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Community Assembly

Monday, October 9, 2023 | 10 – 11:30 am
Power Center for the Performing Arts/livestream

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Community Open House

DEI 2.0 Launch
Monday, October 9, 2023 | 4 – 6 pm
Regents’ Plaza and LSA Atrium

Join the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Office of the VP for Student Life for an interactive open house marking the launch of DEI 2.0. Learn about the DEI 2.0 plan at interactive stations, enjoy a live DJ, food, photo ops, and prizes. Also, meet Chief Diversity Officer Tabbye M. Chavous and VP of Student Life Martino Harmon. Open to all students, faculty, and staff. Come celebrate with us!

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Safeguarding Principles: Interrogating the Use of Free Speech in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Discourse

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | 3 – 4:30 pm

There is substantive evidence to support the value and benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Despite the individual and societal benefits, some detractors argue that DEI infringes upon their free speech rights. This event will feature a panel discussion featuring scholars who explore the connections between free speech and DEI and the implications thereof. Panelists will explore how free speech has been weaponized against the principles and practices of DEI. Further, panelists will discuss the misuse of free speech in the context of DEI and countermeasures or strategies to continue to advance DEI work in the face of resistance.

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This Is My Story: Staff of Color Experiences at The University of Michigan

Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 9 – 10:30 am
Virtual Event

Staff of color at U-M perform critical work to “make Blue go,” however they also face a number of unique challenges related to their surviving and thriving at work. This event will present the findings of a research study that critically examines how race and racism are operationalized in the workplace at U-M and how they impact the career success of staff of color. A panel discussion with U-M institutional leaders will follow and staff-focused DEI 2.0 central action items will be highlighted.

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DEI 2.0 Plan Information Session

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 3 – 4:30 pm
Michigan League Ballroom

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) invites you to participate in a dynamic and thought-provoking session delving into the university’s DEI 2.0 Plan. This session will explore the strategies and initiatives that will be applied during our five-year strategic plan execution. Engage in discussions about the aspirations of the DEI 2.0 plan, the core metrics that will gauge our advancement, and the paths we can all chart to create an atmosphere where each individual on our campus feels welcomed and valued.

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Hearsdustin @ UM: Creating a Community Where We Overcome Adversity With a Positive Mental Attitude

Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 3 – 4 pm
Weiser Hall 1010

For Disability Community Month 2023 (October), the Council for Disability Concerns, Disability Culture @ U-M, LSA Disability Navigators, and Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services are partnering in an effort to bring Dustin Giannelli of HearsDustin, a profoundly Deaf motivational speaker, to campus. We aim to bring attention to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing experiences, as well as steps our community can take to create more inclusive spaces and activities on campus.

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Friday, November 3, 2023 | 7:30 pm
Hill Auditorium

Since the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the world has become more attuned to the incredible bravery, resilience, and determination of the Ukrainian people. The folk-punk quartet DakhaBrakha embraces and reflects the fundamental elements of sound and soul, creating a world of unexpected new music. The group’s name is original, outstanding, and authentic at the same time, meaning “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language and signaling the group’s unique brand of musical “ethno-chaos.”

Created in 2004 by an avant-garde theater director, their shows include scenic effects, traditional instrumentation, and an astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range that creates an exuberant, transnational sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. “Musically, the whole experience is a riotous explosion of color and reinvention. The classic Eastern European folk base is there, with belting, complex, and hypnotic harmonies.” (Hackney Citizen, UK)

Presented in association with the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia.

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Using Hip-hop Artifacts to Understand Hip-hop Culture and Its Connection to Broader Black Social, Cultural, and Political Movements

Monday, November 6, 2023 | 12 – 1 pm
Sankofa Lounge Trotter Multicultural Center

As part of The Black History 101 Mobile Museum exhibition, museum founder Dr. Khalid el-Hakim will discuss “Using Hip-Hop Artifacts to Understand Hip-Hop Culture and its Connection to Broader Black Social, Cultural, and Political Movements.”

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum is a national award-winning traveling exhibit that educates and informs the public about the rich and diverse history of African Americans. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, the exhibit will showcase over 150 original artifacts reflecting the evolution of hip-hop culture and its impact on American society, highlighting the contributions of Black artists and innovators in the genre.

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