tibetan Buddhist Scholar and Teacher - Demo Rimpoche

Earth Day Forum presented by Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, U-M EEB & U-M Psychiatry

With the existential crisis of our time, climate change, bearing down upon us, there is a need to develop constructive and sustainable solutions. Great strides have been made in generating awareness about climate change, overpopulation, mass extinction of species and other stressors on the environment. In 2019, the City of Ann Arbor declared a Climate Emergency. But how can we as individuals make a difference? Buddhism has always emphasized the interdependence of all living beings and the benefit of interacting compassionately.

The inaugural Jewel Heart Annual Earth Day Forum will present a dialogue between Tibetan Buddhist scholar and teacher, Demo Rinpoche, and eminent scientists and activists. The Forum will address the human and spiritual dimension of sustaining life on this planet.

Demo Rinpoche – Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center
Mark Hunter – UM Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Anthony King – UM Department of Psychiatry
MaryCarol Hunter – UM School for Environment and Sustainability
Avik Basu – UM School for Environment and Sustainability
Rebecca Hardin – UM School for Environment and Sustainability
Isabelle Osawamick – Native American Anishinaabemowin Language Specialist
Jonathan Rose – The Garrison Institute

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Beautiful Justice: The Aesthetics of Oppression and Freedom

Audrey Bennett, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, Penny W.Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan

Audrey Bennett, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, Penny W.Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan

What role does aesthetics play in the struggle for social justice? Aesthetic judgments saturate our interactions with media, from billion-dollar advertising campaigns to texts from ancient philosophy. However, aesthetics also play a crucial role in our lived experience of oppression and freedom. From the racist claims for white beauty as superior genetics to the liberating music inspirations of reggae, hip-hop, and soul, the aesthetic dimensions of struggles for social justice, and the hidden politics behind aesthetic perceptions, have received little attention. This presentation revisits the historical and cross-disciplinary conversations around aesthetics as beauty through form and function and introduces beautiful justice, a design framework that aims to extend the discussion to include justice.

Audrey Bennett is a former Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Scholar of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a former College Art Association Professional Development Fellow. Currently, she is a tenured professor and University Diversity and Social Transformation professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan where teaches and conducts research in design. She studies the user-centered design of multimodal and intersensory images for communication across cultures. Her research publications include: How Design Education Can Use Generative Play to Innovate for Social Change (International Journal of Design); Engendering Interaction with Images (Intellect/University of Chicago Press); The Rise of Research in Graphic Design (PAPress); Interactive Aesthetics (Design Issues); Good Design is Good Social Change (Visible Language). She is the co-editor of the Icograda Design Education Manifesto 2011, and a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Image and Text (South Africa), Communication Design: Interdisciplinary and Graphic Design Research (Canada), and New Design Ideas (Azerbaijan). She holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale University.


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CANCELED-The State of Fair Housing (LJSC Speaker Series)

Department of Sociology. Image is of the University of Michigan yellow block M and the word Sociology in all caps.

Department of Sociology. Image is of the University of Michigan yellow block M and the word Sociology in all caps.

As President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Lisa Rice leads efforts by NFHA and its partners to advance fair housing principles and to preserve and broaden fair housing protections, expanding equal housing opportunities for millions of Americans.

Ms. Rice played a major role in crafting sections of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and in establishing the Office of Fair Lending within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Prior to becoming President and CEO, she served as NFHA’s Executive Vice President and managed the organization’s resource development, public policy, communications, and enforcement divisions.

Ms. Rice is a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Board of Directors, Center for Responsible Lending Board of Directors, JPMorgan Chase Consumer Advisory Council, Mortgage Bankers Association’s Consumer Advisory Council, Freddie Mac Affordable Housing Advisory Council, Urban Institute’s Mortgage Servicing Collaborative, and Quicken Loans Consumer Advisory Forum.

Lisa Rice
President & CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance

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CANCELED-Grace Lin Reading, Q&A, and Book Signing

Grace Lin - Reading, Q & A, Book Signing

Grace Lin - Reading, Q & A, Book Signing

Lamstein Children’s Literature Lecture

Before Grace Lin was an award-winning and NY Times bestselling author/illustrator of picturebooks, early readers and middle grade novels, she was the only Asian girl (except for her sisters) going to her elementary school in Upstate NY. That experience, good and bad, has influenced her books—including her Newbery Honor WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON, her Geisel Honor LING & TING, her National Book Finalist WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER and her Caldecott Honor A BIG MOONCAKE FOR LITTLE STAR.

