Flint

*Tickets On Sale 8/20/18*

A New Play by José Casas

Department of Theatre & Drama

In the style of The Laramie Project, faculty member and playwright José Casas explores the effects of the ongoing water crisis on the residents of Flint, MI.

General admission $30/ $12 with student ID

Poverty Simulation: Making Sense of Making it in America

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Students look at papers and discuss
We hear a lot about the social safety net in America — a patchwork of government programs that in theory help support individuals in our nation in need of temporary assistance and put them on a path toward economic mobility. But how does it actually work? Who does it catch and who does it leave behind? How do low-income families and individuals engage with the system while trying to meet their everyday basic needs? 

This Poverty Simulation is a three-hour hands-on engaged learning experience for students to gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to feed a family, pay bills, find employment, and navigate the complex challenges of the U.S. social safety net. The goal is for students to gain a better understanding of our current system, reflect on how U.S. policies help or hinder those most in need, and identify opportunities to take action toward a more just and equitable system. 

Participants are given scripted role assignments and structured situations that represent those that welfare recipients face daily. Participants interact with volunteers who staff a community of stores and agencies including welfare office workers, grocers, pawnbrokers, food pantry personnel, bill collectors, police, and employment interviewers. After a “month on welfare” (about one hour) a facilitator leads a discussion based on the event. Participants describe their experiences, volunteer staff share their insights and the facilitator offers suggestions for how participants can take action to promote justice for those living in actual poverty. 

Poverty Solutions is partnering with the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice to host the event.

Contact Poverty Solutions student engagement coordinator Trevor Bechtel for more information: betrevor@umich.edu

Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras by Rafa CardenasLas Cafeteras by Rafa Cardenas
A “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia, and rock…live, they’re magnetic” (Los Angeles Times). Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and positive message, a mix-and-match of styles and sources that deliver socially conscious lyrics in both English and Spanish. Their wildly vibrant Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes document stories of a community looking for love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles.

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Unravel Injustice: Taking Action

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Part 2: Social Science in the Public Interest, Action for the Public Good

A two-part discussion on our roles as citizens and scholars in movements to create a more just and humanistic society.

2019 University of Michigan MLK Symposium

Friday, February 15, 2019, 1:00-3:00pm, ISR Thompson Rm 1430

Keynote: The promise and peril of evidence-based activism

By: William Darity

Professor, School of Public Policy, Duke University

Round table discussions with noted scholar activists to follow keynote.

SEAS Sustainability Themes: Water

Hosted by Paul Seelbach (SEAS), Karen Alofs (SEAS), and Dick Norton (TCAUP)

Please join faculty and colleagues from across campus for the next round of theme-related events: lightning talk sessions inspired by the ever-popular Fast Food for Thought series.

SEAS Sustainability Themes address global challenges at the nexus of environment and society:

Climate + Energy
Food Systems
Water
Conservation + Restoration
Cities + Mobility + Built Environment

The themes are designed to serve as rallying points for collaborations around research, teaching, and civic engagement. The work across campus in these key areas is phenomenal, and the themes provide a framework for faculty from different units to be involved in a wide range of interdisciplinary activities in partnership with SEAS.

Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Round Two

Watch teams advance from this round to finals.  Nine competing teams give a seven-minute presentation that describes their company’s solution to a pressing market need or pain, an estimation of the market size, and their financial assumptions. This is followed by ten minutes of questions from the judges. Four teams will be chosen to compete in the Seigle Impact Finals, where they will have a chance to win the $15000 prize.

Judging in R0210, R0240, R1230, or R2230 TBA

Developing a Social Media Strategy for Your Professional Career

Are you planning on going into the job market soon? Did you know 92% of companies (including colleges and universities) use or plan to use social media to recruit? Many graduate students have a love/hate relationship with social media. They know they “have to do it,” that it’s the “right thing to do,” but is it necessary in higher education? What if you are planning to go the faculty tenure route—is it really necessary? At this workshop you will learn how to think more strategically about your social media strategy and presence. More specifically, you’ll decide what type of “professional persona” you are trying to portray and then you’ll learn some tactics and techniques for building your social media network. This workshop will focus on the following social media tools: LinkedIn, Twitter, WordPress, Academica.edu, Hoot-suite, and If This Then That.

Pre-registration is required at https://myumi.ch/LEomk.

rackham.umich.edu

SEAS Sustainability Themes: Climate Adaptation

Hosted by Maria Carmen Lemos (SEAS) and Paige Fischer (SEAS), and Gretchen Keppel-Aleks (CLaSP)

Please join faculty and colleagues from across campus for the next round of theme-related events: lightning talk sessions inspired by the ever-popular Fast Food for Thought series.

SEAS Sustainability Themes address global challenges at the nexus of environment and society:

Climate + Energy
Food Systems
Water
Conservation + Restoration
Cities + Mobility + Built Environment

The themes are designed to serve as rallying points for collaborations around research, teaching, and civic engagement. The work across campus in these key areas is phenomenal, and the themes provide a framework for faculty from different units to be involved in a wide range of interdisciplinary activities in partnership with SEAS.

LSA Social Impact Fair

The annual LSA Social Impact Fair is a chance to explore opportunities for you to effect change on pressing issues, or to gain experience in nonprofits supporting the arts, health, and beyond. Representatives from nonprofit organizations and U-M programs will share internships, volunteer opportunities, and part-time jobs. The experiences available range from environmental sustainability to volunteer work in shelters for domestic violence survivors. The Hub team is also on hand to discuss funding resources and specialized programs in the field, including the Applebaum Internship Program.

Organizations in attendance*:

-Dawn Farm
-Ann Arbor Film Festival
-Ann Arbor YMCA
-SafeHouse Center
-Give Merit
-Starfish Family Services
-Growing Hope
-Ann Arbor Summer Festival
-Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan
-826michigan
-Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program
-JOURNi
-Project Horseshoe Farm
-American Red Cross
-Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan
-Accounting Aid Society
-Community Action Network
-EcoWorks

U-M Departments and Programs
-Sociology
-LSA Psychology
-Project Outreach/ Psychology
-UROP
-Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor Program
-Semester in Detroit

*List is continuously updated