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February 2024 Newsletter

A Panel on Nonprofit Boards and Communities: Mar. 6

“Trends and Innovations in Fundraising”

Wed, Mar 6 @ 5:30-7 pm
Ross School of Business, R2210

We welcome you to a dynamic panel discussion on the latest trends and innovations in fundraising. Local leaders will share their insights on tech advancements in strategy, the influence of social media on donor outreach, equitable community fundraising initiatives, and novel tactics for donor retention and engagement. Panelists will be announced soon. Ideal for students, nonprofit professionals, and social entrepreneurs, this event will provide a glimpse into the future of non-profit fundraising. Dinner will be served.


Ross DEI Research Awards Program

The Ross Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in collaboration with the Dean’s Office and the Ross Faculty and Staff DEI committees, is pleased to announce the third annual Ross DEI Awards. The awards will be presented at the Annual DEI Awards event on April 29, 2024. Nominations are now being accepted for: Faculty Research Award ($5000), PhD Student Research Award ($3000), BBA Senior Thesis Award ($1000), J. Frank Yates Diversity and Inclusion Teaching Excellence Award ($5000), and Ross Staff DEI Impact Award ($3000). Click individual links above to learn more and submit nominations for each by March 1, 2024.


B+I in the News

Check out highlights from our Faculty Director Jerry Davis, the new ESG Concentration at Ross, and our recent adoption of the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project.


Ross Events:

Ross: Women, the Workforce and the MBA
Mon, Mar. 18
Virtual Session

CPO: Positive for Whom?
Tues, Mar. 19 @ 11 am
Virtual Session

Map Your U-M Journey: A Fresh New 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.


Impact News and Notes

U-M leads project to find eco-friendly control over ice and snow

The West’s scorching heat and festering water crisis are part of new problem, study says – featuring Jonathan Overpeck

Poverty Solutions at U-M grows partnerships in poverty alleviation in 2023

Off-road autonomy: U-M’s Automotive Research Center funded with $100 million through 2028

More EV problems: This time Chrysler Pacifica under recall investigation after fires – featuring Greg Less

Biological Station’s snowpack sensors help study changing winters

Scholars worry Haley and Ramaswamy’s race-blindness helps GOP advance “white supremacist worldview” – featuring Vincent Huchings

Issues of the Environment: Improving home and community sustainability efforts in Washtenaw County – featuring Shelie Miller

Kristen Padavic, B.S. Arch ’98, Draws Connections in Urban Land Use and Veggie Express bridges the distance from urban farms to consumers

Catalyst grants address climate resilience and sustainability

Frigid weather can cut electric vehicle range and make charging tough. Here’s what you need to know – featuring Neil Dasgupta

Climate change alters where forests grow the best – featuring Kai Zhu

Michigan Ross Announces New ESG Concentration for Full-Time MBA Students

Faculty members, school, advocacy groups to be honored for DEI

Some low-income kids will get more food stamps this summer. But not in these states – featuring Luke Shaefer

The Center for Positive Organizations announces “The Robert E. Quinn Award for Positive Change”

Electric vs. gasoline vehicles: Is EV ownership competitive in your area?

Finalists selected for Michigan Health Equity Challenge


Meagan Dunn (BA ’03)

Meagan Dunn is the executive director of Covenant House Michigan, having served in that position since July 2022. Part of an international organization, Covenant House serves homeless young adults aged 18 to 24, some of whom have been victims of human trafficking. Dunn has had a long career in public service, including having worked for three former Detroit mayors. The Detroit native and current resident of the city has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master of business administration degree from Michigan State University.


At the University:


+Impact Studio’s Affirmative Wins the Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track

We’re excited to share that the winner of the 2024 MBC – Seigle Impact Track is Affirmative – (Sasha Kolodkin, MBA,MSI ’24). The venture won the finals on Fri, Feb. 9 and received $15,000 in prize money. Affirmative was begun as a student venture in the +Impact Studio, and is focused on providing planning for US-based users seeking medical care requiring domestic or international travel. The runner up was NeoNest, which won $7,500.


Black History Month Events

All of February

The focus of Black History programming this year is empowering and uplifting the rich culture, creativity, and impactful contributions of Black folks within the diaspora. Our theme, “Empowering Generations: Past, Present, Future” is inspired by the importance of innovative artistic expression echoed throughout generations.

Check out the Schedule


Leadership Positions Available

Apply Now

The UM Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP) and the Student Sustainability Coalition (SSC) are now hiring for the 2024/25 Leadership Team! Student Life Sustainability connects students to practice sustainable leadership and partner with staff. We work with a team of over 60 paid student leaders to advance sustainability and social justice on UM’s campus. We are currently hiring students to lead the Student Sustainability Coalition and the UM Sustainable Food Program for the 2024-25 academic year. Undergraduate and graduate students of any age or academic specialization are encouraged to apply. Pay starts at $17.50/hour for all roles.

