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Kendi and book cover
Kendi and book cover
Ibram X. Kendi, Community Read author

Faculty Senate Sponsors Community Read for 2020-2021

Community Read is a program created by the First Year Experience Committee of Faculty Senate (co-chairs Margaret Willard-Traub and Holly Sorscher), and modeled after the Big Read of the National Endowment for the Arts, which has hosted over five million participants since 2006. The reading selected  is How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. The Community Read web page includes a 13-minute video presentation by Ibram X. Kendi, a list of UM-Dearborn discussion sessions set for October 2, November 2, and February 3, and links to other resources. UM-Dearborn faculty members have also prepared brief video presentations on individual book chapters, which faculty may use in classes, or as guides for preparing their own class presentation. These chapter video commentaries are available on the UM YouTube playlist. The Mardigian Library also has several web pages devoted to Antiracism resources.

By now, thanks to nation-wide demonstrations calling out police brutality against Black people, most Americans are familiar with the increased awareness of the central role of racism in American history, reflected in contemporary policy and practice. UM-Dearborn is joining thousands of other reading circles and discussion groups using Kendi's books and videos, or similar books and videos, as guides to effecting changes in behavior and policy.

The Faculty Senate encourages all faculty members at UM-Dearborn to consider ways in which Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist, excerpts from the book, similar books, videos, or other resources can be incorporated into classes across the curriculum, especially those that enroll either first-year or new transfer students. Our hope is that students will have an opportunity to engage with the subject matter from many disciplinary perspectives. 

Dearborn Discovery Core Changes Being Implemented

In June 2019 the University Curriculum Development Committee of Faculty Senate released its proposed revisions to requirements in the Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC).  Proposed revisions were considered by Faculty Senate from October 2019 through March 2020. Approved revisions are now in the process of being implemented to take full effect with the fall term, 2021.

Faculty Senate Meeting Dates Set for 2020-2021

During the academic year 2020-2021, Faculty Senate meets virtually once a month on Monday afternoons, 3:30-5:00 pm. Meetings are announced to Senators and Alternates, and are open to all faculty members. Meetings are also open to the public, except when the Senate calls for an executive session. The full UM-Dearborn meeting schedule for AY 2020-2021 is available on the Faculty Senate web pages.

Faculty Congress will meet virtually twice during AY 2020-2021, on November 2 or November 6, and again March 29, 2021. Meetings are announced to all faculty members and administrators, all of whom are encouraged to attend. Meetings are also open to the public.

Meeting dates, time, and locations for University of Michigan Faculty Assembly, which represents all three campuses, are located on the Faculty Assembly web page. 

Regents Issue Memorial Statements for Two UM-Dearborn Faculty Senators 

At their meeting of December 6, 2018, the UM Regents adopted Memorial Statements for two UM-Dearborn faculty members who died in 2018, Associate Professor Bruce Elenbogen (CECS) and Professor Elsayed Orady (CECS).  Both Elenbogen and Orady were active members of Faculty Senate over a number of years, serving as Senators representing their College and as members of several Senate committees. Orady also served as Senate Chair in 2003-2004, and as Vice Chair in 2010 and 2011. Their memorial statements were framed and presented to their families by Faculty Senate and were published in the Regents minutes for December 6, 2018.


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