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April 2024 Newsletter


Attend the BA670 Impact Studio Demo Day
Wed, Apr. 17 10 – 11:30 am
Blau Colloquium

BA670: The Impact Studio course concludes tomorrow, with student final presentations, guest leaders from the community, and even refreshments. A product of this course is a whole new set of How-To Guides which will further populate our Green Business Transition website starting in early May!

Register Here

Dr. Marcus Harris and UM-Dearborn Students Work in the Impact Studio

Loren Townes Jr. curated and led three workshops with Annaliese Fowler for Dr. Marcus Harris and his students at the University of Michigan Dearborn. Dr. Harris teaches a Social Entrepreneurship course (ENT 403) and three introductory Entrepreneurship sections (ENT 400), from which the participating students hailed. The primary goal of this interactive workshop was to guide students in exploring ways to apply design thinking as a tool to generate ideas and solutions to address social impact issues through an equity lens.

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“Prototype Day” with Our Donors and Friends

On Friday, April 5, representatives from Applebaum Family Philanthropy and other expert community advisors visited the Impact Studio to take part in our first ever “Prototype Day.” Their visit aimed to cultivate a learning opportunity for UM students in the +Impact Studio Founders and Applebaum Impact Design Fellows programs to bring their social impact ideas to market. Applebaum Family Philanthropy, as a key sponsor, plays a vital role in supporting the activities within the +Impact Studio Design Lab.

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Summer Impact Internship Funding

Summer Fund
Final Deadline: Thurs, Apr. 18 @ 11:59 pm

Each summer, Business+Impact awards competitive grants for impact-focused summer internships to MBAs and BBAs in the Ross School of Business as well as MPP students in the Ford School of Public Policy. Award decisions will be based on the organization’s impact, level of need (taking into account other funding being received), consideration of the position and the quality of the application

Apply for Summer Fund grants

Board Fellowship Nonprofit Recruiting

U-M Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program Virtual Information Session
Tues, Apr. 23 @ Noon – 1pm or
Wed, May 8 @ Noon – 1 pm

We invite nonprofits serving Southeast Michigan to join us for an information session on the U-M Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program. You will learn about the program requirements, goals, and timeline. Eligible nonprofits must be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3), have an operating history of at least 2 years, a minimum of 5 board members, and a minimum of 2 board meetings between October 2024 and April 2025. Please email with any questions about the session.


Ross Events:

DEI: Ross DEI Research Awards
Mon, Apr. 29 @ 3-4:30 pm
Ross School of Business

CPO: Positive Business Conference
Thurs, May 9
Michigan Ross and Online

Map Your U-M Journey: A Platform for Impact Across Campus

The Business+Impact Map Your U-M Journey ( provides you with a single location for all things impact at Ross and across campus. 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.

Start Here

Impact News and Notes

Critics are passing anti-DEI laws. We have to fight back. | Opinion – featuring Kevin Cokley

Patricia Gruits, B.S. Arch ’04, M.Arch ’06, is Doing More with Purpose-Driven Architecture

Detroit residents’ trust in police is shaped by history of police contact

Detroit’s economic picture expected to brighten on multiple fronts over next 5 years, U-M report finds

Home repair program, designed to help 1,000 Detroiters, has 14,000 residents on waitlist

Earl Lewis celebrated at Ford School for receiving National Humanities Medal

Business leader Kai Bowman helps Detroit entrepreneurs rise

Treasury secretary visits Michigan Central Station during Detroit trip, touts economic gains

Once-vibrant Chaldean Town may become future solar farm

Alum Leona Medley sees a greener future and with the Joe Louis Greenway Partnership

Activists tap a sweet Indigenous tradition to connect youth of color in Detroit with the outdoors – featuring Sakara Tyler

Colleges Got Comfortable Talking About Privilege. Now It’s Being Scrutinized – featuring Charles H.F. Davis III

Solar-Powered Farming Is Quickly Depleting the World’s Groundwater Supply – featuring Meha Jain

Are Great Lakes cities ready for climate migrants? – featuring Derek Van Berkel

MBA Students Unite at Michigan Ross To Address Climate Change at the 2024 ClimateCAP Summit

How to make a global impact from home

Michigan poverty map identifies education, food, housing needs

Wallenberg Fellow encourages sociocultural awakening in Brazil

Uncovering Racial Disparities in Washtenaw’s Legal System – from Poverty Solutions

New Michigan poverty map identifies needs related to education, food insecurity, affordable housing

Poverty Solutions workshop generates novel solutions for addressing Michigan’s debt collection crisis

Community force: How holistic program is changing Detroit one toddler at a time

How URC is creating a sustainable tomorrow in learning spaces today

U-M ‘catalyst grants’ address climate resilience, sustainability

U-M researchers open new leads in anti-HIV drug development, using a compound found in nature

At the University:


Katherine Kayhoe: New Climate Solutions and Galvanizing for Action

Wednesday, April 24 @ 5:00 p.m.
Rackham Auditorium

The 22nd Peter M. Wege Lecture welcomes climate activist Katherine Hayhoe for a solutions-oriented talk about what people can do to have the biggest impact in their communities. In this critical election year, when every decision is a climate decision, Hayhoe will discuss what’s new in climate action and climate science—and offer viable solutions that everyone across the political spectrum can support and adopt at the local and national levels.

