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February Issue

The Cloud:
UMSI's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Newsletter

A Message From Devon Keen

University life is, in many ways, transient; students, faculty, and staff come and go. What’s important is how we build community and make space for one another in the time that we share together. Last night, UMSI hosted a dinner in support of students and faculty impacted by the unfolding Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Sharing a meal and being able to freely express perspectives and concerns, hopefully, provided some respite from the constant news reports and understandable worry. At the dinner, someone remarked, “I wish we could have more dialogues like this.” This reminded me that at the root of diversity, equity and inclusion is the act of both seeing and being seen; of listening to, learning from, and affirming one another. I am always available for a conversation, and if you have an idea for a way (or ways) to build community or create bridges between communities, let us know-- we can discuss how to make it happen.

Student Office Hours Resuming with Assistant Dean for DEI Judy Lawson:

Mondays and Tuesdays, 2-3pm. Click here to sign up for a 20 minute time slot during office hours, or email to request a different time to meet. Office hours are a time for students to share concerns, ideas, and feedback on any DEI related topic or to discuss avenues for mentorship or networking. Staff and faculty members are encouraged to send an email to request a meeting.



@ U-M

Register to Vote

Black Excellence Gala
2/25, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Union Ballroom

Taking a Stand 
Stamps Gallery 

Asian/ Pacific Islander American (A/PIA) 
Heritage Month Opening Ceremony: Open Mic Night 
3/12, 6:00-8:00 pm
Assembly Hall, 4th Floor
Anderson Room

Have a story or event that you would like to be featured in The Cloud? Have feedback or suggestions on our content? If so, email ADD EMAIL

DEI Summer Internship Program 

U-M Division of Student Life is looking for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Interns. During this 10-week internship, you will gain new knowledge, develop skills, and deepen your understanding of individual differences by working on DEI initiatives across Student Life.Our projects offer hands-on experience in program development, coordination, research, assessment, marketing and more.

Apply by February 28th. Apply Here!

Have questions? Feel free to email Felicia McCrary at

To add these and other recommended DEI events to your Google Calendar click here.

Butterflies Arrive at SI
By: Rebecca Epstein, Executive Secretary and DEI Committee Member

The next time you’re in the student lounge, OASA, or the Engagement Center keep your eyes open for Butterfly Tiles, which raise awareness about the positive aspects of migration.

Wait. What are Butterfly Tiles?

I’m glad you asked. They are a public art project that SI’s DEI Committee chose to engage with. For many months, groups of grown-up and child immigrant rights activists from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have been painting individual ceramic tiles with butterflies (mariposa in Spanish, pepen in Mayan, sampapa in Miskito, schmetterling in Yiddish, and memenghwaah in Ojibway) and the hashtag #migrationisbeautiful.  Immigrant rights activists often use butterfly imagery on signs and in public art projects like this one. For millions of years, hundreds of thousands of stunning butterflies have been seasonally crossing borders between South, Central, and North America. 

For the full article, please click here
Bit of the Month

"According to UNESCO’s research, today 35% of all students enrolled in STEM fields are women.

February 11th was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, where worldwide, equality efforts are celebrated. The purpose of this day is to uplift and empower the voices of some of our favorite women in tech and see what inspirational advice they have for other women, what challenges they have faced in their careers, who their current role models are, and what initially sparked their lifelong interest in tech."

Learn more about International Day of Women and Girls in Science by clicking the photo!

[Header Image displays feminine presenting person holding a spray nozzle while standing in front of a HazMat full body suit. ] 

Missing Migrants of the Mediterranean 

February 7, 2020–March 25, 2020 | International Institute Gallery | Weiser Hall, 500 Church St., | Suite 547 (5th floor) |  Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Under the instruction of Vadim Besprozvany 
Elena Godin, students in "Advanced Topics in Visual Communication and Graphic Design” course created the Missing Migrants of the 
Mediterranean. The exhibition shares the stories of Tunisia's missing migrants and the voices of their families through works of data visualization created by students at the School of Information. The exhibition is part of a collaborative action research project by members of the The School of Social Work, School of Information, Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Association La Terre Pour Tout. 

For more details, please click here.
DEI Committee Funding 

Do you want to host a DEI-related speaker, travel to a conference or start a project at UMSI? Well these events could be funded by the UMSI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee! 

The UMSI DEI Committee act
ively provides support to all UMSI students, staff, and faculty by providing funds or sponsorship for individuals and school-wide efforts which enact DEI goals. Support to all UMSI students, staff and faculty by providing funds or sponsorship for individual and school-wide efforts that enact DEI goals.  Submit a funding request and head over  to the DEI  webpage for more information about UMSI's DEI initiatives 

If you have additional questions or concerns about the funding process, please contact the UMSI Diversity Committee at


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Lactation Room
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‘Glaring’ lack of diversity at city’s tech giants drives creation of new pipeline for people of color

Chicago Sun-Times

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The opinions of the authors and other individuals featured in this newsletter are not intended to reflect the opinions of the staff at UMSI. Rather, they are highlighted to inspire and to generate meaningful dialogue about complex subjects. We would also like to share more information about seminal topics and recent developments across the country and around the globe related to DEI and the field of information. 
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