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A community health worker of EVE for Life, an HIV advocacy organization for adolescent girls and young women, providing HIV testing and counseling in Portland, Jamaica.

Public Scholarship in the Time of HIV/AIDS

As we approach National HIV Testing Day on June 27, communities throughout the country will gather to raise awareness of HIV and provide testing services. In Detroit, for example, local organizations such as Gospel Against AIDS, the Michigan Health Department, and Walgreens pharmacy will collaborate to coordinate activities and service provision, particularly for underserved communities disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS (see posters below). This collective effort to join forces to fight against the epidemic invites us to consider the roles of scholars and higher education in leveraging knowledge to improve the health and well being of communities.

Q&A with Rackham Dean Mike Solomon

As he steps into his full-time role as dean of Rackham Graduate School, Solomon discusses the school's unique opportunities, its commitment to DEI, and his advice for students.
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Learning and Growing from the Teachings of Young Women of Color

As a recipient of the Rackham Public Scholarship Grant, I have worked collaboratively with Sadie Nash Leadership Project’s (SNLP) ELLA Fellows over the past seven months. There are 14 fellows, high school and college-aged women of color, who exemplify leadership skills and qualities. Through training workshops facilitated by SNLP staff and myself, these young women are gaining and refining their facilitation, evaluation, and community engaged research design skills. The Fellows are working to activate, support, and mobilize their communities on a variety of relevant social justice issues. Working on this project has been critical to my development as a community-engaged scholar, and has expanded and reaffirmed two beliefs that I have carried with me into graduate school.