Community Assembly

Monday, October 9, 2023 | 10 – 11:30 am
Power Center for the Performing Arts/livestream

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Community Open House

DEI 2.0 Launch
Monday, October 9, 2023 | 4 – 6 pm
Regents’ Plaza and LSA Atrium

Join the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Office of the VP for Student Life for an interactive open house marking the launch of DEI 2.0. Learn about the DEI 2.0 plan at interactive stations, enjoy a live DJ, food, photo ops, and prizes. Also, meet Chief Diversity Officer Tabbye M. Chavous and VP of Student Life Martino Harmon. Open to all students, faculty, and staff. Come celebrate with us!

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Safeguarding Principles: Interrogating the Use of Free Speech in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Discourse

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | 3 – 4:30 pm

There is substantive evidence to support the value and benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Despite the individual and societal benefits, some detractors argue that DEI infringes upon their free speech rights. This event will feature a panel discussion featuring scholars who explore the connections between free speech and DEI and the implications thereof. Panelists will explore how free speech has been weaponized against the principles and practices of DEI. Further, panelists will discuss the misuse of free speech in the context of DEI and countermeasures or strategies to continue to advance DEI work in the face of resistance.

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This Is My Story: Staff of Color Experiences at The University of Michigan

Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 9 – 10:30 am
Virtual Event

Staff of color at U-M perform critical work to “make Blue go,” however they also face a number of unique challenges related to their surviving and thriving at work. This event will present the findings of a research study that critically examines how race and racism are operationalized in the workplace at U-M and how they impact the career success of staff of color. A panel discussion with U-M institutional leaders will follow and staff-focused DEI 2.0 central action items will be highlighted.

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DEI 2.0 Plan Information Session

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 3 – 4:30 pm
Michigan League Ballroom | Watch Online

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) invites you to participate in a dynamic and thought-provoking session delving into the university’s DEI 2.0 Plan. This session will explore the strategies and initiatives that will be applied during our five-year strategic plan execution. Engage in discussions about the aspirations of the DEI 2.0 plan, the core metrics that will gauge our advancement, and the paths we can all chart to create an atmosphere where each individual on our campus feels welcomed and valued.

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Hearsdustin @ UM: Creating a Community Where We Overcome Adversity With a Positive Mental Attitude

Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 3 – 4 pm
Weiser Hall 1010

For Disability Community Month 2023 (October), the Council for Disability Concerns, Disability Culture @ U-M, LSA Disability Navigators, and Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services are partnering in an effort to bring Dustin Giannelli of HearsDustin, a profoundly Deaf motivational speaker, to campus. We aim to bring attention to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing experiences, as well as steps our community can take to create more inclusive spaces and activities on campus.

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Friday, November 3, 2023 | 7:30 pm
Hill Auditorium

Since the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the world has become more attuned to the incredible bravery, resilience, and determination of the Ukrainian people. The folk-punk quartet DakhaBrakha embraces and reflects the fundamental elements of sound and soul, creating a world of unexpected new music. The group’s name is original, outstanding, and authentic at the same time, meaning “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language and signaling the group’s unique brand of musical “ethno-chaos.”

Created in 2004 by an avant-garde theater director, their shows include scenic effects, traditional instrumentation, and an astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range that creates an exuberant, transnational sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. “Musically, the whole experience is a riotous explosion of color and reinvention. The classic Eastern European folk base is there, with belting, complex, and hypnotic harmonies.” (Hackney Citizen, UK)

Presented in association with the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia.

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Using Hip-hop Artifacts to Understand Hip-hop Culture and Its Connection to Broader Black Social, Cultural, and Political Movements

Monday, November 6, 2023 | 12 – 1 pm
Sankofa Lounge Trotter Multicultural Center

As part of The Black History 101 Mobile Museum exhibition, museum founder Dr. Khalid el-Hakim will discuss “Using Hip-Hop Artifacts to Understand Hip-Hop Culture and its Connection to Broader Black Social, Cultural, and Political Movements.”

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum is a national award-winning traveling exhibit that educates and informs the public about the rich and diverse history of African Americans. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, the exhibit will showcase over 150 original artifacts reflecting the evolution of hip-hop culture and its impact on American society, highlighting the contributions of Black artists and innovators in the genre.

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Student-Led Events

2023 LGBTQ+ Research Symposium: Interdisciplinary Conversations on LGtBQ+ Health | Hosted by OutMD

Sunday, October 1, 2023 | 9 am – 3 pm
Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB) 109 Zina Pitcher Place

OutMD is proud to announce the first annual 2023 LGBTQ+ Research Symposium on Oct 1st 2023 in the BSRB building. In this full day of speakers, poster presentations, and networking opportunities, we invite you to learn about ongoing LGBTQ+ health research at UM or present your research! This inaugural event is focused on “Interdisciplinary conversations on LGBTQ+ health” so we welcome students/faculty/staff from all and any disciplines to attend and/or submit their research.

Dinners for Democracy Series | Hosted by Turn Up Turnout

Monday, October 2, 2023 – Thursday, October 19, 2023

Dinners for Democracy are nonpartisan presentations and small group discussions on topics students care about. Join us for this event offered in partnership with the DEI 2.0 planning committee, on DEI related policy issues and how they connect to voting. Participants can expect to gain:

  • A deeper knowledge of the issue and an opportunity to discuss your thoughts
  • Information about how your vote in local offices can affect the issue
  • Additional resources you can use to learn more
  • Free food at in-person events!

