Volume 113 | February 2022
OGA Newsletter
The Office of Global Activities (OGA) is dedicated to connecting MSW students to international social work opportunities through fundingspecial programs, academic resources, internationalized curriculum, and arranging faculty and student exchanges at partner institutions.
Black History Month (February 1 - 28)
Happy Black History Month! Throughout the month of February, we celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Americans. Black History Month is also a time learn about and reflect on the history of Black folks in America. As of recent, Black History Month has also become a time to uplift stories of Black joy, wellness, and excellence. That is why the theme for this year's Black History Month event series hosted by Multi-ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) is Black Joy! Please see the "Announcements" section below for Black History Month events.
Spotlight: Making Macro Matter: Alumni Panel Discussion
Making Macro Matter: Alumni Panel Discussion
Wednesday, February 23 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM EST
Calling all macro social work students: Are you unsure where to begin your job search or do you feel uncertainty about what job opportunities are available to you? You are not alone! We are excited to invite you to a job workshop series, specifically for macro students.

The first event in the series is an opportunity for you to engage with macro pathway alumni in an interactive panel discussion both in SSWB Room B798 and over Zoom. Registrants will receive a calendar invite with the Zoom link included. 

Our panel consists of recent graduates from the following pathways: Global Social Work Practice, Program Evaluation & Applied Research, Management & Leadership, and Policy & Political Social Work.

The Office of Global Activities is excited to share that Global Social Work Practice Pathway and Global Activities Scholars Program alum Sebastian Vidal will be a panelist! He currently lives in Los Angeles and works for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). KIND is the preeminent U.S.-based nongovernmental organization devoted to the protection of unaccompanied and separated children. Sebastian's position at KIND includes work at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
Date: Tuesday, February 22 at 10:00 AM EST
Brief Description: This webinar will analyze the main findings of the issue "Migration and Refugee Flows: New Insights", published in the journal Politics and Governance. The guest speakers are Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso (University of Göttingen, Germany), José L. Groizard (University of the Balearic Islands, Spain), and Juliette Milgram-Baleix (University of Granada, Spain).
Date: Tuesday, February 22 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM EST
Brief Description: During this virtual session, you will hear about Peace Corps service from a panel of returned volunteers who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). This will be an opportunity for students to learn about different identities abroad, ask questions, and hear about diverse, authentic service perspectives.
Date: Tuesday, February 22 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM EST
Brief Description: During this session, you will hear more about the application process and Peace Corps service, learn tips and tricks for your resume and motivation statement to ensure you stand out as strong applicant, and get updates on the Peace Corps and COVID–19.
Date: Wednesday, February 23 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST
Brief DescriptionThis talk will situate the EU border externalisation process within the regional history and social dynamics of the Senegal River Valley. It draws from fieldwork data gathered in the Mauritanian border town of Rosso, a crucial node within the architecture of the EU border regime in West Africa. By exploring the dynamics of the border crossing, as well as the experiences of illegalised migrant workers in Rosso, the presentation will show how the externalisation process is conditioned by the histories and social dynamics of the regions in which it unfolds. Dr. Hassan Ould Moctar (SOAS University of London) will be the guest speaker for this event.
Application deadline: Sunday, February 27 by 11:59 PM EST
Travel dates: August 20 - 26, 2022
Student cost: approximately $325*

During the Sp/Su 2022 semester, the School of Social Work Global Social Work Pathway is offering a unique opportunity. This experience will consist of two courses focused on human rights: a 1-credit introductory course taught by Professors Ashley Cureton and Rogério Pinto, and an optional 2-credit engagement course that will take place in New York City.

The six-day trip to NYC will include visiting organizations involved in human rights work such as the United Nations, where students will network and interact with leaders working on human rights issues from a social work perspective.

This program is open to all U-M SSW MSW students interested in engaging with human rights and global issues. Preference will be given to students in the Global Social Work Practice Pathway. Please note that students must be enrolled during the Sp/Su term in order to participate.

Students who are already participating in a global experience (e.g., international field placement, Global Independent Study, etc.) are not eligible to participate. Participating students must be in good academic standing and maintain good academic standing during the winter and spring/summer semesters.

