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February 2020

Social Justice and the Power of Oppression

Friday, February 21, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Common Room, Lower Level, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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In this workshop, participants will be prompted in high levels of thinking about their own identities, communicating across identities, understanding power and oppression, and how they engage in these topics with others. Participants will also discuss how their unconscious biases play into perpetuating systems of oppression and what tools we can use to disrupt this thinking. 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…

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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

Food Grown by Students for Students: Trip to Campus Farm

Wednesday, March 11, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 North Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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The University of Michigan Campus Farm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens is an authentic living-learning laboratory available to all students at the University of Michigan. The Campus Farm provides 21st-century leadership development, education, and research opportunities. The space offers invaluable lessons related to sustainable food production for students from a wide range of disciplines who—even if they don’t go on to be farmers—will play a role in the future in food system issues including public health, the environment, education, and the…

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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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