Business+Impact Showcase

Flowing from clubs to initiatives and centers, the Ross Business+Impact Initiative is an essential part of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Not only that, but through partnerships with other U-M schools and specific programs, we create multidisciplinary action-based learning opportunities across campus. New and existing students interested in poverty alleviation, healthcare access, sustainability, human rights and diversity should attend to discover opportunities to make a difference in the places where they live and work, at the school, and around the world.

This event is a tabled event with multiple constituents, and there will be light hors d’oeuvres served.

Exhibiting Organizations:

Blueprints For Pangaea
Career Development Office
Center for Positive Organizations
Center for Socially Engaged Design / Innovation in Action
Community Consulting Club
Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project
Detroit Revitalization & Business
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion @ Ross
Emerging Markets Club
Engaged Learning Office (UMSI)
Erb Institute
Ginsberg Center
Global Initiatives at Ross
Graham Sustainability Institute
Healthcare and Life Sciences Club
Impact Investing Group
Michigan in Washington

Net Impact – MBA
Net Impact – Undergraduate
Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships
Open Road at Ross
Poverty Solutions
Problem Solving Initiative
Propel Business Club
Semester in Detroit
Smart Cities Club
Social Venture Fund
Systems Studio / Taubman College
Tauber Institute for Global Operations
TechArb Student Venture Accelerator
University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program
William Davidson Institute
Wolverine Disaster Relief Club
Zell Lurie Institute


Microaggressions – the subtle everyday verbal and nonverbal slights and insults which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages – can effect anyone. In this thought-provoking presentation, attendees learn how background influences individuals’ perceptions and experiences of other; strategies for building strong relationships; and ways to create more mindful & inclusive work environments. Facilitated by Clarissa Love of the Office of Health, Equity & Inclusion.

RSVP Here > > >

All Women Are Leaders

The Michigan Medicine graduate social work intern program and the School of Social Work are proud to announce the second annual All Women Are Leaders celebration. This event addresses diversity in leadership, and shares wisdom and inspiration. Our student presenter this year is Fatima Nasir. Attendance at this event counts for two field hours for students. A reception will follow.

RSVP Here > > >

Liberation at Work

Come join us as we celebrate Juneteenth! The purpose of this event is to celebrate the independence of folks from the African Diaspora and the current liberation that includes graduate education at a public university and working as a professional. 

As a result of this event, students will be able to: describe the history of Juneteenth, identify three professional roles that Black professional Social Workers hold, identify two strategies to utilize when seeking a position, and provide two definitions of professionalism.

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP Here >>>

School of Social Work Guest Lecture — Nikkita Oliver

Seattle-based creative/artist, community organizer, educator, and attorney

Nikkita Oliver
Join the Nikkita Oliver guest lecture on community participation, and grassroots organizing in policy and politics.

Inspired by the events of the November 2018 primary election, the lecture will provoke discussion on the role and importance of representation in the electorate, and strategies to engage community in the political process. Guest speaker Nikkita Oliver will share her story as the first political candidate of the Seattle People’s Party, in her run for Mayor of Seattle in 2017. Through her story, participants will learn more about her journey as a political candidate, and the importance of continued community participation in social and political action. The program will present discussion about the role of community practitioners in political advocacy at the intersection of grassroots community organizing, and the use of politics and policy to promote social justice.

Register on the School of Social work Event Page to join. 

Co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, Community Action and Social Change Minor, and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Jewish Communal Leadership Program’s Annual Communal Conversation Event: The Jewish Future is Feminist

The world is changing and so is Jewish feminism. At this critical juncture, the University of Michigan School of Social Work’s Jewish Communal Leadership Program (JCLP) has brought together three unique individuals who center feminism as a Jewish value. Join JCLP and April Baskin, Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann and Sarah Hurwitz as we relate the legacies of Jewish feminism to what it means to confront today’s opportunities and challenges. These pioneering women are bringing together traditional and innovative approaches in order to create communities that center women, Jews of Color, gender nonconforming people, and other marginalized peoples. Each build innovative Jewish communities, expand boundaries, open doors and break through ceilings.  As the Racial Justice Director for the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, April Baskin centers voices of Jews of Color and the LGBTQIA+ community. The founder of Mishkan Chicago, Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, redefines and revitalizes Jewish congregational life. Sarah Hurwitz, former speechwriter for Michelle and former President Barack Obama, now works to empower women and build their voices in politics and beyond. April Baskin, Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann and Sarah Hurwitz are critically thinking about the challenges facing Jewish feminism today. When united, their voices guide us in building the Jewish feminist future.

Please join JCLP on Sunday March 17, 2019 from 12-3pm at the Educational Conference Center at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Doors open at 12 pm, with light refreshments, and the program will be begin at 12:30pm.

