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  • February 03: Galentine’s & Valentine’s Day party with University Ministry, Feb. 13

    Friday February 03, 2023
    A pink graphic featuring a few hearts and the words Galentine's and Palentine's Day Party, Monday, February 13, 5-7 p.m., in the University Ministry Office, ground level of the Student Union! Come for pizza, snacks, valentines crafts, and entertainment!

    Detroit Mercy’s University Ministry team is hosting a social gathering to celebrate Galentine’s and Palentine’s Day on Monday, Feb. 13 from 5-7 p.m. in the University Ministry office, located on the lower level of the Student Union.

    The party will be an opportunity to gather together to enjoy Valentine’s Day crafts, eat pizza and sweet treats and offer a chance to unwind before midterms arrive!

    A pink graphic featuring a few hearts and the words Galentine's and Palentine's Day Party, Monday, February 13, 5-7 p.m., in the University Ministry Office, ground level of the Student Union! Come for pizza, snacks, valentines crafts, and entertainment!

  • February 03: Women’s retreat for students set for March 31-April 1

    Friday February 03, 2023
    A pink and blue graphic featuring pictures of people in nature and a University of Detroit Mercy University Ministry logo. Text reads Women's Retreat, Friday, March 31 to Saturday, April 1, time to get off-campus, make new connections, and reflect, De Sales Center, Brooklyn, Michigan, Interested? Contact Anna Lawler at lawleran@udmercy.edu.

    Gather, reflect and have fellowship, play games and get away from a campus for a bit with University Ministry‘s women’s retreat on Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1, 2023.

    The retreat is focusing on the theme — Past, Present and Future Selves. All transportation and food will be provided at the De Sales Center in Brooklyn, Michigan. There will be a variety of activities from art, games and personal and group reflection.

    The cost of the retreat is $20, with a $10 deposit needed to secure a spot one week prior at the University Ministry office in the Student Union. All food and transportation will be provided.

    With questions or for more information, please email University Minister for Faith Formation Anna Lawler at lawleran@udmercy.edu.

    A pink and blue graphic featuring pictures of people in nature and a University of Detroit Mercy University Ministry logo. Text reads Women's Retreat, Friday, March 31 to Saturday, April 1, time to get off-campus, make new connections, and reflect, De Sales Center, Brooklyn, Michigan, Interested? Contact Anna Lawler at lawleran@udmercy.edu.

  • February 03: Men’s retreat for students set for March 31-April 1

    Friday February 03, 2023
    A brown graphic featuring two pictures of people in outdoor settings, with a University of Detroit Mercy University Ministry logo. Text reads Friday, March 31 to Saturday, April 1, time ti get off-campus, make new connections and reflect, De Sales Center, Brooklyn, Michigan, Interested? Contact Anna Lawler at lawleran@udmercy.edu.

    Gather, reflect, play games and get off campus with friends with a men’s retreat, hosted by University Ministry on Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1, 2023.

    The retreat will be hosted at the De Sales Retreat Center in Brooklyn, Michigan.

    The costs for the retreat is just $20, with a $10 deposit due to the University Ministry office in the Student Union, a week prior to the retreat. All food and transportation will be provided.

    For further information or with questions, please reach out to University Minister for Faith Formation Anna Lawler at lawleran@udmercy.edu.

    A brown graphic featuring two pictures of people in outdoor settings, with a University of Detroit Mercy University Ministry logo. Text reads Friday, March 31 to Saturday, April 1, time ti get off-campus, make new connections and reflect, De Sales Center, Brooklyn, Michigan, Interested? Contact Anna Lawler at lawleran@udmercy.edu.

  • February 02: Winter Career & Co-op Fair set for Thursday, Feb. 9

    Thursday February 02, 2023
    Two people talk indoors with tables and other people pictured in the background.

