DEI October Updates

October 1, 2018

Upcoming Events
This year marks the third Annual DEI Summit (October 8-12) since we began our five-year DEI strategic plan. During the month of October, the Ford School has planned a number of events that engage our community around DEI. We encourage you to participate in our programming efforts!

  • Critical Race Theory Discussion Series
    With Faculty Discussant Sherman J. Clark
    Friday, October 5 | 11:45 am - 12:50 pm | 1120 Weill Hall
    Sherman J. Clark, the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, will facilitate the second installation of the Critical Race Theory Discussion Series on "Sports and Activism." Lunch will be served!
  • The Diversity Summit Community 2018 Assembly & Discussion
    Featuring Diane Guerrero and Leonard Pitts
    Monday, October 8 | 9:00 - 10:30 am | Power Center
    Diane Guerrero is an award-winning actress, social activist and the author of In the Country We Love. She currently stars in the Emmy-and Golden Globe-nominated series Orange is the New Black. Leonard Pitts is an award-winning syndicated columnist who writes about diversity and current affairs.
  • The All-Ford School Book Read
    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coats
    Wednesday, October 10 | 6:00 - 7:45 pm | 1110 Weill Hall
    Inspired by James Baldwin's 1963 classic, "The Fire Next Time," Coats's Between the World and Me, is a searing meditation of the perils associated with a racialized body in America today. Books can be purchased from a local bookseller or borrowed from the Towsley Reading Room. To borrow a copy contact Steven Cederquist at [email protected]. If you finish the book or not, please rsvp here to attend the discussion, hear and share perspectives and enjoy a light dinner!
  • 2ND Annual LGBTQ Monologues
    On National Coming Out Day
    Thursday, October 11 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | 1120 Weill Hall
    The 2nd Annual LGBTQ Monologues is a platform for all stories to be heard. Speaker priority will be given to early responders and varying narratives of those who wish to share their story. The theme this year is More Pride. More Color. For additional information contact [email protected]. Food will be served!
  • A Voices of the Staff Film Screening and Conversation
    Me, The “Other”
    Friday, October 12 | 12:00 - 2:00 pm | Angell Hall - Auditorium B (Central Campus) Friday, October 12 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm | Towsley Center - Dow Auditorium (Medical Campus)
    Private screening of Me, the “Other,” a documentary film about a diverse group of students living in Washtenaw County in Southeast Michigan. A conversation with cast, crew and a panel discussion will follow the film screening. Register for a screening
  • Ford School Post-Film Discussion of Me, the “Other”
    Open to Ford School Staff Only
    Monday, October 15 | 11:45 am - 12:50 pm | Meijer Lounge
    One of the worst feelings is being disconnected, alone, or not belonging. Following the screening of the documentary, Me, the ‘Other,” on Friday, October 12 (see announcement above), Ford School staff are invited to participate in a post-film discussion. The discussion will serve as a platform for discussing what connects us, what keeps us apart, and how we can foster a more inclusive workplace. Please bring your own lunch!
  • Living Smart in This World
    with speakers Demond Johnson and Vincent Smith
    Wednesday, October 23 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm | 1120 Weill Hall
    Being a Ford School student is stressful, even more so in a time of political and social tension that many are finding emotionally and physically threatening. Please join us for a conversation with two local experts who will share some of their own personal experiences and how you can use physical activity and wellness strategies to reduce psycho-social stress and improve your well-being. This conversation will be moderated by our own Grant Newsome, MPP student and U-M Wolverine offensive tackle and student coach.

    Demond Johnson
    CEO of A2 Fitness Professionals
    Retired-US Army (Master fitness trainer)

    Vincent Smith
    U-M Wolverine -- Running back and return specialist (2009-2012)
    Founder/Community Outreach Director of Team Gardens, a non-profit organization that uses athletes to teach health education through gardening.


  • National Hispanic Heritage Month
    October 15 - September 15

    Join the Ford School in observing National Hispanic Heritage Month. Follow the Ford School on Twitter to see the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. For information on university-wide Hispanic Heritage Month events visit
  • Ford School Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DEI) Coalition

    Stay tuned to a full list of DEI Coalition Members! The purpose of the DEI Coalition is to create a school-level coalition of students, faculty and staff that will plan and advise on DEI-related activities and initiatives.

News and Updates


Ford School of Public Policy

  • Susan Guindi, Director, Student and Academic Services
    [email protected] | (734) 615-7408
  • Paula Lantz, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor of Public Policy
    [email protected] | (734) 764-8976
  • Stephanie Sanders, Ph.D., Diversity, Inclusion, Equity Officer/Lecturer III
    [email protected] | (734) 615-4402

Campus Resources

Got news?
Do you know of an upcoming DEI related event that may be of interest to others? Send your news updates to [email protected] or call (734) 615-4402.
Thank you for supporting our DEI mission.

Best wishes,

Stephanie Sanders
Diversity Officer/Lecturer III