That experience also causes Lin to persevere for diversity: She is an occasional New England Public Radio commentator, she gave a TEDx talk titled “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf,” and she authored a PBSNewHour video essay called “What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist?” She continues this mission with her two podcasts kidlitwomen* and Book Friends Forever. In 2016, Lin’s art was displayed at the White House and Lin was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.

For any questions about the event or to share accommodation needs, please email asbates@umich.edu– we are eager to help ensure that this event is inclusive to you. The building, event space, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Diaper changing tables are available in nearby restrooms. Gender-inclusive restrooms are available on the second floor of the Museum, accessible via the stairs, or in nearby Hatcher Graduate Library (Floors 3, 4, 5, and 6). The Hatcher Library also offers a reflection room (4th Floor South Stacks), and a lactation room (Room 13W, an anteroom to the basement women’s staff restroom, or Room 108B, an anteroom of the first floor women’s restroom). ASL interpreters and CART services are available upon request; please email asbates@umich.edu at least two weeks prior to the event, whenever possible, to allow time to arrange services.

U-M employees with a U-M parking permit may use the Church Street Parking Structure (525 Church St., Ann Arbor) or the Thompson Parking Structure (500 Thompson St., Ann Arbor). There is limited metered street parking on State Street and South University Avenue. The Forest Avenue Public Parking Structure (650 South Forest Ave., Ann Arbor) is five blocks away, and the parking rate is $1.20 per hour. All of these options include parking spots for individuals with disabilities.

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Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Finals


Finals Schedule
Friday, February 21: 

9:00 – 11:35 am   MBC Track Finals (Seigle Impact Track, Innovation Track, Invention Track) Four finalists each track: 15 minute pitch, 15 minutes Q&A

12:30pm Winners of each track announced 

1:30 – 3:15 pm  MBC Best in Business Pitches (First place winner of each track) 15 minute pitch, 15 minutes Q&A

3:15 – 5:30 pm  MBC Reception (lower level Ross building):
3:15 – 4:15 pm     Team Showcase (all Track Finalists will table)
4:15 – 4:45 pm      Elevator Pitch Competition (all Track Finalists) 
5:00 – 5:15 pm      Awards announced

The Track Finals take place in the morning from 9:00-11:35am. All twelve teams will pitch to a new panel of judges. Pitches will include business plan for 15 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

At 12:30pm, ALL TEAMS will be present when the winner of each track (and places 2-4) are announced. Those three winners will present again in the afternoon to a new panel of judges for a chance to win an additional $5,000 Best in Business Prize. 

Every Finalist team will participate in the MBC Student Startup Showcase from 3:15-4:15 pm, where there will be tables and talking about each venture to attendees. There is a Showcase cash award to be won. 

Every Finalist team will choose one team member to give a 60-second elevator pitch to the crowd. Yes, there are cash awards for this as well.

At 5:15, the winners of all awards will be announced, there will be big checks and lots of photos.

ALL portions of the day are open to the public.



Here’s how the $100,000 in cash prizes is allotted:
$15,000 MBC track winner (one in each of the 3 tracks)
$7,500 MBC track runner-up (one in each of the 3 tracks)
$1,500 MBC track Finalists (two in each of the 3 tracks)
$5,000 OneMagnify MBC Best in Business Award 
$5,000 Williamson Award for Best Business/Engineering team 
$5,000 Sillman Undergraduate Award
$2,000 MIC Investment Committee Award
$500 MBC Showcase Award
$500 MBC Elevator Pitch 1st Place
$250 MBC Elevator Pitch 2nd Place
$100 MBC Elevator Pitch 3rd Place
$250 MBC Round Two Participation Awards (all teams who continue on in the competition will receive this award along with any additional awards)


Social Justice in the Real World: Alumni Panel and Mixer

University of Michigan School of Social Work logo

University of Michigan School of Social Work logo

Join us a for a panel discussion and mixer with CASC Minor alumni. Panelists will share their stories and journey engaging in social justice and change work. Learn more about their academic career as undergraduate students, experience in the minor, and the challenges, and lessons learned about applications of social justice “in the real world”. Light dinner served.

Alumni Panelists: *Forthcoming*


Queer Students Abroad

Queer students who have travelled out of the US will share their experiences living, traveling and/or working abroad. Learn about how their identities impacted their experience, as well as helpful resources to plan your own experience abroad. This event is a partnership between the International Center, the Spectrum Center, and the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies (CGIS). Register using the ticket link!

Spectrum Center Event Accessibility Statement
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, fill out our Event Accessibility Form, found at http://bit.ly/SCaccess 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 spectrumcenter@umich.edu.