We hope that you can join us for a memorable afternoon!


April N. Baskin is the principal of April N. Baskin Consulting and the Union for Reform Judaism’s immediate past Vice President of Audacious Hospitality. Before founding and developing the URJ’s exciting leading edge department, she happily served as the National Director of Resources and Training at InterfaithFamily. Dedicated to building a stronger, more inclusive Jewish community committed to social justice, April has spent over 15 years advocating for Jewish diversity inclusion throughout North America in a variety of ways, including facilitating LGBTQ educational trainings through Keshet and writing a thesis about the experiences and identities of Jews of Color in American Judaism. A graduate of Tufts University, she is a member of the Selah Leadership Network and an alumna of the Jewish community organizing Jeremiah Fellowship and The Schusterman Insight Fellowship for Jewish Community in Washington, DC. April is a past President of the Jewish Multiracial Network. She conducted research at the Kennedy School of Government and was an Americorps fellow for the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston. Most recently, April has proudly served on the Leadership Team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable since 2016.


Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann is the founder of Mishkan, an independent, post-denominational spiritual community in Chicago whose mission is to reimagine and breathe new life into Judaism, leading people toward greater purpose, connection and inspiration. She was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, an alumnus of the Laboratory School, Stanford University and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. She is excited to be joining this stellar panel.



From 2009 to 2017, Sarah Hurwitz served as a White House speechwriter, first as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and then as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama. Hurwitz worked with Mrs. Obama to craft widely-acclaimed addresses and traveled with her across America and to five continents. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Hurwitz was the chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton. Prior to her career as a political speechwriter, Hurwitz was a lawyer at the Washington, D.C. office of WilmerHale. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and was a Spring 2017 Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Bending the Arc – The Rise of Social Enterprise and Mission based Businesses


Dr. Akhtar Badshah will discuss the rise of social enterprise and mission-based businesses and their impact on society. A new generation of funders are looking at new models of social investments; they also have a different approach to measuring social return on investments; they are utilizing technology extensively; and they view the role of public policy and scale with a new lens.  In his talk Dr. Badshah will cover these issues and provide innovative approaches that are bending the arc of humanity for good.

Dr. Badshah is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in international development and philanthropy, managing Microsoft’s corporate philanthropic program and co-founding a global nonprofit for social enterprise, the Digital Partners Foundation.  He is currently the Chief Catalyst at Catalytic Innovators Group, distinguished visiting faculty at the University of Washington, and the curator of Accelerating Social Transformation and a co-author of Technology at the Margins: How IT Meets the Needs of Emerging Markets.

Breakfast served

Social Justice in Social Work Research Symposium

Rogério M. Pinto, Associate Dean for Research, invites you to a celebration

of social justice in social work research


8:30 AM Breakfast in the ECC
9:10 – 9:50 AM Rogério M. Pinto presents “Social Work Research Advances Social Justice: Our School’s Contributions and Future Inspirations”
9:50 – 10:45 AM Group activity and discussion
11 – 11:45 AM Awards and brief talks by faculty social justice research award recipients:

“Reducing HIV and Drug Abuse Vulnerability in African American and Hispanic Youth: A Social Justice Perspective” by David Córdova


“Working Together with Community Health Workers to Address Health Inequities and Promote Social Justice” by Edie Kieffer


“Social Justice for a Colonized People: Addressing American Indian Health Disparities by Sandra Momper

12 – 1 PM PhD poster session and lunch in the lower level atrium

RSVP here

Shari Grogan-Kaylor
Phone: (734) 615-2120

How Hitting Children Hurts Black Families and Communities

Dr. Stacy PattonDr. Stacy Patton, Assistant Professor School of Global Journalist & Communication, Morgan State University, is building a movement to change the culture of black family violence in the United States. Her goal is to provide parents, teachers, foster care providers, social workers, law enforcement officials, judges, adoption agencies, child advocates, ministers, and young people from all backgrounds with the tools to better understand the historical roots of corporal punishment against children. She is making the case for transforming this outdated vestige of slavery into healthier, more appropriate 21st-century parenting practices.

Gender-Based Violence Poster Presentations

You are invited to the SSW poster presentations on gender-based violence. Gender-based violence is a prevalent, serious human rights violation that remains invisible. In solidarity with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence Campaign, the students in SW708 (grassroots and policy responses to domestic violence: critical, structural and global perspectives) will present their research on various policies, system’s responses, and community-based strategies to address gender-based violence, intimate partner violence (IPV) in particular. They will also share their visions for more effective policies and strategies. Refreshments will be provided.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence Campaign runs from 11/25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and 12/10 (Human Rights Day).

Mieko Yoshihama


Relevant Website: