August 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

B+I to Bring over 30 U-M Impact Groups to Ross to Build Awareness

Wed, Sept. 11 @ 3-5 pm
Ross School of Business
Blau Fifth Floor, Blau Colloquium

Welcome new and returning students! We hope your summer was empowering and invigorating, because we have a lot of opportunities coming up for you. As part of our mission to make students aware of impact opportunities across campus, we welcome students to our second annual Business+Impact Showcase on Sept. 11 from 3-5 pm at Ross. Students will have a chance to meet with over 30 organizations and map out their U-M impact journeys.


+Impact Studio Course

The +Impact Studio course teaches interdisciplinary graduate student teams (e.g., MBAs, MSWs, MPH, MEng) how to use scholarly intellectual capital, business acumen and design methodologies to address a wicked problem (e.g., how might the financially precarious or the unbanked accomplish necessary financial transactions in society; how might citizens living with failing infrastructure be better served by their municipality.)

+Impact Studio Open House

Fri, Sept. 20 @ Noon – 3 pm
2nd Floor Executive Residence

710 East University

In Fall 2019, B+I is opening a campus hub for design and impact, called the +Impact Studio. It will be a collaboration area and will serve an educational community passionate about designing for impact. Construction is currently underway, and the plans for the space look great. We will introduce the space to students, faculty and staff in an Open House September 20th from Noon-3 pm.



Impact Intern Experiences

In the summer of 2019, Business+Impact provided extra funding for a number of internship opportunities with a broad spectrum of organizations. Students from Ross and Ford developed their skills while helping mission-driven organizations in Detroit and around the world. Read six snapshots of student experiences from this summer and see photos of students on location.


Ross Event Highlights:

ZLI: Meet the Funds
Tues, Sept. 3
@ 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Ross, R1210

IIA: Innovation in Action Info Session
Mon, Sept. 16 @ 5-6:30pm
Ross, R0220

Tauber: Spotlight! Team Project Showcase
Fri, Sept. 13 @ 8am – 4pm
Sheraton Ann Arbor

Ross Alumni: Rishi Moudgil
Thurs, Sept. 26 @ 12-1 pm
U-M Detroit Center

For a complete list of impact events, courses, co-curricular activities,
visit B+I's Impact Gateway at


Board Fellows Application and Info Sessions

Business+Impact’s Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program places top graduate students as non-voting members on boards at Southeast Michigan nonprofits. An application for the program is available on our website, and is due Fri, Sept. 13 at noon.

You must attend one of the info sessions below in order to apply to participate in the program for 2019-20:

BF Info Session
Thurs. Sept 5 @ 5-6:30 pm
Ross School of Business

BF Info Session
Mon. Sept 9 @ 5-6 pm
Ford School
O’Neill Classroom (1230)

If you are unable to attend due to an academic or religious conflict, please email us to schedule an alternate time.

DNEP “Free Ac
counting Fridays” Job Posting

The Free Accounting Fridays program is seeking a business student to act as a Student Coordinator during the 2019-20 academic year. In this position, the student will work closely with Detroit entrepreneurs on accounting norms and software. Applicants must be Ross students with accounting skills.

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Save the Date for Juan-Carlos Morales

“The Importance of Design for Business”
Mon, Sept. 23 @ 5-6 pm
Ross School of Business
Blau Hall B3580

Join Professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks and B+I’s +Impact Studio for a conversation with Juan-Carlos Morales. Currently the Executive Creative Director at Chameleon Collective in Florida, he served as Chief Creative Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers Digital Services, creating the “Art of the Possible” thought leadership series.

More Info

Impact News & Notes

At the University:


Accelerating Collective Learning and Action for Enhanced Resilience

Mon, Sept. 9 @ 3 pm EDT

Join us for a lively discussion among four panelists that have been taking different approaches for helping communities anticipate and prepare for climate impacts. This webinar is designed to explore lessons learned about how best to accelerate learning and the transfer of ideas across the diverse adaptation community.

Info & Registration


RE:Housing: Detroit 

Fri, Sept. 13 @ 9 am – 6 pm
Art+Architecture, Taubman Commons

Architects and developers working on current projects in Detroit will meet together with others working on similar projects in the US and internationally in the context of the Detroit’s Month of Design and biennial exhibition “Detroit Design 139.” Panels will be focused on urban density, domestic arrangements, and development protocols, and affordable housing.

Info & Registration


U-M Detroit Center Open House 

Tues, Sept 17 @ 3 – 7 pm
Orchestra Place, Detroit

The University of Michigan Detroit Center has relocated within the Orchestra Place Building on Woodward Ave. The Block M now graces Woodward at the corner of Parsons in Detroit. The new space, including conference rooms that can be rented by the public, boasts a completely fresh interior. Check it out!

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Intersections in Engaged Research

Fri, Sept. 27 @ 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw

Researchers and co-investigators from all three U-M campuses are invited to join us for Intersections in Engaged Research. This interactive event will bring together researchers and multiple internal sponsor organizations to share and learn how we can leverage university resources to maximize our public and community impact.

More info

In the Impact Community:

Fate in Our Stars

Sat, Sept. 21 @ Noon – 8 pm
Straight Gate Int’l Church
10100 Grand River Ave., Detroit

FATE in our Stars is an event to showcase the dreams of Detroit, brought to you by Give Merit and the FATE Program. This fun-filled event will have family-friendly games and activities

Info & Registration

Public Allies Detroit

Application Deadline: Sept 30

Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Our program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and the Community Service and Michigan Community Service Commission.The application deadline for potential Allies is September 30th, and the program begins November 4th.

Application info

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