*The remaining cost will be subsidized by the Associate Dean for Educational Programs and the Office of Global Activities. Additional $150 need-based scholarships are available to students who qualify. Students selected for this trip will receive further information.
Join MESA in celebrating the lives, success, struggles and beauty of the Black and Afro-descended peoples from around the globe. The theme for this year's Black History Month is Black Joy! As you will find in the events below, our communities on campus have prepared dynamic, immersive and meaningful programs for all to attend, with a myriad of in-person, hybrid and virtual options.
Date: Monday, February 21 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM EST
Brief Description: The Togetherness: QTBIPOC Gatherings are a collaboration between MESA and the Spectrum Center focusing on centering the experiences of Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and Students of Color through sharing meals, discussions, and creating connections with people in the QTBIPOC community at UM and in the surrounding areas. This event’s host will be Raivynn Smith. Raivynn Smith is an Adult Services Librarian at the Durham County Library in Durham, NC.
Date: Tuesday, February 22 at 12:00 PM EST
Brief Description: As a part of their Black History Month Series in honor of bell hooks, the SSW Association of Black Social Work Students (ABSWS) and the Black Radical Healing Pathways (BRHP) are hosting a panel discussion addressing the presence of African Americans in academia and activism. The discussion will be moderated by our own Clinical Professor of Social Work, Daicia Price. The panel will include, also from the School of Social Work, Dr. Trina Shanks. They will also be welcoming Dr. Alford Young, Jr., Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. We will also be welcoming input from our own Graduate Student Experience Librarian, Marna Clowney Robinson, LLMSW. This event will be held both in person (in the ECC, SSWB 1840) and online.
Date: Tuesday, February 22 at 2:30 PM EST
Brief Description: Join one of our partner universities, Universidade dos Açores (University of Azores) located in Ponta Delgada, Portugal, for a virtual Black History Month event. The School of Social Work's own Dr. Trina Shanks will be a panelist for the event.
Date: Wednesday, February 23 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM EST
Brief Description: The Closing Ceremony will be vibrant with energy and, of course, a celebration of Black Joy. We will have dance ensemble performances; vocal music numbers; and to our great pleasure and honor, Professor Robin Wilson will be closing us out with an immersive and radical keynote presentation.
Date: Wednesday, February 23 from 8:00 - 9:00 PM EST
Brief Description: This coming June marks the 55th anniversary of the momentous court case of Loving v. Virginia in which interracial marriage was officially legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court. Here at Mixed@Michigan, we are a symbol of this ruling establishing the human right to love and we have found pride and acceptance in our mixed identities. Given that February is a month of both celebrating Black history and finding love, we will provide a space to discuss the experiences of our Black students at Mixed@Michigan and how they have found strength in their mixed identity in addition to discussing the nuanced issues that arise when navigating interracial relationships. Lastly, we will flesh out problems with stereotypes, colorism, and exoticizing skin color when navigating relationships and how we can work towards further destigmatizing interracial relationships. We hope to have this conversation with a diverse group of people, regardless of ethnic or racial identification and food will be provided!
Professional Opportunities
Application Deadline: Friday, April 1
Brief Description: The Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from June 20-August 12, 2022, and plans to return to an in-person format this year. Students can study Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. Tuition scholarships are available.
Application Deadline: N/A
Brief Description: Samuel Hall is a social enterprise that conducts research, evaluates programs, and designs policies in contexts of migration and displacement. They recently announced two new openings for a Migration & Displacement (Pillar 1) Research Manager (RM) and Migration & Displacement (Pillar 1) Project Lead (PL). To see all of their current openings, click here.
Multiple Positions Available: Switchboard/International Rescue Committee
Application Deadline: N/A
Brief Description: Switchboard, International Rescue Committee's funded training and technical assistance provider, is growing its team to accommodate increased needs among providers serving Afghan newcomers. Switchboard is a one-stop resource hub for refugee service providers in the United States.
Grant Opportunities
Deadline: Monday, February 21 by 11:59 PM EST
Brief Description: Awards will vary in amount based on proposal merit, budget, and need. Applications must meet one of two criteria:

  1. Conduct student-designed research that is tied to degree requirements and focused on issues of importance to women
  2. Travel abroad for students in public health, environmental health, or another health-related field (including but not limited to, nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, environmental health, and public health)

Most CEW+ Fellowships range between $2,000 and $5,000. CEW+ Fellowships are not intended to support travel for conference attendance and presentations.
Deadline: Monday, March 1 at 11:59 PM EST
Brief DescriptionFor graduate students working on Thailand, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies is accepting proposals for conference travel support funds, research fellowships, and internship support. 
Preference will be given to those who have not received funding in the past and who enroll in Thai language courses at U-M.
Deadline: Monday, March 1
Brief Description: In tribute to Professor May's academic interests in the Philippines, this scholarship supports students who are (a) Filipino or of Filipino heritage, and/or (b) pursuing a field of study related to Southeast Asian Studies, with a preference for those focused on the Philippines.
Deadline: Rolling
Brief Description: The International Center offers a grant opportunity to help student organizations and University departments recognize the diversity of the U-M international student population through special events and programming. Organizations and departments should apply at least 14 days in advance of their event (the earlier, the better). Grants amounts will vary based on the submitted budget and the availability of funds.
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