U–M Detroit Programs



U–M Detroit Center at Orchestra Place

The Detroit Center is the base of operations for many of U–M’s Detroit–focused programs. Established in 2005, the 10,500 square–foot facility provides space for offices, classes, meetings, exhibitions, lectures, and collaborative work while serving as a home base for students and faculty working on projects in the city. The U–M Detroit Admissions Office is also located here.


Arts of Citizenship Program
Arts of Citizenship links the university’s teaching and research in the arts, the humanities, and design to the community through partnerships with community organizations such as museums, libraries, arts organizations, public agencies, and grassroots organizations.

ArtsEngine explores from a wide range of disciplines the ways in which people and their arts create and transform each other worldwide.

Detroit Connections
Detroit Connections is a community–school partnership that brings bags and boxes of art supplies and approximately 20 U–M Art & Design students to the Marcus Garvey Academy of Detroit for weekly art adventures that promote collaborative creative thinking and making.

FestiFools/Lloyd Hall Scholars
FestiFools collaborated with Detroit’s Focus: Hope to help 90 Detroit students in Paul Robeson Academy and Glazer Elementary create large–scale papier–mâché puppets for a local community arts event. Plans are under way to create an annual Detroit–based FestiFools–style public art project.

Prison Creative Arts Project
Founded in 1990, the Prison Creative Arts Project is committed to original work in the arts in Michigan correctional facilities and juvenile detention centers.

The Work•Detroit art gallery at the U–M Detroit Center, directed by the U–M School of Art & Design, presents the work of students, faculty, and alumni, as well as local, national, and internationally prominent thinkers and makers. /p>

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Civic Engagement Project
Through academic service–learning courses and other faculty–led initiatives, the CEP nurtures practical action in the community while fostering critical thinking on citizenship, democracy, and civic engagement as an integral part of the learning experience. A wide variety of projects are held in Detroit.

Community Partnership for Change
The Skillman Foundation has contracted with the U–M School of Social Work to provide technical assistance for a 10–year comprehensive community change initiative designed to increase positive outcomes for youth in six neighborhoods in Detroit.

Domestic Corps Internship Program
Domestic Corps is a 10–week summer program of the Nonprofit and Public Management Center. Business school students conduct high–level internships with nonprofit organizations across the U.S., ranging from strategic planning, marketing, and new program development.

The Ginsberg Center
The Ginsberg Center strengthens knowledge development through service–learning and community–based research, prepares future community leaders, promotes service as scholarship, fosters the integration of service into the curriculum, and develops university–community collaborations.

Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates
Every summer, the GIEU sends a faculty–led team of 10–15 undergraduates on a four–week residency in Detroit where they work on projects that help them understand their relationships to the lives and experiences of Detroit’s citizens, and share their own experiences with them.

Habitat for Humanity at the University of Michigan
Hundreds of U–M students take part in the campus chapter of Habitat, a nonprofit housing organization that works to eliminate impoverished housing by building and rehabilitating houses with the help of the homeowner families, who must pay for and help build their home.

K–grams (Kids Programs)
K–grams is a 1,500–member pen pal and mentoring organization that brings elementary school students from Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit together with U–M students. Their mission is to establish a strong sense of community by developing positive relationships and experiences that extend beyond the classroom.

Language–Based Community Projects/Detroit
The Spanish Language Internship Program places students with Spanish proficiency in internships across Southeast Michigan, including Detroit.

Lives of Urban Children and Youth
LUCY provides courses and activities to U–M students who are interested in the issues facing today’s urban youth. Participation requires weekly service in Detroit.

Michigan AmeriCorps Partnerships
Primarily serving Detroit, MAP is a unique collaboration of 30 nonprofit organizations and U–M programs. A domestic version of the Peace Corps, MAP addresses local human needs through program activities related to education, urban planning, social work, health, and economic development.

Nonprofit and Public Management Center
NPM is a collaboration among the School of Social Work, the Ford School of Public Policy, and the Ross School of Business. The center develops educational opportunities for students, creates a dynamic research environment, and forges enduring, practical relationships with nonprofits.

Ojibwe Language and Cultural Support and Mentoring
In collaboration with American Indian Health and Family Services of Detroit, the Ojibwe Program in American Culture provides language and cultural support services and information at AIHFS, where U–M students also volunteer as peer mentors.

