April 2021 Newsletter

Anti-Racism and Racial Justice

Business+Impact stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities, and the Ross School of Business AABA in their call to action to #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate. We condemn all acts of hate, racial violence, xenophobia, and misogyny, including recent anti-Asian and anti-Black violence. At Business + Impact, we are committed to the work of dismantling the structures of systemic racism, achieving racial justice in America, and building an equitable and sustainable future for all. Below are links to learn more and find out how you can support the APPI community.

Business+Impact also recognizes the pain and injustice of recent acts of police violence against people of color, namely Daunte Write and Adam Toledo, especially within the context of the ongoing Derek Chauvin trial. We stand against all systemic racism, selective enforcement, and police brutality against Black and brown people, and we support the Black Lives Matter movement.  

Racial Justice Resources


+Impact Studio Update

Applebaum Family Philanthropy Gift

Business+Impact has received more than $1 million from the Applebaum Family Philanthropy to establish the Business+Impact Experiences and Innovation Program at Michigan Ross. This new program will allow the school to enhance and expand its impact and design offerings, including the creation of a permanent endowment fund for need-based internships and scholarships to Business+Impact students. The new program will support approximately 20 students per year through the +Impact Studio at Michigan Ross. Students chosen as Applebaum Impact Design Fellows will develop and test student-led ideas from the award-winning +Impact Studio course and student social innovators around campus, and Applebaum Impact Design Interns will engage in summer internships in connection with the +Impact Studio. Additionally, the gift provides Business+Impact with funding for a range of impact and design activities, such as a new Applebaum Innovator-in-Residence, prototype development for models of social impact, community outreach, research, and more.

Read About the Gift


Stories from the +Impact Studio

The +Impact Studio Course‘s multi-year partnership with BlueConduit, a impact company co-founded by Ross professor Eric Schwartz to use data and machine learning for lead service line identification and removal, has been a collaboration success story, and the company has received exciting coverage from a variety of media outlets:

+Impact Studio course student, Applebaum Impact Design Fellow, and Founder Justin Woods (MBA/MSW 21) has spent the past year supporting racial justice through work with the Fellows team on development of the Racial Equity Pledge prototype, and building his social enterprise, EQuity. In his post, “Advancing My Social Impact and Racial Equity Work Through the +Impact Studio,” Justin describes how the +Impact Studio was at the intersection of both his professional and personal goals.

New Scholarship Essay Competition

EQuity is hosting a scholarship essay competition through May 28. You can learn more about the story behind the competition, donate to the scholarship fund, and sign up to be in the first of EQuity’s immersive course.

Read More Stories

Michigan Ross Announces New Student Loan Repayment Program For Full-Time MBA Grads Pursuing Social Impact Careers

Through the Impact Advantage Program, alumni of the Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Program, beginning with the graduating class of May 2021, who pursue a career in the public or nonprofit sectors can apply for student loan repayment assistance. For those graduates accepted into the program, Impact Advantage will cover a portion of their Ross-related loan obligations — $7,500 per year for five years — while they are employed full-time at a social impact organization.

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Board Fellowship Info Session for Nonprofits

Wed, May 19 @ Noon ET

Are you a nonprofit organization in Southeast Michigan that is curious about the Board Fellowship program? Graduate student Fellows serve as non-voting board members and complete a strategic project that can provide valuable capacity in areas such as strategic plan implementation, sustainability strategies, business plans, and dashboards. This session provides an overview for prospective organizations interested in participating during the 2021-22 academic year, and features insights from nonprofit leaders currently participating. 

Learn more and RSVP

New Undergrad Journal of Sustainability Seeks Leadership Team Members

The goal of UJS at U-M is to promote undergraduate research related to the field of Sustainability. By reviewing and publishing articles from students across campus, UJS provides an incentive for students to not only conduct sustainability-focused research, but also use their research to contribute to the academic field. The organization is looking to recruit like-minded individuals for its founding team. 

Interest Form

Ross Event Highlights:

Ross Alumni: Environment and Sustainability Discussion with Andy Hoffman
Thurs, Apr. 22 @ 6 pm ET

CPO: Positive Business Conference
Thurs and Fri, May 13-14


Sarita Nayyar (MBA ’87), Managing Board Member at the World Economic Forum

Sarita Nayyar is a member of the Managing Board at the World Economic Forum, who heads strategic partnerships with partners at Board and C-suite levels, for the purpose of improving the state of the world. She led the international expansion of the global Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) network. The network seeks to rapidly achieve global scope and scale in establishing a new operating system for international technology governance and cooperation. Prior to this work, Ms. Nayyar worked with Mondelez International in the Post Cereals Division. Find out how she lived the credo “Business can be a force for good,” and learn how she made the transition from food manufacturing to a major public-private international organization.


A Searchable Platform for All Things Impact at Ross and Across Campus

The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 


At the University:



Making Space for Belonging Through Racial Healing

Thurs, Apr. 29 @ 3-5 pm ET

At this unique virtual event, Sonya Jacobs, Chief Organizational Learning Officer for Michigan Medicine will welcome Professor Rhonda V. Magee from the University of San Francisco School of Law to discuss mindfulness-based transformational education’s public health imperative with regard to racial healing. This will be followed by a Healing panel discussion and DEI Advocate Awards.

Info and Registration


In the Impact Community:

Public Allies

Apply Now

Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the U of M-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. The program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and the Community Service, and the Michigan Community Service Commission. Apply now for fall opportunities.

Application info

You Can’t Change Systems Without Advocacy

Tues, May 11 @ TBA

This Upswell Pop-Up will explore the mechanics of effective advocacy. With transformative change within reach, we’ll learn with some of the most influential advocates about what our ongoing crises have taught us – and how we can (and must) use collective action to move quickly toward a healthier and more equitable future.

More info and Registration

D Prize

Early Submission Date:
Sun, May 16 @ Midnight PT

The world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design a business or NGO that addresses subjects from education to health access? If selected, you’ll be awarded up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.

Info and Application

Climate Leadership Conference

Tues, May 25 @ 12:30 – 5 pm ET

As 2021 kicks off a decade of climate transformation, the virtual Climate Leadership Exchange is your opportunity to engage and connect with North America’s most influential community of climate leaders from business, government, academia, and the nonprofit sector. The CL Conference will feature top-notch intelligence, peer-to-peer learning, and connections.

Registration info

CEMEX-TEC Awards and Bootcamps

Submit by May 31

The CEMEX-TEC Award has 4 global categories, within which you can participate by registering your project. Social entrepreneurship projects must have at least one year of implementation and generate a systemic change. Projects in sustainable transformation of communities should focus on postgraduate students. Community-based and social transformation projects that have at least one year of implementation form the third group. Collaborative action projects are focused on organizations that work through intersectoral alliances, involving at least 3 sectors of society.

Submission info

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