Dinners hosted in the month of October include:

  • October 2, 6-7pm, Ford School Room 1230 – LGBTQ+ Policy and Your Vote
  • October 2, 7-8pm, Ford School Room 1230 – Judicial System and Racial Justice
  • October 5, 6-7pm, Ford School Room 3240 – Voting Access
  • October 5, 7-8pm, Ford School Room 3240 – Abortion Access and Your Vote
  • October 11, 6-7pm, Ford School Room 3240 – Abortion Access and Your Vote
  • October 11, 7-8pm, Ford School Room 3240 – Immigration Policy and Your Vote
  • October 12, 6-7pm, Ford School Room 3240 – Judicial System and Racial Justice
  • October 12, 7-8pm, Ford School Room 3240 – Voting Access
  • October 19, 6-7pm, Ford School Room 1230 – LGBTQ+ Policy and Your Vote
  • October 19, 7-8pm, Ford School Room 1230 – Immigration Policy and Your Vote

Industry DEI Panel | AIChE x MMS

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | 4 – 6 pm

Listen to Industry leaders discuss their experiences with DEI in the workplace!

Open Mic Night: Hip-Hop’s Evolution | Hosted by Black Student Union (BSU)

Friday, October 13, 2023 | 7 – 10 pm
Rackham/East Quad Auditorium (TBD)

Join us on October 13th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM for BSU’s Open Mic Night, focusing on the evolution of Hip-Hop. Our guest speaker will provide an overview of how Hip-Hop has integrated with Black culture over time. We’ll then introduce the Urban Wordsmith Society, followed by their performance. Afterward, the stage is open to community performers. Sign-up or impromptu performances are welcome, making this an engaging and inclusive evening celebrating the vibrant Hip-Hop culture. Don’t miss out!

Harmonies: A Journey of Traditional Asian Artforms | Hosted Qingyun Chinese Music Ensemble

Sunday, October 22, 2023 | 7 – 9 pm
Michigan League Ballroom

Qingyun Chinese Music Ensemble is the first and only certified Chinese music organization at the University of Michigan. Our goal is to bring the uniqueness and charm of traditional Chinese instruments to Ann Arbor and to spread the spirit of our inclusive music to a broader international audience. In the concert, we’ll combine the traditional instruments with a variety of music styles to present beautiful harmonies to the audience. From festival songs to pop music, from dance to ensemble, we are going to take you through a journey of different Asian artforms. You can come and take a seat, interact with the players, and take a close look at these unique instruments such as Erhu, Guzheng, Dizi and so on.

CSE DEI Discussions: Research and Experience | Hosted by Computer Science & Engineering Graduate Association

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | 6 – 7:30 pm
Bob and Betty Beyster Building

Join us on October 25th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for the Computer Science & Engineering Graduate Association’s DEI Discussion series. We’ll cover the following key topics:

  1. Values and Resources: Discover our institution’s DEI values and available resources to support these initiatives.
  2. Admission and Recruitment: Explore diverse admissions processes and inclusive faculty and staff recruitment strategies.
  3. Research Lab Inclusivity: Learn how our research labs foster inclusive environments for diverse voices.
  4. Student Voices: Engage in round table sessions where students share experiences and recommendations for advancing DEI at our institution.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights and contribute to our ongoing DEI efforts. We look forward to your participation!

High-Performing Diversity: A Multidisciplinary Conversation | Hosted by Alpha Kappa Psi

Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 5 – 7 pm
Ross School of Business or Union (Exact Room TBD)

Alpha Kappa Psi invites you to join us for an engaging and insightful event, “High-Performing Diversity: A Multidisciplinary Conversation,” taking place on October 26, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The exact room location will be confirmed soon.

This event promises a dynamic discussion on the multifaceted aspects of diversity and its role in high-performance across various disciplines. We have gathered experts from different fields to share their perspectives and engage in a thought-provoking conversation.

For more details and to access the event’s agenda, please learn more here. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and contribute to the dialogue on diversity and high performance. We look forward to your participation.

Panel discussing: Addressing Chronic Illness at Workplace | Hosted by Business Leaders for Diverse Abilities

Friday, October 27, 2023 | 12 – 1 pm
Ross School of Business (Exact Room TBD)

Presented by Business Leaders for Diverse Abilities, this event is open to the University community. The event will conclude with an open discussion with the panelists and a networking mixer featuring food and coffee. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of an important conversation about creating inclusive workplaces. We look forward to your participation!

Panelists will cover these key topics:

  1. Chronic Illness: Understanding its significance and dispelling myths.
  2. Policy Evolution: Past and future policies regarding chronic illness.
  3. Corporate Support: Insights into how businesses can assist employees with chronic illnesses.
  4. Lived Experiences: Personal stories and challenges shared by individuals with chronic illnesses.
  5. Advocacy: How students and young professionals can contribute to this cause.

LANAMA Latinx Community Health Fair | Hosted by Latin American and Native American Medical Association (LANAMA)

Sunday, October 29, 2023 | 3 – 5:30 pm
St. Mary Student Parish

Join us for the LANAMA (Latin American and Native American Medical Association) Latinx Community Health Fair on October 29, 2023, from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM at St. Mary Student Parish. This event is open to everyone, including community members, parishioners, and students from all backgrounds.

At the health fair, we are offering complimentary cholesterol, A1C, and blood pressure checks. Additionally, there will be informative health education sessions addressing common chronic health issues affecting not only the Latinx community but also broader populations. We understand the importance of accessibility, so Spanish interpreters will be available to assist.

Come and prioritize your health with us while learning about essential wellness topics. LANAMA and St. Mary Student Parish are thrilled to continue supporting the well-being of our community. We look forward to seeing you there!

Learn more about previous DEI Summit events at the University of Michigan.