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June 5, 2020 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Zoom
Cost: 0
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The country is in a state of crisis. COVID-19 has ravaged our hometown of Detroit and affected the lives of millions around the globe, including a disproportionate number of minority individuals. In this midst of this global crisis, a call for change and equality has sprouted from the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. We encourage you to participate in this two-part series exploring communities in crises and racial inequality, the historical context and ways in which you can empower social change in your community.

Part 1 of this series includes a roundtable with local African American leaders who will engage in a community discussion of the current call for racial equality and protests resulting from the racially driven murders of numerous individuals, the historical context of the racial divide and a call to action including ways in that you can positively impact your community. 

Panelists for this event include:

  • Saunteel Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer of The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), SSW Board of Visitors Member and former Detroit City Council Member
  • Paul Hubbard, Managing Partner of Trivium Community Economic Development, Member of the Toledo Social Unrest Task Force, SSW Board of Visitors Member and former President of New Detroit
  • Victoria Burton-Harris, criminal defense and family law attorney, Founder of McCaskey Law and current candidate for Wayne County Prosecutor

This event will be held on Zoom. The Zoom login information will be provided upon completion of the RSVP form.

Part 2 of this series, Community Action in Times of Crisis: Approaches to the COVID-19 Pandemic, will be held on June 25, 2020 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm.

For more information about this event, please contact Betsy Vanderstelt at 313-577-4464 or