University of Michigan Annual DEI Summit

The 2022 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit will feature events throughout October, including:

Bouchet Graduate Student Mental Health Panel

Thursday, October 6 | 3:30pm – 5pm
Rackham Building (4TH FLOOR) and Live-Streamed

Please join the Rackham Graduate School chapter of the Bouchet Honor Society as we host a national conversation regarding graduate student mental health. This event will feature Rackham Associate Dean Arthur Verhoogt, co-chair of the Rackham Graduate Student Mental Health Task Force; Yale University’s Mary O’Brien, director of clinical training with the Department of Psychology; and a panel of graduate students representing Bouchet Honor Society chapters from across the nation.

  • Matthew R. Culberson, M.S., Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry, University of Michigan
  • Monique C. McKenny, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Integrated Primary Care, Nemours Children’s Health
  • Bright Gyamfi, Ph.D., Presidential Fellow, Northwestern University; Incoming Assistant Professor of History, University of California San Diego
  • Aya M. Waller-Bey, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, University of Michigan
  • Dorian Jackson, Ph.D. Candidate, Cell Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Register for the event here: U-M registration |   Non-U-M registration

Faith & Blue

Saturday, October 8 | 11am – 2pm
Burns Park, 1200 Baldwin Ave, Ann Arbor

The mission of Faith & Blue is to build bridges and reinforce the bond between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Join the Ann Arbor Police Department on this 2nd annual family fun day. All faiths welcome! Live music, kickball tournament, games and giveaways, meet the Chaplains, El Mariachi Loco Taco Truck.

University of Michigan Annual DEI Summit

DEI: Nurturing the Heart, Mind and Soul

Wednesday, October 12 | 10am – 11:30am
Power Center for the Performing Arts

This year’s summit, DEI: Nurturing the Heart, Mind and Soul, explores the role of the arts in supporting our humanity (heart), mental health and wellness (mind), and religious/spiritual diversity (soul).These topics are distinct and interconnected, as each addresses components of self-identity and influence in the world. Additionally, as we reflect on our experiences navigating a global pandemic and the social justice issues that were illuminated over the past two and a half years, this theme assembles some important aspects of our coping toolkit.

CEW+ Inspire Midweek Mindfulness Guided Sit

Wednesday, October 12 | 12:15pm
Virtual Event

Join us in community to practice mindfulness meditation, a life enhancing skill that can be learned with consistent practice. This formal, largely guided, practice utilizes evidence based cognitive training that bolsters our ability to handle stress, poor mood, and threat. As one form of contemplative practice, mindfulness meditation can support practitioners to build resilience and take compassionate action in the world. Whether you are new to mindfulness meditation or are an experienced practitioner, each session is designed to offer guidance and support to assist you.

Register for the event here

Celebrating Presence and Purpose: DEI @ U-M

Wednesday, October 12 | 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom

The Office of the Vice President for Student Life and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) invite you to a student-centered open house that will include a live DJ, 360° photo booth, free food and cotton candy, prizes and giveaways! Students will have an opportunity to learn about DEI efforts at U-M, meet leaders within Student Life and ODEI and enjoy a festive experience. We hope to see you there! Open to all students, faculty & staff.

Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Wynton Marsalis and Warde Manuel in Conversation

Wednesday, October 12 | 5:30pm
Michigan Theater

Wynton Marsalis sits down with U-M Director of Athletics Warde Manuel to explore art, athletics, and the creative process. These two successful New Orleans natives come together in a conversation moderated by Christopher Audain, Managing Director of the Arts Initiative. Open to the public and free of charge.

Register for the event here

James S. Jackson Distinguished Career Award for Diversity Scholarship Biennial Lecture

Thursday, October 13 | 4pm – 5:30pm
Palmer Commons Forum Hall and Virtual

The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) are pleased to announce that Dr. Arline Geronimus — professor of health behavior & health education and research professor at the Population Studies Center in the Institute for Social Research — was selected as the recipient of the James S. Jackson Distinguished Career Award for Diversity Scholarship. Join us for her distinguished lecture, “Deepening Diversity: A DEI of Public Health Consequence”. Reception immediately following lecture. Open to the public and free of charge.

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Toward an Anti-Ableist Academy | OPENING EVENT

The What and Why of Digital Accessibility: Unpacking U-M’s Newest Disability Policy

Thursday, October 20 | 11am – 12pm
Virtual Event

Digital accessibility is a hot topic, especially after the recent release of the associated Policy/Standard Practice Guide (SPG) at UMich. What is included in this umbrella term, and how does it relate more broadly back to disability justice and inclusion at the U of M? Our expert presenters will start by discussing what digital accessibility is and why it matters for more inclusive organizations and products. This will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and describe their own experiences with digital barriers and successes. The conference will include several sessions in October and November.

Visit the conference website for more information and to register for additional sessions.

Register for the event here

Mind and Soul: Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Black Community

Thursday, October 20 | 12pm – 1:30pm
Virtual Event

Structural inequities across social institutions such as education, healthcare, and the workforce, for example, have impacted the mental health of Black communities. This event will feature a conversation among experts who will discuss mental health challenges among Black communities across the lifespan, including intersections of spirituality and gender.

Tabbye Chavous, Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, will provide framing remarks. The panel conversation will be moderated by Elizabeth R. Cole, Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID).

This event is sponsored by the National Center for Institutional Diversity’s Anti-Racism Collaborative.

Register for the event here

Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Andrea Carlson – Wholeness in the Future

Thursday, October 20 | 5:30pm
Michigan Theater

Andrea Carlson’s recent commission, Future Cache, is on display at the University of Michigan Museum of Art through the summer of 2024. In this installation, Carlson combines text and imagery to bring attention to the history of violent displacement of the Cheboiganing (Burt Lake) Band from northern Michigan. For her Penny Stamps talk, Carlson will present on this work, as well as an overview of her career, her changing perspective, and her plans for the future. Open to the public and free of charge.

Religious, Spiritual, and Secular Identities on Campus (Open to LSA employees only)

Tuesday, October 25 | 10am – 12pm
2001 LSA Building

This workshop focuses on the role of religious and spirituality identities as an important aspect of DEI work on campus. Participants in this workshop will develop an understanding the variety and complexity of religious, secular, and spiritual (R/S/S) identities on our campus; understand why support for religious pluralism and spiritual development is important on a public college campus; learn about key religious accommodations and resources and how to access them in their work to support faculty, staff, and students; and discover ways to get involved in DEI work around R/S/S identities.

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Kristen Kobes Du Mez: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

Wednesday, November 9 | 7:30pm
Rackham Auditorium

The Center for Faith and Scholarship welcomes New York Times bestselling author and Professor of History and Gender Studies at Calvin University, Kristin Kobes Du Mez for a lecture discussing her recent book Jesus and John Wayne. An expert on the intersection of gender, religion, and politics, Du Mez will explore Evangelicalism, masculinity, Christian Nationalism, and the rise of Donald Trump.

DEI 1.0 Evaluation Report Information Sessions

Thursday, November 17 | 12pm – 1pm
Virtual Event

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) will host an information session to disseminate findings from the University’s DEI 1.0 Evaluation Report. This interactive session will give participants an opportunity to learn about the impact and outcomes of DEI efforts in our initial five-year strategic plan (DEI 1.0) and discuss how we can leverage the successes and opportunities for growth in the development of our next strategic plan, DEI 2.0. No registration required.

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