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Mid-Semester Check-In
With Winter Semester showing no signs of slowing down, please make sure to take some time for yourself, and if there is anything that you think DEIO can help you with do not hesitate to reach out to us! 



Inclusive Instructional Design Workshop
Happening Today (March 9 12:00 pm - 02:00 pm)

Join UMSI for a workshop on Inclusive Instructional Design: a highly effective blend of Universal Design for Learning, Backwards Design, Accessibility, Community Building, and Reflective Assessment that can be incorporated into information literacy instruction and learning objects.

Register for the workshop on Airtable.

Learning Together: Supporting Acceptance of and Equity for People with Disabilities
Tuesday, March 16, 1:00-2:30pm 

Join us for an informative and engaging presentation by Christina Kline, U-M's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator.

In this session you will:

  • Learn to recognize the impact of language as it pertains to the topic of disabilities
  • Increase your understanding of issues and concerns for people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities
  • Consider how your own unintentional biases and assumptions may inhibit creating acceptance of and equity for people with disabilities

This event is open to all UMSI staff, faculty, and students. To add this event to your calendar please register for the workshop on Sessions @ Michigan. Once you register you will receive a Zoom link for the event. 

As part of the DS/CSS Seminar Series, Deen Freelon will be presenting on Thursday March 11 at 2:00 via Zoom. Deen Freelon is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina in the School of Journalism and Media
DS/CSS Seminar:
Deen Freelon

Thursday, March 11, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Deen Freelon will present his methodology for research on citation inequities in the social sciences, specifically in the case of Communication studies.

To learn more please visit Events at UMSI's page for Deen Freelon's seminar.
As part of the SBEE Seminar Series, Ivuoma N. Onyeador from Northwestern University will be presenting on Bias Intolerance:Predicting Condemnation of Apologetic Perpetrators of Prejudice.
SBEE seminar series:
Ivuoma N. Onyeador

Wednesday, March 24, 01:00 - 02:15 pm

Ivuoma Onyeador, an assistant professor in the Kellogg School of Northwestern University, will discuss her paper "Bias Intolerance: Predicting Condemnation of Apologetic Perpetrators of Prejudice."

To learn more please visit Events at UMSI's page for Ivuoma N. Onyeador's seminar.
UMSI welcomes Dr.Whitney Peoples from U-Ms Center for Research on Learning and Teaching to provide an Anti-Racist Pedagogy Workshop Series. This series will be held from March 24th to April 7th. This series is only for UMSI faculty and teaching staff. The three part series covers: anti-racist pedagogy and creating open and inclusive spaces for discussion, course design and creating opportunities for student feedback, Creating an anti-racist curriculum and in-class facilitation..
Join us for a series of workshops with Dr. Whitney Peoples that will focus on anti-racist pedagogy and curriculum development. As part of the educational opportunities hosted by the UMSI DEI Committee, the Anti-Racist Pedagogy Workshop Series is intended for faculty and staff who have instructional teaching and learning roles and participation will be capped at 50 attendees. 

The Anti-Racist Pedagogy Workshop Series will occur in three parts (March 24, March 31, and April 7) and participants are strongly encouraged to attend all three. All workshops will be held from 3:00-4:30 p.m. via Zoom

Registration is open for all three workshops.


Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility - ISchool IDEA Forum 2021

Register for the inaugural IDEA Forum on Wednesday, March 10, 2021–bringing together the iSchool community to connect on the critical topics of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) impacting our field and the world. The Forum will include collaborations by diverse faculty, students, and professional staff from Drexel, PennState, UPitt, Berkley, UNC, Rutgers, Syracuse, UMSI, and more. Through presentations, panels, and open discussion, it will highlight iSchool's commitment to fostering a culture of belonging for each race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and socioeconomic status both within our iSchool communities and beyond.  

Please note, attending and participating in the Forum is free of charge but requires registration. Register Now on Eventbrite. To learn more about the conference visit the IDEA Forum Webpage.


How to Talk about Race with Courage and Nuance
On February 12th, the DEI Committee hosted its first workshop with Dr. Anu Tanranth. Over 70 students, staff, and faculty came together to delve into the challenges and complexities of talking about race, identity, and power. For those who missed this session, the Committee will be hosting the same workshop on April 5th. If you are interested in attending please register at Sessions @ Michigan.

UMSI's Lunar New Year Celebration
On Friday, February 19th we celebrated Lunar New Year with an event that featured stories of family, tradition, and celebration shared by students, faculty, and staff in our community. Thank you to all that attended and for all those that submitted pictures (below) to the event's "Share Your Memories" Form. Despite the differences in traditions, we found that the one thing that connected all of the celebrations was a shared love of preparing and eating food with loved ones. 

Compilation of food pictures submitted by UMSI members. Food includes dumplings, vegetables, and meat dishes.

In the spirit of this celebration, we want to affirm our collective humanity and stance in solidarity with the Asian Pacific Islander DESI/ American Staff Association (APID/A) at the University of Michigan against Anti-Asian violence. Please take a moment to review this statement on Anti-Asian violence issued by APIDA and this list of resources on their website.  


