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December 2023 Newsletter

“Idea Day” with Our Donors and Friends!

On Friday, December 1, representatives from Applebaum Family Philanthropy, Applebaum Ventures, and four expert advisors visited the +Impact Studio to take part in “Idea Day.” Their visit aimed to cultivate a learning opportunity for UM students in the +Impact Studio Founders and Applebaum Impact Design Fellows programs to incubate their social impact ideas. Applebaum Family Philanthropy, as a key sponsor, plays a vital role in supporting the activities within the +Impact Studio Design Lab.




DNEP Holiday Market

Fri, Dec. 15 @ 3-8 pm
Jam Handy
2900 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit

Shop from a variety of local minority-owned businesses, including apparel, food, jewelry, artisans, and more at DNEP’s Holiday Market!  Support local Detroit Businesses while finding unique gifts for this holiday season. DNEP’s Holiday Market provides affordable, indoor market space for innovative Detroit micro-businesses who don’t yet have brick and mortar locations.



DNEP Winter Courses

Are you a student interested in entrepreneurship or  social impact? Take a Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) course in the Winter 2024 semester! You’ll partner with Detroit small businesses on business problems and gain real world consulting experience. Classes collaborating with the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project span several U-M schools including the Ross School of Business, Law School, Stamps School of Art & Design, Ford School of Public Policy, and the College of Engineering. Each course gives students real-world experiences collaborating with small business clients and provides entrepreneurs with free assistance—whether that’s a marketing campaign, legal help, a new logo, or something else.

Impact News and Notes

Study focuses on decarbonizing light-duty transportation

Guns rights and domestic violence protections collide at US Supreme Court – featuring Eve Brensike Primus

Metro Detroit is quietly becoming a hub for artificial intelligence inventions – featuring Alan Taub

Experimental encyclopedia puts the world at a 5-year-old’s fingertips

Major US climate disasters occur every three weeks, report finds – featuring Kyle Whyte

Community-based collaborative to improve birth outcomes for Detroit Latinas

Small Businesses Impacting Growth of Detroit Economy

Detroit’s Black-led food co-op is set to open in 2024

Partner Profile: Eastside Community Network brings 40 years of progress

$3M NSF grant to boost state-of-the-art solar manufacturing

This federal program that helps 2 in 5 babies may have to turn away families if Congress doesn’t act – featuring Noura Insolera

Plastic or paper? The truth about drinking straws – featuring Shelie Miller

Turning empty Michigan offices into housing is trickier than it seems – featuring Bill Bubniak

At Ross:


2024 Global Case Writing Competitions

Info Webinar: Dec. 13 @ 10 am ET
Intent to Enter Due: Jan. 31

DEI Global Case Writing Competition – WDI Publishing and U-M’s Ross School of Business have launched the 2024 DEI Global Case Writing Competition, the fourth consecutive year for the contest, which includes cash prizes for top three finishers. The competition is an opportunity to shape the academic conversation and improve diversity, equity and inclusion within businesses.

2024 Health Tech Global Case Writing Competition – WDI Publishing on the lookout for academic business case studies highlighting innovative products or services that have transformed healthcare outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. The COVID-19 pandemic spurred a wave of advancements, from telehealth to efficient vaccine distribution. Join the competition, share your insights, and stand a chance to win cash prizes!


Diversity Week Proposals

Application Due
Fri, Dec. 15

Ross’ annual Diversity Week will take place January 29th-February 2nd, 2024! Diversity Week comes to life through events Ross organizations (e.g. clubs, centers, etc.) curate and collective participation from our MBA community. Diversity Week’s 2023 Theme is “Beyond Barriers: Bridging Perspectives and Fostering Belonging.” We are calling for event proposals and volunteers. We look forward to your club’s participation this year!

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At the University:


Addressing Bias in the Workplace

Mon, Dec. 18 @ 1-3 pm
LSA Building, Rm. 2001

Using case studies and through facilitated discussions, participants in this session will discuss and apply techniques to combat microaggressions, consider examples of institutional bias, and identify methods to receive feedback.

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Research Assistant Opportunities

Application Due:
Fri, Dec. 22 @ Midnight

The University of Michigan President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (PACLSHR)  is now soliciting applications from students interested in working on a research project related to sustainable food procurement by Michigan Dining. This project will focus on researching certifications and programs related to food procurement and identify the hurdles or reasons for or against participation.

