Monday, October 26, 2020

2020 Virtual DEI Summit: Arts+Social Change

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

The speakers also responded to some questions after the event which you can view here.

Join us online for TED-STYLE TALKS, A PANEL SESSION AND performances. Additional details, ways to engage and link to live event available at 

FACULTY: Connect your class with the DEI Summit experience — resources available here.

Moderated by Aaron Dworkin, former dean of the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, professor of arts leadership & entrepreneurship, and founder of the Sphinx Organization in Detroit dedicated to "transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts."


WENDELL PIERCE, 2020-21 Artist in Residence at University Musical Society, an actor who has performed in over 30 films, nearly 50 television shows (including the HBO dramas The Wire and Treme) and dozens of stage productions.

COURTNEY COGBURN (MSW ’02, PhD ’10), associate professor of social work at Columbia University, and the lead creator of the 1,000 Cut Journey, a virtual reality experience that allows participants to experience anti-Black racism.

JOHANNA KEPLER (BFA, ’20), founder of U-M’s Arts in Color student organization and creator of an interview series called The Power of the Performing Arts focused on raising awareness about how the pandemic is affecting performing arts communities.

COLLEEN MEDICINE, member of the Ojibwe Sault Ste. Marie Tribe and the Anishinaabe Theater Exchange, a U-M collaboration that uses theater to activate networks with Native communities in the Great Lakes region and develops performances examining the social concerns and histories of the Anishinaabe people.

Call for Creative Contributions

Are you an artist or creative practitioner interested in building an anti-racist world through the arts? We invite all members of our U-M community to submit artistic, creative or innovative responses to the theme of the DEI Summit 2020: "Arts+Social Change: Building an Anti-Racist World through the Arts."