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. 


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.


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.


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.


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

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

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Ross Event Highlights:

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

Ross: Allyship 101

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

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

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


At the University:


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:


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!

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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.

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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


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.

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Learning Levers

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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.

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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:



Wed, Jan. 13 @ 6 pm

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.

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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.

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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.