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Anti-Racist Digital Research Grants

Apply by Fri, Dec. 22

The Anti-Racist Digital Research Institute is a mini-grant program and week-long institute to help up to 6 scholars or teams take an idea for a project and develop a proposal and project plan.
Project ideas can take a broad range of forms, from collecting community interviews to providing access to data in interesting ways, such as digital maps or collections. Scholars with collaborative, multi-generational, or community-centered research ideas are highly encouraged to apply. The institute will take place May 6-10, 2024 at the Ann Arbor campus.

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James A. Kelly Learning Lever Prize

Propose Now

The James A. Kelly Learning Lever Prize is a competition designed to challenge University of Michigan students to invent digital tools with the potential to significantly improve student learning. This prize encourages a culture of innovation in education, and rewards the creative, interdisciplinary work of University of Michigan students.

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Semester in Detroit

Early App due Tues, Jan. 9
Final App due Wed, Jan 31

Semester in Detroit accepts undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, UM-Flint and Grand Valley State University. All students, from First years to Seniors or Super Seniors are eligible to apply. Applicants should have a strong interest in the city of Detroit and in questioning dominant narratives; engaging with challenging new perspectives on contemporary issues; and building community with one another, SiD faculty and staff, and community members at internship sites and beyond.

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MLK Symposium

Begins Mon, Jan. 15

The life, legacy, scholarship, and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. provide us with powerful wisdom and a profound call to action. The 2024 MLK Symposium will examine ways to “transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony.” Michelle Alexander, legal scholar, social justice advocate, columnist at The New York Times and visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary, will deliver the memorial keynote lecture at 10 a.m. Jan. 15, 2024, at Hill Auditorium. It also will be livestreamed.

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Inclusive History Project Teaching Fund

Applications Due:
Fri, Jan. 19 @ 11:59 pm

As part of its mission to produce an inclusive and wide-ranging history of the University of Michigan, the Inclusive History Project (IHP) seeks to fund compelling, innovative undergraduate and graduate teaching that advances both the creation and dissemination of knowledge about the university’s past with regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Funding is designed to support the efforts of instructional faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in classrooms across our campuses.

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Firearm Injury Prevention Internship

Apply by: Sun, Feb. 11

The Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention is pleased to announce 5 paid internship positions for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students for the summer of 2024. The internships are designed for University of Michigan students interested in firearm injury prevention research  experiences. Interns will be matched with a mentor from the University of Michigan Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention. Each selected applicant will be provided a stipend of $1,900 per month for three months (for a minimum of 318 hours).

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In the Impact Community:


Department of Energy 48C Student Reviewers

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Student reviewers are needed by the US Department of Energy to handle the process of awarding funding under the 48C program that seeks to increase domestic production of critical clean energy products and materials. Reviewers will do their work in January 2024, super-reviewers will do their work late in January and into February 2024. For student reviewers, this compensated activity can also provide meaningful financial support for a January experience, in the range of $5,000-$10,000 if they evaluate 15-20 applications. please send an email with your name, area(s) of expertise and a brief summary of expertise to, or please register on 48C Credit Program: Funding Opportunity Exchange as a reviewer.

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Manistique Community Treehouse Internship

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Manistique Community Treehouse Center is a Detroit-based organization that supports the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood with programs for young people, disabled people, and the general community. They have recently opened a “solar training house,” which will offer young people training to implement solar technology as a career path. The organization director, Tammy Black, is looking for some support in publicizing this opportunity; she’s looking specifically for an intern who could do outreach within Detroit Public Schools. I’ve attached a handout with a bit more info about the program. Info about MCTC’s work can be found here. To apply, send to the email link below.

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Volunteer for VITA and Help Others with Tax Returns

Training in December

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.

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MBark 2 Boulder

Jan. 3-6
Boulder, CO

Academic institutions are only now beginning to provide instruction in relevant disciplines such as authentic leadership and sustainability.  Meanwhile, natural foods companies have seldom recruited MBA students, so many of the best management practices, analytical tools, growth strategies, and latest research on organizational development are simply not present in the ranks of their leadership. MBArk was created to bridge that gap, bringing the “hearts” of natural foods together with the “smarts” of business education.

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