Apply Now


Participate in WSW

Apply Now

The Winter 2024 Group sign-up form is now open! The group is scheduled for the full semester at your convenience, so be sure to select the times for which you’re available. All undergraduate groups will meet in person this Winter 2024 semester. Most graduate groups will meet in-person, and based on availability there will potentially be some groups that meet virtually through Zoom.

Apply Now


Foundations of Community Engagement

Wed, Feb 21
Fri, Mar 8
Thurs, Mar 14
Tues, Mar 19

The Ginsberg Center offers multiple workshops to support students and staff who are working with communities through courses, student organizations, or independently. Learning in Community (LinC) is an educational workshop and training series focused on supporting those interested in community engagement, social justice, democratic engagement, advocacy, activism, and philanthropy.

Register for Sessions


Social Work Events

The School of Social Work hosts a diverse array of timely, meaningful events that engage students, community, and public policy leaders.

Building Power: Resistance Against Political Injustice – Feb 23

Advances in Child Maltreatment Prevention Lecture – Mar 13


42nd Annual WCTF Career Conference

Fri, Mar. 1, @ 9 am – 4 pm
Michigan Union

The Women of Color Task Force is excited to host its 42nd annual Career Conference on March 1, 2024. This year as we return to campus, the conference will be a hybrid event held at the Michigan Union with in-person and virtual sessions. All U-M staff, faculty, students, and the public, regardless of gender or ethnicity, are invited to attend this inclusive professional development event.

More Info


Engage Detroit Workshops Funding

Applications Due
Sun, Mar. 3

Proposals are being sought for the 2024 Engage Detroit Workshops grant program that supports new workshops or speaker series on a topic connecting the University of Michigan with Detroit communities. The program is preparing for its third year and building on previous years’ success. Applicants are asked to identify a theme for their proposed event or events that are relevant to Detroit constituencies.

Apply by Mar. 3


2024 Paid Fellowship Applications

Applications due
Wed, Mar. 6

Applications for four CEW+ fellowships are now open. Fellowship funds for the current application can be awarded in Winter 2024, Spring/Summer 2024, or Fall 2024. Applications must meet student-designed research that is tied to degree requirements and focused on issues of importance to women, and must involve travel abroad for students in public health, environmental health, or another health-related field. Most CEW+ Fellowships range between $2,000 and $5,000.

Apply Now


James A. Kelly Learning Lever Prize

Propose by Sun, Mar. 10

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.

More Info


Shattering Glass Ceilings: Empowering Women in Leadership

Tues, Mar. 12 @ Noon
1680 SPH (Paul Cornely Community Rm)
1415 Washington Heights

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join us to celebrate and reflect on women in the workplace. We’ll enjoy a panel discussion from women in School of Public Health leadership positions.

More Info & Registration


Semester in Detroit

Final App due Fri, Mar 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.

Apply Now


2024 Global Case Writing Competitions

Final Submission Documents Due
in mid-March and mid-April

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!  Applications due March 15.

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. Applications due April 12.

In the Impact Community:

Director of Clean Energy Finance

Apply Now

Public Sector Consultants is hiring a director of clean energy finance to join our energy and environment team. The ideal candidate will have a background in designing and implementing financing programs, preferably in the clean energy sector. As the director, you will provide thought leadership in clean energy financing and policy, cultivate relationships with other organizations working in this domain, and lead green bank development in other states.

Apply Now

34th Annual Great Lakes Day

Tues, Feb. 27 @ 9 am – 3 pm
Via Zoom

Please join us for the 34th annual Great Lakes Conference: Celebrating Science and Water. This conference will feature presentations on emerging issues such as PFAS and Coastal Resiliency in the Great Lakes; and share research about the fascinating species we find in our Great Lakes — and the challenges marine debris brings. This event is free, but registration is required.

Register Here

Clinton Global Initiative Fellowship

Apply Now

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Fellowship will engage a curated cohort of emerging entrepreneurs, providing critical tools and guidance as they build and implement programs that address urgent global challenges.

Apply Now

United Way Women’s Events

Women of Influence
Fri, Mar. 8 @ 8 – 11 am
Motor City Casino, Detroit

Power of the Purse
Wed, Mar. 20 @ 5:30 – 7 pm
Morris Lawrence Building
Washtenaw Community College

Celebrate Women’s Day (March 8) at Motor City Casino for a fundraiser for early childhood education.

Or, participate in the famous purse auction and enjoy food, drinks and fun on March 20th and also celebrate the 2024 Washtenaw Woman of the Year, Michigan Medicine Director of Community Health Services, Alfreda Rooks!

Learn more about Women of Influence

Learn more about Power of the Purse

Circular Plastics Challenge

Submit Now until March 29

Net Impact’s Circular Plastics Challenge needs innovative leaders like you to imagine how we can craft a truly circular economy! Industry-leading companies are eager for fresh, out-of-the-box thinking to push the plastics industry to become more circular, at scale. In an effort towards making progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption, Net Impact’s Circular Plastics Challenge calls upon innovators, systems-thinkers, and practitioners from all walks of life and levels of study to consider, “How might we increase the supply of rPET to create a more circular economy for plastics?”

Submit Here