Black Families, Villages, and Authors: Celebrating the Joy in Your Identity

dije Expansions Vol 3

Fall 2019 / Winter 2020

The School of Education is proud to be a leader in the campus-wide initiative promoting Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. Adding "Justice" to these values underscores the role of educators in the creation of just societies. Through research, public scholarship, community building, and the preparation of education practitioners and policymakers, we articulate and advance our dije agenda.

Elizabeth Moje

An Introduction from the Dean

It is a great pleasure to introduce the third issue of the dije “Expansions” newsletter, which offers a platform for highlighting the progress of our work and a means for increasing transparency and connectedness across the entire SOE community. I want to thank Pat King and David Humphrey for their efforts in writing and publishing this important tool.

I also want to acknowledge the wonderful contributions of Pat King, whose tenure as dije Faculty Implementation Lead draws to a close this academic year. It is under her conscientious and heartfelt leadership that we have made important strides in advancing dije within the school, the university, and our community as a whole. She also led our own SOE community in a search to recruit our first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Officer, David Humphrey, who is shepherding in a new era of dije at the School of Education.

Gaining additional expertise and bandwidth has enabled growth, accessibility, and visibility of our school’s dije efforts. There is a lovely new dije office in the South hallway (Room 1217) that has created the first physical space for community members to connect with a diversity leader and to collaborate with one another. We also have a display to recognize award recipients who are advancing diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity within the School of Education as well as within the broader University of Michigan campus and surrounding communities. These are just some of the ways that we are working to include and invite every SOE community member to take part in, and ownership of, our dije initiatives. I am thrilled to see the new and rich ways that individuals, particularly students, are taking on leadership roles that build shared learning and engagement opportunities.

This year we engaged in critical conversations around race and racism and had opportunities to explore the pervasiveness of whiteness and white supremacy in our culture and our schools. We learned about the ways our culture excludes people based on (dis)ability and will learn how we can practice respectful LGBTQ+ allyhood. We began the work of trying to understand intersectionality, acknowledging that people experience power imbalances differently as a result of complex and intersecting identities, spaces, and contexts. Through our community partnerships, we have learned from—and with—educators and leaders outside our School of Education. Their leadership has inspired us to be more open and welcoming of many different views and experiences. Finally, our own faculty members continue to evaluate pedagogical practices, readings and authors, courses, and curricula through the lens of dije to construct more welcoming, inclusive, and generative student experiences that reflect and promote our SOE values.

This work takes time and requires significant effort to do so authentically. I want to acknowledge the generosity and bravery of our community members to engage in ways that are often difficult, emotional, and personal. Thank you to everyone who makes a commitment to advance dije in our school and our work. I hope that as you read this issue, you will reflect on the ways you engaged in diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity this past year and how, together, we can educate ourselves and others to build the kind of SOE community and society in which we want to live, learn, and work.

Elizabeth Birr Moje
School of Education Dean
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In April of 2019, David Humphrey, Jr. was appointed as Chief Diversity Officer in the newly established Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Equity.
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The Race and Social Justice Institute is a three-day program that engages students to gain a deeper understanding of how race, racism, and racialization appears in our society through a U.S. educational lens.
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For 10 years, the SOE and Mitchell/Scarlett/Huron Partnership schools have worked together to form a mutually beneficial partnership that fills the needs of the school community as well as the needs of SOE students.
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Education for Empowerment is for students who want to explore the relationship between education, power, and justice.
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Community Conversations are events for all members of the School of Education community to come together and address issues affecting our community, learn from and with each other, and promote the values of dije in the SOE.
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Our Fall 2019 Lunch & Learn events featured speakers who addressed disability, ableism, internationalism, and multiculturalism in education.
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Black Lives Matter Week of Action at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor was sponsored by the School of Education, U-M Libraries, Spectrum Center, Ruth Ellis Center, Equality Michigan, and Affirmations.
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Using the lens of race and ethnicity, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) engages the campus community and transforms the student experience to build inclusive spaces and equitable opportunities for all.
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In the Winter 2020 semester, we're looking forward to more community conversations, an allyhood development training, a conversation with White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo, and more.
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The dije awards recognize work to advance diversity, inclusion, justice, and equity within the School of Education, as well as within the broader University of Michigan campus and surrounding communities.
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In the School of Education, we are committed to promoting reflection, creating a space for dialogue, and centering historically underrepresented identities.