The University of Michigan's 'Understanding RACE' project needs your input.

The U-M Museum of Natural History is hosting the nationally traveling exhibition, RACE: Are we so different?  


Race plays a huge, and sometimes unseen, part in our lives.  It often determines where we live, what schools we attend, our likeliness to be a part of the criminal justice system, our life expectancy, our health our careers, education levels and more.  Our goal is to bring members of the community together to exchange information, share experiences, honestly express perspectives, clarify viewpoints, and finally to work toward building a common vision and plan for a large-scale community dialogue in 2013 that can develop solutions to community concerns on race.   

With your involvement and expertise, we will be able to plan a dynamic series of events, programs, dialogues, and projects that can help us all gain a deeper understanding of the conditions of racism in Washtenaw County and SE Michigan.  We want this work to begin with an initial exploration of our racial and cultural uniqueness, and work towards healing, respect, friendship, harmony and the exploration of tactics for action.


Please RSVP to Sara Blanks at Each meeting builds upon the last and thus it is ideal, but not necessary, for you to attend all the meetings.  Please contact us for more information and share this opportunity with others you feel may be interested.

The dates for the community planning meetings are:


Three different dates: Three different locations:

EXPIRED - Tuesday, March 13, 2012; 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Exploration/Action: What should be the goals of a large scale community dialogue? Who should be included?

Location  Sunward Cohousing Community, Common House, 424 Little Lake Dr., Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(Note: the Common House is the big green building by the parking lot) 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012; 6:30-8:30 pm    

Action: What types of programs/discussions should we have? 

Location:  Traverwood Branch, Ann Arbor District Library, 3333 Traverwood Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48105
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012; 11:00 am - 1:00pm

Action Continued: Who will do what?

Location: Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
1679 Broadway, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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U-M Museum of Natural History

Zarinah El-Amin Naeem, Community Engagement Liaison (

Amy Harris, Museum Director  (

Kira Berman, Director of Education  (



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