    All Detroit Mercy students and recent graduates from all majors are invited to the 2023 Winter Career & Co-op Fair, which will be held Thursday, Feb. 9 from 3-6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

    Detroit Mercy’s Center for Career & Professional Development and the College of Engineering & Science are set to host the fair with co-op, internship, full-time, graduate school and volunteer opportunities available for those in attendance. More than 60 organizations are expected to attend.

    The career and co-op fair is a great opportunity for students to meet with a variety of employers as well as graduate schools to discuss full-time employment, graduate school options, co-op and internship positions, as well as volunteering opportunities.

    The fair is sponsored by Alliance Catholic Credit Union.

    With questions or for more information on the career and co-op fair, please visit udmercy.edu/current-students/cec/career-fair or contact the Center for Career & Professional Development directly at 313-993-1017 or careerlink@udmercy.edu.

    Register for the fair.

    Two people talk indoors with tables and other people pictured in the background.

  • February 02: Candy gram fundraiser for Valentine’s Day supports TENN

    Thursday February 02, 2023
    A pink graphic featuring a dove holding a heart letter with other hearts around it. Text reads TENN Valentine's Candy Grams, Feb. 13, Choose from a candy and card or both with a flower for only $2 more! Pick up from our table in the Student Union from 12-2 p.m.

    Help support the Titan Equity Nourish Network (TENN) by purchasing a candy gram for a friend or someone special before Valentine’s Day. Choose from a card and candy for $2.50 or a card, candy and a flower for $5!

    Pickup your candy gram from TENN’s table in the Student Union from 12-2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13.

    You can be anonymous or fill out a card to include.

    Purchase a Candy Gram.

    A pink graphic featuring a dove holding a heart letter with other hearts around it. Text reads TENN Valentine's Candy Grams, Feb. 13, Choose from a candy and card or both with a flower for only $2 more! Pick up from our table in the Student Union from 12-2 p.m.

  • February 02: Harvard’s award-winning Tiya Miles to host webinar, Feb. 6

    Thursday February 02, 2023
    A graphic featuring a photo of Tiya Miles. Text reads Black History Month Event, National award-winning author, Tiya Miles, Professor of History, Harvard University, Monday, Feb. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. on Zoom, This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Education, Black Abolitionist Archive, Student Life Office and the African American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies programs. A logo for the College of Liberal Arts and Education is featured at the bottom.

    Tiya Miles, author of six books on African American and Indigenous history, will discuss her latest book, All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, A Black Family Keepsake. The webinar is set for Monday, Feb. 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

    The book, which won the 2021 National Book Award for Nonfiction, tells the story of an enslaved mother and daughter, separated by sale, and the artifact that continued to connect them. Miles is a professor of history at Harvard University.

    Those interested in attending the webinar are asked to register in advance.

    This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Education, Black Abolitionist Archive, Student Life Office and the African American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies programs.

    A graphic featuring a photo of Tiya Miles. Text reads Black History Month Event, National award-winning author, Tiya Miles, Professor of History, Harvard University, Monday, Feb. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. on Zoom, This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Education, Black Abolitionist Archive, Student Life Office and the African American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies programs. A logo for the College of Liberal Arts and Education is featured at the bottom.

  • February 02: Detroit Mercy celebrates Black History Month with programming

    Thursday February 02, 2023
    A yellow and green graphic for Black History Month, with text reading Celebrate Black History Month, Celebrating the Gift of MLK and Black History, February 2023.

    Detroit Mercy is commemorating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating Black History Month with a series of programs on the McNichols Campus in January and February.

    Below are details for the University’s events. Stay up to date with this and other programming by visiting Detroit Mercy Live.

    All event dates and times are subject to change.

    BHM Events

    Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Sunday, Feb. 26 —MLK/BHM door decorating contest 

    School of Dentistry 

    School of Dentistry employees can show their MLK/BHM spirit by decorating their doors and offices. Doors will be judged on originality, creativity and enthusiasm. Winners will be announced Feb. 28.

    Those participating must register online and adhere to the following competition guidelines. Check with supervisors before hanging any decorations; do not place decorations on or around lights; do not cover office numbers or names; no glitter should be used; and decorations cannot restrict movement through hallways, entrances or exits.

