Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Round Two Winners

Ann Arbor, December 5, 2022 – The Michigan Business Challenge (MBC), a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition has announced the eight teams advancing in its Seigle Impact Track.

For Dearborn founder presents to an audience and judges in 2019 Michigan Business Challenge.
For Dearborn presents in Round Two in 2019.

Many student teams submitted proposals for MBC, with one third submitting for the Seigle Impact Track. After passing a qualifying round, teams advanced to Round One, which was held at the Ross School of Business on Friday, November 14, via video link. In the Seigle Impact Track, eight teams will now advance to Round Three, taking place on Friday, January 20, 2022. From there, four teams will advance to the Finals on Friday, February 10, 2022.

Eight impact teams will advance from this round to the next:

  • e3 – a holistic chrome extension that bridges the information gap to allow consumers to conveniently identify more sustainable choices by scanning and scoring clothing product pages on their environmental impact and providing recommendations for alternative eco-friendly items. Joshua Glynn, BBA ’24; Manal Shaikh, BBA ’24; Alexander Bower, BBA ’24; Saavan Kaneria, BBA ’24; Sena Kaddurah, BBA ’24; Lucas Coman, BBA ’24

  • FUSE – a one-stop financial empowerment hub for refugees that allows asylum seekers to open a bank account without a social security number, build credit, access financial orientation resources, professional development opportunities, local coupons, and manage their government cash assistance in any language they speak. Margarethe Steinhaus, MPP ’23; Christian Neubacher, MPP ’23

  • G2G: Grow Together – a wealth-building platform that uses financial planning, learning modules, and a community forum to support individuals experiencing life hardships (i.e., caregiving/infertility/life-threatening ailment/divorce). Yasmin Abdulhadi, MBA ‘23; Bridgit Jung, LSA ’24

  • International Footprint – a global comprehensive toolkit that provides access to mindfully translated information about legal policies, including visas, taxes, and healthcare, for international students and workers. Yeonkyoung No, BBA & BA PPE ’25; Dan Atlman, BSE Mechanical Eng ’24; Gyu Been Moon, BA Political Science & BA Korean Literature and Culture ’24; Justin Park, BA Cognitive Science ’22

  • LexoFin – a Web3 platform that translates financial terminology on the fly to make the world of finance & investing accessible to everyone. Bryant Burciaga, MBA ’24

  • SeaSpider – Aiming  to improve the identification of abandoned fishing nets in sensitive coral reefs in order to allow conservation organizations to remove abandoned fishing nets that kill wildlife and destroy coral reefs. Joe Huang, CS ’22; Adam Zhang, BS Environment  ’23

  • Solar Fridge – working to develop an inexpensive, solar-powered energy independent, and low-maintenance vaccine refrigerator to ensure vaccine availability and viability in low-resource communities. Thomas Chen, BS ’23; Ryan Fang, BS ’25; Avani Govindswamy, BSE ’24; Gabriel Ferriero, BSE ’25; Alan Shi, BSE ’24; Cara Gallagher, BSE ’25; Aham Lee, BSE ’23; Ryan Hamby, BSE ’22; Carina Gallagher, BSE ’23; Nancy Chen, BSE ’23; Allison Lee, BSI ’24; Thiago Reis, BSE ’24; Paola Zavala, BSE ’25; Eldon Xu, BSE ’23

  • Unavigate – College connection service that allows high school students to communicate with college students and ask questions regarding their school/major. Yash Singhvi, BBA’26; Esha Patel BS(Econ)’26; Rikhil Sankati BBA ‘26

Additionally, 8 teams are advancing in the the Innovation Track, and 8 teams are advancing in the Invention Track.

The Michigan Business Challenge (MBC) is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student businesses have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $100,000, gain feedback from leaders in the business community, and expand their business network. Ross’ Seigle Impact Track is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by Business+Impact at Michigan Ross, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Round One Winners

Ann Arbor, November 16, 2022 – The Michigan Business Challenge (MBC), a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition has announced the eight teams advancing in its Seigle Impact Track.

Approximately 65 student teams submitted proposals for MBC, with 23 teams submitting for the Seigle Impact Track on Tues, Nov. 1. Teams advanced through Round One, which was held at the Ross School of Business on Monday, November 14, 2022. In the Seigle Impact Track, seventeen teams will now advance to Round Two, taking place on Friday, December 2, 2022. The semifinals will take place Friday, January 20, 2023, and the finals will be Friday, February 10, 2023.

Hattie McKinney’s Great Quality Developments won the 2022 MBC Seigle Impact Track in February of 2022.

Seventeen impact teams will advance from Round One to Round Two:

  • Azarias – Enterprise resource management software for small nonprofits and insightful small nonprofit data provider for donors. Matt Martin, BSE ’22

  • CliMates – A platform that educates Millennials & GenZ and facilitates investment/donations to green technology and projects in underserved countries. Akhila Kosaraju MDes’23, Chris Okumura BS’22,  Isha Goel MS Corporate Sustainability ‘22

  • COLORSCOLLAB – a community festival featuring local artists/musicians and curated creative spaces that pull YOU in to participate – paint or sculpt your own pieces, learn about audio and lightning, envision the future of your city! Anna Lam, MBA/MURP ’23

  • e3 – a holistic chrome extension that bridges the information gap to allow consumers to conveniently identify more sustainable choices by scanning and scoring clothing product pages on their environmental impact and providing recommendations for alternative eco-friendly items. Joshua Glynn, BBA ’24; Manal Shaikh, BBA ’24; Alexander Bower, BBA ’24; Saavan Kaneria, BBA ’24; Sena Kaddurah, BBA ’24; Lucas Coman, BBA ’24

  • FUSE – a one-stop financial empowerment hub for refugees that allows asylum seekers to open a bank account without a social security number, build credit, access financial orientation resources, professional development opportunities, local coupons, and manage their government cash assistance in any language they speak. Margarethe Steinhaus, MPP ’23; Christian Neubacher, MPP ’23

  • G2G: Grow Together – a wealth-building platform that uses financial planning, learning modules, and a community forum to support individuals experiencing life hardships (i.e., caregiving/infertility/life-threatening ailment/divorce). Yasmin Abdulhadi, MBA ‘23; Bridgit Jung, LSA ’24