Register Here


2024 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award

Applications Due
Fri, April 26

The Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, named after Dean Emeritus of the School of Social Work, was established in 1996 to recognize faculty whose service goes above and beyond their regular duties and contributes to the development of a culturally and ethnically diverse campus community. Nominations will be accepted for all full-time tenured, tenure-track, research track, and clinical faculty on the Ann Arbor campus (including librarians, curators, and archivists). Nominations can be made by faculty, staff, and students, and must include a nomination letter, which should not exceed 2,000 words.

Nominate Here


Ginsberg Center Service Cords

Apply Now

All graduating students!  The purpose of these cords is to recognize students at graduation that have — through direct service, activism and advocacy, or other forms of civic engagement — helped address or make positive change around a specific social issue in partnership with economically or socially marginalized communities beyond campus.

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CEW+ Scholarships

Apply by Tues, May 7

The CEW+ Scholarship Program, which today serves women and underserved students, was established in 1970 to honor the academic performance and potential of women whose education has been interrupted and to commemorate the one-hundredth anniversary of the admission of women to the University of Michigan.  With support from our generous donors, CEW+ was able to expand the program in 2008 to include additional scholarships for students of all genders. Please check eligibility.

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Multicultural Design + Inclusive Spaces Summit

May 14-16
Michigan Union

University of Michigan Student Life is hosting a multicultural design and inclusive space summit inviting individuals from across the country and various disciplines and fields to our campus who are focused on creating, managing, and designing inclusive communities. The Summit will highlight the unique inclusive spaces, design, and storytelling at the University of Michigan and bring national leaders together to discuss best practices for design, management, and institutional structures to support inclusive spaces and create strategic plans for future inclusive space plans.

Info and Registration


Public Humanities Internship Program

Applications Due
Fri, May 17

Now in its fourth year, the Public Humanities Internship is a paid internship program that provides 8 selected undergraduate students at the University of Michigan with the unique opportunity to participate in the life of the Institute for the Humanities. Interns, under the direction of the assistant director for undergraduate student engagement & marketing, interact with faculty, curators, staff, visiting artists, and other members of our community to explore humanities topics and ideas. They then turn those conversations into humanities-related programs and events geared toward undergraduate students. Interns work 7-10 hours/week and are paid $18/hour.

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Anti-Racism Grants

Applications Due
Mon, June 3 @ 5 pm

In 2021 the OVPR Anti-Racism Grants program was created to catalyze innovative research and scholarship efforts and advance knowledge around complex societal racial inequalities that can inform actions to achieve equity and justice. These grants were developed in partnership with the Provost’s Anti-Racism Initiative, and are jointly administered and advanced in partnership with the National Center for Institutional Diversity’s Anti-Racism Collaborative. For each program cycle, OVPR will provide funding for up to seven proposals – five at level 1 up to $50K and two at level 2 up to $100K.

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Disco Summit 2024

June 14-15
Weiser Center

The DISCO Summit is a two-day interdisciplinary summer symposium about digital social inequalities in celebration of the third year of the DISCO Network. The DISCO Network is a collaborative, intergenerational group of scholars dedicated to envisioning a new anti-racist and anti-ableist digital future. This summit is free and open to the public and has an online option in addition to the in-person event.

Register by May 14

In the Impact Community:

Racial Justice at Work Summit

April 23-25
Virtual Summit

Justice for all is not just a pledge. It’s a vision. It’s a commitment. It’s action. The Second Annual Racial Justice at Work Summit is exploring who we need to be, what we need to know, and what we need to do to make justice for all a reality. Tickets are $799.

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Climate Leadership Conference

May 21-23
Cleveland, OH

The annual Climate Leadership Conference (CLC) and Awards (CLAs) is North America’s premier event dedicated to uplifting climate leadership and addressing the climate crisis through policy, innovation, and business solutions.

Hosted by The Climate Registry (TCR), the conference brings together forward-thinking leaders from business, government, academia, and the non-profit community to explore energy and climate solutions and opportunities, and to showcase climate leadership.

Info and Registration

Centering Justice

Wed, April 17 @ Noon
Wed, May 15 @ Noon
Fri, June 28 @ 10 am

Centering Justice (CJ) is a virtual space to find and share inspiration for racial justice and liberation. Here, we celebrate people, stories, and ideas to spur community-centered action. We uplift BIPOC leaders who are already dreaming, healing, reflecting, and moving us forward. CJ is a space to hear, learn, practice, play. It’s a space to explore ourselves, our work in nonprofits and social change. And a place to rediscover the skills and wisdom we need to transform into the future we want, together.

More Info & Registration

Public Allies

Apply Now

Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the U of M-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. The program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and the Community Service and Michigan Community Service Commission. Apply now for fall opportunities.

Application Info

D-Prize Startup Grant

Apply Now

Can you design a new business or NGO that delivers a proven poverty intervention at scale? Submit your design for a new organization that solves one of our Distribution Challenges below. We will award the most promising teams with up to $20,000 USD to launch their new organization wherever extreme poverty exists. Subject areas include Health, Water, Education, Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Public Services.

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Register by
Sat, June 1

Listen4Good was created in 2016 by Fund for Shared Insight as a part of its effort to promote high-quality listening and equity-driven feedback practices across the social sector. Register to participate in Listen4Good Premium or Listen4Good Online+. Organizations can participate in one of two Listen4Good cohorts annually.  The deadlines to register are June 1 and December 1 every year. Cohorts begin every July and January, respectively.

Register Here