FAQ icon

Need Answers?

Directory Icon

Email, Phone, and Addresses

Graduation cap icon

Explore Degrees

2019 Race and Social Justice Institute participants group photo

Race and Social Justice Institute led by Drs. Maisie Gholson and Alaina Neal-Jackson

The Race and Social Justice Institute is a three-day program for incoming and returning PhD students in the Combined Program in Educational Psychology, the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, the Joint Program in English and Education, and the Educational Studies program. The goal of the institute is to engage students to gain a deeper understanding of how race, racism, and racialization appears in our society through a U.S. educational lens.


The most recent institute was held in the Summer 2019, before the start of the academic school year, and it combined elements of previous educational studies programs. Although a new effort, the institute developed an interactive series of lectures and sessions facilitated by faculty from the Marsal Family School of Education and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA), as well as talks given by early-career scholars who study issues of race.

According to monét cooper, participant and doctoral student in the Joint Program in English and Education, “this space was one that really centered garnering your seat at the table, but also the importance of using the power of community, critical thinking, and anti-racist practices to build our own tables, be they in academia, in writing and publishing, in how we build relationships, engage in research, and live our lives.”

MORE FROM Expansions Vol 3

Expansions Vol 3
In April of 2019, David Humphrey, Jr. was appointed as Chief Diversity Officer in the newly established Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Equity.
Expansions Vol 3
For 10 years, the SOE and Mitchell/Scarlett/Huron Partnership schools have worked together to form a mutually beneficial partnership that fills the needs of the school community as well as the needs of SOE students.
Expansions Vol 3
Education for Empowerment is for students who want to explore the relationship between education, power, and justice.
Expansions Vol 3
Community Conversations are events for all members of the Marsal Family School of Education community to come together and address issues affecting our community, learn from and with each other, and promote the values of dije in the SOE.
Expansions Vol 3
Our Fall 2019 Lunch & Learn events featured speakers who addressed disability, ableism, internationalism, and multiculturalism in education.
Expansions Vol 3
Black Lives Matter Week of Action at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor was sponsored by the Marsal Family School of Education, U-M Libraries, Spectrum Center, Ruth Ellis Center, Equality Michigan, and Affirmations.
Expansions Vol 3
Using the lens of race and ethnicity, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) engages the campus community and transforms the student experience to build inclusive spaces and equitable opportunities for all.
Expansions Vol 3
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.
Expansions Vol 3
The dije awards recognize work to advance diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity within the Marsal Family School of Education, as well as within the broader University of Michigan campus and surrounding communities.
Expansions Vol 3
In the Marsal Family School of Education, we are committed to promoting reflection, creating a space for dialogue, and centering historically underrepresented identities.

The Marsal Family School of Education is proud to be a leader in the campus-wide initiative promoting Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. Adding "Justice" to these values underscores the role of educators in the creation of just societies. Through research, public scholarship, community building, and the preparation of education practitioners and policymakers, we articulate and advance our dije agenda.