Portal En Español
U–M’s Portal en Español is the most comprehensive Spanish–language online presence in higher education in the 50 United States. On its website and through numerous social media platforms, the Portal provides vital health resources, priority news items, and extensive information about U–M, financial aid, admissions, and more.

Project Community
Project Community is one of the longest running, academically accredited service–learning programs in the nation. Each year more than 500 students combine academic learning with meaningful service in the community.

Semester in Detroit
A joint initiative of the Residential College and the Ginsberg Center, SiD is a program in which approximately 20 U–M students spend the winter semester living and taking classes in Detroit. In addition, students fulfill 16 hours per week in community–based internships.

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Business Engagement Center at U-M
The BEC serves as a gateway to the University's vast knowledge-based resources for the business and the non-profit sectors. Currently, the BEC has 253 ongoing relationships in the Wayne/Oakland/Macomb tri-county region, including 221 companies (examples include Ford Motor Company, GM, DTE Energy, and North American Bancard, below) and 32 school and community entities, including Wayne State University and Macomb County Community College, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and Automation Alley.

DTE Energy/U-M Collaborations
DTE Energy leverages many U-M resources through research, recruiting, technology, and innovation relationships. As the founder and leading sponsor of the Clean Energy Prize—an entrepreneurship competition that aims to bring new clean-energy technologies to market—DTE Energy and U-M partner with other sponsors to encourage students from across the state to develop plans for new energy-based businesses. Since 2009, more than $400,000 in cash and in-kind business start-up services have been awarded to help expand, develop, and grow ideas into successful business plans. The 2011 winner, CSquared Innovations, is a university start-up business that plans to launch shortly from U-M Tech Transfer’s Venture Center. The 2010 winner Enertia, and 2009 winner Algal Scientific, both are continuing to secure funding and develop their technologies. Algal is deploying a demonstration scale wastewater treatment plant at an industrial facility in Ohio, which is expected to begin generating significant revenue later this year. Enertia is also currently demonstrating their technology, an energy scavenging device used to power low-power environmental sensors.

EDA University Center for Economic Diversification
The center works with a broad range of constituents throughout Michigan to foster economic and community development, to help solve problems, and capitalize on opportunities.

Ford Motor Company/U-M Collaborations
Ford and U-M are working on a portfolio of high priority research projects developed in partnership between U-M faculty and Ford subject matter experts. This collaboration also provides real-world experiential learning for students. At the College of Engineering, Professor Brian Noble’s electrical engineering and computer science students developed new functionality for the company’s successful on-board SYNC system, developing new prototype applications that could enhance in-car services and communications. Ford hopes to incorporate many of the collaboratively-developed technologies in future Ford products and processes. At the Ross School of Business, Professor Anocha Aribarg helped to create a consumer model to assist the company in assessing consumer demand in light of economic changes.

GM/U-M Institute of Automotive Research and Education
The Institute, built in 2009 on the rich collaborative relationship that GM and U-M have enjoyed for decades, strategically focuses research and education to reinvent the automobile. Current technologies being developed will address major societal challenges including energy diversity, sustainable mobility and technical education. The Institute’s initiatives focus on the electrification of the vehicle including battery research, advanced vehicle manufacturing, smart materials and structures, and engine systems. The Institute will also build the talent and knowledge pool needed to transform the automotive industry and develop the next generation of high-efficiency vehicles powered by different sources of energy.

iLabs advances the understanding of corporate, entrepreneurial, and institutional innovation and its impact on economic development. Current partnerships include various Detroit–based organizations, such as Capuchin On the Rise Bakery and Gleaners.

North American Bancard/U-M Collaborations
Troy-based North American Bancard—a credit card payment solutions provider—recently partnered with the university to sponsor a mobile application ‘hackathon’—a mobile device application creation contest. NAB’s involvement in the contest, along with their regular speaking engagements on campus, has allowed the company to raise their profile to a targeted group of computer science students. The result has been a successful pipeline program that continually supplies NAB with interns and full-time talent. NAB also leverages university talent in the Ross School of Business through the Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) course. This spring, a group of students will assist with creating a comprehensive analysis to identify future areas of growth for the company.

