January 2021 Newsletter

Save the Date: Thought Leader and Changemaker LaTosha Brown

Feb. 1 @ 6 pm
Virtual Event: Details Coming!


Save the date! Business+Impact is proud to co-sponsor U-M Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) Black History Month speaker LaTosha Brown. Ms. Brown is an award-winning thought leader, social strategist, philanthropic consultant, jazz singer, and catalyst for change. As co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, Ms. Brown is dedicated to increasing the political power of Black people. She has more than twenty years of experience working in the non-profit and philanthropy sectors on issues related to political empowerment, social justice, economic development, leadership development, wealth creation and civil rights. A regular contributor to The New York Times and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Ms. Brown is a recipient of the 2010 White House Champions of Change Award, 2006 Spirit of Democracy Award, and the Louis Burnham Award for Human Rights. 

EVENT INFO



Pivoting During a Pandemic: How Nonprofit Organizations Are Innovating and Adapting Through a Time of Crisis

Tues, Feb. 23 @ 6 pm
Virtual Event: Details Coming!


Save the Date! The COVID-19 pandemic has created new realities and challenges while deepening and exposing existing inequities. Join B+I’s Board Fellowship Program for a panel discussion with nonprofit leaders on pivoting and adaptation.They will discuss their approaches to this complex and evolving new reality and how they are innovating to continue advancing their mission. Panelists for the forum are soon to be announced.


 EVENT LINK



Impact Internship Round One Application

Application Due:
Fri, Feb 19 @ Noon EST


Business+Impact at the Ross School of Business awards competitive grants for social impact summer internships to MBAs and BBA juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as graduate students in the Ford School of Public Policy. Awardees will serve in summer internships utilizing management skills in social impact organizations.
 
There are two deadlines to apply: Friday, Feb. 19 by 12pm EST and Friday, April 16 by 12pm EST. Award decisions will be made in two rounds after each of these dates and they are based on the level of need (taking into account other funding being received), consideration of the position and organization’s impact, and the quality of the application.

APPLY NOW



Calling Future Open Road Fellows

Application Due

Sun, Feb. 14 @ 11:59 pm EST


Business+Impact is a proud sponsor of Open Road. During the program, MBAs trek across the United States during the month of May to take on projects with social entrepreneurs around the country. Open Road applications are officially live. If you already have your team and are ready to get started on the application, you can find it  here. All application materials are due Sunday, February 14, 2021.

Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.

APPLY NOW


Become a Give-A-Day Board Member


Apply Now


The Give-A-Day Fund  (GADF) is looking for MBA1s to serve on the leadership board for the 2021-22 year. Launched in 2012, GADF is a first-of-its-kind initiative among U.S. Business schools that raises money for our fellow Ross/dual degree students pursuing summer internships with social impact organizations. The application for GADF leadership is here. Please reach out to a member of the GADF team if you have questions. 

Apply for Board Here


Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Competitors Advance to the Semi-Finals


Semi-finals
Fri, Jan. 29


Eight Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track teams advance to the semi-finals on Fri, Jan. 29. The eight semi-finalists are:

  • CLOVO Brand
  • Donate Anything
  • enna
  • EQuity
  • GroundUp
  • MoneyMoves
  • Parcel Health
  • SustainiUM

More Info

 

Ross Event Highlights:


Ross: Dr. Gloria House & Malik Yakini
Mon, Jan. 18 @ 10-11:30 am
Online


Ross: Allyship 101

Mon, Jan. 25 @ 7-8:30 pm
Online



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. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

At the University:

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Martin Luther King Jr Symposium, DEI, and Social Justice Events on Campus

Many MLK Symposium events are happening on campus later this month. This year’s symposium begins with a keynote at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 and is built around the theme “Where Do We Go From Here?” Check out the Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium events.

Additionally, in recognition of the need for racial justice in the community and on campus, U-M is offering many important DEI events in the coming month:


DCERP

Detroit Community Engaged Research Program

Application Due
Fri, Jan. 18

DCERP is a  social justice focused summer fellowship program run through the U-M’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Learn while helping community organizations with research projects addressing social and environmental justice, food insecurity, human rights, public health, youth development, and more! Our program brings together aspiring change agents who will learn about the city, non-profits, community engagement and each other!

More Info


ERB INSTITUTE

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program Application

Application Due
Fri, Jan. 15

The Erb Institute is accepting applications from talented early-career scholars who in addition to conducting high-quality and impactful research will also participate in seeking external funding related to their research, write jointly-authored and peer-reviewed articles, and contribute content for a broad array of audiences under the Erb Institute’s research and engagement banners. Fellows are appointed for two years in the Erb Institute and are expected to be in residence during the academic years of the fellowship as possible.

More Info


GINSBERG CENTER

Davis Projects for Peace

Proposals Due
Thurs, Jan. 21

The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning is pleased to participate in the Davis Projects for Peace initiative for 2021. Projects for Peace are summer-long projects designed and implemented by undergraduate students passionate about peace in their communities and around the globe. The selected proposal will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000 from the Davis United World Scholars Program.

Apply Here


DESAI ACCELERATOR

Founders and Interns Needed

Request Application
To be delivered soon

The Desai Accelerator is the premier tech accelerator at the University of Michigan. We’re looking for passionate founders with scalable businesses to participate in the 2021 cohort. We’re also seeking dedicated U-M students for a paid full-time summer internship. See below for eligibility requirements or visit our website here for further information.

More Info


SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Learning Levers

Apply Now

In recognition of James A. Kelly’s remarkable career reforming school finance, reducing inequities in schools, establishing high standards for teaching, and improving learning for all students, the School of Education is honored to launch a competition to inspire a new generation of problem-solvers and leaders.  The goal of the James A. Kelly Learning Levers Prize is to support scalable, research-based innovative Ideas promoting student learning in pre-K-12 education.

More Info


PACLSHR AND DHRC

Fair Labor Association Summer 2021 Internships

Applications due
Wed, Feb. 10

The Fair Labor Association (FLA), supported by the University of Michigan President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR) and Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) has released two calls for applications for 2021 summer internships. These are two separate opportunities, and applications must be submitted separately for each internship. Please feel free to email PACLSHRApplications@umich.edu with any questions.


In the Impact Community:

 

#BlackHomesMatter

Wed, Jan. 13 @ 6 pm
Online

Detroit homeowners have faced extraordinary challenges for generations. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Dr. Cornel West, and Rev. Dr. William Barber II will speak about Detroit property taxes and property tax foreclosures, and call on Governor Gretchen Whitmer to investigate the issues and create a plan for compensating Detroit homeowners who have overpaid or lost their homes. The event will end with a performance from Detroit’s legendary gospel artists, The Clark Sisters.

More Info


Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

Round One Closes:
Fri, Jan. 29

The fifth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact from early-stage entrepreneurs around the world. $1,000,000 in prize money will help accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technology, products, and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.

More Info

 


U-M Community Invited to Join Equity Challenge

Sign up to participate during
Black History Month

United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life. At present in Washtenaw County, it does. We have work to do and invite you to join the conversation to be part of the change and lend your power to fuel a social movement. Join United Way on a virtual self-guided learning journey examining the history and impacts of racism and how it shapes people’s lived experience in Washtenaw County. Along the way, you’ll also receive examples and tools on how to undo racism and build racial equity and justice.

Information

December 2020 Newsletter

 

This Winter, Use Design Thinking for Impact

+Impact Studio Course (BA 670) is taught by professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks. This award-winning course teaches skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design, and all of it is focused on designing for resilience to help local small-businesses and nonprofit organizations navigate the pandemic. How can they build back better — reimagine business and social life to be more rewarding, just, and democratic?

This class is offered in a hybrid format from 9-11:50am on Mondays with a team lab time later in the week. Register now in Wolverine Access.

In the meantime check out some of the insights currently coming out of the +Impact Studio:

LEARN ABOUT BA670


Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track

Congratulations to these social entrepreneurs for moving on to the Semi-Finals of this competition, taking place on Fri, Jan. 29!

CLOVO Brand – CLOVO creates sustainable sheer tights with a new design to empower women and the environment. Megan Martis, MS ’21

Donate Anything – A search engine that shows organizations that accept a list of items an individual would like to donate. Andrew Wang, BBA ’24; Abdullah Umar, BBA, ’24.

enna – enna is a fashion and lifestyle magazine for Muslim women, by Muslim women.  Amani Badran, WMBA, ‘21

EQuity – EQuity is a learning and development venture that provides training and coaching to help clients advance racial justice by developing emotional intelligence. Justin Woods, MSW/MBA ’21

GroundUp – GroundUp is an app-based marketplace for landscaping jobs and community service. Gabriel Doss, MBA ’21

MoneyMoves – MoneyMoves brings intentionality to consumer spending by helping consumers discover and shop at minority-owned businesses, ensuring that money moves into the hands of under-represented business owners. Sasha Kapur, MBA ’21, Claire Yee, MBA ’21, & Ezana Tadese, MBA ’21

Parcel Health  – Parcel Health strives to create global impact through sustainable healthcare product innovation. Melinda Su En Lee, PharmD ’21 and Victor Le, PhD ’21

SustainiUM – This technology collects heat generated by spent nuclear fuel (SNF), a form of nuclear waste, and uses this heat to dry wastewater sludge. Aniket Yadav (MS’21), Jacob Ladd (JD’23), Anya Shapiro (MS/MBA’22), Luyao Li (MS’21), Marianna Coulentianos (Ph.D.’20)

The Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by Business+Impact, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

READ MORE

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. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

 


Calling Future Open Road Fellows

Application Due
Sun, Feb. 14 @ 11:59 pm EST


Open Road @ Ross recently held an Information Session where they walked through the experience, and alums shared stories. If you weren’t able to attend, check out the recording here. Also, feel free to check their short Q&A video which answers frequently asked questions. Ross sponsors teams of MBAs to trek across the United States during the month of May to take on projects with social entrepreneurs.

Open Road applications are officially live! If you already have your team and are ready to get started on the application, you can find it here. All application materials are due Sunday, February 14, 2021.

Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.



Innovation in Action

Application Due
Sun, Jan. 10

Innovation in Action at the University of Michigan is a campus-wide competition giving groups the opportunity, the tools, the people, and the room to take on the world’s biggest challenges.Through the course of this experience, you and your team will do a deep dive into a problem space and come out the other side with robust insights about complex issues, and the tools to synthesize that data into a solution.

View the world. Find a challenge. Create a better way.

IiA will run virtually from January through early April, and will include a track on Envisioning an Anti-Racist World in partnership with units across campus.  Interested in IiA?  Students can fill out an interest form on the IiA homepage to be notified when the application is released: innovationinaction.umich.edu

At the University:

WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE

Global Case Writing Competition

Intent forms deadline extended to
Thurs, Dec . 31


In recognition of recent events across the world, it is an extremely important time to support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. That’s why WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and its Sanger Leadership Center are joining together to address this important movement by launching this competition

More info


OFFICE OF ACADEMIC MULTICULTURAL INITIATIVES

Martin Luther King Symposium: Where Do We Go From Here?

Mon, Jan. 18 @ 10-11:30 am
Online

Students, Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the 2021 MLK Symposium will be Dr. Gloria House and Malik Yakini. Gloria House is a poet, essayist, educator and human rights activist with a deep connection to the city of Detroit.  Malik Yakini is an educator, farmer, and food justice advocate. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), and a co-founder of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance

More Info

 


In the Impact Community:

MBAs Invited to Volunteer to Provide Tax Aid

Apply Now
January Training Required

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance of Washtenaw County provides free tax preparation to low-income individuals and families. Volunteers can serve as Intake & Exit Specialists or Tax Preparers.

More Info


U-M Community Invited to Join Equity Challenge

Sign up to participate during
Black History Month

United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life. At present in Washtenaw County, it does. We have work to do and invite you to join the conversation to be part of the change and lend your power to fuel a social movement. Join United Way on a virtual self-guided learning journey examining the history and impacts of racism and how it shapes people’s lived experience in Washtenaw County. Along the way, you’ll also receive examples and tools on how to undo racism and build racial equity and justice.

Information


Opportunity Collaboration 365

Workshops begin in January

For over a decade, Opportunity Collaboration (OC) has convened social sector leaders building sustainable solutions to poverty from over 85 countries around the world. With the impacts of the global pandemic, the pause on in-person gatherings, the ever-increasing need for more effective poverty solutions, and the overwhelming demand we’ve heard from our community, we are launching OC365, a yearlong online convening platform for global impact leaders to foster global community, personal growth, and poverty solutions.


More Info



 

November 2020 Newsletter

 

This Winter, Use Design Thinking for Impact

In Winter 2021, Michigan Ross will once again offer the +Impact Studio Course (BA 670). Taught by professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, this award-winning course teaches you work skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design, and all of it is focused on designing for resilience to help local small-businesses and nonprofit organizations navigate the pandemic. How can they build back better –  reimagine business and social life to be more rewarding, just, and democratic?

This is work that helps with the unmet needs of vulnerable organizations and leads directly to the creation of new businesses and nonprofits, and you’re teamed up with other students from many other schools so the ideas are always engaging and diverse!  This class is offered in a hybrid format from 9-11:50am on Mondays with a team lab time later in the week.

In the meantime, here are some other resources:

LEARN MORE


Calling Future Open Road Fellows


Virtual Information Session
Wed, Dec. 2 @ 7-8 pm


Open Road is an action-based social entrepreneurship program developed by Ross students that gives small business owners extra hands in solving complex challenges. Ross sponsors teams of MBAs to trek across the United States during the month of May to take on projects with social entrepreneurs.

Learn more about this program at our upcoming recruiting event, listed above. Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.

LEARN MORE



Ross Event Highlights:

Sanger: Story Lab Fall Showcase
Tues, Nov 17 @ 5–­6:30 pm
Online

Ross Alumni Relations: A Conversation on Race, Science, and Policy with Osagie Obasogie
Mon, Nov. 23 @ 4-5 pm
Online

Part-time MBA: Women, the Workforce and the MBA
Wed, Dec. 2 @ 8-9:30 pm
Online

 

Support Social Impact Students on
Giving Tuesday

Give-A-Day Fund

MBA2s, transform lives by giving to the Give-A-Day Fund (GADF) on Giving Tuesday, December 1st. Members of the MBA class donate a day of their regular salary in order to support those who have pursued social impact internships. A student board manages the fund and runs the fundraising process, while B+I administers the funds. Although UM’s Giving Blueday has been postponed this year, you can still make the most of Giving Tuesday by giving online. 

DONATE HERE


Recent Insights from the +Impact Studio


+Impact Studio course students, faculty, and Design Fellows have all been posting a number of insights on the +Impact Studio Medium journal. This new site also includes highlights from Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks’ Social Impact Design for Business Podcast. Below are some recent posts:

At the University:

U-M ENERGY INSTITUTE

Ross Energy Week

Mon, Nov. 16 – Fri, Nov. 20
Online

Ross Energy Week may have started yesterday, but there’s still time to take part! Panels and events will take place throughout the week, culminating with a keynote address on Friday, November 20. Participants can attend any number of panels and will have the opportunity to join small-group breakout sessions after each event. Registration for Energy Week is free; In lieu of a fee, please consider donating to Soulardarity, working to build energy democracy in Highland Park, MI. 


Link to Donate   |  Register Free


MICHIGAN MEDICINE

STEM in Color – Webinar


Wed, Nov. 18 @ Noon
Online


STEM in Color was established by Melody Sanders and Dr. Omari Baruti to provide a scholarly and professional space to promote the academic success and professional development of STEM graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and other STEM professionals at the University of Michigan and beyond.  This Inclusive Leadership Webinar will bring together the collective wisdom of Morgan DeBaun and other key leaders to build a culture of inclusion. 

More Info


WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE

Global Case Writing Competition


Intent forms – Mon, Nov. 23
Final submissions – Wed, Mar. 24, 2021

In recognition of recent events across the world, it is an extremely important time to support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. That’s why WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and its Sanger Leadership Center are joining together to address this important movement by launching this competition

More info


FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Policy Talks @ The Ford School


The Ford School hosts a diverse array of timely, meaningful events that engage our students, community, and public policy leaders. During the next month, the Ford School will host this wide-ranging and powerful series of talks on race, humanity and climate.


PACLSHR

Research Assistant Opportunity


Application Deadline:
Mon, Nov. 30 @ Midnight 

The University of Michigan’s President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR) is now soliciting applications from students interested in working on a research project to explore the changing workplace practices in response to COVID-19 in the global food supply chains. U-M undergrads with at least two years of completed college education and graduate students are encouraged to submit application materials.


More info

 


In the Impact Community:

Trustee Fellow from U-M Wanted


Apply by Tues, Dec. 15

The Nature Conservancy of Michigan is currently recruiting a Trustee Fellow to contribute to its board for two years 2021-22. They are looking to select a University of Michigan graduate student for the position, and any student interested in applying should send their resume/CV and letter of interest to Helen Taylor, the state director at htaylor@tnc.org by December 15.

