DEI Summit Marketing Toolkit

This year’s marketing toolkit provides various resources, including social media assets (images) and the Call for Contributions flyer for the DEI Summit. [LINK]

DEI Summit Teaching Resources Guide

The arts connect with all fields of study and offer a creative avenue to explore the links between creative expression and social change in many kinds of courses and engaged learning experiences. This year’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Summit–a virtual, interactive experience–focuses on the theme: Arts+Social Change: Building an Anti-Racist World through the Arts. The virtual DEI Summit will take place Monday, October 26, 10:00-11:30am and will feature performances, presentations, and a panel discussion moderated by Chief Diversity Officer Robert M. Sellers. [LINK]


We invite you to attend and to connect your students with the DEI Summit by encouraging them to attend and/or by using the following resources to generate readings, discussion topics, or assignment options. Specifically, you could prompt your students to:

  • Learn about arts+social change across the virtual Ann Arbor campus through the new DEI Summit website highlighting engagement opportunities, links, resources, information, organizations, and events;
  • Submit an original artwork/photo/video in response to our Call for Contributions;
  • Attend the DEI Summit Community Assembly & Discussion on Monday, October 26 and write a reflection of the event/discussion; or
  • Connect content from the Summit website and/or event with your course in a short paper or presentation.

DEI Summit AnnouncementCopy/paste this jpg file into your slide deck or email.

Teaching About Racism
  • U-M’s Center for Research on Learning & Teaching (CRLT) is available to support inclusive teaching. In particular, the Center offers a number of resources and training opportunities to support equitable teaching and anti-racist teaching.
  • University Library
    • Anti-Racism Research Guide: This research guide focuses on anti-racism within the context of Southeast Michigan. This guide is intended for self-directed learning and to supplement course materials provided by faculty. 

Being Anti-Racist in Systems of White Supremacy: A Virtual Brave Space Dialogue Series: Originally piloted with the University Library community, this 10-part series aims to create a space for individuals to explore meanings and strategies of being anti-racist while recognizing that we are operating from systems of white supremacy. 

Integrating Arts/Performances into the Classroom

University Musical Society (UMS) – White Papers for Faculty: UMS has commissioned an ongoing series of white papers and case studies for U-M faculty members, to support them as they incorporate UMS performances and arts-based learning into their university courses. Topics include: Performance as a Tool for Inclusive Teaching, Discussing Performance in the Classroom, and Integrating UMS into Humanities and STEM classrooms.

Arts, Social Change, and Anti-Racism Resources
  • University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) Class Resources: UMMA’s dedicated staff strive to create learning and research opportunities through direct access to the collection, even while we are navigating hybrid learning during COVID-19. We offer socially distanced gallery tours, virtual visits, researcher appointments, and an interactive, online collections database—including resources on social justice and the arts. Please contact David Choberka, Curator of University Learning and Programs at with any questions; request U-M engagement here.
  • Michigan Online:
    • Anita Gonzalez – Storytelling for Social Justice A course that develops skills for using stories to deliver messages that affect audiences and shape attitudes for social change. Theatre artists and professional storytellers offer expertise about how to craft a story that develops empathy and delivers impact.
    • Ryan Henyard – Police Brutality teach-out, A short online course that explores the history of police violence in America, the impact it has on communities, systemic issues of accountability and discusses ways to make change. Includes segments from Eugene Rogers of SMTD discussing the role of music in social justice movements and a Spotify playlist of music inspired by police brutality.
    • Public engagement team / Young, Gifted, @Risk, & Resilient video series – A video series about students of color and mental health; one of the videos “The Weight” by Christina Morton is a performance piece of a poem about what it is like to be a student of color on campus – the heaviness of the stress as well as hope and community with others.
    • Seeking Justice – Series of conversations with formerly incarcerated people about a range of topics; related to the Prison Creative Arts Project.
    • Community Organizing for Social Justice – A course about the power of intergroup dialogue and forming coalitions for collective action to support social justice. May be helpful in considering the types of coalitions and examples of particular types of collective actions that can be used to develop art pieces, exhibitions, and other experiences to influence social change.
Democracy & Debate Theme Semester

The Democracy & Debate Theme Semester provides an opportunity for teaching and learning across multiple platforms, engaging all voices and modeling inclusive dialogue. The theme semester seeks to explore broadly three areas: free speech and exchange of ideas, what it means to be a member of a democratic society, and democratic engagement from a global perspective. Special features will include a series of high profile and collaborative virtual events that include online access and engagement and are selected to represent the mission of the university. The initiative also includes the “Democracy & Debate Collection,” a compilation of online learning opportunities, educational materials and digital assets to be made available before and after the debate through Michigan Online for the campus and alumni communities and broader public.

Student Groups

This is a list of various student organizations that engage in work related to our Summit theme Arts+Social Change: Building an Anti-Racist World through the Arts. This list was curated through the University of Michigan’s Maize Pages under the tags “Creative/Performing Arts” and/or “Cultural/Ethnic”. Groups from the Student Arts Org Directory were also reviewed and added to this page. Other groups were recommended to us directly.

We encourage you to reach out to these organizations to learn more about their specific missions and to learn how to get involved on campus.