The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Here you will find a list of what's happening around you this week. From workshops in service learning to screenings of the newest social justice film, this is a resource made specifically for you.


1) Keeping it Real: Authentic Political Dialogue

Have you ever had a constructive conversation with someone who has a different political identity or political perspective than you? Can you imagine building a bridge across political difference? Have you ever wondered how it is that other intelligent, caring people could come to a completely different political perspective than you? 

If you are intrigued by the possibility of building bridges across political perspectives or crossing political chasms through dialogue, then you are in luck! The Ginsberg Center, the Program on Intergroup Relations, and the Office of Student Conflict Resolution have partnered to create 
Keeping it Real: Authentic Political Dialogue - a workshop series for U-M students who are interested in productive conversations across the political spectrum and social identities. 

Food will be provided and space is limited, so if you’d like to join us, register using the links below! 

Session 1: Deconstructing Your Political Identity with GIO (Ginsberg, IGR, OSCR)
Friday, March 16th @ the Connector 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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Session 2: Building Bridges Across Political Perspectives with GIO (Ginsberg, IGR, OSCR)
Friday, March 23rd @ the Connector 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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Session 3: Crossing Political Chasms through Dialogue with GIO (Ginsberg, IGR, OSCR)
Friday, March 30th @ the Connector 2:00pm - 3:30pm
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2) Decolonizing Public Health  

This is a student-initiated, organized, and facilitated event focused on providing students with a holistic and foundational understanding of the history of public health while transforming the School of Public Health curriculum to meet the needs and concerns of students. Topics include American Indian Health, Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality, Disaggregation of Data & Racial Disparities for Asian Americans, Arab & Muslim Identities, Mass Incarceration, and more! Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please visit our Facebook event for regular updates. Feel free to come to sessions that fit your schedule or interests. The organizers have conceptualized the Decolonization of Public Health to emphasize efforts to critically reflect upon the history of public health: (1) interrogating systems and structures within public health to examine where and how health inequities are perpetuated; and (2) centering the voices and experiences of those who have been historically marginalized and disenfranchised. We draw our conceptualizations from the work of Junot Díaz, who describes the process of decolonization as: [Recognizing the] "Long histories of bias, racism, and exclusion created to perpetuate these dismal inequalities. Díaz states "None of this will change unless we work actively, mindfully and collectively to dismantle the often-obscure structures of power that exist both within us and without... The only thing decolonizing seeks to exclude are the forces, systems, and habits that have excluded so many of us for so long – forces, systems and habits that continue to have too much power in this world, and in our hearts." Please join us in our efforts to actively, mindfully, and collectively work to decolonize Public Health! We hope to see you there.

March 30, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
SPHI Community Room
Sponsored by: HBHEDoc
Contact Information: Madeline Higgins

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3) 2018 Information Ethics Colloquium

The IACD presents the 2018 InfoEthics Colloquium (IEC), our inaugural event that brings members of the University together to address the ethical dilemmas of technology innovations in academia and industry. The IEC will be held on Thursday, March 29th, from 12-5pm at Ehrlicher Room 3100 at North Quad. Lunch provided. 


This year, we are elated to announce Garlin Gilchrist, the Director for the Center for Social Media Responsibility, as our keynote speaker. Please join us for an afternoon that includes a panel on Ethically Charged Decision Making in Professional Contexts and an InfoEthics Design Jam, which includes a series of design challenges for addressing ethical issues in the interdisciplinary domain of information.

Interested in serving as a facilitator for the InfoEthics Design Jam? See our memorandum for details.


4) Exploring Leadership and Restorative Justice with Maine Inside Out 

The innovative Maine Inside Out program will be doing a residency on the University of Michigan campus in partnership with the Prison Creative Arts Project. The Ginsberg Center is partnering with Maine Inside Out to explore they use youth leadership and community as a force for restorative justice and social change. Come to enjoy dinner with participants of the program, learn about the work they do with incarcerated youth, and how these artists use theater as a way to create sustainable change in the ways we view punishment and incarceration in our communities. Join us on Monday, March 26th at 6 PM in the Ginsberg Center: RSVP here!



Looking Ahead:

The Silver Lining- Addressing Challenges faced by Women in STEM

Michigan Earth Science Women's Network (M-ESWN) brings to you its much awaited capstone event of Winter 2018- 'The Silver Lining - Addressing Challenges faced by Women in STEM'. The event will feature talks from three speakers followed by a Networking Dinner.

Date : April 2nd, 2018

Time : 4:00 pm-8:00 pm

Location : East Room, Pierpont Commons, North Campus

For more information and RSVP -

List of Talks : 

1. Addressing sexual harassment in STEM by Dr. Blair Schneider, Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Kansas

2. How to foster a healthy Work-Life Balance by Barbara Mulay, Manager of the Work-Life Resource Center at UM

3. Mastering Goal Achievement: Three Power Steps by Glenda Haskell, Career and a Retirement Coach at the 'Full Spectrum Career Success LLC’, and Assistant Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at UM (2002-2011).

This event is co-sponsored by WISE, CLASP GSAC and AWIS

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