More info


COVID-19 Response and Resources in Michigan

COVID-19 is impacting organizations in various ways and in different capacities. Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Resources, and the Co.Act Detroit have collected an array of resources that will help nonprofits manage their operations moving forward during this challenging time. Also, have your voice heard by sharing your nonprofits experience responding to COVID-19.

Visit Resource Page


Global Health Supply Chain Virtual Summit


Nov. 17 – Nov. 19
Online

This year the summit will focus on Global Health Supply Chain Resiliency – Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. COVID-19 has brought to light the fragility of global supply chains and challenges health systems have faced to address the new health needs arising from COVID-19 while continuing to address traditional health care needs.

More info


Midwest Climate Summit


Fri, Nov. 20
Online

If the 12 states that comprise the Midwest were a country, they would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitting nation on the planet. The Midwest Climate Summit will expand climate knowledge, accelerate climate action, and catalyze new partnerships that deepen expertise and develop a Midwestern response to the climate crisis.

More info

October 2020 Newsletter

Business+Impact Announces the 2020-21 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

Welcome to our 2020-21 Board Fellowship participants! This year’s Board Fellowship Program brings together 17 partner organizations and 22 students from seven U-M schools. The Fellows will serve on the governing boards of these partner organizations for the academic year.

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Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Is Calling all Student Social/Environmental Ventures


Info Session
Mon, Oct. 19, 4-5 pm
Online

Application Deadline: Coming Soon!

Do you have an idea for a mission-driven business? Are you developing a social venture or interested in sustainability?

Discover the Michigan Business Challenge (MBC) and unleash your inner entrepreneur! MBC is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student teams have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $100,000. MBC features three separate tracks. The Seigle Impact Track recognizes the business plan that best pursues a mission-driven goal. Student teams from across campus receive mentoring and coaching as they advance through three rounds to the finals in February.

The Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by Business+Impact, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

LEARN MORE


Majora Carter on Urban Revitalization Strategies


Fri, Nov. 6 @ 12-1:30 pm
Online


Business+Impact (B+I) is proud to co-sponsor U-M Poverty Solutions’ speaker Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategy consultant, MacArthur Fellow, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. Ms. Carter’s work spans real estate and economic development, technology, green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training and placement systems. She combines her corporate consulting practice focused on talent-retention and applies it to reducing “brain drain” in American low-status communities.

LEARN MORE


Student-Run Nonprofit Deploys Medical Supplies to Community Clinics

Blueprints for Pangaea, a student-run 501(c)(3) medical surplus recovery organization (MSRO), coordinated a donation of 700+ plastic face shields to community-based clinics such as Packard Health, Hope Clinic, Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, and SafeHouse Center. This donation of PPE was from Crawford Industries and Systematics, Inc, and the UM chapter anticipates donating more than 4,000 masks to area organizations during the pandemic. In 2015, Blueprints for Pangaea won the Social Impact Track of Michigan Ross’ Michigan Business Challenge.

READ MORE



Ross Event Highlights:

Ross: Dean’s Panel on Race and Business Education
Tues, Oct. 13 @ 3 pm
Online

Ross Alumni Relations: Race, Gender, and Rights: Histories of the Practice of Democratic Citizenship
Mon, Oct. 19 @ 7:30 pm
Online

Ross Alumni Relations: Seven Last Words of the Unarmed Presentation with Dr. Eugene Rogers
Tues, Oct. 13 @ 3 pm
Online

 



Gordon Scholarship Winners for 2020-21


Business+Impact (B+I) is pleased to announce that Claire Babilonia (MBA ’21), Tieranny Baker (MBA ’21) and Kevin Finnegan (MBA/MPP ’21) were chosen from nearly 30 applicants to receive the 2020-21 Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarships for outstanding commitment to solving complex social challenges. The award comes with $5,000 for each recipient. Gordon Scholars serve as B+I Student Ambassadors for the 2020-21 academic year.

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+Impact Studio Digital Student Open Houses


Tue Oct 27, 2020
5 – 5:20pm


Wed Nov 11, 2020
7 – 7:20pm


Mon Nov 16, 2020
12:30 – 12:50pm


We invite you to attend one of the three digital open houses for students and learn about the +Impact Studio! In each open house you’ll get a behind-the- scenes tour of how students in BA670 are designing for resilience to help local businesses and nonprofit organizations navigate the pandemic. You’ll also learn about the experience in the course, which recently received the Aspen Ideas Worth Teaching Award, and plans for the winter semester. Attend any of the times listed for a tour!

 


 


+Impact Studio Wins an Prestigious Aspen Award


The Aspen Institute — a well-respected education/policy organization — has again honored a course at the Ross School of Business with its prestigious Ideas Worth Teaching Awards. The Ideas Worth Teaching Awards are presented annually by Aspen’s Business & Society Program “to celebrate visionary faculty and the courses that tackle society’s largest, most embedded challenges of our time.”  The +Impact Studio: Translation Research into Practice (BA 670) course, taught by Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks.

Read more



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. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

At the University:

MICHIGAN ONLINE

Social Entrepreneurship Training

Newly Released Online Course

Are you are thinking about becoming a social entrepreneur? Michigan Online announces a new free course called “Becoming a Social Entrepreneur: Getting Started.” Taught by Michael Gordon, author of the book of the same title, this five-week online course, you’ll hear about 11 real-life social entrepreneurs, working around the world, and craft your own personal immersion plan.

More Info


CENTER FOR SOCIALLY ENGAGED DESIGN

Innovation in Action

Innovation in Action at the University of Michigan is a campus-wide competition giving groups the opportunity, the tools, the people, and the room to take on the world’s biggest challenges. Through the course of this experience, you and your team will do a deep dive into a problem space and come out the other side with robust insights about complex issues, and the tools to synthesize that data into a solution.

View the world. Find a challenge. Create a better way.

The program will start in January 2021! Interested in learning more? Visit our website to fill out the interest form: innovationinaction.umich.edu


U-M DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

DEI Summit

Mon, Oct. 26 @ 10 – 11:30 am
Online

The virtual DEI Summit provides an opportunity for the University to highlight the progress we’ve made over the previous year, the changes we’re experiencing across campus, and the opportunities of continued engagement with our community. This year’s theme, Arts+Social Change: Building an Anti-Racist World through the Arts, provides a time and space for the campus community to come together to demonstrate a collective commitment to anti-racism that this moment in our history compels.

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FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Policy Talks @ The Ford School


The Ford School hosts a diverse array of timely, meaningful events that engage our students, community, and public policy leaders. During the next month, the Ford School will host this wide-ranging and powerful series of talks on race, humanity and climate.

David Miliband on international politics, humanitarian needs, and the global significance of the U.S. election
Thurs, Oct. 15 @ 4 – 5 pm

Framing and Debating Climate Change and the Environment in Key African States
Thurs, Oct. 22 @ 11:30 am – 12:50 pm


Cecilia Muñoz on More than Ready: Be Strong and Be You…and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise
Mon, Oct. 26 @ 4 – 5 pm

Ford School Community Event on “John Lewis: Good Trouble”
Tues, Oct. 27 @ 4 – 5 pm

Race, Media and Political Attitudes
Thurs, Nov. 12 @ Noon – 12:50 pm


In the Impact Community:

Make Fashion Clean – Board Opportunities



Apply Now

Make Fashion Clean (MFC) is a nonprofit organization working to change how jeans are consumed and disposed of globally. They research fashion pollution, educate about denim dumping, and collaborate with artisans affected by disability at the MFI Founding in Ghana to create upcycled fashion.  MFC is recruiting board members and advisors with expertise in fashion, finance, nonprofit management, marketing, environmental advocacy, disability rights, and artisan work.

Apply Now


Upswell


Oct. 14-16
Pittsburgh / Online

Upswell 2020 is about the two most important issues facing every changemaker in the United States: ending racism and recovering from the pandemic. So, Upswell is inviting you to show up. Because it’s going to take the very best you’ve got – and the very best the rest of us have got – to heal our nation and create a society where every person can thrive. Registration options are designed to ensure that every changemaker has the opportunity to participate.

More info


Net Impact/SOCAP Conference


Oct 19-23, 2020
Online

This year, join SOCAP Virtual: A Global Impact Summit, the leading virtual gathering of global changemakers addressing the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions. Net Impact is proud to partner with SOCAP 2020, the leading impact investing conference, on Monday, October 19 for a special day of curated content, networking, and connection opportunities. Net Impact Members get more than 35% off the Ticket Price by using the registration code “NETIMPACT20“.

