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Journalist urges audience to ‘opt in’ to confront ‘twin plagues’

Award-winning journalist, entrepreneur and documentarian Soledad O’Brien said the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice are “twin plagues,” with the pandemic magnifying longstanding inequalities that need to be confronted. “You have to opt in to making change,” she said. “If you sit and wait for things to happen, it just won’t happen.” O’Brien was the keynote …

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DEI Summit to explore structural racism amid COVID-19

The U.S. COVID-19 death toll has exposed racial disparities in the country’s health care system and other aspects of American life. At the University of Michigan, this year’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit, themed “Parallel Pandemics: Addressing Structural Racism in the Age of COVID-19,” will explore the interwoven nature of COVID-19 and structural racism and …

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Anti-racism design challenge promotes creativity, collaboration

How do you imagine a future world that is anti-racist? How do you envision the community you want to build? What societal impact do you want to make? More than 60 students representing 17 of the Ann Arbor campus’ 19 schools and colleges and UM-Dearborn worked to answer those questions as part of a semester-long …

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DEI Summit speakers focus on role of art in social justice

The presenters at U-M’s 2020 DEI Summit highlighted the intersection of art and social justice as they encouraged people to use their voices and talents as mechanisms for change. “Art is not entertainment,” actor Wendell Pierce, a University Musical Society Digital Residency Artist, said during the Oct. 26 event.

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U-M satellite clerk’s office has registered thousands to vote

First-time voter Riley Friedman wasted no time casting his ballot in this year’s presidential election, which is still three weeks away. A junior at the School of Kinesiology, Friedman knew the process of casting a ballot could be daunting, so he decided to seek help on campus and voted in person at the newly opened …

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DEI Summit to view anti-racism through artistic prism

Throughout history, art has been used as an accessible tool for communication, raising awareness about social issues and affecting positive change. To demonstrate how art can be used as a powerful mechanism for expression, community conversations and change, the University of Michigan’s annual DEI Summit is themed “Arts + Social Change: Building an Anti-Racist World …

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UMMA to serve as city clerk’s satellite office through Nov. 3

The University of Michigan community will now be able to register to vote and cast early, in-person absentee ballots on campus. Several units at U-M have partnered with the city of Ann Arbor to transform gallery space at the U-M Museum of Art into the state’s first satellite city clerk’s office located on a university …

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WATCH: DEI Summit 2019 | Community Assembly

Assembly Program – 10:10 a.m.  PROGRAM BEGINS 10:14 a.m.   Welcome & Remarks – Robert Sellers, Vice Provost of Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer 10:25 a.m.  Remarks – Mark S. Schlissel, President 10:30 a.m.  Keynote Speaker Introduction – Katrina Wade-Golden, Deputy Chief Diversity Officer & Director of Implementation for the DEI Strategic Plan 10:34 a.m.  Keynote Remarks – Van Jones, CEO of …

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Embracing DEI is key to success, Jones tells summit crowd

Political commentator and human rights advocate Van Jones says the ability to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion is a superpower, and the people who have it will be better poised for success. Jones, CEO of the REFORM Alliance and host of “Redemption Project” and “The Van Jones Show” on CNN, was the keynote speaker Oct. …