November 2019 Newsletter

At Ross:

Enrollment Open for +Impact Studio Course, One of Poets and Quants’ “Most Interesting Courses of 2019”

+Impact Studio: Translating Research into Practice (BA670) teaches interdisciplinary graduate student teams (e.g., MBAs, MSWs, MPH, MEng) ethnography and ecosystem mapping with an emphasis on ideation, prototyping, and business model design skills that address two challenges:

  • How might research insights and fintech address student debt burdens, financial inclusion and poverty alleviation, especially amongst the underserved? (UN SDGs #1 and #8: No Poverty, Decent Work and Economic Growth)
  • How might water security be improved using research and intellectual capital? (UN SDG #6: Clean Water and Sanitation) 

+Impact Studio Course Resources Available:



UN SDG #10: Reduced Inequalities

Thurs, Nov. 21 @ 5-7 pm
Michigan Ross +Impact Studio
Second Floor, Executive Residence

Apply research insights and design thinking tools for impact in the Faculty Research for Impact (FR4I) series event themed around one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the month of November, we will address Goal 10: Reduced Inequality. Three award-winning Ross faculty members (Jun Li, A. Yeşim Orhun, and Chris Rider) will share their research in an informal setting, and students will have the opportunity to learn tools for how to utilize research insights to approach real-world challenges and applications that make a positive impact.

Sign up for our emails to catch these upcoming events that are in the works during the coming months:

  • Goal 13: Climate Action
  • Goals 8 & 9: Decent Work & Economic Growth and Industry Innovation & Infrastructure
  • Goal 3: Good Health & Wellbeing




Calling Future Open Road Fellows

Information Session
+Impact Studio, 2nd Floor Ross Executive Residence
Wed, Nov. 20 @ 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Mixer and Team Finding Session
B0560, Blau Hall
Wed, Dec. 4 @ 4:30 – 6 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 events, listed above. Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.


Ross Event Highlights:

Detroit R&B: Detroit Entrepreneurs Panel
Fri, Nov. 22 @ 10 am – Noon
R1240, Ross

Sanger: Story Lab Showcase
Tues, Dec 3 @ 5-6:30 pm
Robertson Auditorium, Ross


CPO: Positive Links–Patricia Hewlin
Thurs, Dec. 12 @ 4-5 pm
Robertson Auditorium, Ross


Support Social Impact Students on Dec. 3

Giving Blue Day for
Give-A-Day Fund
Ross Winter Garden

MBA2s, transform lives by giving to the Give-A-Day Fund (GADF)! By donating on Giving Blue Day, Tues, Dec. 3, you’ll make the most of your gift by unlocking matching funds available only that day. The first $25 of each gift will be matched, and if one third of the MBA2 class donates by the end of the day, a $10K matching gift will hit the Fund’s account! Plus, the section that gets the most donations will win a prize from Business+Impact–extra money for your holiday party, so stop by the GADF table in the Ross Winter Garden and support fellow MBAs.

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Big Events at Ross with Practical Impact

On Fri, Nov. 1, Business+Impact’s colleagues at the Center for Value Chain Innovation hosted the first annual 2019 Ross FinTech Challenge & Conference, co-sponsored by PEAK6 and supported by Michigan FinTech Club. Students developed and pitched innovative fintech solutions to to address financial inclusion in rural Michigan. The winner was Team Carcajou (MBAs Ledge Greenfield, Alex Johnson, Corey Stearns, and Chashak Tulsyan), who were awarded a check for $3,000. Second and third place teams were awarded $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.

On Friday Nov. 15, Business+Impact co-sponsored an event with the Zell Lurie Institute and Women Who Launch called “FIVE Ideas: Focus | Innovate | Validate | Empower,” a facilitated design thinking workshop focused on addressing common challenges women face. Over 25 attendees explored human experiences, gained ideation skills for impactful solutions, and learned how to empower themselves and others to take action.

Check out all Impact Events

U-M’s Net Impact Undergrad Wins Chapter of the Year Award

At the recent Net Impact national conference in Detroit on Oct. 24-26, the international organization awarded Undergraduate Chapter of the Year to U-M Net Impact Undergrad. Chapters of the Year exemplify dedication to Net Impact’s mission by inspiring their local community to make a positive difference in the world through dynamic events, programming, and partnerships. Our chapter succeeded by accomplishing ambitious goals and facilitating a profound impact across multiple environmental, economic, and social issues.

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Impact News & Notes

At the University:


Entering, Engaging & Exiting Communities

Fri, Nov. 22 @ 3 – 4:30 pm
North Quad, #2435

Fri, Dec. 5 @ 5:30 – 7 pm
Trotter Multicultural Center

The LinC series is an educational workshop and training series focused on supporting students who are interested in community engagement, social justice, democratic engagement, advocacy, activism and philanthropy. Entering, Engaging and Exiting Communities introduces principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways.

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Semester in Detroit Accepting Applications for Spring/Summer 2020

Priority Deadline: Sun, Dec. 1

The Semester in Detroit spring/summer and fall programs accept undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. All students, from Freshmen to Seniors or Super Seniors are eligible to apply.  All applications are accepted on a rolling basis, which means that the earlier you apply, the better chance you have of getting in. 

Apply here


Applications Open for Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program 

Application Deadline
Tues, Dec. 3

UROP’s Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program ( DCERP) will be accepting applications for Summer 2020 through December 3rd! DCERP students will gain valuable experience while helping community organizations with their research needs. They’ll also become part of a dynamic learning community that will get to know about Detroit history, have fun together, and share their passion for social justice. Students will receive a stipend and housing for this 9-week program.

More Info

In the Impact Community:

Catalyst Applications Open to Social Entrepreneurs

Letter of Intent Deadline:
Mon, Dec. 9

CTIA and its foundation are committed to equity and transparency in supporting social enterprises that seek to make strides at the intersection of wireless technology and health and wellness. Catalyst therefore seeks to support entities – both for-profit and non-profit – who have the potential and infrastructure in place to make a real impact but who may face barriers to accessing capital. First prize is $100,000

Info and Application

Applications being accepted for Cordes Fellowships

Application Deadline:
Thurs, Jan. 30

If you are an exceptional social entrepreneur or nonprofit leader engaged in building sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice globally, the Cordes Fellowship provides an opportunity to participate as a full Delegate at the Opportunity Collaboration in Cancun, Mexico in October. The purpose of the Cordes Fellowship is to open doors, minds and networks for emerging social entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives; enrich OC with new, emerging leaders; and infuse OC discussions with a diversity of perspectives.

Info and Application