    Supplies to decorate doors or office spaces will be provided by the School of Dentistry’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

    Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Thursday, Feb. 28 — Documenting Detroit Exhibit

    McNichols Campus Library, First Floor (Hours posted on McNichols Campus Library website)

    The Detroit Historical Society’s Documenting Detroit exhibit will be displayed in the McNichols Campus Library throughout February. The traveling exhibit includes 20 photos that show Detroit’s past and present, with an emphasis on people.

    This exhibit is sponsored by the Student Life Office and the McNichols Campus Library.

    Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Thursday, Feb. 28 — Black Lives Matter exhibition 

    School of Dentistry Library (Hours posted on Dental Library website)

    A collection of images, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Monday, Feb. 6 (7 p.m.) — Virtual webinar with author Tiya Miles

    Tiya Miles, author of six books on African American and Indigenous history, will discuss her latest book, All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, A Black Family Keepsake. The book, which won the 2021 National Book Award for Nonfiction, tells the story of an enslaved mother and daughter, separated by sale, and the artifact that continued to connect them.

    Those interested in attending the webinar are asked to register in advance.

    This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts & Education, Black Abolitionist Archive, Student Life Office and the African American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies programs.

    Wednesday, Feb. 8 — Interfaith dinner

    5:30-7 p.m., Architecture Building, Exhibition Space

    The Interfaith Dinner allows the Detroit Mercy community to celebrate each other over a multicultural meal and listen to a panel of speakers from various faith traditions. This year’s theme is Art and Spirituality, and speakers will share how these two elements combine and the meaning it brings to their community.

    Kosher and halal options will be offered at the dinner, as well as opportunities to participate in different art forms, including henna tattoos, making and coloring mandalas and more.

    This is a joint event between the Muslim Student Association, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Life Office, University Ministry and other student faith organizations at Detroit Mercy.

    Thursday, Feb. 9 — Painting with vibes 

    6-7:30 p.m. – School of Dentistry, Special Function Room

    The School of Dentistry’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting Paint, Vibe and Celebrate with Painting Vibe Art Studio, a Black-owned business in Detroit. All painting supplies will be available in the Special Functions Room with artist instruction. No matter your art experience or how you identify, come have a good time with fellow Titans.

    Those interested in participating must register in advance as space is limited to 30 people. 

    Monday, Feb. 13 – Thursday, Feb. 16 — Create an African mask

    McNichols Campus Library, First Floor

    Detroit Mercy students and employees can create their own African masks for an arts and crafts contest. Those interested in participating can pick up masks at the McNichols Campus Library Monday, Feb. 13 by 5 p.m. Masks entering into the competition must be returned to the library by Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. Creators of the top three masks, voted on by the Black Student Union, will receive a $50 gift card from the Student Life Office. All African masks created and submitted for competition will be displayed in the McNichols Campus Library’s first floor lobby starting Feb. 20. The Student Life Office’s Instagram will also showcase masks in a virtual museum.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Student Life Office and the McNichols Campus Library.

    Monday, Feb. 13 —Black history bingo for students

    5-7 p.m. — Student Union, Lower Level

    Join fellow Titans for a bingo game on Black history.

    Tuesday, Feb. 14 — Love Stories from the Underground Railroad

    12:45-2 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, Second Floor

    Roy E. Finkenbine, professor of History and director of the Black Abolitionist Archive, will share the story of Thorton and Lucy Blackburn, a couple who escaped enslavement in Kentucky and settled in Detroit, only to be captured in 1833 by slave catchers and legal authorities. Through the intrepid action of Detroiters, the Blackburns were rescued and rushed to Canada, where they became individuals of historical significance.

    This year marks the 10th consecutive year for the Love Stories event, which is free and open to the public. The event also features music from the African American tradition performed by the University Chorale. Lunch will be provided. Attendees are asked to RSVP on Detroit Mercy Live.