More info


Grinnell Prize


Nominations due: Sat, Oct. 31

The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize (the Grinnell Prize) honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Each prize carries an award of $50,000, half to the winning individual(s) and half to their related, nominated organization.

More info


Wege Prize



Application due
Mon, Nov. 9

Wege Prize 2021 will again be open to undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the world, and will again be focused on the circular economy. When does it start? Well, right now! The Team Application period has been open since August, but final deliverables and team names are due next month.


Application Information


OFN Virtual Conference


Nov. 9 – 12
Online

This year’s OFN Virtual Conference—the largest gathering in the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry—will feature four half-days of inspiring plenaries, energizing sessions, distinguished speakers, networking opportunities, and testimonials from CDFI-funded small businesses, affordable housing developers and residents, and community organizations across America. The theme for this year is finance justice.

More info

September 2020 Newsletter

MBA2 Gordon Impact Scholarship Application Due

Application due: 11:59 pm, Sun, Sept. 27

Are you an MBA2 committed to addressing complex social challenges?

This year the Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship Fund will award two scholarships to MBA2s who have a strong impact focus, but you must apply by Sun, Sept. 27 at 11:59 pm.One of last year’s winners, Emma Kwenu Smith (MBA ’20), said, “As a first-generation college student from Ghana, coming to business school in the US and dedicating myself to impact was a very expensive decision. The route I’ve chosen would not have been possible without this scholarship.”

APPLY HERE


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. 

 

IMPACT GATEWAY


Ross Event Highlights:

Ross Alumni Relations: BackPac Co-Founders’ Lunch
Fri, Sept. 18 @ Noon EDT
Online

Tauber: Spotlight! Showcase
Fri, Sept. 11 @ 8 am – 4 pm EDT
Online

Visit the B+I Virtual Showcase Page Anytime!


We recently held a B+I Virtual Showcase tabling event, featuring 27 exhibitors from impact clubs, departments, and organizations across campus. Our live event took place on Thurs, Sept 3, but you can still take advantage of this invaluable resource now, asynchronously. Our Showcase Page is still live, and and features websites, descriptions, and slide shows from our exhibitors.

VIsit Showcase Page


 

+Impact Studio Insights

The +Impact Studio brings impactful ideas to life using business and design tools along with university research expertise. We are excited to share our experience designing for impact with others seeking to create positive change on our Medium Journal! Posts feature insights and news and share learnings about designing for a better world. Social Impact Design for Business is a new podcast series from the studio. Follow this podcast series for stories from leaders in design, impact, and business.

The +Impact Studio also collaborated with the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) of the UM Center on Finance, Law, & Policy and the Ford School of Public Policy to launch the Impact Studio for Local Business to help businesses in Southeast Michigan respond to and adapt to challenges caused by the pandemic.  These open source tools and guides are available here!

 

SPOTLIGHT

Maab Ibrahim (MBA/MPP ’16)

Learn more about alum Maab Ibrahim (MBA/MPP ’16), Inclusion grantmaking lead at Google.org, a data-driven, human-focused philanthropy powered by Google. Through a unique blend of funding, products, and technical expertise from Google volunteers, she is currently accelerating the progress of nonprofits that use data science and innovative new approaches to advance social justice.

Read More

At the University:

GINSBERG CENTER

Pathways to Civic Engagement

The Pathways to Civic Engagement and Community Change describes a range of possibilities by which you can engage in and contribute to communities to further U-M’s mission and exercise your own power to create a better world. These pathways intersect and overlap, demonstrating the interdependent nature of working toward the common good.

More Info


 

MUNGER GRADUATE PROGRAM

Case Competition and Scavenger Hunt

Each year, Munger challenges teams of graduate/professional students to address important topics through its Case Competition.  This semester, the competition is open to graduate students from all Big 10 schools!  So U-M  students will be able to collaborate with other Big 10 schools.This year’s competition will complement the Big Ten Voting Challenge, a friendly competition to increase student voting rates across the Conference.

Also every Fall Munger runs a Scavenger Hunt, featuring all of the opportunities available to U-M grad students.  Although usually in persion, this year, the hunt is online.

Munger Case Competition
Munger Scavenger Hunt

 


 

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING

Poverty: Looking from the Inside Out

Tues, Sept. 22 – Oct. 6 @ 10 – 11:30 am
Online, Cost: $20


Explore the dynamics of poverty—looking at what keeps people in it, what’s needed to break out of it, and how we can all play a role in building community to end poverty. Instructor Suzanne Van Dam will lead the study group on Tuesdays from September 22 through October 6. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.

More Info

 


 

COMMUNITY ACTION & SOCIAL CHANGE

So Cool, So Just Org. Fair

Thurs, Sept. 24 @ 11 am – 1 pm
Online


The So Cool So Just (SCSJ) Organization Fair is hosted by the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) Undergraduate Minor and the Ginsberg Center. Since 2012, the fair has created space for organizations to connect with students seeking opportunities to get involved on campus, build community with other social justice organizations, and share activities and programs related to social change.

More Info

 

In the Impact Community:

United Way 21 Day Equity Challenge

United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC), has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life.  At present– in Washtenaw County and our State– it does. In response to newly available data on the wellbeing of households in our State who are Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, and Employed (ALICE), United Ways across Michigan are launching a special State Edition of the 21 Day Equity Challenge. This version of the Equity Challenge is designed to take participants through a state-level exploration of the history and impacts of racism and how it has shaped the lives of people in Michigan.  Along the way, participants will be equipped with resources and tools to take action for racial equity in their work and lives. Join us!

Learn more


Impact Design Collaborative is Looking to Hire U-M Students

Impact Design Collaborative is a nonprofit evidence-based design firm founded by students at the University of Michigan and focused on using design as a means to promote a more sustainable and just society. The collaborative provides research at the intersection of design & activism and collaborates on projects with community partners. They are looking for creative, impact-driven individuals to join the team and feel confident that U-M students involved in impact work would be ideal. 

Learn more

 


Give Merit FATE Program Seeks Mentors

Give Merit is a Detroit-based nonprofit serving high school students that seeks to enhance and extend educational opportunities to underserved youth through innovative enrichment and mentorship activity. Give Merit is looking for additional mentors to volunteer with our FATE Program during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Check out this video to learn more about the FATE Program!

If you are interested in mentoring for the FATE Program during the 2020-2021 academic year, email Give Merit’s Program Director, Rachel Mazzaro, at rmazzaro@umich.edu for more information!


Wege Prize

APPLY NOW

Wege Prize 2021 will again be open to undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the world, and will again be focused on the circular economy. When does it start? Well, right now! The Team Application period has been open since August, but final deliverables and team names are due next month.


Application Information


Nonprofit Management Institute 2020

SEPT. 22-24
ONLINE

Focused in particular on the way Covid-19 is reshaping the social sector, this online conference through the Stanford Social Innovation Review will feature numerous speakers from inside and around the nonprofit sector who are at the top of their game, who will discuss everything from in-person board meetings to philanthropy and collective action.

Info and Registration

 


Epic Social Ventures

APPLY BY WED, SEPT. 30
FINAL ROUND: FRI, NOV. 20

The Social Ventures Foundation mission is to facilitate sustainable market creation at the Bottom of the Pyramid by identifying, promoting and facilitating the investment in social ventures that employ the poor to lift the livelihoods of the poor. The End Poverty Innovation Challenge is at the heart of the Foundation’s mission, EPIC facilitates a pipeline to facilitate the identification, recognition, promotion and investment in the most impactful and of outstanding   sustainable social ventures that can scale and make a difference to millions of the world’s poor. 

Application Information


Upswell

OCT. 14-16
PITTSBURGH / ONLINE

Upswell 2020 is about the two most important things facing every changemaker in the United States: ending racism and recovering from the pandemic. So, Upswell is inviting you to show up. Because it’s going to take the very best you’ve got – and the very best the rest of us have got – to heal our nation and create a society where every person can thrive. Registration options are designed to ensure that every changemaker has the opportunity to participate.

More info


Grinnell Prize

NOMINATIONS DUE: SAT, OCT. 31

The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize (the Grinnell Prize) honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Each prize carries an award of $50,000, half to the winning individual(s) and half to their related, nominated organization.