  • International Footprint – a global comprehensive toolkit that provides access to mindfully translated information about legal policies, including visas, taxes, and healthcare, for international students and workers. Yeonkyoung No, BBA & BA PPE ’25; Dan Atlman, BSE Mechanical Eng ’24; Gyu Been Moon, BA Political Science & BA Korean Literature and Culture ’24; Justin Park, BA Cognitive Science ’22

  • Kinetic – an energy harvesting floor tile that can generate electricity from footsteps. We make renewable energy more accessible one step at a time. Tirth Patel, MBA ‘24; Pooja Saran, MBA ‘24

  • LexoFin – a Web3 platform that translates financial terminology on the fly to make the world of finance & investing accessible to everyone. Bryant Burciaga, MBA ’24

  • LumeSolar – a residential and commercial solar panel installation and distribution firm. Fredy Rosado, BBA ’25; Korey Zelda, BS Econ ’24

  • Nexeus – a Solutions R&D ecosystem for State and local governments to leverage emerging technology to create solutions for Societal and Humanitarian concerns. Toinu Reeves, PHD Candidate Economics ’24

  • PILs Ventures – Building the platform to help close the generational health-and-wealth gap. George Okpamen, MBA ’23

  • SeaSpider – Aiming  to improve the identification of abandoned fishing nets in sensitive coral reefs in order to allow conservation organizations to remove abandoned fishing nets that kill wildlife and destroy coral reefs. Joe Huang, CS ’22; Adam Zhang, BS Environment  ’23

  • Solar Fridge – working to develop an inexpensive, solar-powered energy independent, and low-maintenance vaccine refrigerator to ensure vaccine availability and viability in low-resource communities. Thomas Chen, BS ’23; Ryan Fang, BS ’25; Avani Govindswamy, BSE ’24; Gabriel Ferriero, BSE ’25; Alan Shi, BSE ’24; Cara Gallagher, BSE ’25; Aham Lee, BSE ’23; Ryan Hamby, BSE ’22; Carina Gallagher, BSE ’23; Nancy Chen, BSE ’23; Allison Lee, BSI ’24; Thiago Reis, BSE ’24; Paola Zavala, BSE ’25; Eldon Xu, BSE ’23

  • The Cookout – an immersive experience of performances, activities, and food to highlight and uplift the diversely rich communities on a college campus. Maria Fields, BSE ’24

  • Unavigate – College connection service that allows high school students to communicate with college students and ask questions regarding their school/major. Yash Singhvi, BBA’26; Esha Patel BS(Econ)’26; Rikhil Sankati BBA ‘26

  • Ways to Future – Collect food scraps from dining halls, convert them into animal feeds, and sell back to local farms. Lanzhao Cheng, MS’24, Hejing Hu, MS’24, Dawei Liu, MS’24, Langheng Pan, MS’24

The seventeen enterprises feature multidisciplinary student teams from the fields of Engineering, Economics, Sustainability, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Design, and Business. Additionally, 8 teams are advancing in the Invention Track, and 20 teams are advancing in the Innovation Track.

The Michigan Business Challenge (MBC) is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student businesses have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $100,000, gain feedback from leaders in the business community, and expand their business network. The Seigle Impact Track is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by Business+Impact at Michigan Ross, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

November 2022 Newsletter

Design Equitable Enterprises in the Winter +Impact Studio Course (BA 670)

Professors: Cat Johnson, Jerry Davis |  Credits: 3
Winter 2023


The +Impact Studio graduate course BA670 prepares students to be architects of an equitable, just, and sustainable future. In this award-winning interdisciplinary course, you’ll gain a mindset, a process, and a set of tools and experiences for designing new and equitable models for business. In Winter ’23, the +Impact Studio course will focus on a just energy transition. Innovations in financing and technology have dramatically changed the costs of launching enterprises such as solar microgrids, and the recent Inflation Reduction Act greatly increases potential funding for renewable energy. We will be engaging with neighborhood partners in Detroit to design feasible business models for green energy that support communities. The course is 3 credits, and will be offered to all graduate students on Wednesdays.

COURSE INFO


Equity-Centered Prototyping Workshop

Tues, Nov. 29 @ 5:15 – 7 pm
+Impact Studio, Blau Hall

Calling all undergrads! Come learn how to use prototyping as a tool to generate ideas, validate concepts or explore technologies using Food Futuring to cultivate your imagination. In our complex world there is a need to develop and test ideas without causing harm to others. This workshop will help you understand what, how, and when to prototype, and to transform good ideas into interactive, emotional experiences with an equity lens. This session will be run by Keesa V Johnson (MDes), an award-winning creative systems designer and design strategist who uses African and indigenous principles throughout the design thinking process.

MORE INFO


Ensuring that Post-Secondary Credentials Pay off for Low-Income Students

Fri, Nov. 18 @ Noon ET
School of Social Work, ECC 1840

and Livestreamed

Consider attending this Poverty Solutions event, cosponsored by Business+Impact. Norma Rey-Alicea is the Executive Director and co-founder of NextGen Talent (NGT). Norma has dedicated her career to the development of new educational models and career advancement solutions to close the opportunity gap for low-income students of all backgrounds, with a focus on Latinx, Black, Native American, and immigrant students.

MORE INFO

Ross Event Highlights:

Photo of various ages and races of women facing the camera, wearing pastel colors.

ZLI: Women Who Fund Forum
Thurs, Nov. 17 @
9:30 am – 2:30 pm ET
Online

ZLI: Alumni Panel
Thurs, Nov. 17 @ 6-7 pm ET
Online

 

Impact Gala

Mon, Dec. 5 @ 6:30 – 8:30 pm
University of Michigan Museum of Art

Community Case Competition, Net Impact @ Ross, and Detroit Impact @ Ross invite you to celebrate the conclusion of our Fall Impact Cases and build community with one another! Co-sponsored by Business+Impact.

RSVP here


 

Winter Course Features Utah Wilderness Expedition

InterMission (MO 330) is a self leadership course for undergraduate students adrift in a sea of expectations who are exceptional at fulfilling goals set by others but find themselves too busy to reflect on whether they’re the right thing to do. The goal of the course is to help you authentically lead yourself and others — everyday, in ways large and small. Taught by Kevin Thompson the course includes a one-week wilderness expedition in Utah’s Canyonlands with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

More Info


Can we fix business education to build equitable enterprises?

Business+Impact’s Jerry Davis writes that business is by far the most popular college major in America. But are business schools training young people to build and lead more equitable enterprises, or churning out apparatchiks whose main function is to serve shareholders?