    Love Stories is sponsored by the Black Abolitionist Archive, Student Life and the Office of Student Affairs.

    Tuesday, Feb. 14 — BHM Jeopardy 

    5:30-6:30 p.m. — School of Dentistry, Room 1430

    Participants can test their knowledge and learn about African American people, events and terms in a Jeopardy-style game hosted by the School of Dentistry’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The goal is to deepen appreciation of African Americans’ contributions in math, science, government, the arts and many other areas that have shaped our nation’s history. 

    Wednesday, Feb. 22 — Ossian Sweet documentary and panel discussion

    7-8:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, Second Floor

    In 1925, Black physician Ossian Sweet was charged with murder after using armed self-defense against a white mob protesting his move into an all-white neighborhood of Detroit. The following year, Sweet and the other people inside his home were acquitted of murder in a landmark case that led to advances in equal criminal justice for African Americans.

    Daniel Baxter ’01, founder of the Ossian Sweet Foundation and director of elections for the city of Detroit, will preview his new documentary on Sweet. Baxter will join Kevin Boyle ’82, author of Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age, which explores Sweet’s story, and Arthur Beer, professor emeritus and director and producer of Malice Aforethought: The Sweet Trials, for a panel discussion.

    An alumni reception will precede the event. Register for the reception online.

    This event is sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, African American Studies program and Black Abolitionist Archive.

    Wednesday, Feb. 22 — Mental health and self-care workshop 

    5:30-7 p.m. — School of Dentistry, Room 1460

    We hear words like self-care and self-compassion regularly, but what do they really mean? Clinical Assistant Professor Candace Ziglor will explore these words in order to increase awareness around personal tools of self-care.

    Monday, Feb. 27 — Black faculty and staff celebration, introductory luncheon

    12-1:30 p.m. — Student Union Ballroom, Second Floor

    Celebrate the end of Black History Month by getting to know one another over lunch. Come and learn about the plans for the Black Faculty and Staff Association, or just enjoy a delicious break in the day. 

    Past events

    National Day of Healing from Racism, Student Dialogues

    National Day of Healing from Racism was celebrated on the third Tuesday of January. The day was established in 2017 to create space for individuals to discuss ways in which racism has impacted their lives. On that day, the University community came together to recognize the perils of racism and how we can move forward as a group.

    A woman listens as a man talks during an MLK panel discussion.Panelist discussion: Breaking Down Barriers 

    Lauren Hood ’03, ’12, founder of the Institute for AfroUrbanism at Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture & Community Development, facilitated a panelist discussion of campus and community leaders around the theme of “Breaking Down Barriers.”

    Panelists included: Darnetta Banks, neighborhood engagement manager for Brilliant Detroit and president of the Prairie Street Block Club; Sr. Helen Marie Burns, RSM, member of Detroit Mercy’s Board of Trustees; Michael Carter, managing partner of Pinnacle Construction Partners and member of Detroit Mercy’s Board of Trustees; Dan Pitera, dean of SACD, Kyndal Wofford, president of Black Student Union; and Zach Cotton, vice president of Black Student Union.

    This talk was sponsored by the Institute for Leadership & Service, Student Life Office, Dean of Students Office and School of Architecture & Community Development.

    Diversity fair and panel discussion

    Panelists included Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Judge Terrance Keith and Bertram Marks.

    A women wearing a red Pace Yourself t-shirt walks while other sit and watch, with one person holding a phone.Fashion Show 

    Detroit Mercy’s Black Student Union hosted a fashion show featuring clothing made by several Detroit designers. Chris Scott ’05, founder and CEO of Positive Thoughts Solutions, served as master of ceremonies while Barraka Baber ’18, faculty advisor for Phi Beta Sigma and network administrator for Detroit Mercy’s ITS department, was the DJ.

    The fashion show was sponsored by the Black Student Union, Student Life Office and Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

    More information.

    A yellow and green graphic for Black History Month, with text reading Celebrate Black History Month, Celebrating the Gift of MLK and Black History, February 2023.

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