More info

 

August 2020 Newsletter

Engage with 30+ UM Impact Groups at the B+I Virtual Showcase

Thurs, Sept. 3 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
on Zoom

Welcome new and returning students! Come discover opportunities to make a difference in the places where you live and work, at the school, and around the world. As part of our mission to make students aware of impact opportunities across campus, we invite students to our third annual Business+Impact Showcase on Sept. 3 from Noon – 1:30 pm. This is a virtual tabled event hosted on Zoom, and students will have a chance to meet with over 30 organizations and map out their U-M impact journeys.

FIND OUT MORE


Nonprofit Board Fellowship Info Session and Application

Business+Impact’s Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program places top graduate students as non-voting members on boards of Southeast Michigan nonprofits. An application for the program is available on our website, and is due Fri, Sept. 11 at noon. Application instructions and a student information sheet are also available. A video of a mandatory info session will be on the B+I website by the first day of classes (8/31) With all the challenges that nonprofit organizations of various types face in the current times, with the COVID crisis, this promises to be an interesting and rewarding year for the program, and masters students across U-M are invited to apply.

LEARN MORE


+Impact Studio Supports Local Businesses and Impactful Prototypes

 

The +Impact Studio is a studio for impact creators and innovators that brings impactful ideas to life using business, design, and research expertise. This summer, Impact Design Fellows in the interdisciplinary +Impact Design Lab (Justin Wood (MSW/MBA), Elizabeth Sofranek (MBA), and Lucy Jiang (MSI) have been hard at work moving projects forward for long term impact. Their focus has been on nurturing a prototype from last year’s course, supporting a community of innovators across U-M, and sharing learnings on designing for impact on Medium.

This summer, the +Impact Studio also collaborated with the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) of the UM Center on Finance, Law, & Policy and the Ford School of Public Policy to launch the Impact Studio for Local Business to help businesses in Southeast Michigan respond to and adapt to challenges caused by the pandemic. Led by Ross faculty Chris Mueller, 37 Ross and Ford school students worked with small businesses across the restaurant, retail, and personal services sectors to identify pain points and opportunity spaces to develop scalable solutions. These open source tools and guides are available here!

+Impact Studio Course: Designing for Resiliency Through the Pandemic

In the interdisciplinary studio course BA670, graduate students gain a mindset, process, and set of tools and experiences for developing impactful solutions to societal challenges, a toolkit that is also desired by top employers across industries. This fall, students in BA670 will engage local businesses and nonprofits to design solutions for tackling challenges and increasing resiliency through the pandemic. Students can still register to be part of this impactful experience.


 

Insights from the +Impact Studio Community

Part of our mission to bring impactful ideas to life includes reflecting and sharing our learning with others working to create impact. In order to share these ideas in a blog format and reach a wider audience we created a new Medium site!


Stories of Impact from Summer Impact Interns

In the summer of 2020, Business+Impact supported student internship opportunities with different types of organizations. Students from Ross and Ford created impact through virtual internships where they developed skills in business and policy that expanded their horizons exponentially. Read eight snapshots of student experiences from this summer and see testimonials of students who previously participated in Give-A-Day Fund internships.

READ MORE

Admissions: Ask Me Anything: Diversity at Ross
Thurs, Aug. 20
@ 7 pm EDT
Online

Tauber: Spotlight! Showcase
Fri, Sept. 11 @ 8 am – 4 pm EDT
Online

Watch for Business+Impact at the following events in September


Business+Impact is built on the foundational belief that diverse views and voices strengthen our ability to affect change. As such, we partner with businesses, nonprofits, social enterprises, and other academic units so our students have profound experiences and see tangible results. In the interest of sharing our opportunities with students, we will be taking part in a number of virtual programs across campus and speaking one-on-one with them virtually as they begin planning for the academic year. Below are places where we will be found:


BackPac App Connects Nonprofits and Activists

BackPac is a new app founded by Ross alums and developed through TechArb and Ross’ Living Business Leadership Experience. Backpac helps those who want to find connections with nonprofits, and is currently working with many nonprofits in Washtenaw and Wayne counties to source virtual and in-person volunteers and funds needed to adress the many challenges arising due to the current pandemic. In a recent SE Michigan Ross Alumni meeting, BackPac presented opportunities and demonstrated the online app. You can view opportunities around you for yourself at app.backpac.co. Two of BackPac’s co-founders are now working full time on the company. They have also scaled their development team from one to five full time developers, which has helped them accelerate progress. B+I is proud of what BackPac has accomplished already and where they are headed in the future.

READ MORE HERE

News & Notes

RACIAL JUSTICE:

COVID-19:

OTHER:

At the University:

ENGAGED MICHIGAN

Community Engagement Online Mini-Course

Developed by an interdisciplinary team of content experts from U-M, the Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change massive open online course (MOOC) is designed to help both novices and seasoned practitioners of community engagement work more effectively with communities and organizations, both domestically and abroad.

More Info


 

MICHIGAN ONLINE

Enroll Any Time for these Teach-outs

Michigan Online offers a variety of learning experiences from individual courses to fully online degrees. Included in these offerings are short online learning ‘teach-outs’ on important topics facing society. Learn more about the items below and other items, and start learning now!

 


 

NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND RADIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Fastest Path to Zero Summit II

Tues, Sept. 15 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
Online


Join the University of Michigan and Third Way, a public policy think tank based in Washington, DC, for the second annual Fastest Path to Zero Summit. This year, to protect the health of all those involved, the summit will be a virtual series. The summit will bring together leading climate advocates, philanthropists, labor leaders, elected officials, academics, and media from across the Midwest and the nation.

More Info


 

FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Women of Color on the Rise


Tues, Sept. 15 @ 4 pm
Online


Join Ford School professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes. for a discussion with Cecilia Muñoz about her new book, More than Ready: Be Strong and Be You . . . and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise.

More Info



In the Impact Community:

Impact Foundry Webinars

Offering comprehensive resources, from a professionally-staffed library, access to a grant funder database, from fundraising workshops to management networking, the Impact Foundry enables new and existing nonprofits to improve management, operations, fund development, marketing & public relations, board development and more.



Full Calendar of Events


Council of Michigan Foundations

Thurs, Aug. 20 @ 1 – 3:30 pm EDT
Online

Join the Council of Michigan Foundations, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Resources and Co.act Detroit as they explore how nonprofit boards in these exceptional times can demonstrate leadership, serve as a valued partner and support team culture. A panel of nonprofit executives will discuss the role of boards in preparing for the long-term implications of COVID-19 and how to engage in their organization’s racial justice work while considering the larger question of how governance structures can promote equity, or reinforce inequity. 

Information and Registration


Wege Prize

Applications Start Tues, Aug. 25
Apply by Mon, Nov. 9

Wege Prize 2021 will again be open to undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the world, and will again be focused on the circular economy. When does it start? Well, right now! The Team Application period has been open since August, but final deliverables and team names are due next month.

Application Information


The Color of Law, The Color of Money – Restorative Solutions to Redress the Racial Wealth Gap


Thurs, Aug. 27 @ 2:30 – 3:30 pm EDT
Skills Workshop @ 3:30 – 4:30 pm EDT
Online

Net Impact will explore a few innovative ideas and solutions for building capital in Black communities and closing the wealth gap, which include Path to 15-55 and “baby bonds” as discussed by guest Tynesia Boyea-Robinson and Derrick Hamilton. At the end of the first hour, you are invited to join a second hour for a skills-building workshop led by Tynesia. This interactive session will expand on the themes and specific examples discussed in Part 1, and provide attendees a broader framework that can help them understand how to leverage the tools of capitalism for social outcomes.

Event Info


Nonprofit Management Institute 2020

Sept. 22-24
Online

Focused in particular on the way Covid-19 is reshaping the social sector, this online conference through the Stanford Social Innovation Review will feature numerous speakers from inside and around the nonprofit sector who are at the top of their game, who will discuss everything from in-person board meetings to philanthropy and collective action.

Info and Registration


Epic Social Ventures


Apply now

The Social Ventures Foundation mission is to facilitate sustainable market creation at the Bottom of the Pyramid by identifying, promoting and facilitating the investment in social ventures that employ the poor to lift the livelihoods of the poor. The End Poverty Innovation Challenge is at the heart of the Foundation’s mission, EPIC facilitates a pipeline to facilitate the identification, recognition, promotion and investment in the most impactful and of outstanding   sustainable social ventures that can scale and make a difference to millions of the world’s poor. 

Application Information



Summer 2020 Newsletter

Anti-Racism and Racial Justice


Business+Impact stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the Ross School of Business BBSA. With Business+Impact we aim to build a better world through powerful ideas and solutions to address the global challenges of our time. We are committed to the work of dismantling the structures of systemic racism, advancing racial justice in America, and building an equitable and sustainable future. We recognize that we must examine how we live our values each day, and seek to continually educate ourselves and others in the fight for justice and equity. Below are some featured items and a link to a resource page.

