Volume 100 | October 2021
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.
Spotlight: Wolverine Wellness
Wolverine Wellness
Student Life’s Wolverine Wellness program at the University Health Service nurtures a healthy campus community with coaching and educational programs on wellness, tobacco cessation, safer sex, alcohol and drugs, healthy eating and body image, and much more. They can help students individually and even bring programs to your student organization. Additionally, the University Health Service has several opportunities for students to get involved as volunteer leaders promoting wellness across campus.

Wolverine Wellness also offers free Wellness Coaching. Wellness Coaching is one-on-one coaching available to undergraduate and graduate students. It is a holistic approach to personal wellness, examining how the Eight Dimensions of Wellness (pictured above) connect to one's values, goals, and motivations. Students also have the option to participate in various group coaching sessions.
Date: Wednesday, October 27 from 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM EDT
Brief Description: Global health offers a range of career possibilities. This panel is open to all U-M community and will bring together nurses and public health professionals who work in careers with global organizations and NGOs. Come to hear about career opportunities and learn about how to better prepare for the global health careers of the future.
Date: Monday, November 1 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Brief Description: The International Institute is hosting its first webinar for the Masters in International and Regional Studies (MIRS) Program. This session will discuss topics related to the program structure, admissions requirements, funding and financial aid, specialization tracks, and dual-degree opportunities for students interested in applying for the Fall 2022 term.
Date: Tuesday, November 2 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
Brief Description: The Research Jam will provide an opportunity for interested faculty to begin building connections with colleagues from across U-M who are interested in this space. The session will be open to all U-M faculty who want to engage in addressing challenges of global vaccine equity! Join to explore how your research interest might connect to aspects of vaccine equity. Direct vaccine-related research is not required.
Date: Thursday, November 11 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
Brief Description: Anti-Asian American sentiment has spread across the U.S. like an epidemic, rising approximately 360% in 2021 alone. However, is anti-Asian hate truly a new phenomena? What is the history of racism against Asian Americans in the U.S.? This virtual discussion will connect the past to the present and present the work of prominent Asian American leaders, activists, and students, including students from the School of Social Work’s API Coalition!
Date: Friday, November 19 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Brief DescriptionJoin the International Center virtually over lunch to discuss special topics and explore the resources available for international students and scholars. Discussions are informal and it's a great place to get your burning questions answered!
International Career Pathways is a cross-unit initiative that aims to compile and highlight events happening across campus pertaining to global internships, service, and careers!

Date: Monday, October 25 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
Brief Description: Interested in humanitarian and international development careers with Mercy Corps? Join to learn from Michelle LeMeur, Gender Equality, and Social Inclusion (GESI) Director, Mercy Corps Nepal.

Date: Wednesday, October 27 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Brief Description: A panel of global health and development professionals will share their career stories, including preparation, training, and advice for prospective global professionals.
Professional Opportunities
Application Deadline: Friday, October 29
Brief Description: The Graduate Certificate in World Performance Studies (GCWPS) provides students an opportunity to join an interdisciplinary cohort of Graduate Fellows, interested in performance as an artistic and scholarly field of inquiry. The GCWPS requires 9 credit hours of coursework over the span of twelve months. Graduate Fellows are awarded a $3500 stipend for a summer research project, internship or practicum, to take place in the summer.
Application Deadline: Monday, November 1
Brief DescriptionThis unique 12-month professional development opportunity is designed for individuals dedicated to a career in international relief and development. CRS is one of the largest and most trusted international relief and development organizations. In more than 100 countries worldwide, CRS promotes transformative and sustainable change by using holistic approaches, engaging people at all levels, and tailoring their work to the needs of the people they serve.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 (Rolling admission)
Brief DescriptionThe Ottawa Internship Program is designed to provide a first-hand learning experience in Canadian government through placement with a Member of Parliament or Senator in the capital of Canada. Students will work in a parliamentarian's office for a period of five weeks. This program is open to graduate and undergraduate students from all majors and all colleges of the University of Michigan.
Grant Opportunities
Application Deadline: Sunday, November 7 by 11:59 PM EDT
Brief Description: The Office of Global Activities offers event grants to students who would like to propose and plan events with a global theme. Each grant is up to $125. Student events that have been proposed and funded in the past include showing documentaries with a global focus, hosting discussions on global topics, or organizing a panel of social workers who have done work abroad. Events are not limited to these categories and we encourage students to get creative and propose something new.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 16 by 8:00 PM EDT
Brief DescriptionThe CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. This opportunity would be appropriate for 20-month SSW students and possibly dual degree students. 
Application Deadline: Thursday, December 30 at 5:00 PM EDT
Brief DescriptionBlakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of full-time, intensive language study of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer or Burmese at the advanced level in approved language programs in East or Southeast Asia. Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
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.
Deadline: Rolling
Brief Description: Subject to availability of funding, awards will be made to faculty, students, and staff presenting Africa-focused papers or serving as chairs or discussants for Africa-focused sessions at regional, national, or international conferences. Priority is given to applicants who have not received prior ASC funding and to projects focused on Sub-Saharan Africa.
Deadline: Rolling
Brief Description: The U.S. Department of Education provides a variety of grant opportunities. Eligibility, funding amounts, and deadlines vary.
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