READ MORE



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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

 


WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE

WDI’s DEI Global Case Competition


Information Session
Wed, Nov. 16 @ 10 am ET
Online


You are invited to enter our competition and support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business are proud to present the 2023 DEI Global Case Writing Competition.

More Info


WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE

Crossing Borders and Cuisines: A New Flavor of Sustainable Tourism

Wed, Nov. 16 @ 5 pm
Ross School of Business, R1230

For cities and countries looking to market themselves, culinary tourism has become an essential and powerful branding element.
But can this kind of travel be about much more than food? Yigal Schleifer, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Culinary Backstreets, will tackle that question and more during a talk hosted by the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan. 

More info


PLANET BLUE

Sustainability Honors Cords

Orders Due
Mon, Nov. 28

The Excellence in Sustainability Honors Cord program is designed to recognize students who went above and beyond to advance their knowledge, skills, and practice of sustainability ethics while studying at the University of Michigan. The acceptance to the Excellence in Sustainability Honors Cord program will allow students to receive an Excellence in Sustainability Honors Cord for graduation, join an exclusive alumni LinkedIn network, and be part of a sustainability spotlight series.

Learn more


FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Policy Talks @ Ford

The Ford School hosts a diverse array of timely, meaningful events that engage with students, community, and public policy leaders. During the coming month, the Ford School will host this wide-ranging and powerful series of talks on diversity, poverty and immigration.

Fri, Nov 18 – Ensuring that postsecondary credentials pay off for low-income students

Mon, Nov. 28 –Special screening of the feature film “She Said”

Wed, Nov. 30 – Lead in the water: What are the educational impacts on Flint students?

Thurs, Dec. 8 –
What policymakers need to know about the criminal justice system


LSA

Global Scholars Program

Fall Applications Due
Fri, Dec. 2

GSP is an interdisciplinary living-learning community that brings students together from around the world to engage in social justice education on a global level. We invite applications from students of all backgrounds and levels of intercultural experience and from any college or school at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Apply here


GINSBERG CENTER

Community Engagement Grants

Apply By Fri, Dec. 9

The Ginsberg Center provides multiple forms of financial resources for student groups and organizations to engage in positive change through social justice education, leadership development, and meaningful service experiences with the community. The Community Engagement Grant program allows us to deepen our partnerships with student organizations and support community-based initiatives. Community Engagement Grants are offered on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.

Apply Now


In the Impact Community:

Volunteer for VITA and Help Others with Tax Returns

Virtual Training in November

VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Join a community of over 80 volunteers in working to complete federal and state tax returns for low to moderate income families in Washtenaw County. Volunteer to help clients save on costly tax preparation fees, and put over $1.4 million of refunds into the hands of those that need it most. No experience? No problem! United Way’s comprehensive training process will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare basic tax returns.


More Info


Net Impact Circular Plastics Challenge

Submit now

We need innovative leaders like you to imagine how we can craft a truly circular economy! Industry-leading companies are eager for fresh, out-of-the-box thinking to push the plastics industry to become more circular, at scale. In an effort towards making progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption, Net Impact’s Circular Plastics Challenge calls upon innovators, systems-thinkers, and practitioners from all walks of life and levels of study.

More info


Global Health Supply Chain Summit

Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Dakar, Senegal

The 15th Annual Global Health Supply Chain Virtual Summit (GHSCS-2022) will focus on equity, resilency and country ownership. The last couple of years have highlighted several vulnerabilities in country health systems impacting not only their response to the pandemic but also their ability to continue to address other routine health issues. GHSCS 2022 will explore all of these issues and more through a combination of keynotes, panel discussions, and contributed talks. 

Info & Registration


MBark 2 Boulder

Jan. 4-6
Boulder, CO

Academic institutions are only now beginning to provide instruction in relevant disciplines such as authentic leadership and sustainability.  Meanwhile, natural foods companies have seldom recruited MBA students, so many of the best management practices, analytical tools, growth strategies, and latest research on organizational development are simply not present in the ranks of their leadership. MBArk was created to bridge that gap, bringing the “hearts” of natural foods together with the “smarts” of business education.

Apply Now

Can we fix business education to build equitable enterprises?

Business is by far the most popular college major in America. But are business schools training young people to build and lead more equitable enterprises, or churning out apparatchiks whose main function is to serve shareholders? An alarming recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research reports that business school-educated executives do not improve corporate performance — but they do lower wages. Is business education inherently anti-labor and pro-investor? And how should business education change to meet the aspirations of Gen Z, which is more diverse, better educated, and far more progressive than prior generations?

This question has a new urgency today, as the basic structure of business is being fundamentally transformed by new technologies that have disrupted how companies raise capital, recruit and deploy labor, manage supply chains, and get products to customers.

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October 2022 Newsletter

Diverse set of 5 people, Board fellows and Board members

Business+Impact Announces its 2022-23 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

Welcome to our 2022-23 Board Fellowship participants! This year’s Board Fellowship Program brings together 25 partner organizations and 38 students from six U-M schools. The Fellows will serve on the governing boards of these partner organizations for the academic year and complete a strategic project by April 2023.

READ MORE


Posed group of 16 diverse students

+Impact Studio Fellows and Founders Announced


The +Impact Studio kicks off an exciting academic year and welcomes its newest cohort of Founders and Applebaum Impact Design Fellows! Hailing from eight different degree programs across campus, this dynamic group of social innovators is the largest, with the broadest range of skills, backgrounds, and experiences to come! While the Studio seeks to advance all facets of impact, this year’s efforts will be geared towards advancing ideas that address climate action and/or diversity, equity, inclusion & racial justice (DEIRJ).

READ MORE


Design Equitable Enterprises in the Winter +Impact Studio Course

The +Impact Studio graduate course BA670 prepares students to be architects of an equitable, just, and sustainable future. In this award-winning interdisciplinary course, you’ll gain a mindset, a process, and a set of tools and experiences for designing new and equitable models for business. In Winter ’23, the +Impact Studio course will focus on a just energy transition. Innovations in financing and technology have dramatically changed the costs of launching enterprises such as solar microgrids, and the recent Inflation Reduction Act greatly increases potential funding for renewable energy. We will be engaging with neighborhood partners in Detroit to design feasible business models for green energy that support communities. The course is 3 credits, and will be offered to all graduate students on Wednesdays.

