UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ANNUAL DEI SUMMIT + COMMUNITY ASSEMBLY

PARALLEL PANDEMICS:
ADDRESSING STRUCTURAL RACISM IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS
October 11, 2021 | 10-11:30 AM

This year’s summit provides a time and space for the campus community to come together to discuss structural racism within the academy and beyond, and ways we might address and dismantle those structures.

The past five years have yielded experience and data that allows us to sharpen our approach and act with increased precision and skill. The parallel pandemics of COVID-19 and structural racism have also synergized to create a moment in our nation’s history where we must decide if our corresponding actions will be transformative or repetitive of the past. Now more than ever, we must simultaneously challenge our current reality and innovate to create what our future will be.

DEI SUMMIT & THE YEAR 5 REPORT

During the DEI Summit, the University will share its Year Five annual report from its Diversity Equity and Inclusion Five-Year Strategic Plan, (now referred to as DEI 1.0).

With the conclusion of this report, a year-long evaluation process in which central and unit-level content and actions from DEI 1.0 will be assessed to determine the impact of actions and initiatives and what new DEI issues warrant greater attention in the future.

Findings from the evaluation period will then help guide a year-long planning period for the university’s next DEI strategic plan, DEI 2.0. Information gleaned from the evaluation period (findings will be shared in October 2022) will guide plan content and implementation strategies for DEI 2.0, which will launch in October 2023.


The 2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit will feature events throughout October, including:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 4

10–11:30 AM | VIRTUAL EVENT

TOWARD AN ANTI-ABLEIST ACADEMY: ADVANCING INCLUSIVITY, DIVERSITY, EQUITY & ACCESSIBILITY AT U-M | CONFERENCE KICKOFF & KEYNOTE

Join and engage with U-M students, faculty and staff striving to create a university community that is inclusive and accessible for all. The conference features disabled leaders, campus leadership and experts from U-M sharing advancements in accessibility to date, and goals for the near future. The conference will run throughout the month of October. Visit the conference website for more information.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 11

3:30–7 PM | TROTTER MULTICULTURAL CENTER

COMMUNITY RECOGNITION FESTIVAL: ACKNOWLEDGING 5 YEARS OF DEI PROGRESS

Gather with the campus community to recognize the many accomplishments made over the years of U-M’s five-year DEI Strategic Plan implementation efforts. This will be an open-house-style event that will include student performances, various speakers, refreshments and activities to engage students, staff and faculty. [MORE INFO]Our Journey to the DEI Summit (Virtual Exhibit)


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13

12 NOON–1:30 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT

ANTI-RACISM RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP FOR ACTION

An interdisciplinary conversation with U-M senior scholars about conducting anti-racism research/scholarship to facilitate systemic, institutional and policy changes.

This event is hosted by the National Center for Institutional Diversity’s Anti-Racism Collaborative, a strategic space created to facilitate University of Michigan community engagement around research and scholarship focused on racial inequality, racial justice  and anti-racist praxis. REGISTER HERE


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26

12 NOON–1:30 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT

DEI AT 5 YEARS: A 360° VIEW

Join the Voices of the Staff-Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team for a townhall with Q&A. Reflecting on the accomplishments of the first five years of the University’s strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion will be:

  • Dr. David Brown , Associate Vice President & Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusion at Michigan Medicine;
  • Lauren Davis, Director of Diversity, Equity and Community, School for Environment and Sustainability;
  • Nicole Figueroa, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Resilience and Wellbeing Nurse Leader, School of Nursing;
  • Dr. Jessica Garcia, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and
  • Dr. Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer.

REGISTER HERE


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26

6–8:30 PM | VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON VIEWING OPTIONS, LOCATION TBA

ME, THE “OTHER” FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

Join Student Life for a film screening and discussion of Me, The “Other.” This film reveals the inner and outer lives of people living on the frontlines of prejudice by asking the questions we don’t discuss in classrooms, workplaces and social places. From three colleges in one Michigan county come the narratives of 12 students whose lives are shaped by being the “other” and whose struggles and triumphs reveal the resilience of the human spirit. The students share their personal journeys through mental illness, suicidal thoughts, loss of a loved one, substance abuse, racism, Islamophobia, gender dysphoria, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status differences, sexual assault, physical illness, religion and spirituality, immigration, DACA and deportation. Please join for an in-person or virtual viewing and post-film discussion. Film screening 6-7:30pm and discussion 7:30-8:30pm. REGISTER HERE


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29

4:30–6:30 PM | VIRTUAL EVENT 

CONNECTING THE PAST TO THE PRESENT: HONORING THE EXPERIENCES OF WOMEN OF COLOR IN ACADEMIA | THROUGH MY LENS

To build awareness about the ongoing challenges facing women of color in the academy and to celebrate 25+ years of advocacy work, the Women of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP) invites you to the first of three anniversary events series.This springboard event will be a virtual viewing of the WOCAP-curated 1999 film, Through my Lens, paired with a moderated discussion as part of the U-M annual DEI Summit.  For more information regarding this event or WOCAP, contact wocapinfo@umich.edu . Co-sponsored by ODEI & CEW+. REGISTER HERE