Revitalization and Business: Focus Detroit
R&B is an initiative that explores the role that business, innovation, and entrepreneurship can play in creating a sustainable and vibrant Detroit. With the aim of increasing student engagement with Detroit, the planning team organized a series of events on campus, including themed tours of the city and the Detroit Impact Workshops, leading up to a major two–day conference. More than 700 students participated in R&B events during the initiative's first year (2011).

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Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy
CLOSUP’s primary mission is to conduct, support, and foster applied academic research that informs local, state, and urban policy issues.

Internships: City of Detroit Office of the Mayor
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy offers the David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellowship, a prestigious, competitive graduate fellowship that provides two years of tuition support and a paid summer internship in the City of Detroit's Mayor's Office. This fellowship program builds on a longstanding internship placement arrangement between U-M and the Mayor's Office.

Detroit Consolidation of Services Recommendations
Master of Urban Planning students collaborated with the City of Detroit and the Detroit Vacant Property Campaign to suggest ways to reduce services and infrastructure investment in nearly empty areas of the city while providing equitable outcomes for residents who live in those areas.

Detroit Vacant Property Campaign
This collaborative project among the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, Community Legal Resources with Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and Community Development Advocates of Detroit seeks to turn vacant Detroit property into opportunities to strengthen neighborhoods.

MiVote.org, launched in 2008 as a partnership between U–M Dearborn and Detroit Public Television, allows students and others in the community to express their views on issues important to them. The 2009 program focused on the Detroit Mayoral and City Council races.

Save Our Children Coalition
SOCC determines strengths in the foster care system, and supports programs that fill gaps and corrects problems by providing contacts to foster care and foster youth resources. SOCC focuses on Southeastern Michigan, with a special emphasis on Detroit.

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Community–Based Public Health
CBPH develops and facilitates projects and activities linking School of Public Health students and faculty with community–based organizations, health departments, other health–related organizations and government agencies in Detroit, and elsewhere.

Detroit Community–Academic Urban Research Center
The center is a collaborative partnership involving the schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Social Work; the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion; eight community–based organizations, and Henry Ford Health System.

Health and Safety Training (Labor Studies Center)
Working with the UAW, the Labor Studies Center developed educational materials to promote good health and safety practices. Jointly with the School of Public Health, the center developed and implemented extensive “train–the–trainer” programs for the UAW.

Healthier Black Elders Center
The center aims to improve the health of elderly minorities through research on health promotion, disease, and disability prevention. This National Institute on Aging Grant Program is a partnership between U–M and the Wayne State University Center for Urban African American Aging Research.

Improving Child Welfare Services—Interdisciplinary Training for Public Agency Workers
The School of Social Work collaborates with state and local child welfare family service agencies in at least two Midwestern states to develop and deliver an interdisciplinary training program to community–based teams.

Integrating Traditional Healing & Behavioral Health Services for Urban American Indians
Situated at American Indian Health and Family Services of Detroit, this 18–month study will design a practical service integration model that incorporates American Indian traditional healing practices within conventional mental health and substance abuse treatments.

Lean & Green in Motown
This research project, a collaboration between the School of Public Health and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, seeks to identify the physical environmental characteristics of neighborhoods that support walking and other physical activity.

Project Healthy Schools/Detroit
This U–M Health System project, which includes free health screenings, hopes to reduce future risk of heart disease and diabetes by teaching Detroit 6th graders about heart healthy lifestyles.

REACH Detroit Partnership
The partnership provides a community–driven approach to preventing diabetes and its related conditions, and aims to improve the quality of life for African Americans and Latinos in Detroit. U–M partners: the Schools of Social Work and Public Health.

Safety In a Box. A Booster Seat Education Program
The program instructs educators and child caretakers about booster seats and provides them with teaching aids and information for children and parents. U–M partners: Medical School Department of Surgery and the U–M Program for Injury Research and Education.

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Ako Project
The Ako Project connects teachers, pupils, and schools in Detroit to those in Madagascar.

America Reads Tutoring Corps
This corps of university students provides reading assistance to K–3 children in area schools. The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, the Office of Financial Aid, and the School of Education formed and support the program.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program
UM–Flint and Wayne County Community College collaborate to facilitate completion of the BSN degree. Upper level courses are taught by UM–Flint at WCCC.

This collaboration between the U-M Museum of Zoology and School of Education seeks to improve science learning in high-poverty, urban, elementary and middle school classrooms, with particular focus on the Detroit Public Schools. Current DPS partners include the Foreign Language Immersion School and O.W. Holmes Elementary School.