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The Choice II Reconvenes U-M’s Best and Brightest to Consider Methods and Modes for Impact Decisionmaking

Business+Impact again brought together U-M scholars on Fri, Dec. 13, 2019 to ponder  how society should make choices that will influence and contribute to a society’s or organization’s ability to flourish.

Featured participants included Tom Malone, former CEO of Summa, and Scott E. Page of the University of Michigan.


Detailed Agenda from the Event

Opening Remarks

The Five Pure Types: A Gathering of Experts
Our day begins with talks by five brilliant Michigan faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and methodological approaches.  Each will provide a working introduction to one of the five institutional forms. How is it defined? When does this institution work well? When doesn’t it? In which allocative and decision-making domains do we see this institution? What spillovers does the institution produce?

  • Markets: Betsey Stevenson (Ford School) (Watch Video)
  • Hierarchies:  Elizabeth Popp Berman (Organizational Studies) (Watch Video)
  • Democracies: Lisa Disch (Political Science) (Watch Video)
  • Communities: Rebecca Hardin (SEAS) (Watch Video)
  • Algorithms: Paul Resnick (Information) (Watch Video)

Keynote: Tom Malone (Watch Video)
In his recent book, SuperMinds, Tom Malone describes how technology increases the potential efficacy and power of humans interacting through institutions. Technology, sometimes in the form of algorithms and often through improved production and allocation of knowledge and information, improves democracies, hierarchies, markets, and self-organized communities.

Dyads: Real World Choices
In The Vanishing American Corporation, Jerry Davis demonstrates how technological advances have led to more market-based transactions and fewer formal organizations (hierarchies) and how that trend has produced a variety of spillovers. Here, we bring in a collection of experts to discuss other dyadic variants of The Choice that occur in the real world.

Spillovers, Flourishing, and Context
The Choice framing emphasizes spillovers across institutions. In this panel, Scott Page (UM-Ross) (Watch Video) will provide some general framing on the types of spillovers that might arise as well as describe a potential taxonomy of spillovers to structure the afternoon’s charrette.

  • Jenna Bednar (Political Science) will propose human flourishing (rather than GDP) as the aim of society and frame The Choice within this broader objective. (Watch Video)
  • Oscar Ybarra (Psychology) will describe evidence for psychological spillovers. (Watch Video)
  • Last, Jerry Davis (UM-Ross) will show how context matters by taking a deep cross-national dive in Uber. Why does Swedish Uber not resemble the US version and how did Uber thrive in India? (Watch Video)

A Deep Dive: The Legal Choice  (Watch Video)
Orly Lobel (Univ. of San Diego Law) and JJ Prescott (UM Law) take a deep dive into how new technology disrupts settled normative regulation choices, and how policymakers should think about leveraging choices to support emerging platform markets, algorithmic capacities, and a changing labor market. 

Micro-Charette: Gigs!
In this session, we will break into small groups to consider the direct and spillover effects of the gig economy. How would we measure spillovers from gig work? How do gig jobs impede and enable flourishing? In what contexts should we encourage or prevent gig employment?

Closings and Openings
We end the day with closing (summary) and opening (new directions for research) thoughts by some key participants. Among our speakers

Conversations on Europe. What’s Left of the Yellow Vest Movement

Anne-Claire Defossez, visiting researcher, Institute for Advanced Study; Didier Fassin, professor of social science, Institute for Advanced Study

The emergence of the yellow vests movement, its rapid extension, its endurance, and its popularity have been a source of surprise and confusion among politicians as well as commentators. Whereas it was initially viewed as a mere reaction to an increase in fuel tax, it soon appeared to be a broader protest against the policies led by Emmanuel Macron regarded as deepening economic inequalities. Instead of responding to the claim to more social justice, the government first expressed contempt but soon used repression, the violence of which caused hundreds of severely wounded. Characterized by a unique repertoire of action, an unusual combination of social groups and a grassroots organization without clear leaders, the mobilization challenged traditional forms of democratic representation. While it is too early to assess its long-term signification, it has however revealed the resistance of the “classes populaires” to authoritarian neoliberalism.

Didier Fassin is professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. A physician, sociologist, and anthropologist, he has conducted research in various countries on issues related to inequality and immigration. His recent works are ethnographies of the police, the justice system and the prison institution as well as on the idea of crisis.

Anne-Claire Defossez is researcher in social sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. A sociologist, she was previously a public manager heading the administration of two large cities in the Paris region. Her current work is about women’s participation in local politics and about the crisis of democratic representation in France.