November 2020: Diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Ford School

October 1, 2020

Updates regarding faculty, staff, and student DEI-related activity at the Ford School 

November DEI update teaser

Diversifying what and how we teach

  • The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) awarded the Ford School its 2020 Social Equity Award, which honors a public policy, affairs, or administration program that exemplifies the highest standards in social equity through outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and service. Read more about this award and view the acceptance video at: here.
  • Poverty Solutions and the Center for Social Solutions announced recipients of the inaugural faculty grants competition to pursue action based research aimed at combating ending systemic racism. More than $260K awarded for research on confronting, combating racism
  • Ford School of Public Policy professor Kevin Stange, led an Education Policy Initiative (EPI) Study Showing Applications for Financial Aid Lagging Among Michigan Low-income Students. The economic hardship for low-income families caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may have another casualty: high school seniors accessing financial aid to attend college. To find out more about the study visit here.
  • During the October faculty meeting, Public Policy associate professor Catie Hausman presented on Inclusive and Policy-Relevant Statistical Methods. 


Upcoming events

November 2, 11:45 AM EST

International Policy Student Association Decolonization Series- Decolonizing International Security
With lecturer Dr. Priya Dixit, Assc. Professor of Political Science, Virginia Tech, and Dr. Sankaran Krishna, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii. For more information about the series contact Mathew Rigdon at [email protected]. Register here.

November 4, 8:30 - 10:00 AM EST

ELI November Workshop Series: Post-Election Debrief for International Students
This workshop is an opportunity to talk about what we’ve seen in the news, in our local communities, on social media, and in conversations with friends and colleagues and to practice language for commiserating and sharing potentially opposing perspectives. To RSVP for the event visit here.

November 5, 12:00 PM EST

Self-Care and Wellness with Ford School’s Embedded CAPS clinical social worker, Kristen Carney
Join Kristen and her fellow CAPS colleague, Alejandro to learn and practice coping skills, connect and uplift with the Ford School community, and become familiar with upcoming university events and resources focused on emotional wellness and self-care. Here is the Zoom link to join:   [ ].

November 6, 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST

Real-World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions Speaker Series
"Community as Corporation: Talent Retention in Low-Status America" with Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist. The slate of speakers and bios can be found here.

November 6, 2:00 PM EST

A Conversation on Anti-Asian Xenophobia
Join Students of Color in Public Policy (SCPP) as they host Professor Ann Lin for a conversation on anti-Asian xenophobia. Register here.

November 9 - 13

Veterans Week 2020
The University is proud to host the 2020 Veterans Week celebration. This annual event features a week of educational programming that celebrates the experiences and sacrifice of those who have served our country. For more information visit here.

November 11, 11:45 AM EST

International Policy Student Association Decolonization Series: Social Resistance
With lecturer Aziz Choudry, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, University of Johannesburg; Catherine Walsh senior professor and director of Latin American Cultural Studies Doctoral Program at the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Quito. For more information about the series contact Mathew Rigdon at [email protected]. Register here.

Mara Ostfeld DEI event flyer

November 12, 12:00 - 12:50 PM EST

Public Policy and Institutional Discrimination Discussion Series
Are you interested in engaging with Ford School faculty outside of the classroom and office hours? RSVP here to attend the next Public Policy and Institutional Discrimination Discussion Series. Mara Cecilia Ostfeld, assistant professor of political science, assistant professor of public policy by courtesy, will discuss Race, Media, and Political Attitudes. For more information on the series visit here.

November 18, 11:45 AM EST

International Policy Student Association Decolonization Series: Social Theory
With lecturer Julian Go, sociology professor University of Chicago; and Sean Chabot, author Transnational Roots of the Civil Rights Movement. For more information about the series contact Mathew Rigdon at [email protected]. Register here.

November 23, 4:00 - 5:00 PM EST

Science, Technology, and Public Policy fall semester event
Science, Technology, and Public Policy will host a conversation on Race, Science, and Policy with Osagie Obasogie. Obasogie is a Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health. For event details and to RSVP visit here.

December 1, 4:00 - 5:00 PM EST

Tribal Sovereignty: Current issues and legal challenges
Join us for a panel discussion on Tribal issues, focusing on Tribes’ status as sovereign governments and current issues relating to tribal government. The panel will feature Riyaz Kanji, partner at Kanji & Katzen PLLC, and Bryan T. Newland, Chairperson of the Bay Mills Indian Community and former senior policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs. Ford School professor Jenna Bednar will moderate the discussion. For more information visit here.


Learning and development

The university-wide Democracy & Debate Theme Semester educational initiative seeks to engage students, faculty, and staff on issues of free speech and exchange of ideas, what it means to be a member of a democratic society, and democratic engagement from a global perspective. As part of this initiative, U-M will host the Democracy Café Initiative, which offers resources to the campus community and the general public during and after the theme semester. For more information on this university-wide initiative visit here.

Listen to a Better Life Lab podcast with guests Laura Morgan Roberts (The Center for Positive Organizations faculty affiliate), Ilana Fischer, Adrienne Penta, and Toni Irving as they talk about “Crisis Conversations: Women and Leadership” and why there are still so few women—particularly women of color—in leadership roles in politics, academia, and business. Access the podcast here.

To learn more about how to share pronouns on frequently used platforms such as Wolverine Access, Zoom, and Canvas visit the Spectrum Center website.

Interested in how unconscious bias affects your perceptions, decisions and interactions? Organizational Learning is pleased to announce the release of their new Unconscious Bias Learning Suite. The Unconscious Bias Learning Suite is an online self-paced module that provides a review of bias, explores what bias can look like and examines how it shows up in the workplace. 

The Stanford Graduate School of Business is offering a self-paced Anti-Racism and Allyship 7 Day Journey. The journey is set up as a series of readings, exercises, opportunities for reflections, and Anti-Racist actions you can take. For more information about the resource visit here.

To view Race—The Power of an Illusion (Screening + Panel) event series hosted by the Othering & Belonging Institute visit here. The series in an award-winning documentary series by California Newsreel discussing the origins, beliefs, and consequences of what we call race. 



Financial Assistance & Funding Opportunities for unanticipated financial challenges

  • Ford School Emergency Fund: $500 limit, email [email protected] for more information.
  • UM CARES funding: administered by the Office of Financial Aid.  Application is available in Wolverine Access.
  • Rackham Student Emergency Funds: graduate students only, up to $2,500, see eligibility details on the website.
  • Dean of Students Emergency Fund: undergraduate and graduate students, see website for more information.
  • CEW+ Emergency Fund: graduate students and underserved undergraduate students (including but not limited to: returning students, those with children, emancipated, first generation, transfer students).

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