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Wednesday Briefing for February 8

The Provost's Wednesday Briefing is a compliment to the Provost's Update, intended to be a quick update on achievements and opportunities in Academic and Student Affairs. Please forward any comments or submissions to emuprovost@emich.edu.

Racism On Campus

In light of the racist incidents at the University of Michigan yesterday, we are reminding instructors that should similar events occur again at EMU and you have particular challenges or issues of concern, please feel free to share these with your Dean's office, the Ombuds' Office, or with Interim Undergraduate Studies Director Michael Tew in the Provost's Office. Every effort will be made to assist you.

Also, it is within your discretion to provide accommodations to students regarding class attendance, should there be another escalation of racist activity at EMU. Please do whatever you can to assist and support students as they struggle with these actions.

Students can also be referred to  Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), available to students for support during these challenging times. Students can contact CAPS at 734.487.1118 if they would like to schedule a time to talk with a professional. CAPS is open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and students may also access CAPS’ after-hours phone support in the evenings and weekends by calling 734.487.1118.

Inauguration of President Smith – March 2, 2017

Faculty, Full- and Part-Time Lecturers planning to attend the Inauguration and participate in the march and processional are reminded to order regalia online by February 16. Visit the Inauguration web page, and click on the Participants tab for details on timing and other logistics, noting that participants will gather in McKenny Hall to march to Pease. (Note: if the regalia order site references commencement and a deadline of February 10, please ignore. We are trying to get this fixed by the site owners. The accurate ordering deadline is February 16 and orders placed there are for the Inauguration, not commencement).

If not participating in the march and processional, regalia is not needed, but you will need to reserve free tickets to general seating in Pease Auditorium. Click on the Attendees tab, and then the Reserve Tickets button.

Black History Monday Activities

Events and celebrations for this month include:

  • Thursday, Feb. 9:
      • Noon: Student Center Room 310 A&B: "Knowing Your Rights When Encountering: Police, Immigration, or You are a Victim of Ethnic Intimidation" lecture by Robyn L. McCoy, Esq.
      • 7 p.m. Student Center Ballroom: Black Excellence Unity Ball
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15, noon, McKenny Room 348: Student Panel Discussion
  • Thursday, Feb. 16:
      • 5 p.m. Honors College: Soul Food Thursday Dinner
      • 7 p.m. Student Center Auditorium: 2nd Annual Open Mic Showcase
  • Monday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Student Center Auditorium: Black Male Monologues
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28:
      • 5 p.m., Tower Inn: Dine and Donate for Greg People's Scholarship
      • 2 p.m., McKenny Room 200: Scholarship Prep 101
      • All Day, Student Center Intersection: Queer Black History

Download a flyer [PDF] of these events.

Jewish Studies Celebrating 5 Years at EMU

As part of the celebration to commemorate this anniversary, the EMU Center for Jewish Studies has invited Galeet Dardashti and her musical ensemble Divahn to the Ann Arbor area. Galeet Dardashti will give a free presentation entitled "Sacred Music Hits the Israeli Opo Charts: Money, Music and Mizrahiyut (ethnic identify)" at 7:00 pm at the Ann Arbor Community Center on April 2. Dardashti and Divahn will appear in concert at the Arc on April 3 at 7:30 p.m.; tickets can be purchased in person at the University of Michigan Union Ticket Office or online.

AASCU Emerging Leaders Program - deadline Feb. 28

The Emerging Leaders Program is designed for early to mid-career professionals and faculty leaders who have an interest in and talent for higher education leadership, and who want to advance their career in administration. If interested, please get details from the AASCU web site.