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January 2020

King Talks

Thursday, January 30, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST
Amphitheatre, 4th Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Rackham students will communicate the relevance of their work to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in a TED-talk style. Presentation is from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a reception to follow from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m in the Assembly Hall. Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/jxOAV.

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February 2020

The Art of Uniting Through Story

Monday, February 3, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Facilitated by The Diatribe, a non profit organization that uses performing arts to empower people to share their stories, raise awareness of social issues, and be active members in their communities, this workshop will help attendees to peel back the layers they have built to expose the raw, beautiful, and impactful pieces of their story that many fail to see as relatable. Attendees will get familiar with these two artists through listening to their story and soaking in their craft.…

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Change It Up!

Wednesday, February 5, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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"Change It Up!" brings bystander intervention skills to the University of Michigan community for the purpose of building inclusive, respectful, and safe communities. It is based on a nationally recognized four-stage bystander intervention model that helps individuals intervene in situations that negatively impact individuals, organizations, and the campus community. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if we can accommodate your attendance. Registration is required…

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Demonstrating a Commitment to Diversity

Monday, February 10, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) aptitude continues to be a highly sought-out asset among employers, both within and outside of academe. This workshop will provide insight on how to establish and validate a commitment to DEI engagement, scholarship, and leadership through valuable insight on how Google has integrated DEI concepts within their organization. Two leading experts from Google will facilitate the discussion in an effort to prepare students for these market changes. This workshop is designed primarily for those seeking…

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium: Building Community and Connecting Across Difference

Friday, February 14, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm EST
4th Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Rackham Graduate School's Professional Development DEI Certificate Program will host a DEI Symposium featuring keynote speaker Dr. Mark Kamimura-Jimenez, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Washington University in St. Louis. Showcased in the symposium will be graduate student scholars, leaders, and advocates that have been successful in creating an inclusive environment for their colleagues. The objectives of the symposium are to create a sense of community among DEI leaders and to disseminate the…

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So We’re Biased. Now What?: Personalizing and Mitigating Unconscious Bias

Monday, February 24, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Many of us are committed to DEI, and accept the extensive evidence from scholarly studies in psychology and neuroscience demonstrating that we all have unconscious biases that affect our interactions with others. The goals of this workshop are for participants to: 1) gain knowledge of societal biases and self-awareness of their unconscious biases, and 2) develop strategies to advocate for inclusion in light of unconscious bias. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited. For…

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Rackham North: Racial Microaggressions

Thursday, February 27, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST
East Room, Pierpont Commons, North Campus, 2101 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Racial microaggressions can be uniquely harmful to their targets, and yet we often times find ourselves skirting around this subset of microaggressions due to the discomfort of openly discussing race, racism, and white supremacy. In this workshop we hope to foster an intellectually humble environment within which to unpack racial microaggressions, address common barriers to intervening when a racial microaggressions is inflicted, and provide tools for successfully intervening in the future. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral…

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March 2020

Rackham North: Writing a Diversity Statement for the Faculty Job Search

Thursday, March 19, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
East Room, Pierpont Commons, North Campus, 2101 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Increasingly, hiring committees are interested in how prospective faculty job candidates will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a result, many academic employers have begun to request a "diversity statement" as part of the faculty job application process. In this interactive session, we will discuss best practices for writing diversity statements, examine sample statements, and work through activities designed to help participants start writing their own statement. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is…

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April 2020

Rackham North: Research-Based Strategies for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Thursday, April 9, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
East Room, Pierpont Commons, North Campus, 2101 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Have you often succeeded at an academic task even though you were afraid you wouldn't do well? Do you dread others evaluating your work? Do you tend to remember incidents when you haven't done your best more than those when you have? Thoughts such as these are the hallmark of imposter syndrome thinking. Imposter syndrome thinking can be compounded for those from underrepresented populations who may also be subject to discrimination and situations that prime stereotype threat. This interactive session…

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