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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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.


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.


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:


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.

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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

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

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

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