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History is an Action Word: Designing Experiences that Empower

Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI

As an 18th century sugar plantation turned historic site, Whitney Plantation welcomes thousands of visitors annually to discuss the experiences of enslaved Africans and their descendants on Louisiana plantations and the legacies of slavery that still impact our communities today. For many of the staff, this unique work becomes personal. During this interactive presentation, Director […]

Change It Up! © Anti-Black Racism


Change It Up! © Anti-Black Racism is an interactive session where participants will learn about ways their identities can influence how they interact with others, as well as strategies they can start using immediately to navigate some of these interactions when harm is involved. This 90 minute workshop is focused on bystander intervention in response […]

Engendering Respectful Communities: Preventing Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment


Engendering Respectful Communities (ERC) is a one-session workshop combining multiple instructional tools to engage graduate students in meaningful dialogue about the various forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination, that they may encounter. Participants are then able to build skills to intervene safely in potentially harmful situations. ERC workshops make use of […]

Anti-Racism in an Abroad Context


Structural racism in the United States is the normalization and legitimization of an array of dynamics—historical, cultural, institutional, and interpersonal—that routinely advantage whites while producing cumulative and chronic adverse outcomes for people of color. It is a system of hierarchy and inequity, primarily characterized by white supremacy—the preferential treatment, privilege, and power for white people […]

Writing a Diversity Statement


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, […]

Diversity Scholars in Social Media Discussion


Scholars are navigating changing spaces embedded in a system that can be slow and resistant to an evolving digital world. They are receiving competing messages about how and when to develop a digital brand and engage on social media. This session will explore how scholars, particularly those conducting diversity or anti-racism scholarship, are leveraging social […]

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

Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI

This interactive workshop introduces principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways. Learning Objectives: Understand and articulate best practices for preparing to enter communities, engaging with communities, and exiting communities in positive, humanizing, and sustainable ways. Reflect on how […]

Peeling Back the Curtain: Demystifying the Path to Leadership Roles in Academia for First-Generation Students


As a first-generation graduate student, have you ever wondered what the journey to leadership roles in academia, such as dean or chair, looks like? If so, please join us for an exciting virtual professional development panel designed specifically for first-generation students. The main objectives of this panel are to begin to offer a roadmap, insider […]

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


Many of us are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion 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 question then becomes, how do we not only become aware of our biases, but also work to overcome them? […]

Navigating Graduate School with a Disability


Are you a graduate student with a disability or chronic illness* seeking advice and community about navigating graduate school with? Join us for Navigating Graduate School with a Disability, a workshop by and for graduate students with disabilities. It can be difficult to create community with other disabled students while in graduate school, particularly a […]