 

+Impact Studio News

Impact Design Lab 
The Impact Design Lab provides interdisciplinary coaching and support for early-stage impact prototypes developed through the course and other impact projects. The Lab offers guidance on design thinking, social impact, and innovation, and helps connect projects into the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem at UM.  

Impact Design Summer Fellowship
This summer, a team of Impact Design Fellows with business, digital design, and technical skills are collaborating with Studio faculty and staff to bring the work of the studio from prototype to launch. The Fellows– Lucy Jiang (MSI), Justin Woods (MBA/MSW), and Elizabeth Sofranek (MBA) will bring their interdisciplinary skills to a project prototype designed to advance equity.

They are joined in the Impact Design Fellowship by student Fellows working on course prototypes at external organizations or impact projects/ventures, including: Alyshia Dyer (MPP), Justin Woods (MBA/MSW), Zichen Wang (MS, Design Science), Ruchita Lodha (MSI), Bennett Hilkert (BBA), Stephanie Shoo (BBA/BSE), and Rodney Sherwin Shibu (BSE).

You can read insights from Impact Design Fellow Justin Woods in the article, 5 Ineffective Ways Organizations Respond to Racial Trauma and participate in a series of three webinars on racial justice next week. Stayed tuned for more news from the Impact Design Lab this summer! 

+Impact Studio for Local Business
This summer B+I is working with partners at Michigan Ross and the Ford School of Public Policy to help small businesses in Detroit adapt and innovate in the wake of COVID-19 through a program called Impact Studio for Local Business. Business and Public Policy students in the program support the Southeast Michigan community and help build a more resilient local ecosystem.

LEARN MORE

 


Announcing the 2020 Impact Interns

Each summer, Business+Impact awards competitive grants for summer internships to MBAs and BBA juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as MPP students in the Ford School of Public Policy.  MBA funding comes from the Give-A-Day Fund, a Ross MBA pay-it-forward fund, which recently won a CASE award.

This year, although interns will be asked to work from home, these students are still making an impact around the world. Below, see the list of nearly 30 recipients and who they will be working with this summer.

BBAs:
Claire Haase, Waterworks, Detroit, MI
Ryan Kellett, Positive Business Rapid Assessment Tool, Birmingham, MI
Yousef Kobeissi, US House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
Reena Mathews, Sierra Club, Lansing, MI
Neha Paragi, Troy Digital Consulting Initiative, Troy, MI
Sara Sotirov, Total Impact Capital, Bethesda, MD

MBAs
Claire Babilonia, Ashoka, Arlington, VA
Sara Bemporad, Blavity Inc., San Francisco, CA
Kelsey Casey, The Global Good Fund Columbia, MD
Robert Chen, Bcurrent Impact Investment, Taiwan
Suman Gidwani, VoteTripling.org, Los Angeles, CA
Andrey Higashi, Fleming Medicina, Porto Alegre Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Dustin Huibregtse, Quorum: The Twin Cities GLBTA Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis, MN
J’Taime Lyons, East Durham Children’s Initiative, Durham, NC
Avani Sharma, Teach for India, New Delhi, India
Stephanie Simpson, NextStep, Ann Arbor, MI
Alexandra Taikowski, Henry Health, Washington, D.C.
Allison Winstel, Enterprise Community Partners, Washington, DC
Nicki Yochim, Spoiler Alert, Boston, MA

MPPs:
Paul Capp, Asia Society Policy Institute, New York, NY
Kellen Data, City of Hamtramck Community and Economic Development, Hamtramck, MI
Eli Gold, Soulardarity, Highland Park, MI
Vivian Kalumbi, CARE, Merrifield, VA
Emma Kern, Hawaii Appleseed, Honolulu, HI
Christopher LeFlore, Office of Detroit City Council Member Janee’ Ayers, Detroit, MI
Tanya Omolo, Mary Turner Center for Advocacy, Detroit, MI
Daniel Park, Movement Advancement Project, Boulder, CO
Victor Rateng, MIT GOV/LAB, Cambridge, MA
Orlando Sanchez, Monterrey County Free Libraries, Marina, CA
Kalena Thomhave, Institute for Policy Studies, Boston, MA


One 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. 


Board Fellows Program Information


Could your nonprofit benefit from the knowledge that an outstanding graduate student could provide? Applications from nonprofit organizations are accepted on a rolling basis through June 26. We match students with organizations based on the student’s skills and interests and your needs. For the coming year, projects could focus on the COVID-19 response or on broader strategic goals.

NONPROFITS: LEARN MORE AND APPLY

STUDENTS: READ ABOUT RECENT STUDENT EXPERIENCES

 

The Restorative Potential of Local Economies


Tues, June 23
@ 5:30-6:30 pm EDT
ONLINE

As we watch COVID-19 unfold across the globe we see supply chain breakdown and shortages in desperately needed PPE. Across the nation companies are pivoting how they do business, leveraging their supply chain, and repurposing equipment. How can local economies and resources such as makerspaces and design tools make an impact and fuel economic growth, and what can we do to help our local ecosystem during this unprecedented pandemic?
 

REGISTER HERE

At the University:

POVERTY SOLUTIONS

Poverty Narrative: A Midwest Perspective

This is a free virtual series dedicated to a deeper understanding of poverty in the U.S. and especially the Midwest. This series is open to anyone interested in improving the narrative around poverty in the U.S. – from exploring new storytelling strategies to translating complex research for deeper public engagement.

Understanding Disadvantage in Rural, Urban, and Suburban Places
Thurs, June 18 @ 12-1:30pm EDT

Where Public Policy Meets Real Life
Tues, June 23 @ 12-1:30pm EDT

Using Personal Stories for Systemic Change
Thurs, June 25 @ 12-1:30 pm EDT

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE

White Liberalism and the Illusion of Racial Progress

Thurs, June 18 @ 12-1:30pm EDT
Online

How does information impact opinions and voting behavior in the case of white liberal progressives? Specifically, does exposure to racial wealth gap data lead to support by white liberals for affirmative action, reparations, and similar programs? Join U-M PoliSci professor Vincent Hutchings for a discussion of these and related issues.

More Info

ENGAGED MICHIGAN

Community Engagement Online Mini-Course

Developed by an interdisciplinary team of content experts from U-M, the Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change massive open online course (MOOC) is designed to help both novices and seasoned practitioners of community engagement work more effectively with communities and organizations, both domestically and abroad.

More Info

In the Impact Community:

Co.Act Detroit Activate Fund


Application Due:
Fri, June 19

Eligible applicants must be a registered 501c3 in good standing and serve at least one of the following four counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw. Selection will also be based on forming a diverse grantee cohort, developing a peer learning community, alignment with Co.act’s values and approach to capacity building.

Info and Application

D-Prize


Application Due:
Mon, June 22

The world has already invented products and services to end poverty. Yet millions of people still don’t have access. Can you design a business or NGO that solves one of the distribution challenges? D-Prize will award the most promising teams with up to $20,000 USD to launch a pilot version of your new organization wherever extreme poverty exists.

Application info

Racial Justice Webinars

EQuity Social Venture is Ross student Justin Woods’ vehicle for developing emotional intelligence, so that the world can advance racial justice, Next week, Justin will hosting three community-wide webinars on racial justice, health, and understanding.

Healing Race-based Traume: A Virtual Healing Event for Black People
Tues, June 23 @ 7-8:30 pm EDT


Racial Microagressions: Education for non-Black Allies
Wed, June 24 @ 7-8:30 pm EDT


Emotionally Intelligent Engagement: Navigating Emotions Related to Racial Justice
Thurs, June 25 @ 7-8:30 pm EDT

Epic Social Ventures


Apply now

The Social Ventures Foundation mission is to facilitate sustainable market creation at the Bottom of the Pyramid by identifying, promoting and facilitating the investment in social ventures that employ the poor to lift the livelihoods of the poor. The End Poverty Innovation Challenge is at the heart of the Foundation’s mission, EPIC facilitates a pipeline to facilitate the identification, recognition, promotion and investment in the most impactful and of outstanding   sustainable social ventures that can scale and make a difference to millions of the world’s poor. 


