U-M’s engagement with Detroit has extended over two centuries, and the Michigan Ross commitment to Detroit has continued for over 30 years, a mission that inextricably links the campus with this city of makers.
While neighborhood revitalization makes progress, and transformation is exciting, challenges still remain in struggling neighborhoods. Helping hands are needed to grow businesses; leadership and counsel are instrumental to nonprofits; and your voice, your education, your participation will influence the innovation and gains of a new Detroit. We invite you to join us in partnering with people of Detroit to grow a more prosperous and democratic future.
Engage with Detroit through Business+Impact
In addition to the upcoming Impact Studio, you’ll be able to reach out to Detroit with three key programs described in further detail on this site:
The Board Fellows program works with graduate students like you to develop project management and executive skills as board members in nonprofit organizations in Detroit and across Southeast Michigan.
Each year, Business+Impact awards competitive grants for summer internships to MBAs, undergraduate juniors from Ross, and MPP students, who intern in and around Detroit, and further afield.
In collaboration with DNEP, Business+Impact has launched an initiative to provide Detroit entrepreneurs with the accounting services they need to successfully launch and grow their business. These businesses help to create jobs in the Southeast Michigan region and ultimately help the growing economy.
Engage with Detroit through Michigan Ross
As a Ross School of Business student, you’ll have the opportunity to leverage the following active initiatives:
This course lets students lead a functional team, working directly with executives of a sponsoring company, currently Shinola in Detroit. This course is soon to become an initiative.
The Detroit Revitalization & Business Initiative (R&B) promotes Detroit’s assets and encourages students to discover, engage with and commit to the revitalization of the Motor City through exposure to professional, cultural, and community engagements.
Engage with Detroit through U-M
The University of Michigan empowers you to impact Detroit social services, businesses, neighborhoods, medicine and education with a number of interdisciplinary programs campus-wide.
The Edward Ginsberg Center supports faculty, academic program staff and GSIs who are active in community engagement. The staff trains people in mutually beneficial experiences, including many in Detroit.
Poverty Solutions is unlike any other poverty initiative in the country. Its primary emphasis is on cultivating action-based research partnerships with community stakeholders and policy makers to build knowledge about what does work in confronting poverty.
Announced in 2019 and anchored by the University of Michigan, the Detroit Center for Innovation will be a world-class research, education and entrepreneurship center in the heart of the city.
U-M’s bonds with Detroit are stronger than ever. Many U-M students, faculty and alumni have committed to work with Detroit communities, nonprofits, and businesses to create a better tomorrow. U-M has a number of initiatives that are dedicated to serving the city of Detroit. Learn about all types of projects offered in U-M+Detroit and how to get involved.