September 2020 Newsletter

MBA2 Gordon Impact Scholarship Application Due

Application due: 11:59 pm, Sun, Sept. 27

Are you an MBA2 committed to addressing complex social challenges?

This year the Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship Fund will award two scholarships to MBA2s who have a strong impact focus, but you must apply by Sun, Sept. 27 at 11:59 pm.One of last year’s winners, Emma Kwenu Smith (MBA ’20), said, “As a first-generation college student from Ghana, coming to business school in the US and dedicating myself to impact was a very expensive decision. The route I’ve chosen would not have been possible without this scholarship.”


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. 



Ross Event Highlights:

Ross Alumni Relations: BackPac Co-Founders’ Lunch
Fri, Sept. 18 @ Noon EDT

Tauber: Spotlight! Showcase
Fri, Sept. 11 @ 8 am – 4 pm EDT

Visit the B+I Virtual Showcase Page Anytime!

We recently held a B+I Virtual Showcase tabling event, featuring 27 exhibitors from impact clubs, departments, and organizations across campus. Our live event took place on Thurs, Sept 3, but you can still take advantage of this invaluable resource now, asynchronously. Our Showcase Page is still live, and and features websites, descriptions, and slide shows from our exhibitors.

VIsit Showcase Page


+Impact Studio Insights

The +Impact Studio brings impactful ideas to life using business and design tools along with university research expertise. We are excited to share our experience designing for impact with others seeking to create positive change on our Medium Journal! Posts feature insights and news and share learnings about designing for a better world. Social Impact Design for Business is a new podcast series from the studio. Follow this podcast series for stories from leaders in design, impact, and business.

The +Impact Studio also collaborated with the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) of the UM Center on Finance, Law, & Policy and the Ford School of Public Policy to launch the Impact Studio for Local Business to help businesses in Southeast Michigan respond to and adapt to challenges caused by the pandemic.  These open source tools and guides are available here!



Maab Ibrahim (MBA/MPP ’16)

Learn more about alum Maab Ibrahim (MBA/MPP ’16), Inclusion grantmaking lead at, a data-driven, human-focused philanthropy powered by Google. Through a unique blend of funding, products, and technical expertise from Google volunteers, she is currently accelerating the progress of nonprofits that use data science and innovative new approaches to advance social justice.

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At the University:


Pathways to Civic Engagement

The Pathways to Civic Engagement and Community Change describes a range of possibilities by which you can engage in and contribute to communities to further U-M’s mission and exercise your own power to create a better world. These pathways intersect and overlap, demonstrating the interdependent nature of working toward the common good.

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Case Competition and Scavenger Hunt

Each year, Munger challenges teams of graduate/professional students to address important topics through its Case Competition.  This semester, the competition is open to graduate students from all Big 10 schools!  So U-M  students will be able to collaborate with other Big 10 schools.This year’s competition will complement the Big Ten Voting Challenge, a friendly competition to increase student voting rates across the Conference.

Also every Fall Munger runs a Scavenger Hunt, featuring all of the opportunities available to U-M grad students.  Although usually in persion, this year, the hunt is online.

Munger Case Competition
Munger Scavenger Hunt




Poverty: Looking from the Inside Out

Tues, Sept. 22 – Oct. 6 @ 10 – 11:30 am
Online, Cost: $20

Explore the dynamics of poverty—looking at what keeps people in it, what’s needed to break out of it, and how we can all play a role in building community to end poverty. Instructor Suzanne Van Dam will lead the study group on Tuesdays from September 22 through October 6. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.

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So Cool, So Just Org. Fair

Thurs, Sept. 24 @ 11 am – 1 pm

The So Cool So Just (SCSJ) Organization Fair is hosted by the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) Undergraduate Minor and the Ginsberg Center. Since 2012, the fair has created space for organizations to connect with students seeking opportunities to get involved on campus, build community with other social justice organizations, and share activities and programs related to social change.

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In the Impact Community:

United Way 21 Day Equity Challenge

United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC), has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life.  At present– in Washtenaw County and our State– it does. In response to newly available data on the wellbeing of households in our State who are Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, and Employed (ALICE), United Ways across Michigan are launching a special State Edition of the 21 Day Equity Challenge. This version of the Equity Challenge is designed to take participants through a state-level exploration of the history and impacts of racism and how it has shaped the lives of people in Michigan.  Along the way, participants will be equipped with resources and tools to take action for racial equity in their work and lives. Join us!

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Impact Design Collaborative is Looking to Hire U-M Students

Impact Design Collaborative is a nonprofit evidence-based design firm founded by students at the University of Michigan and focused on using design as a means to promote a more sustainable and just society. The collaborative provides research at the intersection of design & activism and collaborates on projects with community partners. They are looking for creative, impact-driven individuals to join the team and feel confident that U-M students involved in impact work would be ideal. 

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Give Merit FATE Program Seeks Mentors

Give Merit is a Detroit-based nonprofit serving high school students that seeks to enhance and extend educational opportunities to underserved youth through innovative enrichment and mentorship activity. Give Merit is looking for additional mentors to volunteer with our FATE Program during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Check out this video to learn more about the FATE Program!

If you are interested in mentoring for the FATE Program during the 2020-2021 academic year, email Give Merit’s Program Director, Rachel Mazzaro, at for more information!

Wege Prize


Wege Prize 2021 will again be open to undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the world, and will again be focused on the circular economy. When does it start? Well, right now! The Team Application period has been open since August, but final deliverables and team names are due next month.

Application Information

Nonprofit Management Institute 2020

SEPT. 22-24

Focused in particular on the way Covid-19 is reshaping the social sector, this online conference through the Stanford Social Innovation Review will feature numerous speakers from inside and around the nonprofit sector who are at the top of their game, who will discuss everything from in-person board meetings to philanthropy and collective action.

Info and Registration


Epic Social Ventures


The Social Ventures Foundation mission is to facilitate sustainable market creation at the Bottom of the Pyramid by identifying, promoting and facilitating the investment in social ventures that employ the poor to lift the livelihoods of the poor. The End Poverty Innovation Challenge is at the heart of the Foundation’s mission, EPIC facilitates a pipeline to facilitate the identification, recognition, promotion and investment in the most impactful and of outstanding   sustainable social ventures that can scale and make a difference to millions of the world’s poor. 

Application Information


OCT. 14-16

Upswell 2020 is about the two most important things facing every changemaker in the United States: ending racism and recovering from the pandemic. So, Upswell is inviting you to show up. Because it’s going to take the very best you’ve got – and the very best the rest of us have got – to heal our nation and create a society where every person can thrive. Registration options are designed to ensure that every changemaker has the opportunity to participate.

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Grinnell Prize


The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize (the Grinnell Prize) honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Each prize carries an award of $50,000, half to the winning individual(s) and half to their related, nominated organization.

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