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Voices of Victors Podcast

Voices of Victors is a podcast that asks thought-provoking questions, cultivates culturally relevant dialogue, and reveals truths about our shared human experience through discussions with diverse members of the University of Michigan community, ranging from students and staff to faculty and alumni.

Season 2 focuses on a variety of topics related to DEI issues facing us today, including the inequities of climate change, lack of paid parental leave, authentic allyship, and more.

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Latest Episode

Voices of Victors Season 2, #6: Climate Justice

What makes the ongoing fight for environmental and climate justice a civil rights issue? In this episode, we explore environmental burdens and their disproportionate impacts on indigenous communities through conversations with United Tribes of Michigan leader Frank Ettawageshik, ’70, and climate justice advocate Juan Jhong Chung, MS’20, MUP’22.
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May 10, 2022
42 min 50 sec
What makes the ongoing fight for environmental and climate justice a civil rights issue? In this episode, we explore environmental burdens and their disproportionate impacts on indigenous communities through conversations with United Tribes of Michigan leader Frank Ettawageshik, ’70, and climate justice advocate Juan Jhong Chung, MS’20, MUP’22.
42 min 50 sec
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April 26, 2022
54 min 21 sec
Why are there higher rates of mental health concerns among people in the LGBTQ+ community? We discuss access to mental health support for LGBTQ+ students and recent grads with U-M professor Dr. Gary Harper, U-M assistant professor Dr. Craig Rodriguez-Seijas and recent U-M grad Ini-Abasi Ubong.
54 min 21 sec
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April 12, 2022
41 min 54 sec
What is it like to host several Afghan refugees? We explore refugee resettlement efforts through an inside look into the hosting experience with the first-hand story of Afghan refugee host Jules Pieri, ’82, and expert insight from Dr. Odessa Gonzalez Benson, assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.
41 min 54 sec
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March 29, 2022
46 min 34 sec
How does vaccine misinformation negatively impact public health, and how can we find reliable information on this topic? We speak with three experts: U-M professor Scott Campbell, Elisabeth Michel SPH ’17, and Abram Wagner MPH ’12, PhD ’15.
46 min 34 sec
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March 15, 2022
56 min 46 sec
What is authentic allyship? We discuss performative allyship, the white-savior complex, and ways we can think more creatively about deconstructing systemic racism and building community with Professor Angela Dillard, '92, PHD '95, and Dr. Deborah Willis, ’93, PHD ’07.
56 min 46 sec
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March 1, 2022
35 min 40 sec
A discussion on the lack of paid family leave in the U.S. and the disparity this causes women, particularly women of color, with Tiffany Mara, MS’98, PHD’06, Executive Director at the Center for the Education of Women+; Dr. Lori Pierce, Vice Provost at U-M; and Andrea Robb, ’96, an HR leader on preparing students for 21st-century work.
35 min 40 sec
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April 22, 2021
11 min 41 sec
U-M experts across multiple disciplines are devoting their careers to tackling the challenges of climate change. In observance of Earth Day, we share some of their insights.
11 min 41 sec
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April 8, 2021
30 min 28 sec
Father-son duo Stan Edwards, '82, and Braylon Edwards, '17, reflect on their years as U-M students and football players and discuss the ways they continue to connect to the University.
30 min 28 sec
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March 23, 2021
15 min
Two U-M alumnae share their stories of professors who made a profound impact, one who opened a new world of literature and another who offered truly life-saving advice.
15 min
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March 9, 2021
14 min 12 sec
This month marks the 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps. Hear how U-M students, inspired by then-Sen. John F. Kennedy, took the first steps toward establishing the organization.
14 min 12 sec
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February 24, 2021
19 min 8 sec
Among the towering scientific geniuses of the 20th century, Claude Shannon, '36, HSCD'61, paved the way for the computers we use every day. We tell his story on the 20th anniversary of his death.
19 min 8 sec
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February 11, 2021
14 min 15 sec
As Valentine's Day approaches, two alumnae share their stories of love.
14 min 15 sec
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January 21, 2021
15 min 30 sec
The 1960s were a time of radical sociopolitical change in the United States. We look back at the key role that Ann Arbor played.
15 min 30 sec
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January 6, 2021
11 min 34 sec
Donning the Block M is a way for Wolverines to show their pride and connection to U-M. In this episode, though, we share two stories of initial confusion around the meaning of the Maize and Blue.
11 min 34 sec
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December 17, 2020
12 min 41 sec
The medical historian who coined the phrase “flattening the curve” views pandemics through the lens of history and offers insights to head off killer viruses in the future.
12 min 41 sec
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December 8, 2020
10 min 45 sec
An alumna recalls the mutual devotion between her family and the U-M Men's Glee Club, and an alumnus is surprised to learn his grandfather was a cook at the Michigan League.
10 min 45 sec
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November 18, 2020
18 min 54 sec
Former Michigan basketball star Trey Burke joins Voices of Victors to talk free agency, playing in the NBA bubble, and more.
18 min 54 sec
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November 10, 2020
24 min 45 sec
The second episode of Voices of Victors examines some lessons learned from the first wave of the pandemic and what cities need to do to repair its damage.
24 min 45 sec
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