November 2020 Newsletter


This Winter, Use Design Thinking for Impact

In Winter 2021, Michigan Ross will once again offer the +Impact Studio Course (BA 670). Taught by professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, this award-winning course teaches you work skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design, and all of it is focused on designing for resilience to help local small-businesses and nonprofit organizations navigate the pandemic. How can they build back better –  reimagine business and social life to be more rewarding, just, and democratic?

This is work that helps with the unmet needs of vulnerable organizations and leads directly to the creation of new businesses and nonprofits, and you’re teamed up with other students from many other schools so the ideas are always engaging and diverse!  This class is offered in a hybrid format from 9-11:50am on Mondays with a team lab time later in the week.

In the meantime, here are some other resources:


Calling Future Open Road Fellows

Virtual Information Session
Wed, Dec. 2 @ 7-8 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 event, 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:

Sanger: Story Lab Fall Showcase
Tues, Nov 17 @ 5–­6:30 pm

Ross Alumni Relations: A Conversation on Race, Science, and Policy with Osagie Obasogie
Mon, Nov. 23 @ 4-5 pm

Part-time MBA: Women, the Workforce and the MBA
Wed, Dec. 2 @ 8-9:30 pm


Support Social Impact Students on
Giving Tuesday

Give-A-Day Fund

MBA2s, transform lives by giving to the Give-A-Day Fund (GADF) on Giving Tuesday, December 1st. Members of the MBA class donate a day of their regular salary in order to support those who have pursued social impact internships. A student board manages the fund and runs the fundraising process, while B+I administers the funds. Although UM’s Giving Blueday has been postponed this year, you can still make the most of Giving Tuesday by giving online. 


Recent Insights from the +Impact Studio

+Impact Studio course students, faculty, and Design Fellows have all been posting a number of insights on the +Impact Studio Medium journal. This new site also includes highlights from Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks’ Social Impact Design for Business Podcast. Below are some recent posts:

At the University:


Ross Energy Week

Mon, Nov. 16 – Fri, Nov. 20

Ross Energy Week may have started yesterday, but there’s still time to take part! Panels and events will take place throughout the week, culminating with a keynote address on Friday, November 20. Participants can attend any number of panels and will have the opportunity to join small-group breakout sessions after each event. Registration for Energy Week is free; In lieu of a fee, please consider donating to Soulardarity, working to build energy democracy in Highland Park, MI. 

Link to Donate   |  Register Free


STEM in Color – Webinar

Wed, Nov. 18 @ Noon

STEM in Color was established by Melody Sanders and Dr. Omari Baruti to provide a scholarly and professional space to promote the academic success and professional development of STEM graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and other STEM professionals at the University of Michigan and beyond.  This Inclusive Leadership Webinar will bring together the collective wisdom of Morgan DeBaun and other key leaders to build a culture of inclusion. 

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Global Case Writing Competition

Intent forms – Mon, Nov. 23
Final submissions – Wed, Mar. 24, 2021

In recognition of recent events across the world, it is an extremely important time to support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. That’s why WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and its Sanger Leadership Center are joining together to address this important movement by launching this competition

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Policy Talks @ The Ford School

The Ford School hosts a diverse array of timely, meaningful events that engage our students, community, and public policy leaders. During the next month, the Ford School will host this wide-ranging and powerful series of talks on race, humanity and climate.


Research Assistant Opportunity

Application Deadline:
Mon, Nov. 30 @ Midnight 

The University of Michigan’s President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR) is now soliciting applications from students interested in working on a research project to explore the changing workplace practices in response to COVID-19 in the global food supply chains. U-M undergrads with at least two years of completed college education and graduate students are encouraged to submit application materials.

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In the Impact Community:

Trustee Fellow from U-M Wanted

Apply by Tues, Dec. 15

The Nature Conservancy of Michigan is currently recruiting a Trustee Fellow to contribute to its board for two years 2021-22. They are looking to select a University of Michigan graduate student for the position, and any student interested in applying should send their resume/CV and letter of interest to Helen Taylor, the state director at by December 15.

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COVID-19 Response and Resources in Michigan

COVID-19 is impacting organizations in various ways and in different capacities. Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Resources, and the Co.Act Detroit have collected an array of resources that will help nonprofits manage their operations moving forward during this challenging time. Also, have your voice heard by sharing your nonprofits experience responding to COVID-19.

Visit Resource Page

Global Health Supply Chain Virtual Summit

Nov. 17 – Nov. 19

This year the summit will focus on Global Health Supply Chain Resiliency – Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. COVID-19 has brought to light the fragility of global supply chains and challenges health systems have faced to address the new health needs arising from COVID-19 while continuing to address traditional health care needs.

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Midwest Climate Summit

Fri, Nov. 20

If the 12 states that comprise the Midwest were a country, they would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitting nation on the planet. The Midwest Climate Summit will expand climate knowledge, accelerate climate action, and catalyze new partnerships that deepen expertise and develop a Midwestern response to the climate crisis.

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