BookMARK (Mentoring And Reading with Kids)
K–grams’ BookMARK gives college students the opportunity to visit elementary school classrooms on a weekly basis to work with K–5 students, helping them with reading, writing, and special assignments.

Center for Education of Women Counseling Services
The Center for the Education of Women assists more than 2,000 women and men each year, as they make decisions about their futures.

Center for Educational Outreach
The center seeks to ensure academic excellence for all K–12 schoolchildren in the state of Michigan. CEO continues U–M’s commitment to educational outreach and promotes collaboration between schools, organizations, and the community.

Center for Mathematics Education
The Mathematics Learning Center is a student–oriented study environment that supports student efforts towards greater success in their academic careers, particularly in the field of mathematics. Various programs are held for Detroit Public Schools teachers.

Community Information Corps
The School of Information is a leader in ensuring that innovations in information science and technology serve the public good. The CIC is at the heart of that effort and serves as focal point for exploring the changing role of information and technology in society.

Community Service Learning in Language, Education & Culture
Students enrolled in ELI 390/Linguistics 385 engage in (and, if necessary, are trained for) a service project, which varies from term–to–term. Projects usually involve one–on–one tutoring, small group teaching outside the university, or some mix of these.

Cristo–Rey Academy Partnership
This program brings two Cristo–Rey students to campus for a full year co–op experience with a goal of establishing a pipeline for minority students from the Academy to UM–Dearborn. Cristo–Rey is located in Detroit.

Detroit Area Pre–College Engineering Program (DAPCEP)
U–M at Ann Arbor and at Dearborn are partners in this long–standing community/university partnership which seeks to increase the number of historically underrepresented youth who are motivated and prepared academically to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Detroit Urban Debate Education
DUDE is a nonprofit U–M student organization that works to increase opportunities for debate education in the metro–Detroit area. The organization provides teaching, coaching, and research assistance for urban debate programs as well as debate education workshops for both students and teachers.

English Language Institute Services
Founded in 1941, the ELI originated the first intensive English language research and training program of its kind in the world. The establishment of the ELI is considered one of the key developments in the history of the international development of English Language teaching around the world.

Geosciences Institute
This is a National Science Foundation–funded grant program for training Detroit Public Schools students and teachers in grades 5–9. Participants work on research projects with faculty at U–M Dearborn as part of the Department of Natural Science’s inaugural Geosciences Institute for Education and Research.

Inside Out
Inside Out instructors teach a college credit course inside a correctional facility with both inmates and UM–Dearborn students as enrollees. Teaching takes place at the Ryan Correctional Facility in Detroit.

K–12 Education Outreach (School of Art & Design)
Upon request, the School of Art & Design offers to local schools workshops, class lectures, or presentations in a wide variety of media at locations convenient to the students and within one hour’s drive of Ann Arbor.

Mars Rover Student Design Project
The Michigan Mars Rover Team was created in March 2000 with two main goals: to design, build, and test prototypes of a pressurized Mars rover for a human mission to Mars; and to inspire and educate students about space and Mars exploration.

Metro Youth Day
MYD provides educational programming to Detroit students at an annual event held on Belle Isle.

Michigan Calculus Achievement Project
MCAP works to align high school mathematics instruction with the expectations of a rigorous college–level calculus class. Students learn in the classroom and by computer–based instruction that connects them directly with U–M instructors.

Michigan Engineering Zone
MEZ inspires Detroit high school students to study engineering by developing their technical skills through participation on FIRST® Robotics teams. At the U–M Detroit Center–based MEZ, teams have free access to shop space and mentors who are U–M engineering undergrads and professional engineers.

MREACH brings Detroit and other Southeast Michigan high school students to the Ross School of Business for a series of action–based learning experiences that introduce them to basic theories of business, and offer insight into the college planning process and business careers.

Pre–College Education Program (Michigan Space Grant Consortium)
The Pre–College Outreach Program promotes programs and projects that encourage and enrich the study of mathematics, science, or technology in general and space science, aerospace, and aeronautics in particular, for K–12 students.

