Volume 117 | March 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.
Trans Day of Visibility (March 31)
On March 31, Trans Day of Visibility is observed to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of transgender and gender non-conforming people. Trans Day of Visibility aims to further raise awareness of the discrimination that transgender people experience worldwide and the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice. The Office of Global Activities is dedicated to ensuring that our community continues to be a place where transgender people can thrive and receive support in their endeavors. If you are interested in learning more about Trans Day of Visibility, please refer to the following page.
Spotlight: Self Care Expo
Self Care Expo
Wednesday, March 30 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM
In honor of Social Work Appreciation Month, the Association of Black Social Work Students & SSW Student Union is proud to present the first ever Self Care Expo!

The following activities will be located in the lower atrium of the SSW building:

  • Therapy Dogs
  • Free Massages
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Candle Making
  • Self Care Goodie Bags
  • Resources Booth Fair

The following activities will be offered in various rooms:
  • Yoga Room - B798
  • Mindful Meditation Room - B780
  • Self Care Workshop (30 minutes; 12:15 PM, 1:15 PM) - B770
Date: Tuesday, March 29 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
Brief Description: Are you thinking about visiting, working, or living in Canada? Whether you are planning a short trip to Canada, are interested in working in Canada, or would like to live there, there are specific requirements and different programs that you should understand. Representatives from the Canadian Consulate General will talk about these requirements and answer any questions you have!
Date: Tuesday, March 29 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM EDT
Brief Description: The Trotter Interfaith Program is hosting an Interfaith Alumnae Panel. This virtual event is being presented as part of Women's History Month. The panelists and moderator are all graduates of the University of Michigan. Each brings a wealth of experience and perspective on how religious, spiritual and secular (RSS) worldview intersects with all facets of our identity and with our careers. Andrea Buckley, SSW alum, Social Worker, Licensed Therapist, Mental Health Consultant and owner of Drea Inspires LLC is a featured panelist.
Date: Thursday, March 31 from 12:00 - 12:50 PM EDT
Brief Description: Ford School and the Weiser Diplomacy Center are excited to welcome the next U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence North Central, Shannon Farrell. She will sit at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and will offer advice and guidance to students interested in exploring careers, internships, or fellowships with the U.S. Foreign and Civil Services. All University of Michigan students are welcome to join for a virtual introduction session. 
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: Rolling
Brief Description: The team also seeks to hire two U-M student summer interns interested in education abroad. Applicants will collaborate with the staff working on a variety of global education projects. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and qualified candidates will start as early as May 2, 2022.
Application Deadline: N/A
Brief Description: Missy! Orr, a School of Social Work and Global Activities Scholars Program alum and current employee at International Rescue Committee (IRC), has shared a position that is on the same team as her. IRC’s Resource Acquisition and Management team within the Resettlement, Asylum, and Integration (RAI) department supports a network of 25 offices across the United States on business development and fundraising initiatives.  As the Development Operations Manager, you will be a trusted resource for development staff across the country, providing technical support on fundraising systems, analytics and reporting, support offices with executing timely donor stewardship, and oversee use of fundraising tools.
Application Deadline: N/A
Brief Description: We The People MI (WTPMI) works to build a multi-racial, working class constituency across the state that is engaged in community organizing, the development of leaders, and the building of a unified, proactive agenda rooted in economic, racial, and social justice for all Michiganders. They are looking for Field Organizers and Field Organizer Supervisors to help them with their 2022 election work. All jobs are temporary (year long) but full time positions start at $42,000/year plus benefits. 
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.
Application Deadline: N/A
Brief Description: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is launching a one-year Afghan Support & Investment Project (ASIP) across Northern California, including the greater Sacramento region, Bay Area, and Central Valley. The project will center on disbursing housing funds in support of newly arrived Afghans. IRC will be hiring around 24 new staff members to support this project. Most positions are either remote or hybrid.

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.
Volunteer Position Available: UHS Children's Center Virtual Readers Program
Application Deadline: N/A
Brief Description: The University Health Systems (UHS) Children's Center is looking for volunteers to record themselves reading infant, toddler, and preschool-appropriate children's books aloud for virtual story time. The teachers see story time as a way to help kids become adaptive to different people and ways of being in the world and encourage people of other cultures and nationalities to participate in the program and share storybooks based on their own identities and experiences. They also seek volunteers who are multilingual and are willing to read aloud in different languages to connect with children who are non-native speakers of English. If you are interested, please contact Kenneth Simpson at 734-998-6195 or kengen@umich.edu.
Grant Opportunities
Deadline: Friday, April 1
Brief Description: The Mark and Myra Sorensen International Travel Scholarship is designed to support students who will participate in study, internship, volunteer, or research programs abroad. The scholarship's goal is to fund a diverse array of students, regardless of field of study. Awards will be made in the amount of at least $750 to cover expenses such as program fees, transportation, room and board, and/or local excursions made in connection with the project. For eligibility criteria, the application process, and more information, visit here.
Deadline: Friday, April 15
Brief Description: The Swieca Family Israel Travel Fund is designed to financially support students who will be participating in educational travel to Israel. Educational travel is defined as study, internship, volunteer, or research opportunities, as well as conference attendance. Funding will be distributed to cover expenses such as program fees, conference registration, transportation, room and board, and/or local excursions made in connection with the project. For eligibility criteria, the application process, and more information, visit here. Questions? Contact the International Center at ic-abroad@umich.edu.
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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