K-12 & Community

K-12 Engagement

All 10 pubic school districts in Washtenaw County are participating in the Understanding Race Project, thanks to our many K-12 Partners. Each district sent representatives to five monthly, day-long training sessions from January through May 2012, funded by the U-M Diversity Council and the National Center for Institutional Diversity and led by the U-M Program on Intergroup Relations with support from storyteller and activist La’Ron Williams.

In-depth preparation continued during a Summer Institute funded by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation led by Melanie Morrison of Allies for Change and Shayla Griffin. District representatives will help prepare teachers to discuss race with their students before and after they visit the Race exhibit. For information about brining a class to see the exhibit and participate in a facilitated discussion, click here.

The Museum of Natural History is offering an Educator's Preview of the Race: Are we so different? exhibit on Tuesday, February 12 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM.  Educators and their families are invited to preview this travelling exhibition produced by the American Anthropological Association, learn about special scholarship opportunities, pre and post-visit activities, teaching resources, and more. Refreshments will be provided.

 Please register on-line at http://bit.ly/edpreview12Feb or call (734) 764-0480.


Community Engagement

With major funding from the National Center for Institutional Diversity, we have been reaching out to community members, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies to invite participation and to connect the community with University of Michigan scholarship, students, and faculty.

Community members from all walks of life have been participating in monthly Community Conversations since January 2012. You are invited to the next event! Bring teens and an open mind. RSVPs are appreciated; send an e-mail to sablanks@umich.edu.

The Community Engagement Co-Planners are dedicated to keeping the work going after the Race exhibit departs, with a particular focus on undoing institutional racism. The Co-Planners organized a special training weekend in January 2013 for experienced community-based facilitators to lead conversations with community members and groups following visits to the Race exhibit, with generous funding from the United Way of Washtenaw County.

Thanks to our many Community Partners for their support, encouragement, and participation. Major partners include the Neutral Zone’s SEED program and the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program.