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On the Horizon: Upcoming dije Events

In the Winter 2020 semester, we're looking forward to more community conversations, an allyhood development training, a conversation with White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo, and more.

Community Conversation: Protesting the Imperial Imaginary

February 19, 2020 · 4:00–5:00 p.m. · Brownlee Room (room 2327)

This year, the keynote speaker at the MLK symposium, Dr. Angela Davis, emphasized the entanglements between “local" and “global" social justice issues through the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “the conscience of an awakened activist cannot be satisfied with a focus on local problems.” In this community conversation, through the lens of escalating protests around the world, we will ask how the SOE community can recognize and explore the multiple, complex, and often ambiguous links between global coloniality, epistemic justice, and education.


Vulnerability and Courage: Centering the Narratives of Undocumented Students at U-M

March 27, 2020 · 12:00–12:50 p.m. · Whitney Auditorium (room 1315)


Allyhood Development Training in Collaboration with Spectrum Center

February 21, 2020 · 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. · Prechter Lab (room 2202)

The Spectrum Center's LGBTQ Allyhood Development Training Program, started in 2005, seeks to support an individual or organization’s process of development as it relates to LGBTQ+ inclusivity and advocacy. Allyhood Development Training (ADT) uses a social justice framework to illustrate the lived experiences of people who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Topics include social identities and LGBTQ+ terminology. The session also offers active bystander intervention strategies and practice utilizing these new skills in real-life scenarios.Through active engagement in the training, allies will grow in their personal awareness, knowledge, skills, and actions, to promote a campus community in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity. This event is co-sponsored by the Marsal Family School of Education and The U-M Spectrum Center.


Healing from Racial Trauma: Lessons from a Public Health Intervention

February 24, 2020 · 3:00–5:00 p.m. · School of Social Work Educational Conference Center (room 1840)

For youth and adults of color, prolonged exposure to racial discrimination may result in debilitating psychological, behavioral, and health outcomes. To help their children prepare for and prevent the deleterious consequences of discrimination, many parents of color utilize racial socialization, or communication about racialized experiences. 
Given heightened awareness to discrimination plaguing Black communities, better understanding of how racial socialization processes and skills development can help youth and parents heal from the effects of past, current, and future racial trauma is important. Greater racial socialization competency is achievable through intentional and mindful practice, thus, this workshop will explore theories and practices important in the healing processes of racial trauma. 
Learning objectives
Exploring racial stress and coping theories
Practicing stress-reducing coping practices
Starting to heal from racial stress and trauma

Please RSVP for this event at https://ssw.umich.edu/r/Healing.

This event is co-sponsored by the School of Social Work and the Marsal Family School of Education and lead by Riana Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health.


Robin DiAngelo Visit

March 13, 2020 · 3:00–4:00 p.m. · Michigan League Ballroom

Robin DiAngelo is an author and affiliate associate professor of education at the University of Washington. She coined the term “White Fragility” in 2011—which influenced the national dialogue on race. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, explicating how whiteness is reproduced in everyday narratives. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List. DiAngelo is also a consultant and trainer and was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative Anti-Racism training.

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