Application Information
 

April 2020 Newsletter

Coronavirus Resources for Student Changemakers and Impact Organizations

We know the strain and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting student changemakers and impact organizations in an array of ways. Many in the impact community are seeking tools to help navigate through this challenging time and ways they can contribute during the crisis. We have curated a collection of online resources that offer guidance to individuals and organizations in responding to the pandemic. It includes ways to seek financial support, give back, and care for yourself and your team. We are wishing all of you safety and wellness during this time.

Here are some highlights from the resources:

For Students:

For Orgs:

 

Make an Impact with Your Internship

Round Two Application
Due Fri, Apr. 17

In light of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to accept applications after the April 17th priority deadline on a rolling basis. We are hopeful that this will allow students to make internship arrangements should business and social sector organizations need to restructure their internship process and timelines.

Each summer, Business+Impact awards competitive grants for summer internships to MBAs and BBA juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as MPP students in the Ford School of Public Policy.

If you are a student looking to complete a social impact internship this summer in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors, then you are eligible to apply, as long as the organization has a clearly defined social or environmental mission. This opportunity enables you to receive a stipend for summer internships in addition to project management, research, and industry coaching from B+I.

APPLY HERE

Learn Design Thinking for A Better World in Fall 2020 Course

Are you a graduate student at the University of Michigan? Register for the new graduate +Impact Studio Course (BA 670), selected as a 2019 Poets & Quants “Most Interesting Class.” Taught by Ross professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, the Fall 4.5 credit design thinking course will teach you practical work skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design, addressing challenges determined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and research from our award-winning faculty.

To learn more, check out these resources:

APPLY HERE

One 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. 


Virtual Information Session for Nonprofit Organizations

Wed, May 13: Noon – 1 pm – ONLINE

We invite leaders from SE Michigan nonprofit organizations to attend an information session about the Board Fellowship Program. Graduate student Board Fellows serve as non-voting board members on nonprofit boards and complete a board-level strategic project. Organizations identify key projects such as fund development, sustainability strategies, business plans, and dashboards. For the coming year, projects could focus on the COVID-19 response or on broader strategic goals. Session attendees will learn about the program and hear from nonprofit leaders currently participating.

 

Solve Problems and Build Skills Across Cultures with WDI Virtual Practicum


Now’s the time to reserve your spot in Business & Culture: A Virtual Practicum for  Fall 2020!  This exciting action-learning course on international business cultures connects you with peers from Egypt, Lebanon, Libya and the USA. This is a truly one-of-a-kind learning experience offering you an opportunity to work collaboratively in a global team environment, equipping you with the skills you need to communicate and problem-solve—essential 21st-century skills for an interconnected world.

The course (BA 310) is open to all majors at the University of Michigan.

LEARN MORE

 

At the University:

POVERTY SOUTIONS

Midwest Mobility from Poverty Conference

Tues-Wed, June 9-10
University of Michigan or Online (TBA)

The Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network is bringing together journalists and academic researchers from across the nation, with a focus on Midwest, for this conference to promote in-depth, impactful, and solutions-oriented media coverage of poverty-related issues.  This conference is open to anyone interested in improving the narrative around poverty in the U.S. – from exploring new storytelling strategies to translating complex research for deeper public engagement. It may be offered in-person or virtually, depending upon the situation in Michigan at the time.

More Info

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. Our program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and the Community Service and Michigan Community Service Commission. Apply now for fall opportunities

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Student PIRGs


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Students — past, present and future — are often at the forefront of movements to build a better future for our country. The Student PIRGs work closely with The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to getting things done. This election year is a good time to get started.

Info and Application

2020 Call for Code Global Challenge


KIck-Off Event
Wed, Apr. 22 @ 7 – 10 pm EST

 

Student leaders and social innovators from colleges and universities around the world with technical and non-technical backgrounds are invited to join Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and IBM on Earth Day, April 22, for the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge–University Edition Kick-Off virtual event! Call for Code is a multi-year global initiative to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues. 

Register here by Apr. 20

Co.Act Detroit Activate Fund


Application Due:
Wed, Apr. 22

 

Eligible applicants must be a registered 501c3 in good standing and serve at least one of the following four counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw. Selection will also be based on forming a diverse grantee cohort, developing a peer learning community, alignment with Co.act’s values and approach to capacity building.

Info and Application

COVID-19 Business Pivot Challenge


Submit by Apr. 30

This challenge offers an open and collaborative space to develop solutions, post inspiration, gather feedback, and find partners. Participation is invited from anyone to share inspiration and ideas, from business owners and leaders to employees within companies of all types and sizes. Jump into the challenge and share inspiration and/or ideas. This 3-week sprint will be open until April 30, 2020. 

Submission info

Proposals for Upswell 2020


Submit by May 15

Think about the enormous potential when thousands of changemakers – each one with unique perspectives, experiences, and skills – gather in Pittsburgh this October 14-16 for Upswell.  From quick talks to creative problem-solving to bold prototyping  you may propose events for a wide range of activities on the Upswell schedule.

Submission 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

March 2020 Newsletter

How to Have an Impact During a Coronavirus Outbreak

The news about coronavirus may leave some people feeling helpless, like there’s nothing to do but wait for the worst. But that’s not true. In fact, there are plenty of actions you can take to help those around you, and yourself – and to feel like you’re really making a difference.

Read more from Michigan Medicine on still making an impact

Read more from Sue Ashford on working from home

At Ross:

Learn Design Thinking for A Better World – Info Session 3/18


Virtual Information Session
Wed, Mar. 18 @ Noon – 1 pm – ONLINE

Are you a graduate student at the University of Michigan? Register for the new graduate +Impact Studio Course (BA 670), selected as a 2019 Poets & Quants “Most Interesting Class.” Taught by Ross professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, the Fall 4.5 credit design thinking course will teach you practical work skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design, addressing challenges determined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and research from our award-winning faculty.

To learn more, check out these resources:

Register for Course
Attend 3/18 Virtual Session


B+I / Aspen Event Focused on Collaboration between Business and Research

On Thurs-Fri Mar. 5-6 Business+Impact hosted “Igniting Impact: Enhancing Business Practice and Research through Greater Collaboration” at Michigan Ross. Co-sponsored by the Aspen Institute Business and Society program and Responsible Research in Business and Management, the event featured keynote speakers and breakout design sessions focused on collaborations between business and research that are aimed at the greater good.


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See complete agenda
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Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track Winner Announced

The winner of the 2020 Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track is Lillian Augusta – (Jannice Newson [MS ‘20] & Nana Britwum [MS ‘20]) a biodegradable hair braiding product made from Phragmites, which is an invasive plant species. The Seigle Impact Track competition, co-sponsored by the Zell Lurie InstituteBusiness+Impact, and the Erb Institute, began in November with over 50 teams. Eight semi-finalists competed on February 8 for the four finalist spots in the Seigle finals competition.

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Make an Impact with Your Internship


Round Two Application
Due Fri, Apr. 17


Business+Impact’s Summer Fund awards competitive grants to Ross and Ford masters students and BBA juniors. Students completing internships in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors may apply if the organization has a clearly defined social mission. The final round of applications ends Fri, Apr. 17.

APPLY HERE



Virtual Information Session for Nonprofit Organizations

Wed, May 13: Noon – 1 pm – ONLINE

If you are a Southeast Michigan nonprofit organization interested in our Board Fellowship Program, you can learn about the program at a virtual information session open to Ann Arbor and Detroit area orgs. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the program requirements and hear from nonprofit leaders currently participating.

RSVP HERE
 

One 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:

LSA

Semester in Detroit


Application Deadline
Tues, Mar. 31

The fall program is open to students from UM-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, and Grand Valley State University. Students are in classes for 8-11 hours per week (fall students can choose between one or both SiD electives) and intern for 16 hours per week. You can earn up to 18 credits toward your U-M degree and intern with community-based organizations.

More Info

 

CEW+

Award Nominations and Scholarships


Application Deadlines: Wed, Apr. 1

The Center for the Education of Women is seeking proposal submittions for the Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change, with $1000 for individuals; $2000 for groups. Apply by April 1.

More Info on Hollenshead Inspire Award

At the same time, the Center is accepting applications for the CEW+ Scholarship, which awards students of U-M up to $11K for women and underserved students seeking graduation from U-M. Apply by April 1.

More Info on CEW+ Scholarships

In the Impact Community:

Public Allies


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Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the U of M-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. Apply now for fall opportunities

Application info

Halcyon Incubator Fall 2020 Fellowship Application


Application Deadline
Tues, Apr. 8

The application to join Halcyon Incubator’s 13th Cohort next fall is now open! Fellows receive five months rent-free housing in D.C., a $10,000 stipend, and access to our community of social entrepreneurs, mentors, advisors, investors, and supporters.