COURSE DESCRIPTION


Wynton Marsalis Joins +Impact Studio Design Jam

What do a world-famous jazz musician and a business school have in common? When it comes to the Ross School of Business and the +Impact Studio, far more than you might imagine! On Sunday, October 16th, the University Musical Society and the Ross School of Business +Impact Studio convened a one-day design jam to look at new ways of getting the arts into the hands of audiences through innovative uses of technology — using new tools and design methods to generate new formats and equitable access. This event was planned to coincide with a weeklong UMS residency with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

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Impact Advantage Loan Repayment Assistance – Apply by Tues, Nov. 1

The Ross School of Business Impact Advantage program provides educational loan repayment assistance to Ross full-time MBA graduates who pursue careers in nonprofit or public sector organizations.

Full-time MBA students like you who graduated in May 2022 or after will be eligible to apply for the Impact Advantage program and receive up to $7,500 per year for the first 5 years after graduation, towards Ross-related loan obligations. You must be in a full-time position at a public or nonprofit sector organization, and you’ll need to reapply each year for re-consideration.

DETAILS & APPLICATION

Ross Event Highlights:

Ross Admissions: Forté Diversity Day
Fri, Oct. 21 @ Noon – 4 pm
Online

Ross Admissions: Ask Me Anything: HBCU
Thurs, Oct. 27 @ 6-7 pm ET
Online

CPO: Creating Wise Crowds
Mon, Nov. 7 @ 4-5 pm
Robertson Auditorium

Photo of various ages and races of women facing the camera, wearing pastel colors.

ZLI: Women Who Fund Forum
Thurs, Nov. 17 @
9:30 am – 2:30 pm ET
Online


 

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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

MBA2s Win Gordon Scholarships for Commitment to Impact

Business+Impact (B+I) is pleased to announce that Summer Abiad (MBA ’23), Connor Donnelly (MBA/MS ’23), Harshita Pilla (MBA/MURP ’23), and Joss Woodhead (MBA ’23) are the recipients of the 2022-23 Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarships for outstanding commitment to solving complex social challenges. The award comes with $7,500 for each recipient. Gordon Scholars serve as B+I Student Ambassadors for the 2022-23 academic year.

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Forging a Career at the Heart of the Climate Challenge

Wed, Oct. 26 @ 7-8 pm
Robertson Auditorium
Ross School of Business


Business+Impact is cosponsoring an event with Net Impact Undergrad on the passion that drives an individual from engineering to environmental action. Gerry Anderson (MBA/MPP ‘88), former Chairman and CEO of DTE Energy will talk about consulting  at McKinsey, working with the Obama administration, leading DTE to embrace renewables, and more. Now he is deeply passionate about building Michigan’s economy and continuing his environmental action in retirement.  

REGISTER HERE


Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Begins

Info Session
Mon, Oct 24 @ 6-7 pm
Room R0210
Ross School of Business


Problem Definition /  Root Cause Workshop
Wed, Oct. 26 @ 5-6:30 pm
Room B2560
Blau Hall


The Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track, with prizes totaling over $26,000, recognizes the business plan that best pursues a mission-driven goal. This track aims to stimulate the creation of new businesses, products or services that prioritize social and/or environmental considerations. The Seigle Impact Track is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by Business+Impact at Ross and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

APPLY FOR THE COMPETITION BY TUES, NOV. 1.


Business+Impact Wins a “Doing the Most Good” Award from Salvation Army

These awards from the Salvation Army Great Lakes Division recognize those who exemplify an extraordinary spirit of service and collaboration. Our Board Fellows program was recognized for  “providing more than 20 board fellows to the Metro Detroit Advisory Board.” Members of the program have served and completed projects making a huge impact on The Salvation Army. B+I’s Cat Johnson and Haley Phillips were in attendance to receive the award at the Metro Detroit Advisory Board Civic Awards dinner.

READ MORE

Impact News & Notes

U-M urban planning students work closely with low-income Brazilian families

Why Do Some People in New Jersey Suddenly Have Bags and Bags of Bags? featuring Shelie Miller

Why are unions such a non-starter in the C-suite? – featuring Jerry Davis

Unplugged: Why utilities are more likely to disconnect Black, Latino, and Indigenous households – featuring Justin Schott

Report: Detroiters living under the federal poverty line would struggle with a $400 emergency – featuring Afton Branche-Wilson

Child poverty in the US was stagnant — and then something changed – featuring H. Luke Shaefer, Patrick Cooney, and Betsey Stevenson

CEW+ welcomes two new Twink Frey Visiting Social Activists

U-M study reveals significant portion of adult population lacks consistent access to transportation – featuring Alexandra Murphy

DEI leaders to present campus climate survey results

One state’s plan to push low-income health insurance beyond traditional health care – featuring Paula Lantz

Opinion: Duggan touts homeownership as crisis escalates for Black renters – featuring Alexa Eisenberg

Black prison exonerees outpace white counterparts, study says – featuring Samuel Gross

When climate change hits home

PODCAST: Is the American Corporation Doomed? – featuring Jerry Davis

Q&A: DeAndré Calvert continues family legacy with work uniting students and community partners

From garden to growth: This urban garden cultivates young leaders

Immersive Semester in Detroit Program expands opportunity to all U-M campuses, providing transformational learning experiences

UM researchers use planes to find major undercounted source of climate pollution – featuring Genevieve Plant and Eric Kort

 


At the University:

 

GLOBAL CO2 INITIATIVE

Join the GCISA

Apply Now

Whether you want to attend meetings, lead a project, or access the community that the Global Carbon Initiative Student Association offers, we’re excited to have you! Our sponsoring unit, the Global CO2 Initiative (GCI) at the University of Michigan, is also dedicated to reducing carbon emissions via sequestration and reuse of carbon dioxide in a new circular carbon economy. 

More Info


CENTER FOR SOCIALLY ENGAGED DESIGN

Compete in Innovation in Action


Apply by Wed, Oct. 19 @ 11:59 pm

Innovation in Action, cosponsored in part by Business+Impact, is a campus-wide challenge giving groups the opportunity, the tools, the people, and the room to take on the world’s biggest challenges. To celebrate Innovation in Action’s 10th annual program, we are giving our dearest program a refresh! We are accepting applications from Friday, September 30th to Wednesday, October 19th with our return to an in-person kick-off event to build excitement in early November.

