Inviting Students, Faculty and Staff Members

ACKNOWLEDGING FIVE YEARS OF DEI PROGRESS
YEAR FIVE DEI STRATEGIC PLAN

COMMUNITY RECOGNITION FESTIVAL


Monday, October 11
3:30 –7 PM

Trotter Multicultural Center

428 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI

PERFORMANCES • REFRESHMENTS • FREE T-SHIRTS

DISPLAYS • SPEAKERS


Gather with the campus community to recognize the many accomplishments of U-M’s five-year DEI Strategic Plan implementation. This will be an open-house-style event that will include student performances, various speakers, refreshments and activities to engage students, staff and faculty. Stop by for a few minutes or stay longer! Come on your own or bring your friends and colleagues!


SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES & SPEAKERS

4:10 – 4:30 p.m.

“Listen” Dance Performance
• Paige Ashley, BS, LSA/BFA, SMTD, Class of 2025
• Madison Rogers, BS, LSA/BFA, SMTD, Class of 2025

This piece centers around the conversation, or lack thereof, between those who are given a voice because of their privilege and those who are ignored because of their race, identity, ethnicity, etc.

Welcome and Reflection
• Dr. Robert M. Sellers, CDO & Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion

“My People” Vocal Performance
• Bo Shimmin, MMus., SMTD, Class of 2022
• Natalie Sherer, DMA, SMTD, Class of 2022

Ricky Ian Gordon ethereally sets this Langston Hughes poem and creates an atmosphere of love and appreciation for the eyes, faces and souls of MY people.


5:10 – 5:35 p.m.

K-Motion Dance Medley
K-Motion is an all-girls k-pop cover dance team that performs dances to Korean pop/hip-hop songs.

Remarks

• Dr. Todd Ester, Assistant Dean, for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry (DEI Leads)
• Frederique Laubepin, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Instructional Services, School of Public Health (Faculty Liaison for Inclusive Teaching)
• Chanel Barnes, BA, LSA, Class of 2023 (Student Advisory Planning Group Member)

“#IRun” Spoken Word Performance
• Andrew Otchere, BFA, SMTD, Class of 2023

#IRun is a spoken word piece written & performed by Andrew Otchere, in response to the tragic murder of Ahmaud Arbery in February of 2020


6:05 – 6:25 p.m.

“Jazz is a Four Letter Word”
• Philip Buchman, BFA, SMTD, Class of 2023
• Eli Heinen, BFA, SMTD, Class of 2023
• Ben Lafo, BFA, SMTD, Class of 2024
• Ben Wood, BFA, SMTD, Class of 2023

“Jazz is a four letter word” is a contemporary BAM (Black American Music) song written and originally performed by Nicholas Payton

Looking Forward and Closing

• Dr. Katrina Wade-Golden, Deputy Chief Diversity Officer & Director of Implementation for the DEI Strategic Plan

“I’m Here” Vocal Performance

• Haley Dortch, BFA, SMTD, Class of 2024

“I’m Here” is a song that describes the journey of self-love, and finding that beauty lies within you, and knowing that you alone are enough.

Registration is not required.


**This event will follow university guidelines for COVID-19. Please wear a mask indoors except while eating or drinking. Complete ResponsiBlue health check before attending. The event will be indoors with access to the outdoor terrace.

CART services provided. If additional accommodations are required, please contact us at odei-info@umich.edu.

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