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As student protestors at University of Missouri push administrators to hire more black faculty, federal data shows many Michigan institutions also have relatively few African-American faculty.
To see the racial and ethnic breakdown of faculty at your college and university, use the searchable database below.
The data, from the National Center for Education Statistics, is from 2013, the most recent year available. It includes all full-time instructional staff. In some instances, faculty who focus on research or public service are not included in the data.
For the full article and database link, see Brian McVicar, "Database: See how many faculty are black at your school", MLive, November 30, 2015.
Also see Brian McVicar, "Protestors demand 10 percent black faculty, Michigan universities lag", MLive, November 30, 2015.
It might be just an M or an F to most people, but for transgender individuals, an incorrect sex identification on a state driver’s license is equivalent to outing themselves every day to perfect strangers.
Whether it’s making a credit card purchase for groceries, entering a federal courthouse or complying with police on a speeding ticket, showing a state driver’s license is a routine experience.
Yet for transgender people, the simple act of showing an ID — one that does not conform with their physical appearance — puts them at risk for harassment, discrimination and violence.
Those are the arguments of six transgender Michigan residents who are suing Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson in federal court in Detroit over the state’s policy on amending gender on a state driver’s license and state IDs.
On Nov. 16, U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds denied a motion to dismiss the case, clearing the way for a trial in 2016 if the parties cannot settle.
For the full article, see Jennifer Chambers, "Transgender Michiganians sue on driver’s license policy", Detroit News, November 30, 2015.
The Library of Michigan and MCLS are offering a robust, extensive, and essentially free community engagement training opportunity.
The Library of Michigan and MCLS are pleased to announce a several month long community engagement training program for Michigan library staff. The training will be led by coaches from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, and is being offered at no charge to selected Michigan libraries, with generous stipends provided through Library of Michigan LSTA funding.
On March 15 and 16, 2016, a cohort of up to 50 Michigan library staff will convene in East Lansing, Michigan for a 1.5 day workshop led by two certified Harwood Institute coaches. That training will be followed up by nine months of coaching calls from Harwood, and guidance and support from Harwood trained Library of Michigan and MCLS staff.
The Harwood Public Innovators Workshop is a 1.5 day experience to help you and your organization learn what it means to turn outward – to use the community, not your conference room, as your reference point for choices and action.
Although free of charge to participate, this program will be rigorous. With support and guidance from MCLS and the Library of Michigan, cohort members are expected to develop action plans, implement those plans, and demonstrate how their efforts are making a change in their communities. Only those who can commit the time and energy are encouraged to participate.
The Library of Michigan and MCLS have been using the tools of the Harwood Institute and sharing them with libraries since 2013. We are excited to be able to support training for a cohort of Michigan library staff.
• Applicants must be an employee or trustee of a Michigan library.
• Applicants may be from any type of library; academic, public, school, institutional or special.
• A maximum of 2 persons per library will be awarded scholarships.
• It is strongly encouraged that applications include two persons. Applications including two persons will be ranked higher based on our criteria.
• Collaborative applications with two individuals from different libraries in geographic proximity are welcomed, and will receive the same ranking as two individuals from the same library.
• Those awarded this opportunity will receive free tuition for the training and follow-up support.
• Those awarded will receive stipends for two nights hotel lodging (strongly encouraged March 14 and 15) and travel expenses. The stipends will be on a sliding scale depending on the distance of travel from Lansing, MI:
o Zone 1 (Less than 100 miles from Lansing, MI) the library will receive $395 for a single person, and an additional $295 for the second.
o Zone 2 (100-250 miles from Lansing, MI) the library will receive $545 for a single person, and an additional $295 for the second.
o Zone 3 (More than 250 miles from Lansing, MI) the library will receive $795 for a single person, and an additional $295 for the second.
o It is encouraged for participants to car-pool to conserve resources when possible.
o In the event of a collaborative submission please note in the application which library/participant is responsible for transportation. A space is included in the application for this.
Meals are included and will be onsite, except for dinner/dine-around on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, which is factored into the travel stipend. Lodging and the workshop will take place at the Kellogg Center on Michigan State University’s campus.
There will be a pre-workshop dinner held Monday evening, March 14, 2016, at the Kellogg Center.
• Applications must be submitted by 5pm (EST), December 21, 2015.
• Notification to recipients will be on or before January 15, 2016. Checks (payable to the library) will soon follow.
o Recipients will need to make their own hotel reservations. It is encouraged to make the reservations as soon as possible after notification. A link to register for the hotel will be available at mcls.org/micohort2016 at the time of notification.
• A link to the downloadable application is available in MSWord on the Michigan Harwood Cohort 2016 webpage at mcls.org/micohort2016 .
Applications should be emailed to David Votta, Community Engagement Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions should be sent to David Votta, MCLS Community Engagement Librarian, at email@example.com or call David at 800-530-9019 ext. 122
Community Engagement Librarian
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)
Lansing, MI & Indianapolis, IN
Phone: (800) 530-9019 ext 122
Phone: (517) 492-3822
Fax: (517) 492-3886
Recall fever swept the legislature in 1983 after it went along with newly elected Gov. James Blanchard’s call for a 38-percent increase in the state income tax. Only one Republican — Sen. Harry DeMaso of Battle Creek — voted for the controversial measure.
Numerous recall efforts were launched against lawmakers who voted for the tax hike. Two were successful.
On November 22, 1983, Sen. Phil Mastin (D-Pontiac) was recalled by voters in his district. Eight days later, Sen. David Serotkin (D-Mt. Clemens) met the same fate. Both men had been in office for less than a year and had won by the narrowest of margins.
They would be replaced by Republicans, switching Senate control to the GOP — a majority it has not relinquished. It also elevated John Engler to Senate majority leader, where he laid the groundwork to unseat heavily favored Gov. Blanchard in 1990.
Source : Charlie Cain, "Reporters Notes", Dome, July 16, 2009.
On this day Hedwig Diane Orlowkski, a 1st Lieutenant and member of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, was killed in Vietnam, the only Michigan woman killed in the conflict. 7 other female nurses also sacrificed their lives during the war. 56 other female civilians were also killed. Orlowski is buried in Olivet Cemetary in Detroit. She was awarded a Bronze Star posthumously.
Source: Christina Hall, "Couples Crusade : Find graves of the 2,654 Michigan Soldiers killed in Vietnam War", Detroit Free Press, May 26, 2013.
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