Apply here


CITIZEN’S CLIMATE LOBBY

Tune In Turn Out Festival


Thurs, Oct. 20 @ 5 – 8 pm
Diag, Central Campus


Join us for a night of climate action on the Diag with live music and free food! Hosted on October 20, 5-8 PM by Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Empty Mug Records, the event will feature performances by Kelly Hoppenjans, Ani Mari, and Big Chemical. Free pizza will be provided by VegMichigan and voter registration will be available through NARAL. Hope to see you there!

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POVERTY SOLUTIONS

Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions


October 21 – Politics, Policy, and Poverty: Medical Debt and Other Financial Reforms

October 28 – Biodiversity, Coffee Production, and Dignified Livelihoods Under a Globalized Economy

November 11 – The Color of Power: The Evolving Relationship Between Race, Skin Color and American Politics

November 18 – Ensuring that Postsecondary Credentials Pay Off for Low-Income Students

Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions introduces key issues regarding the causes and consequences of poverty through an in-person lecture series featuring experts in policy and practice from across the nation. Our goal is to help build a broad community of learners to engage in these issues together.

Read about the entire series


GINSBERG CENTER

Entering, Engaging, and Exiting Communities


Thurs, Oct. 26  @ Noon – 1:30 pm
Online


Fri, Nov. 11 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
Online

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend this community kick-off to the fall semester. Join the SEAS/PitE community and welcome both old and new faces to the start of the school year. Socialize, have fun and enjoy a bite to eat.

Register for 10/26    Register for 11/11


GRAHAM SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE

Student Sustainability Leaders Summit

Sat, Oct. 22 @ Noon – 4 pm
Michigan League

The purpose of the event is to foster relationship building between and among students and student organizations to promote successful advocacy, communication, and collaboration. There will be activities, workshops, and networking opportunities that strengthen the sustainability network on campus and spark thoughtful discussion and engagement. Please direct your questions or concerns to sustainability.coalition.core@umich.edu.

Register Here


GINSBERG CENTER

Alternative Spring Break

Application Due
Fri, Oct. 28 @11:59 pm

MAC-ASB is a student organization that supports students on service trips during spring break. We arrange a variety of different trips for participants to engage in meaningful work with charitable organizations around the country. Contact Lead Team with any additional questions via mac-leadteam@umich.edu.

Apply here


CEW+

Scholar Community Award Ceremony & Luncheon

Sun, Nov. 6 @ Noon – 3 pm
Rogel Ballroom
MIchigan Union

Please join CEW+ at U-M as we return to an in-person luncheon and celebration of our 2022-23 Scholar Community Award Ceremony. This event celebrates all CEW+ Scholarship and Fellowship recipients for the current academic year and is open to family, supporters, donors, and friends of the Center.  Registration will close on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at 5:00 pm.

Register Here


In the Impact Community:

Volunteer for SafeHouse Center

Information Sessions:
Tues, Nov. 1 @ 10-11am
Tues, Nov. 1 @ 6-7 pm

Now accepting applications for Response Team, Shelter/Helpline, Community Awareness, Front Desk Receptionist, Support Group and Teen Voice. We encourage you to attend one of our virtual information sessions to get more information

More Info


Pop-up Safety Town Events


Volunteer Now

Dr. Andrew Hashikawa, is organizing several “Pop-up Safety Town” events in underserved communities, including Flint and Detroit. Volunteers are needed to join this effort, help with bike helmet fitting, distribute educational resources…etc.  Upcoming Safety Town events that are open to volunteers: Flint Head Start @ Cummings Elementary School (2200 Walton Ave G, Flint, MI 48532), 09/23 (Fri), 10am-1pm Detroit Marygrove Campus 10/19 (Wed) and 10/20 (Thu) – will likely be morning and early afternoon sessions. Email pop.up.safetytown@umich.edu to learn more and volunteer.


Rally’s 10th Cohort Showcase

Tues, Oct. 25 @ 6 pm
1001 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL

Join us on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 6:00pm for Rally’s 10th Cohort Showcase at CREDO Conduit! For 16-weeks, our Fellows have been working hard to build sustainable ventures that create positive social change. During this event, you’ll hear 3-minute presentations about their vision, work, and how you can assist them along their journey.


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Wege Prize Competition

Application Due
Mon, Oct. 31

Wege Prize is an annual competition that ignites game-changing solutions for the future by inspiring college/university students around the world to collaborate across institutional, disciplinary, and cultural boundaries to redesign the way economies work. Participants contend for $65,000 (USD) in total cash prizes, all while learning—and helping to show the world—what the future of problem solving looks like.


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Social Enterprise Alliance Summit of Summits

Nov. 9-11, 2022
Online

Attend the Summit of Summits and hear from national and global leaders in the social enterprise sector, local movement builders from our local Chapters and inspiring stories from network partners about how their unusual business model enabled their stakeholders to survive and thrive in the last two years. Together we can learn from this innovative business model to create economic, racial and climate justice for all.

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Apply for D-Prize

Picture of dandelion with spores blowing and the word "D-Prize"Regular Applications Due
Sun, Nov. 6 @ Midnight PT

Can you design a new business or NGO that delivers a proven poverty intervention at scale? Submit your design for a new organization that solves one of our Distribution Challenges below. We will award the most promising teams with up to $20,000 USD to launch their new organization wherever extreme poverty exists. Challenges include Health, Water, Education Agriculture, Livelihoods, Energy, and Public Services.

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Upswell 2022


Tues, Nov. 5 @ 10 am – 6 pm ET
Online


Upswell Summit 2022, powered by Independent Sector, will advance our singular mission by offering thought leadership that wrestles with issues plaguing our nation, workshops and panels that will strengthen your institutional, personal, and professional development, as well as time to invest and care for the most important person in the work – you.  If you have any questions, please let us know at either info@upswell.org or 202-467-6115.


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Wynton Marsalis Joins Ross Design Jam About Business and the Arts

October 18, 2022 – Ann Arbor – What do a world-famous jazz musician and a business school have in common?  When it comes to the Ross School of Business and the +Impact Studio, far more than you might imagine! On Sunday, October 16th, the University Musical Society and the Ross School of Business +Impact Studio convened a one-day design jam at Michigan Ross to look at new ways of getting the arts into the hands of audiences through innovative uses of technology – using new tools and design methods to generate new formats and equitable access. This event was designed to coincide with a weeklong UMS residency with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and was sponsored by the William Davidson Foundation Director Discretionary Philanthropic Fund of the United Jewish Foundation.

