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March 2021

Future Faculty Event to Enhance Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges

Thursday, March 4, 12:00 pm to Friday, March 5, 5:00 pm EST
Online United States

Faculty from top liberal arts colleges are visiting for a virtual event on March 4 and 5 to promote greater diversity in the faculty at their institutions. Attendees will hear about work-life at a liberal arts college and network with faculty, administrators, and diversity officers from participating colleges. Attendees will also have the rare opportunity to meet one-on-one with a faculty member to discuss their individual job application portfolio materials (CVs, teaching philosophies, research statements, etc.). Registration closes on Monday,…

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Interracial Dialogue

Thursday, March 4, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EST
Online United States

The prospect of engaging in interracial dialogue can be a discomforting one for many people in the United States. There’s concern about saying the wrong thing, fear of how you or others will respond, and oftentimes a desire to get out of the moment as quickly as possible. In this session on navigating interracial dialogue, we will explore what are people's biggest barriers to engaging in interracial dialogue, present a framework for engaging in race-aware interracial dialogue, and critique a…

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On the Peripheries of the Subaltern: Privilege, Marginalization, and Intersectional Identities

Friday, March 5, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Online United States

Grounded in theoretical frameworks of "otherness," such as Spivak's "subaltern" and Canagarajah's "periphery," this workshop will explore the intersection of multiple identities which are simultaneously held by every individual. After participants engage in an exploration of these intersectional identities, they will then analyze how biases—like colorism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and xenophobia—can still be internalized within communities which are also marginalized. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if…

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Rackham North: Cultural Competencies During the Interview Process

Monday, March 8, 9:00 am to 10:30 am EST
Online United States

Attend this session to learn more about inclusive interviewing from both sides. We will talk about how cultural awareness and experiences influence power dynamics during an interview. We will also discuss how employers might structure a culturally competent interview. To this end, you'll learn and practice responses that center on your authentic self. You'll also hear what's universal about the interview process so you can prepare for the conversations. This session is tailored for international and BIPOC students and postdocs…

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Graduate Student Career Pathways: Interviewing for Jobs Beyond the Professoriate

Wednesday, March 10, 9:00 am to 10:30 am EST
Online United States

This workshop will meet the needs of those applying for Rackham internship programs, but is open to any graduate students seeking guidance around interviewing for positions beyond tenure track roles, which can differ greatly from the academic job search process. It will focus on preparing graduate students to navigate the interview process, and to effectively answer questions by strategically articulating strengths and skills. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu…

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Building Your Toolbox as an Anti-Racist Advocate in Higher Ed

Thursday, March 11, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Online United States

Higher Ed is a particular kind of work and learning space. While it shares characteristics with its primary and secondary counterparts, it is decidedly different in its teaching, student, and administrative contexts. As a result, anti-racist work in higher education settings must look different than it might in K-12 contexts and in other types professional work settings (corporate, non-profit, etc.). This workshop will ask participants to think more closely about the nuances of racial in/justice and in/equity in higher education…

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LEAD: Racial Equity and Community Engagement

Friday, March 12, 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 month our focus is on higher education institutions and their impact and responsibility to the communities they serve. “The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world.” This quote comes directly from the mission statement from the Office of…

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Dismantling White Supremacy

Monday, March 15, 9:00 am to 10:30 am EDT
Online United States

Culture reflects a set of agreed-upon expectations and norms in a social community. Culture includes values, beliefs, perceptions, and behaviors learned from one’s group. In the United States, white supremacy culture pervades the communities and organizations that we all inhabit. In this interactive session, we will discuss a brief article (required as pre-reading before the workshop) written by anti-racism scholars and activists on white supremacy culture. We will identify ways that we can dismantle white supremacy culture in our own…

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Rackham North: Demonstrating a Commitment to Diversity

Tuesday, March 16, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
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 non-academic jobs beyond the professoriate. This workshop is designed for graduate…

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Writing a Diversity Statement for the Faculty Job Search

Wednesday, March 17, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Online United States

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. For faculty…

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Entering, Engaging, and Exiting Communities Workshop

Thursday, March 18, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EDT
Online United States

This interactive virtual 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. 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/4pDON. We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full participation in this…

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The Art of Uniting Through Story

Friday, March 19, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Online United States

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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The Special Friend

Monday, March 22, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Online United States

When her mother passes away, Cori expects that coping with the loss will be tough. What she hadn’t counted on was having to negotiate with her sister and father for full inclusion in her mother’s obituary. This play explores the challenges a family faces as they confront their own attitudes about acceptance and visibility while trying to honor the memory of a loved one. Written by playwright Dawn Richberg, this short play explores some of the issues faced by those…

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Rackham North: Strategies and Resources for Improving Productivity and Time Management

Wednesday, March 24, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Online United States

This one-hour interactive session will provide graduate students with strategies and resources for improving their time management and productivity. We will discuss the culture and features of life as a graduate student, examine how individuals react and respond to productivity demands, and share best practices and resources for creating individual productivity plans. 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…

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Assertiveness Skills

Thursday, March 25, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Online United States

Assertiveness is the quality of being self-assured and confident without being aggressive. Assertiveness is a learnable skill and mode of communication using verbal and non-verbal skills, with an understanding that assertive responses are based on an individual’s comfort levels. This workshop will provide options to consider when one feels the need or desire to use their voice to express their opinions or if they need to set a boundary. Candace Dorsey, Empowerment Self Defense Program Manager, will demonstrate ways that…

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Genius Passion Pathways: Charting Non-Linear Career Pathways

Friday, March 26, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Online United States

Please join Tonya M. Matthews as she draws from pivotal moments from her own career to facilitate an interactive session about weighing academic vs. non-academic career opportunities and translating your scholarship into impact that matters. She will also address the art of using free time to balance your humanity and multiple interests. This session is appropriate for both graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across STEM, humanities, and social sciences disciplines. Tonya M. Matthews, Ph.D. is a thought-leader and convener in…

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April 2021

Rackham North: Knowing Your Strengths

Thursday, April 15, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Online United States

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Research shows that knowing and focusing on your strengths helps to increase your engagement and satisfaction at work. Come and learn how using a strengths-based approach will help you to achieve higher levels of overall personal well-being, productivity, and professional success. As a pre-requisite of this workshop, you will take the Gallup Strengthsfinder assessment to learn your top five strengths. During the workshop, you will engage in…

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