Volume 114 | 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.
International Women's Day (March 8)
International Women's Day is a global holiday recognized annually on March 8 in celebration of the cultural, political, social, economic, and historical achievements and contributions of women all over the world. This year, as designated by UN Women, the theme of this year's International Women's Day is "Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow"—a call for climate action for women, by women. Please see the "Events" section below for International Women's Day events!
Spotlight: Glocal Village Event
Glocal Village Event
Friday, March 18 from 12:00 - 3:00 PM EST
SSWB Lower Level Atrium
The University of Michigan School of Social Work, Global Social Work Practice Pathway, and Office of Global Activities are excited to announce the School of Social Work's first inaugural Glocal Village Event!

This event will showcase the exceptional academic work of social work students through a showcase of students’ research, academic, field experiences, and creative projects. 

The theme of this year's event is Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind.

Presenters and attendees may count their participation as field hours with the approval of their field instructor. Please be sure to include the learning activities associated with the conference in your justifications on the educational agreement.

For more information on acceptable formats for submission, please see the presenter registration form below.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, March 11 by 11:59 PM.

Presenters will be gifted a Glocal Village Event T-shirt. Attendees will receive small swag.

This event is hosted by the U-M School of Social Work and co-sponsored by the Global Social Work Practice Pathway, the Office of Global Activities, and the Office of Field Education.
Date: Tuesday, March 8 from 5:00 - 6:30 AM EST (10:00 - 11:30 AM UTC)
Brief Description: The theme for this year’s observance is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow." The year 2022 is pivotal for achieving gender equality in the context of climate change, and environmental and disaster risk reduction, which are some of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century. Without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach. This year’s IWD observance is in recognition and celebration of the women and girls who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation and response, and to honor their leadership and contribution towards a sustainable future.
Date: Tuesday, March 8 at 3:00 PM EST
Brief Description: Join NAFSA and the Global Leadership League on International Women's Day for a discussion with Dr. Irene Butler, Holocaust survivor and author. Butter spent a part of her childhood in Nazi-controlled concentration camps where she survived horrible conditions and tragedies. She tells her story on behalf of the six million other Jews who have been permanently silenced. Irene's account celebrates the exercising of empathy for others in even the most inhumane conditions, a relevant message in an age where similar hatreds and discrimination rise once again. Irene has shared the stage with peacemakers such as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel. She is a well-known peace activist, Holocaust survivor, and Professor Emerita of Public Health at the University of Michigan.
Date: Wednesday, March 9 from11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST
Brief Description: International Student Lunch Conversation (ISLC) is a casual time and space for international students to connect with each other and talk about life as an international student in the U.S. and at U-M. March's ISLC will take place in-person at the Hatcher Graduate Library’s Gallery Event Space. In order to keep the event as safe as possible, students will be provided with a to-go boxed lunch at the end of the session. Lunch Conversations are co-sponsored by the International Center and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
Date: Wednesday, March 9 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST
Brief Description: This seminar series critically interrogates the ways in which militarised borders, migration enforcement, and their racial orderings continue to be normalised on a global scale. The political drive towards expanding walls, policing infrastructures, camps, detention centres, interceptions at sea, push backs, deportations, surveillance, and racist immigration policies that restrict asylum and migration is hereby not only a legacy of past empires but is also indicative of new emerging geographies of (im)mobility, racialisation, and liberal violence. Speakers in this series come from a range of disciplines and will examine global migration through questions of race and racism, coloniality, nationalism, citizenship, belonging, criminalisation, and bordering. Dr. Maurice Stierl (University of Sheffield) will be the guest speaker for this event.
Date: Monday, March 14 from 5:00 - 6:30 PM EST
Brief Description: The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) will host its sixth annual International Studies Virtual Alumni Career Panel. This alumni panel will showcase and celebrate the university’s rich history of contributions made by International Studies alumni, while providing valuable insight for current students as they start to develop their own career paths. The panel will include a student Q&A portion. Learn where an International Studies major can take you! Read the full bios of the alumni on the PICS website!
Date: Thursday, March 24 from 8:00 - 10:00 AM EST
Brief Description: This virtual panel will have Spanish-English interpretation. Click here to see the panel flyer and panelists. The panel is linked to three other panels that may also be of interest. Please click here to see the related panels.
School of Social Work PhD student, Yuliya Shyrokonis, is actively trying to get some of her family members out of Ukraine. She has set up ways to donate to help fund getting her 80 year-old grandparents and uncle out of Ukraine. Please find her Venmo and Cash App information below. Her PayPal information is linked above.

Venmo: @Yuliya-Shyrokonis
Cash App: $YuliyaShyrokonis
IRB on the Road Sessions
Date: Tuesday, March 8 from 2:00-3:30 pm
Brief Description: For those setting up a Global Independent Study that involves a research component requiring Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, an IRB on the Road session will be happening remotely (either via a Zoom meeting or phone call). Wendy Peebles is the current liaison at the IRB. She will be available for consultation to faculty, students, or project staff. These sessions are typically well attended, so please set up an appointment for a 15-minute time period by emailing Wendy (wpeebles@umich.edu) in advance, prior to arrival at the sessions.
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: 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.
Grant Opportunities
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: Tuesday, March 15
Brief Description: The Mary Sue & Kenneth Coleman Global Experience Scholarship application opens on March 1 for students going on Spring/Summer travel. This scholarship is open to undergraduate students in UM-sponsored study abroad programs or programs encompassing other global experiences, and students enrolled in any graduate or professional program for international experiences directly related to their degree. Applicants may be assessed on demonstrated financial need.
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: 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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