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DEI October Updates

October 1, 2019


Promoting an Equitable and Inclusive Climate:

  • DEI Funding Request for Student Organizations
    The Ford School is pleased to provide funding to student organizations whose programs and initiatives promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) related values. The purpose of the funding is to encourage student-led programming that advance objectives in the Y4 Ford School Diversity Plan. Access the funding request form and send inquiries to [email protected].

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coffee Chat Series
    Join fellow Fordies to discuss topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and our policy journeys. The monthly coffee chat will be sponsored by the Student Activities Committee. The dates and topics are TBD. Contact Tanvangi Tiwari ([email protected]) if you have topic ideas.



2019 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit
Following the launch of the five year DEI Strategic Plan in 2016, U-M began hosting the DEI Summit each year as an opportunity to provide community updates and showcase unit progress. This year’s DEI Summit continues through the entire month of October. An exciting array of events include a campus wide community assembly event, keynote speaker, and numerous school, college and unit events across campus. DEI Summit events at the Ford School include the Imposter Syndrome workshop and Community Dinner and Discussion.

An integral part of the DEI Summit is Disability Community Month which includes several events aimed at exploring how disability is an important dimension of diversity. View and share the 2019 event flyer.

  • Tuesday, October 1 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | Trotter Multicultural Center
    Ignite and Implement: Student Engagement with DEI Initiatives

  • Monday, October 7 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM| Hill Auditorium
    Community Assembly & Discussion featuring Van Jones

    Van Jones is the CEO of REFORM Alliance, political commentator and host of The Redemption Project and The Van Jones Show on CNN.

  • Tuesday, October 8 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | 1110 Weill Hall (Betty)
    "The Great Pretender: Imposter Syndrome 101"

    Many students struggle with self-doubt and feeling inadequate despite outstanding professional and academic accomplishments. This workshop offers students an opportunity to learn more about how "Imposter Syndrome" can lead even the most successful students to feel like frauds. We’ll talk about strategies to manage and overcome Imposter Syndrome and help students feel more self-confident overall.

    Counseling and Psychological Services Workshop Facilitators
    Whitney Hagen, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist and Tyler Perala, LMSW, Care Manager

    Food will be served. RSVP here or contact [email protected] for more information.

  • Friday, October 18 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM | 1415 Washington Heights | 1655 School of Public Health (followed by reception in 1680 SPH I)
    “400 Years of Inequity and the Impact on Today’s Public Health

    400 years ago in Jamestown, Virginia, Africans were brought to America by the transatlantic slave trade and sold into bondage for the first time. As the nation reflects on the ways in which slavery has created structural societal inequalities, it is crucial to acknowledge the lasting impacts slavery has had on the health of African Americans. This event is part of a national movement by schools of public health. RSVP for this event now!

  • Wednesday, October 30 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM | 1110 Weill Hall (Betty)
    Ford School Community Dinner and Discussion

    Featured in The Atlantic in 2014, Ta-Nehisi Coate's essay, The Case for Reparations has reinvigorated the national debate on reparations. Coats suggest that 250 years of slavery, ninety years of Jim Crow, sixty years of “separate but equal” and 35 years of racist housing policy make a unique case for reparations. Can some form of reparations redress the legacies of slavery and discrimination? What does H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act mean? If you read the essay or not, please RSVP, join the discussion, and share a light dinner!



This month Juan Alcala and Mary Gluski are in the spotlight! Did you know that October 2 is National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day? This day is set aside to show appreciation to those who keep our schools and workplaces across the nation running smoothly. In the Ford School, Juan Alcala and Mary Gluski, work behind the scenes to keep the appearance of the Ford School clean and well maintained. They contribute to important first impressions and the success of the Ford School. Thank you, Mary and Juan, for making Blue go!


Public Policy and Institutional Discrimination Discussion Series
The Ford School of Public Policy is proud to announce the Public Policy and Institutional Discrimination Discussion Series. The series, open to students, faculty, and staff, is designed to foster dialogue on important issues of U.S. public policy. Facilitated by faculty discussants, each session focuses on an optional reading and small and large group discussions. Students are encouraged, though not required, to attend as many sessions as possible. Fall sessions include:

  • Thursday, November 14 | 11:45 AM - 12:50 PM | 1120 Weill Hall (Annenberg)
    "Employment and Racial Discrimination” with faculty discussant Fabiana Silva, Assistant Professor of Public Policy. RSVP here.

    Optional Reading. Western, B., & Sirois, C. (2018). Racialized Re-entry: Labor Market Inequality After Incarceration. Social Forces, 97(4), 1517-1542 Access:

  • Wednesday, December 4 | 11:45 AM - 12:50 PM | 1110 Weill Hall (Betty)
    “Housing Insecurity among Former Prisoners” with faculty discussant, Jeffrey Morenoff, Professor of Public Policy. RSVP here.

    Optional Reading. Herbert, C. W., Morenoff, J. D., & Harding, D. J. (2015). Homelessness and housing insecurity among former prisoners. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 1(2), 44-79. Access:

  • Wednesday, March 11 | 11:45 AM - 12:50 PM | Room TBD
    "FinTech, Consumer Lending, and Discrimination” with faculty discussant, Adrienne Harris, Towsley Foundation Policy Maker in Residence. Food will be served! RSVP here.

    Optional Reading. Bartlett, R., Morse, A., Stanton, R., & Wallace, N. (2019). Consumer-lending discrimination in the FinTech era (No. w25943). National Bureau of Economic Research. Access:


Do you know a staff member whose commitment to excellence, teamwork, and a supportive environment has a positive influence in the workplace? Consider nominating them for the Candace J. Johnson Award! All regular staff members on the Ann Arbor campus are eligible and may be nominated by colleagues or supervisors or a combination of the two. Nominations are due October 31, 2019.

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching's Fall Faculty Seminar Series has several workshops focused on teaching and learning practices and active learning techniques.

  • Thursday, October 3 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | CRLT Seminar Room (1013 Palmer Commons)
    Using Technology to Engage Students in Large Courses

  • Wednesday, October 16 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | CRLT Seminar Room (1013 Palmer Commons)
    Teaching for Inclusion and Equity

  • Thursday, October 17 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM | CRLT Seminar Room (1013 Palmer Commons)
    Principles and Practices of Anti-Racists Pedagogy

  • Wednesday, October 23 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM | CRLT Seminar Room (1013 Palmer Commons)
    Accessibility in Large Course

University Human Resources Workshops


  • National Hispanic Heritage Month ends on October 15. This is a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. Be curious and get inspired by watching heritage month videos that spotlight "hidden figures!" Sign up to receive future Organizational Learning videos.
  • For more information on U-M DEI Initiatives, visit


Ford School of Public Policy

  • Susan Guindi, Director, Student and Academic Services
    [email protected] | (734) 615-7408
  • Robert Hampshire, Associate Professor of Public Policy
    [email protected] | (734) 615-6975
  • 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