Who better to headline a design event on new tools for equitable arts access than Wynton Marsalis? He is a trailblazer in leading, partnering with and supporting many culturally diverse performing artists; and the scope of his artistic outputs ranges across styles including classical, jazz and big band, and technical outputs like concert, film, dance, recordings and curation of older materials. His advocacy for the humanities and ties between education and communities played directly into this event’s partnership between the business school and Ann Arbor’s leading arts organization, UMS. Even the generative and improvisational thinking of the jam tied into Marsalis’s jazz background!

The design jam brought together an intimate group of artists, business leaders, techies, faculty, students, and arts lovers who combined their collective expertise to incubate new forms for reaching emerging audiences. The event featured a discussion with Mr. Marsalis to share his insights and concluded with attendance at a live UMS performance with Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Hill Auditorium. Marsalis shared his insights and thoughts on the interactions between the four pillars of society (religion, politics, business, and civics), which cemented the sacredness of the arts and the intersectionality of business and art. Mr. Marsalis also shared his 12 Principles of Business.  

During the design jam, five teams of 5-6  individuals each and a facilitator independently worked on their own aspect of the core question, “How might we use new tools of organizing to create more equitable vehicles for artists to reach audiences and preserve what is sacred in the performing arts?” An admittedly broad statement, it generated many thoughts and ideas.

Click the image above to see photos!

Teams worked with UM facilitators on several timed rounds of design thinking to generate and build on ideas and concepts. Techniques included context mapping, “I Wishes,” how-might-wes, dot voting, brainwriting, clustering, idea collision and vision storyboards.

Below are some examples of the table concepts generated:

  • “How might we leverage a cross-medium approach to achieve benevolent creation and control (with serendipity) and maximize exposure and connection with audiences?”
  • “How might we design an inclusive hybrid model that elevates and amplifies the artists’ compensation and art in both modalities?”
  • “How might we empower audiences as changemakers that enable community immersion.”
  • “How might we create incentives that provide artists with their basic needs and mobilize the public and private sectors?”
  • “How might we make the arts more accessible to everyone in society?”

From these concepts, teams generated ideas to address them and ultimately imagined their potential solution within the context of vision storyboards. The work of the day concluded with a “gallery walk,” where teams could learn about other teams’ ideas.

The work of this intense design jam will be shared, including all of the design techniques and a special “How To” section, arriving in the near future. This site will provide inspiration for future efforts at connecting artists to audiences. 

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About UMS:
UMS contributes to a vibrant cultural community in Southeast Michigan by presenting approximately 60-75 music, dance, and theater performances and over 100 free educational activities each season. UMS also commissions and produces new work, sponsors artist residencies, and organizes collaborative projects with local, national, and international partners. Housed on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, UMS is one of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, committed to connecting audiences with performing artists from around the world in uncommon and engaging experiences. In 2014, UMS was selected as a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest public artistic honor, awarded annually by the president of the United States at the White House.

About the +Impact Studio: 
The +Impact Studio at the Ross School of Business is a campus hub for impact creators and innovators. Launched within the Business+Impact Initiative in 2019, our mission is to bring impactful ideas to life using business knowledge, design tools, and research expertise. The +Impact Studio encompasses a collaboration space, an interdisciplinary graduate course, a design lab for impact-focused ventures and projects, and workshops and events. Our model activates the vast expertise and research insights from across campus to support the development and launch of powerful, impactful concepts. Our work is inspired and defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a sustainable future free of poverty, hunger, and inequity.

About Wynton Marsalis:
Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader, an educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He has created and performed an expansive range of music from quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras and tap dance to ballet, expanding the vocabulary for jazz and classical music with a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers. Always swinging, Marsalis blows his trumpet with a clear tone, a depth of emotion and a unique, virtuosic style derived from an encyclopedic range of trumpet techniques. When you hear Marsalis play, you’re hearing life being played out through music. Marsalis’ core beliefs and foundation for living are based on the principals of jazz. He promotes individual creativity (improvisation), collective cooperation (swing), gratitude and good manners (sophistication), and faces adversity with persistent optimism (the blues). With his evolved humanity and through his selfless work, Marsalis has elevated the quality of human engagement for individuals, social networks and cultural institutions throughout the world.

 

Meet the +Impact Studio’s Newest Founders & Applebaum Impact Design Fellows!

The +Impact Studio kicks off an exciting academic year and welcomes its newest cohort of Founders and Applebaum Impact Design Fellows! Having selected eight tremendous Applebaum Impact Design Fellows to support eight unique student-led ventures (Founders), we are excited to see the fresh faces in addition to our one returning Founder. Hailing from eight different degree programs across campus, this dynamic group of social innovators is the largest, with the broadest range of skills, backgrounds, and experiences to come! While the Studio seeks to advance all facets of impact, this year’s efforts prioritize advancing ideas that address climate action and/or diversity, equity, inclusion & racial justice (DEIRJ).

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Four MBAs Receive 2022-23 Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarships

ANN ARBOR – Oct. 12, 2022 – Business+Impact (B+I) is pleased to announce that Summer Abiad (MBA ’23), Connor Donnelly (MBA/MS ’23), Harshita Pilla (MBA/MURP ’23), and Joss Woodhead (MBA ’23) are the recipients of the 2022-23 Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarships for outstanding commitment to solving complex social challenges. The award comes with $7,500 for each recipient. Gordon Scholars serve as B+I Student Ambassadors for the 2022-23 academic year.

Summer Abiad, MBA ‘23

Summer went to Davidson College for undergrad, and had the opportunity to do a pro-bono project for an NGO client working to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes for women and girls. Afterward, in Chicago she joined her company’s Women’s ERG and healthcare/life science DEI leadership teams; and created an Intersectional Leadership Toolkit, drove annual benchmarking surveys, and facilitated design thinking workshops that led to a Women’s Advocacy Playbook. She also signed up for periodic days of service at her company with food pantries, emergency relief package packing, and cleaning up parks. She wanted to do something more consistently so she also signed up to be a mentor with HFS Chicago Scholars. 

Upon arrival at Michigan Ross, Summer worked on three pro-bono projects for local nonprofits (Detroit Food Academy, Birth Detroit, and the Alliance for Jewish Renewal) through the Community Consulting Case and Detroit R&B clubs. She took advantage of MAP to do a 2-month project with High Scope Educational Research Foundation, a nonprofit in Ypsilanti looking to renovate an abandoned church into a community center.