March 1 kicked off Women’s History Month, and throughout UMSI’s 95-year history, numerous history-making, barrier-breaking women have graduated from our school. This video pays tribute to a few of our many distinguished alumnae.
Gif of a diverse group of women linking arms and standing behind each other. The animation is for each woman entering the frame and linking arms or standing behind each other. There are 10 women in the frame.
The University of Michigan has a large and diverse breadth of remarkable individuals within its faculty, student body, research enterprise, staff, and alumni. In honor of International Women’s Day and Women's History Month UofM has compiled a series of podcasts/videos that feature women Wolverines and highlights their accomplishments, their work, and their messages to other women. Visit UofM's Public Engagement Site to view the series.
Advocacy and Activism Film Series: Hidden Figures. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Hidden Figures Screening and Discussion 

Join the Center for Campus Involvement (CCI), and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) Social Connectivity & Community Engagement for a free virtual screening of "HIDDEN FIGURES" and dialogue on Activism, Advocacy, and Allyship. Screening access is on 3/15/21 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3/16/21 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.The College of Engineering, MESA, and CCI will host a panel afterward on 3/16 with influential faculty or alumni who have helped pave a path for women and other gender minorities in STEAM fields, moderated by U-M students. Panelists include Dr. Aeriel Murphy-Leonard, Professor Rada Mihalcea, Lydia Lavigne and more to be announced

To register for the event please visit the Film Series Page on Events at UM.


Though Black History Month ended in February it is never too late to catch up on works by popular black producers, writers, and actors. Below are some highly-rated films centered on Black writers, characters, and stories made over the past decade. All of these are free to view for U-M students, staff, and faculty through Kanopy within the University of Michigan Library. 
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UMS presents a free screening of Some Old Black Man until March 12th.

Some Old Black Man Film Poster. Play is featuring Wendell Pierce and Charlie Robinson. Starring actors Wendell Pierce and Charlie Robinson, Some Old Black Man frames racial prejudice with bold probity rarely confronted and dramatized. In the play, Calvin Jones (Pierce), a hip, coolly intellectual African-American college professor, moves his 82-year-old ailing but doggedly independent father, Donald Jones (Robinson), from Greenwald, Mississippi into his Harlem penthouse. An argument over what to eat for breakfast turns into a generational clash over race, class, and opportunity. To learn more visit UMS page for Some Old Black Man.


Racial Equity and Community Engagement as part of the LEAD series.
[Rackham] LEAD: Racial Equity and Community Engagement
March 12, 2021 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

LEAD, Leading Equity And Diversity, is a series of conversations where attendees have the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of guests who lead and/or support DEI and social justice initiatives. This month's focus is on higher education institutions and their impact and responsibility to the communities they serve. Many universities have missions that discuss giving back to local communities, yet they continue to remain separate and exploit the communities that they purport to serve. Often, it is marginalized communities who suffer as a result of collegiate negligence—walls built to keep the school isolated or a lack of property taxes that underfund neighborhoods and districts. This webinar will discuss higher education’s responsibility for its impact on the surrounding communities, and how to respectfully and responsibly enter communities and empower community leaders and denizens. Featured guests Daphne C. Watkins and John M. Wallace have done this well and will share their experiences and strategies.

  • John M. Wallace, Jr., Ph.D. is a Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Development, holds the David E. Epperson Endowed Chair, and is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh with appointments at the School of Social Work, the Katz Graduate School of Business, and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences (Sociology).
  • Daphne C. Watkins, Ph.D. is a University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, Professor of Social Work, and a Faculty Associate at the Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. 
To register visit the Lead Registration page at Sessions @ UM
AA&PI Heritage Month 2021 Opening Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 17th from 6PM to 7:15 on Zoom. It will feature the continental Shifts podcast consisting of Estella Owoimaha-Church and Gabriel Tanglao.
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

To launch this year's Asian American & Pacific Islander (AA&PI) Heritage Month, the Opening Ceremony will feature the hosts of the Continental Shifts Podcast, Gabriel Tanglao and Estella Owoimaha-Church! Gabriel and Estella describe themselves as “dope educators wayfinding the past, present, and future,” and their podcast centers around how AA&PI communities can organize, educate, and support one another as we learn from our cultures and work through current issues. Dinner will be available for pick up for those on/near campus who register for this event (you will receive a separate email with meal sign up options).

This event is a part of Asian American & Pacific Islander (AA&PI) Heritage Month which is celebrated mid-March to mid-April at the University of Michigan. All events this year will be held virtually. A full list events will be coming soon to the MESA website!

2021 Art & Design Competition: James S. Jackson Distinguished Career Award for Diversity Scholarship

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI), the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, invite students to propose and create a work of art and/or design to be presented to the recipient of the 2021 James S. Jackson Distinguished Career Award for Diversity Scholarship. This distinguished career award is given biennially and recognizes significant contributions of a senior U-M faculty member whose research and scholarship – as well as teaching, mentoring, and public engagement – have focused on diversity throughout their career.

The proposed design and/or artwork can be produced in any medium and must be suitable for presentation at an award ceremony, i.e., able to be physically presented on stage and for display on a shelf or wall or in a public space.

The artist/designer of the design selected will receive a $1,500 cash award. The artist/designer will be invited to the ceremony where the piece will be awarded to the 2021 JJA recipient. The runner-up finalists will receive a $500 cash award and an honorable mention.

To learn more about the opportunity please visit the Competition Page. 


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