November 2021 Newsletter

Woman writing on whiteboard in the Impact Studio

Insights on the Future of Corporate Action for Racial Justice

The +Impact Studio brings impactful ideas to life using business knowledge, design tools, and research expertise. Former Applebaum Impact Design Fellow & studio Founder Justin Woods shares his expertise and prespective on the future of racial justice in corporate America, what companies can do, and how his social venture EQuity is helping companies make meaningful change. 

Design Equitable Enterprises in the Winter +Impact Studio Course

The award-winning Impact Studio course BA670 will be offered Winter term. This 3 credit course is open to all graduate students, and in the course you’ll tackle questions such as: How can you use the tools of design to create a more just and inclusive economy? To build enterprises that uplift rather than deplete their communities? To enable sustainable livelihoods rather than financial precarity?

In Winter 2022, the Impact Studio course (BA670) will engage with IT-enabled changes that have transformed the raw materials of enterprise (labor, capital, supplies, distribution) and what that means for its stakeholders. Then, using the tools of design, we will prototype new forms of enterprise in an industry undergoing radical change around the globe right now: restaurants. Covid rapidly accelerated changes already underway, from a shift toward ghost kitchens and delivery to the use of QR codes in place of human servers. How might we use these same technologies to reimagine capitalism? To create equitable enterprises that provide a living wage and foster community?


Net Impact and GOOD Worldwide

Net Impact and GOOD Worldwide Team Up for Greater Impact

Net Impact and GOOD Worldwide have announced a Social Impact Alliance, leading to collective endeavors, including the launch of GOOD Institute, to scale impact initiatives, engage the next generation of leaders, and serve as a force for good for leading businesses. This social impact alliance leverages more than 45 years of combined experience and relationships of GOOD Worldwide, Upworthy and Net Impact to empower and influence millions of engaged citizens, students, corporations, employees, and activists throughout the world to create meaningful and lasting change. Michigan Ross lecturer and GOOD’s General Manager, Kevin Thompson, played a role in the partnership.



Ross Event Highlights:

 Chad Spitler, Founder of Third Economy and Former Managing Director of BlackRock
Erb: CPRT Dialogue: Chad Spitler
Thurs, Nov. 18, 3-4:15 pm ET

First generation students
Admissions: First-Gen Students

Thurs, Nov. 18 @ 6 pm ET

HBCU logo
Admissions: Ask Me Anything: HBCU to Ross
Mon, Nov. 22 @ Noon ET

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Ask Me Anything: LGBTQ+ at Ross
Tues, Nov. 30 @ Noon ET

Impact Gateway website page

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. 


Open Road @ Ross members smiling and holding a Ross flag

Take a Social Entrepreneurship Road Trip with Open Road

Information Session
Tues, Dec. 7 @ 7-8 pm
Robertson Auditorium

Open Road is an action-based social entrepreneurship program developed by Ross students that gives small business owners extra hands in solving complex challenges. B+I 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.



Utah canyons

Winter Course Features Utah Wilderness Expedition

InterMission (MO 330) is a self leadership course for undergraduate students adrift in a sea of expectations who are exceptional at fulfilling goals set by others but find themselves too busy to reflect on whether they’re the right thing to do. The goal of the course is to help you authentically lead yourself and others — everyday, in ways large and small. Taught by Kevin Thompson the course includes a one-week wilderness expedition in Utah’s Canyonlands with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).


At the University:


2022 DEI Global Case Writing Competition bannerWDI’s DEI Global Case Competition

Information Session
Wed, Nov. 17 @ 10 am ET

You are invited to enter our competition and support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business are proud to present the second annual DEI Global Case Writing Competition.

More Info


The Human Right to a Healthy EnvironmentHuman Right to a Healthy Environment

Panel Discussion
Thurs, Nov. 18 @ 4:15 pm ET

In October of this year, the United Nations Human Rights Council recognized for the first time the human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Why did the Council finally adopt this right? What effect will recognition have? How might the right contribute to the ongoing application of human rights to environmental issues such as climate change and the conservation of biodiversity?

Info and Registration


GSP ApplicationsGlobal Scholars Program students

Fall Deadline:  December 10, 2021
Winter 2022 Deadline:  December 3, 2021

Info Session: Thurs, Nov. 18 @ 7 pm
3145 North Quadrangle, 105 S. State St.

The Global Scholars Program (GSP) is now accepting applications for winter 2022 and academic year 2022-2023. The fall deadline for applications is December 10. There will be an Info Session November 18, 2021, 7:00-8:00 pm. Please RSVP if you plan on attending and the location of the meeting will be emailed to you.


Sustainability Honors CordsSustainability Honors Cords

Orders Due
Fri, Nov. 19
Pick-up in second week of December

The Excellence in Sustainability Honors Cord program is designed to recognize students who went above and beyond to advance their knowledge, skills, and practice of sustainability ethics while studying at the University of Michigan. The acceptance to the Excellence in Sustainability Honors Cord program will allow students to receive an Excellence in Sustainability Honors Cord for graduation, join an exclusive alumni LinkedIn network, and be part of a sustainability spotlight series.

Learn more


Policy Talks @ the Ford SchoolFord School of Public Policy logo

The Ford School hosts a diverse array of timely, meaningful events that engage with students, community, and public policy leaders. During the coming month, the Ford School will host this wide-ranging and powerful series of talks on diversity, poverty and immigration.

In the Impact Community:

 Global Health Supply Chain Virtual Summit logoGlobal Health Supply Chain Summit

December 7-9, 2021

The 14th Annual Global Health Supply Chain Virtual Summit (GHSCS-2021) will focus on Building for the Future: Review, Recovery, and Refocusing.  Global Health Supply Chains have been under tremendous stress to address the burden of COVID-19 while continuing to meet routine healthcare delivery needs.  GHSCS 2021 will explore these issues through a combination of keynotes, panel discussions, and contributed talks. 

Info & Registration

Epic Social Ventures logoEpic Social Ventures

Deadline Dec. 20
Apply Now

Do you have an idea for a product or service that is affordable to those impacted by poverty while creating employment opportunities? Apply for EPIC and your idea could be funded to impact the communities you care about most. OPEN to all social entrepreneurs who want to make a systematic change from the ground up on the #1 UN SDG: No Poverty.

Info & Registration

Volunteer for VITA and Help Others with Tax Returns

Virtual Training in November Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) logo

VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Join a community of over 80 volunteers in working to complete federal and state tax returns for low to moderate income families in Washtenaw County. Volunteer to help clients save on costly tax preparation fees, and put over $1.4 million of refunds into the hands of those that need it most. No experience? No problem! United Way’s comprehensive training process will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare basic tax returns.

More Info



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