DEI September Updates

September 13, 2019


Tuesday, October 8 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | 1110 Weill Hall | Betty Ford Classroom
"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. Facilitator for this workshop are CAPS representatives: Whitney Hagen, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist and Tyler Perala, LMSW, Care Manager. For more information contact [email protected].

Thursday, October 24 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Michigan League | 911 North University Avenue
2019 Young, Gifted, @ Risk, & Resilient National Conference

This day-long conference will bring together leading researchers, practitioners, administrators, faculty, and students to focus on campus climate and mental health among young adult/college students of color. Registration ends September 25. For more information visit the conference website or contact Laura Sánchez-Parkinson at [email protected].



Promoting an Equitable and Inclusive Climate:

Ford School DEI Coalition

We are excited to convene the Ford School DEI Coalition! Elections will be held early fall term for open student positions. The purpose of the DEI Coalition is:

  1. To have an identified set of people within the Ford School to whom members of the Ford School community can share ideas, feedback and concerns regarding diversity, equity and inclusion
  2. To increase communication between students, faculty and staff in regard to DEI activities, achievements and challenges.

Stay tuned for more information about this group. Coalition members include:

DEI Officer Chair, Stephanie Sanders Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ex Officio, Paula Lantz and Robert Hampshire (faculty co-leads) Director of Student Services Ex Officio, Susan Guindi Faculty Member Yazier Henry Staff Members Heather Alemu, Mariam Negaran Undergraduate Students 2-open positions Master degree students 2-open positions Doctoral student 1-open position


Reflection Space
As the academic school years comes to a close, remember the Ford School’s Reflection Space is available for use! The Reflection Space was designed to support an inclusive environment and is available for silent/quiet individual reflection, meditation, prayer, and contemplation.

The space is located in Weill Hall on the 5th-floor hallway that runs east-west from the main staircase and is available for use by Ford School faculty, staff, and students.

Space Use Guidelines:

  • Usage is limited to 20-minutes. Please adhere to the time limit so other individuals can utilize the space as needed.
  • Be mindful of how you use the space for reflection, meditation, prayer, etc… purposes. The space is designed for quiet use only.
  • The space can be used by individuals who wish to engage in structured or unstructured reflection.
  • Users should return the space to the original set up.
  • Room furnishings must remain in the space. Do not remove any items from the space.
  • No organized services are permitted in the space.
  • Sleeping or studying is not permitted in the space.
  • Use of electronic devices (e.g., computers, cell phone, tablets, etc…) should be limited to support quiet reflection. If used, the volume of headphones should be low enough to avoid disturbing others in the space.
  • No food or beverages are permitted in the space.
  • No candles, incense burning or other smoke, fume, fragrance or flame-inducing elements are allowed.



The Committee on Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) has announced its Faculty Recruitment Workshops for AY 19-20. Faculty members with an important role in faculty recruitment efforts (e.g., search committee chairs and members, and other key faculty) are eligible to attend. These workshops are designed to provide advice about practices that make searches more successful in producing diverse candidate pools. For workshop and registration information visit their web site.

  • Monday, October 28 | 12:00 - 1:50 PM | Gerald Ford Library
    STRIDE Faculty Recruitment Workshop
  • Friday, November 8 | 8:30 - 10:20 AM | Ross School of Business, Room 1210
    STRIDE Faculty Recruitment Workshop
  • Wednesday, November 13 | 3:00 - 4:50 PM | Lurie Engineering Center, Johnson Room
    STRIDE Faculty Recruitment Workshop
  • Tuesday, December 3 | 12:00 -1:50 PM | Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Central
    STRIDE Faculty Recruitment Workshop
  • Wednesday, December 11 | 5:30 - 7:20 PM | Rackham, Assembly Hall
    STRIDE Faculty Recruitment Workshop (final recruitment workshop of AY 19-20)

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) has announced its fall 2019 Seminar Series. Sessions reflect 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 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM | CRLT Seminar Room, 1013 Palmer Commons
    Flipped Instruction: Engaging Students Inside and Outside the Classroom
  • Wednesday, October 23 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM | CRLT Seminar Room, 1013 Palmer Commons
    Accessibility in Large Course
  • Monday, November 4 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM | CRLT Seminar Room, 1013 Palmer Commons
    Applying Principles of Transparency in Classroom Discussions
  • Monday, November 25 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM | CRLT Seminar Room, 1013 Palmer Commons
    Assessing Student Participation: What? How? And Why? (An Online Workshop)

Are you a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow interested in earning a certificate during your studies? Consider The Rackham Professional Development DEI Certificate. This program is designed to prepare participants to work in a diverse environment while fostering a climate of inclusivity. For timelines and to learn more about the core training list visit see Rackham's web site.



  • National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15. This is a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, and was later expanded to a month during President Ronald Reagan’s term in 1988.

    Each month, Organizational Learning posts a new set of videos created by diversity trainer Dr. Steve Robbins. The videos can be watched alone or with groups to promote discussion and understanding. Watch the new Diversity Education Month videos for Hispanic Heritage Month and sign up to receive future videos.

    Be curious and get inspired by watching heritage month videos that spotlight “hidden figures” during heritage months!
  • 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

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