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All-school picnic welcomes new students

As a finale to the new student orientation, the School held a picnic on September 1 for all students, faculty, and staff at nearby Burns Park.

Students participate in Alzheimer’s memory walk

On a sunny, warm day early in October, a team of twenty-two MSW students and one doctoral student, most with an aging concentration, participated in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk. Several walked in honor of particular individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. e students raised $5,125 for the Michigan Great Lakes Chapter.

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Students raise money for Gulf organizations

Mindful of the continued need in the South follow- ing the 2005 hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, students held a house party fundraiser on December 3, raising over $3,500 for a just rebuilding of the South. Dona- tions were allocated to Gulf South organizations by the Twenty-First Century Foundation, the leading Black foundation active in the region. e fundraiser host committee included the SSW Disaster Response Group and Dean Paula Allen-Meares.

Collages express social justice ideas

  • e School of Social Work welcomes over 300 new

students each year during its orientation week. Each year, students participate in activities related to issues of privilege, oppression, diversity, and social justice as a way to introduce them to the importance of these issues in the school’s curriculum.

  • e Social Justice Orientation Planning Committee’s

theme for the activities this year was “Sparking the Flame,” and they designed activities that explored the importance and possibilities of using the arts in expressing and organizing around social justice issues. In addition to listening to spoken word and musical artists, new students and many faculty and staff participated by creating collages to express what social justice means to them and how it relates to their own identities.

  • e collages were exhibited at the Michigan Union

for several weeks in late November. ey also were photographed and are available on the School’s web- site at http://www.ssw.umich.edu/collagePhotos.

  • Submitted by the Social Justice

Orientation Planning Committee.

Ongoing Winter/Spring 2007

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