This past summer started with the Open Road program, where her team went around the Midwest working with Black-owned social enterprises. Her summer continued with an internship with the Forté Foundation, where she used business tools towards a mission of achieving gender equity in MBA programs and business management. Finally, Summer has taken advantage of the social impact classes at UM, such as Business & Society Equity Analytics, and Grant Writing & Fundraising to gain theoretical and practical tools for a career in impact. Post-graduation she plans to work in social impact, potentially through social impact consulting, and as an active member of the community where she lives. She wants to be a better and active ally no matter what space she is in and continue to be civically engaged.

Connor Donnelly, MBA/MS Environment ‘23

During his undergrad at Cornell University, Connor majored in Economics and minored in Inequality Studies to tackle the climate crisis and broader social inequities. Upon graduation in 2017, he became an AmeriCorps Member for City Year Los Angeles. At the same, he was a Team Leader for a youth engagement group that became an AmeriCorps program the following year: Changeist. After completing a year of service with AmeriCorps, Connor became a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Uganda as a 5th grade Math, Science, and English teacher. Upon coming to Michigan Ross, Connor has been part of Net Impact, the DEI team of the Erb Student Advisory Board, the JEDI team for the Ross Energy Club, and the Nonprofit Board Fellowship through Business + Impact.

After serving as a Board Fellow, the board at the Salvation Army asked him to continue his project through the summer as an internship before it was ultimately picked up by two people the following year. After a yearlong Nonprofit Board Fellowship experience, he became a Senior Board Fellow for this year’s incoming cohort, as well. As an MBA/MS Environmental Justice candidate, Connor has taken sustainability- and equity-focused courses like Social Vulnerability and Adaptation, Energy Justice, a Masters Project on food waste, and a MAP course involving an energy poverty startup in Brazil. His two summer internships were both in the nonprofit sector — with Salvation Army and the Environmental Defense Fund. He was recently selected as a GreenBiz 2022 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person Of Color) Emerging Leader because of his efforts in larger impact and his obvious intentions to address environmental justice within the business sector moving forward. His long-term goal is to start his own social enterprise surrounding climate inequity, primarily for his fellow Latinos.

Harshita Pilla, MBA/MURP ‘23

Harshita’s undergraduate experience at UC Berkeley exposed her to the systemic injustice that disadvantaged communities face and introduced her to the ways in which the built environment intensifies these conditions. After college, she decided to take a role consulting for FivePoint on a mixed-use development aimed at revitalizing Bayview and Hunter’s Point, historically low-income and predominantly African American neighborhoods in San Francisco. As a result of voicing her concerns about diversity while at We Work, she was elected to take part in the regional We of Color committee, for underrepresented communities of color to engage with each other both on a local and company-wide level.

It was Harshita’s exposure to the realities of community displacement and housing inaccessibility that motivated her to pursue graduate education in Urban Planning and Business at the University of Michigan.  Even before arriving in Ann Arbor, she tapped into the community, launching “MBA Students Care,” a fundraising campaign in response to the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Since arriving here, Harshita’s commitment to building an inclusive community at Ross is displayed beyond her section president responsibilities and spans into many spaces, from her role as the VP of Student Life in the Ross DEI Committee to her involvement in the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. Engaging with the impact curriculum at Ross has led Harshita to the two most formative experiences she’s had in graduate school: The Social Venture Fund (SVF) and the Business+Impact’s Board Fellows program. Now she serves as director of culture and recruitment for SVF, and this year is seated as a senior board fellow in the Board Fellows program. Harshita’s long term career goal is to apply the lessons learned from both her previous work experience and her MBA coursework to start her own venture focused on developing creative solutions for affordable housing for the historically excluded.

Joss Woodhead, MBA ‘23

Not long after graduating from the University of Southampton, Joss took 12 months out of his career to volunteer, fundraise, and travel across Asia, Africa, the US, and Europe — and lived through a deadly earthquake in Indonesia.  In response, he distributed food, gave blood and raised money for the host family he stayed with. In South Africa, Joss undertook wildlife conservation work on a private game reserve and also volunteered at a children’s orphanage. Later,  he completed a professional certification that focused on how environmental and social factors can best be integrated within the investment and finance industry.  

Immediately upon arriving at Michigan Ross, Joss participated in B+I’s Board Fellows program, working with Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan, and was asked by the chairman of the board to return as a full board member. He  joined the Net Impact club, and was a prize winner for a national case competition that focused on improving the sustainability and social impact practices of a major retailer. Joss’ six-week MAP project involved creating and implementing a deforestation/social impact policy for the largest food distributor in the US. Following this, he was admitted to Ross Open Road, where he and three team members drove across the US (Columbus, Nashville, St Louis, and Detroit), working with black- and women-owned businesses and nonprofits. At the beginning of his second year at Ross, he was chosen as the VP for Professional Development for Net Impact Club and VP for Recruitment for Ross Open Road. Joss is currently leading an initiative at Ross that aims to integrate more ethics, social impact, and environmental sustainability topics within the core curriculum.

Joss’ ultimate personal aim is to set up and run his own foundation/nonprofit, focusing on bringing individuals situated at the base of the economic pyramid out of poverty through developing areas such as sanitation, education, and women’s rights.

Business+Impact is proud of all three winners, their aspirations, and all that they have already accomplished!

PODCAST: Legal Services for Social Impact Disputes and ESG Requirements

In this episode of Social Impact Design for Business, Jerry Davis of Michigan Ross’ +Impact Studio interviews Patrick Miller, Founding Attorney at Impact Advocates APC and 2006 graduate of the University of Michigan  In this episode, Patrick discusses his company’s legal work in the social impact arena, from representing clients in disputes with other social impact organizations, to establishing ethical supply chains.

 

Business+Impact’s 22-23 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

During the 2022-23 academic year,  participants in Business+Impact’s 23rd annual Board Fellows program will serve as non-voting members of local nonprofit boards while completing major projects.  On Fri, Sept. 30, 2022, all student Board Fellows with nonprofit partner organizations for a morning-long orientation to the program. This year’s cohort features students from Michigan Ross, the Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Information, the School of Education, the School of Medicine, and the School for Environment and Sustainability.

