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
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 for Fall ’20 Course
- Fall ’20 Course flyer (pdf)
- Blog post by Winter ’20 course student Nan Sithinamsuwan
- +Impact Studio video
- Photo album of +Impact Studio course in the +Impact Studio space (Flickr)
- Sample syllabus from Fall 2019 (Fall 2020 syllabus to be released Spring 2020)
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.
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 Institute, Business+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.
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.
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.
News & Notes
- Michigan Ross Is Rated as a Leader Among Global Business Schools For Prioritizing Social Impact
- I Have Grown So Much through the +Impact Studio Course
- Business and the Environment, 50 Years After the First Earth Day: What’s Changed, What Hasn’t, and What Needs to Happen Now
- Is the New Social Consciousness of American CEOs Always a Good Thing?
- LISTEN NOW: Are Today’s Companies Really Becoming More Socially Responsible?
- Why sustainability should include political activity
- Farmers harvesting the benefits of wind energy
- Healthy soil, healthy water, right?
- WATCH NOW: Youth Activism, Then and Now: Student activists from several generations on youth activism
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
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.
Award Nominations and Scholarships
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 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
Halcyon Incubator Fall 2020 Fellowship Application
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.
Proposals for Upswell 2020
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.