Pre–College Programs (Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives–OAMI)
OAMI partners with various Southeast Michigan school systems to enrich students’ lives and pursuit of learning. Over 2,000 6th–12th grade students participate annually. Collaborations include the King/Chavez/Parks Initiative (State of Michigan); GEAR–UP (U.S. Dept of Education); city–wide activities such as Wade McCree Scholars and Detroit Compact (Detroit Public Schools); initiatives in the Southfield and Highland Park school districts; Metro Youth YMCA/Young Future Professionals; and OAMI–sponsored student programs such as Project Lighthouse and Intellectual Minds Making a Difference.

Studio: DetroitHS
This introduction–to–architecture education and mentoring program is designed for motivated high school students who have been traditionally under–represented in architecture. Students meet with their instructor/mentor twice a week at the U–M Detroit Center.

Summer Engineering Program at the Michigan Engineering Zone
SEP@MEZ is a two–week commuter camp based at the U–M Detroit Center. In addition to daily sessions on photosynthesis, respiration, energy capture, storage and transfer, campers enjoy a working day–trip to U–M’s College of Engineering in Ann Arbor where they meet with students, faculty, and staff to learn about what engineers do.

U–M/Detroit Public Schools Space Science Education Partnership
College of Engineering faculty and students are building a new professional development program that will utilize the excitement of space weather to bring space science into the classroom. A key goal of the partnership is to facilitate significant involvement of U–M scientists and engineers in DPS K–12 science education programs. Write to mmoldwin@umich.edu for additional information.

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Detroit Center for Family Advocacy
CFA provides legal and social work services to at–risk, low–income families to prevent the unnecessary placement and prolonged stay of children in foster care and gives at–risk families the legal tools to protect their own children.

Human Trafficking Clinical Program (Law School)
Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, harboring, or receipt of people for the purposes of slavery, forced labor, and servitude. The HTC is the first legal clinic solely dedicated to human trafficking in the United States.

Urban Communities Clinic (Law School)
UCC provides legal and technical assistance to community–based organizations (CBOs) that are engaged in affordable housing, community, or economic development initiatives.

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Continuing Education Program
The School of Social Work sponsors certificate programs, mini–courses, collaboratories, and special events for clinicians, managers, community organizers, human service practitioners, and policy makers. Expert practitioners and faculty conduct these four–day to one–year programs.

Detroit Police Officer Scholarships
Detroit police officers have the opportunity to further their education at a reduced cost thanks to this new U–M Dearborn scholarship program. Other local police departments are also eligible.

Higher Education/Detroit Public Schools Consortium in Detroit
The consortium engages DPS officials and the faculty of seven Michigan universities with preK–12 teaching programs in ongoing dialogue to improve teaching and learning in public schools. Write to hmeares@umich.edu for additional information

High School Counselor Day
Special seminar and appreciation day for area high school counselors. Detroit Public Schools included and exclusive day scheduled.

Joint Labor–Management Training
The Labor Studies Center has been involved in a number of efforts to assist unions and corporations in understanding new forms of joint labor–management work organization.

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Center for Sustainable Systems
CSS—an evolution of the National Pollution Prevention Center, in collaboration with leaders of industry, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations—develops life cycle-based models and sustainability metrics to guide the improvement of systems to meet societal needs.

Community Organic Garden/U–M Dearborn
The Community Organic Garden encourages an appreciation of gardening. It is both a model and an invitation for people to come and be a part of the community, to work with their hands, to interact with others from the area, and to contribute ideas and thoughts.

Eco–Explorers is an interdisciplinary and collaborative program combining science, art, and environmental education. Each year it compares and contrasts a Michigan ecosystem (temperate forest) to a distant system (desert, swamp, tropical rainforest, etc.).

Environmental Interpretive Center
The EIC, which anchors U–M Dearborn’s 70+–acre natural area, provides educational programming on environmental issues. About one third of the K–12 student audience comes from Detroit public, charter, and parochial schools.

Graham Sustainability Institute
With sponsorship from the Graham Foundation, the Graham Institute is a collaborative partnership of schools, colleges, and units across U–M. The Institute fosters cross–disciplinary collaboration to create and disseminate knowledge, and to offer solutions related to complex sustainability issues. Current projects in Detroit include the Sustainable Neighborhoods course and the Detroit Sustainability Indicators Project.

Southwest Detroit Brownfield Assessment Recommendations
Students from the Urban and Regional Planning Program worked with Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision to consolidate several brownfield maps and assess site security. Based on their recommendations, SDEV posted 44 signs and removed debris from several sites.

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