Application info

Proposals for Upswell 2020


Submit by May 15

Think about the enormous potential when thousands of changemakers – each one with unique perspectives, experiences, and skills – gather in Pittsburgh this October 14-16 for Upswell.  From quick talks to creative problem-solving to bold prototyping  you may propose events for a wide range of activities on the Upswell schedule.

Submission info

February 2020 Newsletter

At Ross:

Creating Cultural Contagion: A Conversation with Marcus Collins

Wed, Mar. 11 @ 5 – 7 pm
Ross School of Business, R0210

Why do some things catch on and others don’t? How do ideas get adopted and become a part of culture? Join us for an interactive conversation with Marcus Collins, whose research focuses on how brands propagate and become ingrained within cultures. He will share insight on how we can use these same levers to influence people to do good and have a positive impact on society.

Join the +Impact Studio at Ross for a discussion on doing good by design, with this engaging U-M lecturer in Marketing and Chief Consumer Connections Officer at Doner. Previously, Mr. Collins led the Social Engagement practice across Steve Stoute’s New York advertising agency, Translation. There, Marcus leveraged the psychological motivators that drive what we do, say, and share to create contagious marketing programs that extend across both the online and offline world of ‘social.’

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Faculty Research for Impact: Addressing UN SDG #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

Wed, Mar. 18 @ 5-7 pm
+Impact Studio

How are Ross faculty members advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through business research? Each month, Business+Impact hosts an interactive design session themed around one of these goals. During the month of March, we will address Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. Several award-winning Ross faculty members will share their research in an informal setting, and students will have the opportunity to brainstorm possible next steps for how the research can be applied to real-world applications that make a positive impact.

This limited-size two-hour workshop will feature:

  • Faculty presentations on key research insights
  • Discussion
  • Activity using design tools for opportunity identification

PLEASE RSVP


Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track

Fri, Feb. 21 @ 9 am – 5:30 pm
Ross School of Business

The MBC Seigle Impact Track entered Round Two on Fri, Jan. 27 with nine teams, and four impact teams advanced to the finals. (See photos of Round Two.) For Dearborn, HalalFin, Lillian Augusta, and Revolin Sports will compete in the Seigle Impact Finals, this Fri, Feb. 21 from 9 – 11:35am at the Ross School of Business. Four teams will also compete in an Innovation Track and four teams in an Invention Track. The public is welcome to attend any of the day’s activities.

RSVP FOR FINALS SHOWCASE

Ross Event Highlights:


Ross: Impact Investing Symposium
Fri, Feb. 21 @ Noon – 5 pm
Ross School of Business


ZLI: Value Proposition of Learning Health Systems

Tues, Feb. 25 @ 5:30 – 7 pm
Palmer Commons


CPO:
Is it Really Better to Give than Receive?
Wed, Mar. 11 @ 4 – 5 pm
Ross School of Business


Ross:
Role of Business in Politicized Societal Discussions
Thur, Mar. 12 @ 4:30-5:30
Ross School of Business

 

Free Accounting Fridays Seeks Paid Student Consultant

The Free Accounting Fridays program is seeking a U-M business student to act as a Student Coordinator in 2020. In this paid position, the student will work closely with entrepreneurs in order to provide help in areas such as:

  • Using Quickbooks and other accounting software
  • Creating and explaining common financial statements
  • Comparing different growth opportunities and strategies
  • Forecasting payback periods for loans
  • Analyzing cost structure for products
  • Reviewing financial data for accuracy

APPLY HERE


RECENT EVENTS:

Board Fellows Forum Addressed Relationship Between Executive Directors and Board Presidents

What does it take to have a great relationship between a nonprofit Board Chair and an Executive Director? How much do the two work hand-in-hand to lead the organization, set goals and priorities, and drive outcomes? Representatives from the Michigan Theater and the Neutral Zone shared their insights in panel discussion.

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Watch the presentation

Adrienne Harris Chat on Financial Inclusion in an Age of Fintech

Impact Studio faculty director Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks spoke with Adrienne Harris in a lively discussion about financial inclusion. During the presentation, she clarified the challenges of the financially underserved and considered ways to bring financial inclusion to them. 

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See photos
Watch the presentation

One place 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:

FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Getting to Net-zero: Climate Challenges and Solutions

Fri, Feb. 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:50 pm
Ford School, Weill Hall

Climate change is back on the national agenda with hearings, bills introduced, candidates’ plans, and discussion of a Green New Deal. Many policymakers are embracing the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Vigorous debates are occurring, and analysis and modeling of clean energy pathways can throw light on these questions. Dr. Karl Hausker will speak on implications for energy policy and R&D portfolios.

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SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Learning Levers

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Fri, Feb. 28

In recognition of James A. Kelly’s remarkable career reforming school finance, reducing inequities in schools, establishing high standards for teaching, and improving learning for all students, the School of Education is honored to launch a competition to inspire a new generation of problem-solvers and leaders. The goal of the James A. Kelly Learning Levers Prize is to support scalable, research-based innovative Ideas promoting student learning in pre-K-12 education.

More Info

CEW+

38th Annual WCTF Career Conference

Fri, Mar. 6 @ 8 am – 4:30 pm
University of Michigan

The Women of Color Task Force is excited to be hosting its 38th annual career conference on Friday, March 6, 2020. All U-M staff, faculty, students and the public, regardless of gender or ethnicity, are invited to register to attend this inclusive professional development event. Attendees may select from a variety of workshop sessions designed to support their professional and personal development.

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SCHOOL OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

Earth Day 2020 /  Wege Lecture: Philippe Cousteau 

Thurs, Mar. 12 @ 5:30 – 7 pm
Hill Auditorium

This double-event is part of the university & community-wide commemoration of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary—when U-M held the nation’s first “Environmental Teach-In” in 1970. The Wege event brings environmentalist Philippe Cousteau, to the stage. Inspired by his grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, he is a multi-Emmy-Nominated TV host, producer, author, and social entrepreneur. Earth Day 2020 features musical performances, and dynamic environmental justice leaders including Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Heather McTeer Toney, Abdul El-Sayed, Bryan Newland, and others.

Register to Attend

LSA

Voter Registration

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Primary Election: Mar. 10

Don’t forget to register to vote! Students who are U.S. citizens are allowed to register at either their local addresses or their permanent addresses. It’s your choice. Depending on the state where you want to vote, you can either register online or by paper. Be sure to check if you are registered. To download a federal voter registration form and for more information on how to register to vote.

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FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

A Discussion with Robin DiAngelo on “White Fragility”

Fri, Mar. 13 @ 3 – 4:30 pm
Michigan League Ballroom

White people in the U.S. live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress. DiAngelo calls this lack of racial stamina “white fragility.” DiAngelo is joined by U-M School of Education Dean Elizabeth Moje for an armchair discussion.

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GINSBERG CENTER

Engaging and Exiting Communities Workshop

Wed, Mar. 18 @ 11:30 am – 1 pm
1210 Weill Hall

Interested in community engagement opportunities this year? Building on the Entering & Engaging Communities session in January, this interactive workshop facilitated by Ginsberg Center staff uses cases to offer principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with, ending partnerships, and exiting communities in ways that can yield a positive, sustainable impact.

RSVP Here

In the Impact Community:

Student PIRGs

Apply Now

Students — past, present and future — are often at the forefront of movements to build a better future for our country. The Student PIRGs work closely with The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to getting things done. This election year is a good time to get started.

Info and Application

Rockefeller Foundation – Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge

Application Due
Tues, Mar. 3

Develop an innovative solution to a problem associated with poverty and pitch for a chance to win up to $20,000 plus an invite to a community of entrepreneurs and investors who’ll help turn your idea into a successful venture.

Info and Application

Climate Leadership Conference

Mar. 4 – 6
Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit

The conference provides a unique platform for networking with and learning from climate, energy, and sustainability professionals across diverse sectors. Join the community of public and private sector leaders who are at the vanguard of climate action in the U.S. to:

  • Build strategic connections across diverse sectors
  • Gain key insights and best practices in an ever-evolving field
  • Celebrate the organizations and individuals who are making a difference
  • Collaborate with local and national decision-makers

Info and Registration

Urban Innovators Reception

Thurs, Mar. 5 @ 6 – 8 pm
SpaceLab Detroit

If you are thinking about, planning, or executing a business venture that is designed to improve the quality of life in the Detroit community, please attend a special reception sponsored by Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative to share your perspective and to meet and network with others who share your passion for the city.


Event Info and Registration