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October 2020

Entering, Engaging, and Exiting Communities: An Introduction for Graduate Students

October 29, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Online United States

This workshop will introduce graduate students to principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways. Particularly useful for students interested in community engagement, social justice, democratic engagement, advocacy, activism, and philanthropy. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if we can accommodate your attendance. Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/r8l0r. We want to…

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King Talks Application Information Session

October 29, 2020, 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
Online United States + Google Map

During this session you will learn about the King Talks, best practices for applying to participate, and the benefits of being part of this signature Rackham program. Registration is required at https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/session/31235. We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full participation in this event, please follow the registration link to indicate your accommodation requirements. Please let us know as soon as possible in order to have adequate time (one week…

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November 2020

Rackham North: Demonstrating a Commitment to Diversity

November 2, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Online United States

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) aptitude is now highly valued by many employers, both within and beyond academe. This interactive workshop will 1) show how employers are evaluating DEI in job interviews, 2) provide opportunities for reflection on how you demonstrate your commitment to DEI, and 3) provide time for students to practice answering common interview questions related to DEI. This workshop is designed primarily for graduate students seeking jobs beyond the professoriate. This workshop is designed for graduate students…

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Inclusive Leadership

November 6, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Online United States

There is a lot of talk about “Inclusive Leadership” but many are left asking: What is it? Why is it important? How can I do it? This workshop will address these questions by presenting research on the specific traits, elements, and styles of inclusive leaders. Participants will be able to reflect on and share their own experiences and times that they have witnessed others modeling inclusive leadership. We will discuss the benefits of inclusive leadership at the individual and organizational…

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Teaching for Equity and Inclusion as an International GSI

November 12, 2020, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Online United States + Google Map

In this session for international graduate student instructors (GSIs), consultants from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at U-M (CRLT) will facilitate a structured conversation about teaching for inclusion and equity as an international GSI. We will share strategies to establish trust and authority with our students, reflect on expectations we have of how our classrooms will run, and discuss instructional practices we can adopt to support the learning of all students in diverse learning environments (online and…

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LEAD: No Justice, No Peace: Anti-Racist Activism in Higher Education

November 13, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST
Online United States

LEAD, Leading Equity And Diversity, is a series of conversations where attendees have the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of guests who lead and/or support DEI and social justice initiatives. This LEAD conversation will address how higher education administrators, faculty, and staff can work in collective action with student activists toward racial equity. In the midst of an unprecedented pandemic and highly-publicized uprisings against racism, there has been a significant upsurge in student activism advocating for a more…

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Rackham 101: Navigating Your Identity in Graduate School

November 13, 2020, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST
Online United States

This workshop will help us delve into the intersections of our multiple identities and the implications they have for us in the academic, professional, and personal world. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if we can accommodate your attendance. Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/3q3Z7. We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full participation in this event, please…

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Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda: Moving Beyond Personal Failure and Actively Cultivating a More Equitable Academy

November 18, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Online United States + Google Map

Systems of higher education in the United States create differential advantage and disadvantage for the people who work and learn in them. When individuals move through these systems—as administrators, instructors, or learners—they make choices to participate in the perpetuation or the disruption of these inequities. While some perpetuation of inequity can be attributed to ignorance, it is often true that individuals who do understand the harmful impacts of unjust behavior, processes, and structures often fail to address them. This session…

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December 2020

LEAD: Decentering Whiteness in the Academy

December 4, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST
Online United States + Google Map

This LEAD conversation will address how administrators, faculty, and staff can decenter whiteness at an institutional level and create a sense of belonging for all. The racial inequities exposed by COVID-19 paired with a national uprising against systemic racism has led colleges and universities nationwide to prioritize anti-racist teaching. While these efforts are appreciated and long overdue, higher education institutions need to continue to examine how their policies and pedagogies have perpetuated racism and inequities and prohibited an inclusive learning…

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January 2021

LEAD: Anti-Racism Education in Higher Ed

Friday, January 22, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST
Online United States

LEAD, Leading Equity And Diversity, is a series of conversations where attendees have the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of guests who lead or support DEI and social justice initiatives. Since the racial justice movements last summer, many universities are grappling with how to educate faculty, staff, and students on anti-racism. This LEAD conversation will explore some of the options and opportunities to facilitate learning that leads to a more inclusive environment. We will discuss anti-racist curricula, the…

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