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An Interview with Associate Dean Tabbye M. Chavous, Winner of “Cornerstone Award”

Associate Dean Tabbye M. Chavous recently received the “Cornerstone Award” at the Black Celebratory, one of many intimate, identity- and culturally-based graduation celebrations on campus. “The Black Celeb is a truly joyous event” she says, “All of the graduates’ names and the programs from which they earned their degrees are read aloud, allowing each to be celebrated and acknowledged by family and friends. Also, there are often announcements of ‘firsts,’ for example, being the first black woman to graduate from a program. There are inspirational speeches from current students and alumni.

Behind the Scenes with Graduate Student Participants in CAPS Mental Health Video Campaign

On March 15 of this year, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) launched a video series entitled Real Stories of Leaders at Their Best to help our campus see day-to-day examples of mental health and resilience. CAPS in Action, the student group of CAPS, was the driving force behind this effort.

A striking degree of intimacy is achieved in these short videos--each of the U-M students shares their mental health story directly into the camera, and they each broadcast simultaneously honest, painful, and encouraging messages.

We at Rackham wanted to go behind the scenes and speak to some of the graduate students featured in this series: What did it mean to them to contribute to this project? What did they think about participating, and what has happened since?

Announcing the 2016-2017 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship Winners

The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship is one of the most prestigious awards granted by the Rackham Graduate School. Doctoral candidates who expect to graduate within six years since beginning their degrees are eligible to apply, and the strength and quality of their dissertation abstract, publications and presentations, and recommendations are all taken into consideration when granting this award. You can view the abstracts of the winners here.

Winners will receive a stipend over three terms, candidacy tuition, and GradCare health insurance for 2016-2017. Join us in congratulating these 82 outstanding graduate students!

Yubraj Acharya, Health Management and Policy