Below are the regional organizations and the students assigned to them:

Accent Pontiac

Accent Pontiac’s mission is to strengthen Pontiac’s youth and community through equitable access to intensive and consistent music making.
www.accentpontiac.org/website

  • Angela Yim, MD, MBA ’24
  • Gabe Baskin, MPP ’24

Alternatives for Girls

Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy, and exploitation; and helps them to explore and access the support, resources, and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices for their lives.
www.alternativesforgirls.org

  • Rediat Mersha, MEd ’23

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre

A2CT’s mission is to provide individuals and the community with opportunities to participate in all aspects of live theatre.
www.a2ct.org

  • Lillian Brandt, MBA ’23

Ann Arbor People’s Food Co-op

The mission of the Ann Arbor People’s Food Co-op, includes promoting the local economy, environmental sustainability, health, and economic justice, and enhancing and encouraging cooperative community by fostering participatory ownership through volunteer opportunities and educational experiences.
peoplesfood.coop/newsite/

  • Isabel Bonnyman, MBA ’24

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
www.bbbswashtenaw.org

  • Landry Ndahayo, MBA ’24
  • Liam Sullivan, MBA ’24

A Brighter Way

ABW is dedicated to reducing recidivism rates in Washtenaw County by creating a supportive community for our friends and family returning home from incarceration through mentoring, programs, resources, advocacy and stigma reduction.
abrighterway.org

  • Alexa Pete, MBA ’24
  • Alexia Carrillo Villalobos, MPP ’23

Brilliant Detroit

Brilliant Detroit creates kid success neighborhoods where families with children ages 0-8 have what they need to be school-ready, healthy, and stable.
brilliantdetroit.org

  • Dani Moragne, MBA ’24
  • Serena Bidwell, MBA/MD ’24

Classic Stage Company

Classic Stage Company (CSC) challenges the traditional perception of classic work by exploring and reimagining great stories across the world’s repertoire that illuminate our common humanity. As a home for the classics, we collaborate with artists to produce work that is inclusive, relevant and accessible. We believe that theater can both reflect and improve our society by reaching across cultural divides in order to foster shared empathy and understanding.
classicstage.org

  • Caroline Rourke, MBA ’24

Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center

The Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center  advances innovative practices in higher education that promote respectful, transformative dialogue on controversial topics and complex social issues, thereby reflecting a commitment to pluralism and academic freedom and strengthening a democratically engaged society.
difficultdialogues.org

  • Radhika Arora, MBA ’24
  • Vivian Nguyen, MPP ’23

Detroit Theatre Organ Society

The Senate Theater, home of the Detroit Theater Organ Society (DTOS), preserves the art of theater pipe organ music by maintaining and showcasing the Mighty Wurlitzer at concerts, film screenings, and events hosted at the theater.
www.senatetheater.com

  • Rebecca Barabas, MSI ’23
  • Sydney Mark, MBA ’24

Friends in Deed

Helping people in need; and building community to end poverty.
friendsindeedmi.org

  • Sammi Vittert, MBA/MEd ’23

Henry Ford Learning Institute

HFLI creates innovative educational environments and immersive learning programs that prepare individuals to thrive and leaders to drive positive social change, equity and empowerment for all.
HFLI.org

  • Qamar Ghani, MBA ’24

Library of the Great Lakes

The mission of the Library of the Great Lakes is to inspire and support exploration of the science, history, literature, arts, and cultures of the Great Lakes region.
libraryofthegreatlakes.org

  • Dwayne McFarlane, MBA/MSI ’24

Michigan United Cerebral Palsy (MI-UCP)

MI-UCP enables all Michiganders with disabilities to live to the best of their abilities and ambitions.
www.ucpmichigan.org/

  • Hannah Orban, MPP ’23
  • Mackenzie Paull, MBA ’24

Michigan Center for Civic Engagement and Advocacy

Our mission is to promote equity and reduce barriers to civic engagement in local government, education and matters like public safety.  We work to strengthen community structures by advocating for people and causes of great merit and need.
mc-cea.org

  • Taylor Whittaker, MBA ’23
  • Ariel Freed, MPP ’24

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition

The Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition (MEJC) works to achieve a clean, healthy, and safe environment for Michigan residents most affected by inadequate policies.
Michiganej.org

  • Kyra Reumann-Moore, MPA ’23
  • Nikunj Bhimsaria, MBA ’24

Potlikker Capital

We are committed to preserving and increasing the diversity of America’s farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers who covenant to increase equitable access to healthy food for their communities, build wealth and knowledge within their local BIPOC farming communities, and farm to address climate change through adopting regenerative farming practices
potlikkercapital.com

  • Abigail Johnson, MPP ’23
  • Sophie Geoghan, MBA/MS ’25

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
SAmetrodetroit.org

  • Sachin Shriyan, MBA ’23

SCRAP Creative Reuse

SCRAP is an arts, environment and education nonprofit with a mission to inspire creative reuse and sustainable environmental behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
scrapcreativereuse.org/

  • Coreen DeFever, MBA ’23
  • Ryan Rounick, MBA ’24

Serenity House Communities

Our mission is to advocate for people in recovery and provide holistic options for those recovering from substance use disorder, codependency, and trauma;  to create communities free of substance use disorder, codependency and trauma
flintserenityhouse.org

  • Kelsey Angus, MBA ’24
  • Somali Vij, MBA ’23

Sistahs Reachin’ Out

The overarching mission of Sistahs Reachin’ Out (SRO) is to promote proven pathways out of cyclical poverty, under-education and limited economic advancement for identified single parents in the city of Detroit, Michigan. We primarily do this by providing community-based programming that prepares our target population to access and attain a post-secondary education degree or launch a small, community-based business.
srodet.org

  • Sharon Ceron Espinosa, MPP ’23

SOS Community Services

SOS promotes housing stability and family self-sufficiency through collaboration, care and respect.
https://soscs.org/

  • Jamie Morgenstern, MBA ’24
    Rebecca Hagos, MPP ’24

Ten Thousand Villages

Our mission is to promote dignity, hope, and a living wage for artisans around the world by ethically buying and selling their handicrafts
tenthousandvillages.com/annarbor

  • Smarak Dash Bhattamishra, MBA ’24

United Way of Washtenaw County

We bring people, resources and agencies together to create a thriving community for everyone
Uwgive.org

  • Avery Waite, MBA ’24

Washtenaw Housing Alliance

The mission of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance is to end homelessness in Washtenaw County, MI.
www.whalliance.org

  • Zach Nerod, MBA/MS ’24

Weiss Senior Fellows

  • Sarah Hagan
  • Kate Salomon
  • Anna Haas