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January 2024 Newsletter

ESG Workshop Series

ESG Data Workshop for Erb Undergraduate Fellows
Tues, Jan. 16 @ 4-6 pm
K3506 Maker Space

Net Impact Symposium: ESG Data Mini-Workshop
Fri, Jan. 19 @ 3-4:30 pm
Location TBA

Nearly all major corporations release ESG reports, and global ESG (environmental, social, governance) assets under management are projected to pass $50 trillion in 2025. Some see ESG data as an essential tool to guide corporations toward positive social impact. Yet the investment strategy has become controversial, and some states have banned the use of ESG standards for government funds. What is ESG, how can I get and use ESG data, and why is a seemingly niche investment strategy suddenly so political? Students can learn more at one of these two upcoming workshops.



+Impact Studio Course Kicks Off

The +Impact Studio course (BA670) met for the first time this Winter on Wednesday January 10th, and welcomed nearly 50 students. Taught by Jerry Davis and Cat Johnson, and attended by grad students from eight schools and colleges across campus, the Winter 2024 students will design models of equitable enterprise for the green energy transition in Detroit.


Podcast: The Genesis of ESG–An Insider’s Look

In the latest episode of Social Impact Design for Business, Jerry Davis of Michigan Ross’ +Impact Studio interviews Neil Hawkins, CEO and president of the World Environment Center and Executive-in-Residence for Business+Impact. Neil discusses his integration of environmental and social considerations within the core of the Dow’s business strategy and reporting, and his front row seat to the genesis of ESG.

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Video: Let’s Lead Boldly

A new BBC-produced video for the AACSB accrediting agency for business schools features the +Impact Studio at Michigan Ross and Imperial College London in a story about how students can dream of solutions to address some of society’s biggest challenges. Our alumni founder, Jarrad Henderson discusses the genesis of his business, Pop-up Docs. Pop-up Docs’ mission is to strengthen the visual journalism diversity pipeline by bringing resources to the front doors of creative but underserved populations.

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Ross Events:

DEI: Community Conversation
Wed, Jan. 17 @ Noon
Tauber Colloquium

Sanger: Leadership Crisis Challenge
Jan 25-26
Ross School of Business

DEI: Intersection of Racial and Environmental Justice

Wed, Jan. 31 @ 2:30 pm
Ross School of Business

CPO: Jerks Die Alone
Wed, Feb. 7 @ 1 pm ET
Online 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.



Impact News and Notes

U-M program to boost Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project

Center for Social Solutions Co-Produces ‘The Cost of Inheritance’

Developing youth leadership to end youth homelessness

DMACS is the reliable source for timely and relevant public opinion data in a changing Detroit

2 members resign from Detroit’s Reparations Task Force – featuring Sam Stragand

Piloting guaranteed income in U-M’s backyard

Self-driving shuttles bound for Detroit enter testing phase

How the Clean Energy Win in Michigan Provides a Roadmap for Other States

‘Back home in Detroit’: $250M University of Michigan Center for Innovation breaks ground



Brittany Ribeiro Brown on Health Outcomes in Marginalized Communities

Detroit developer wants to bring more housing to her old neighborhood

U-M startup blends art, stories to help health care workers

The Politics of Black Hair – featuring Kevin Cokley

Graduates urged to offer ‘defiant humanism’ in troubled times

The Perception of Suburban Schools as White and Wealthy Needs to Change, Researchers Say – featuring Karyn Lacy

Exonerated: Freeing the wrongly accused from prison

LEAPS bachelor’s degree targets problem‑solvers, learning leaders

Decade-Long Study Reveals Dam Removal’s Effect on River Ecosystem in Northern Michigan

At the University:


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium

Begins Mon, Jan. 15

Beginning with a Keynote Memorial Lecture by Michelle Alexander, this weeks-long symposium includes concerts, lectures, and panel discussions on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Check out the Schedule



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


Semester in Detroit

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.

Apply Now


2024 Global Case Writing Competitions

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!



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).

Apply Now



Foundations of Community Engagement

Wed, Jan 17 @ 6 pm
Fri, Jan. 26 @ Noon
Thurs, Feb. 1 @ 4:30 pm
Tues, Feb. 6 @ 6 pm
Mon, Feb. 12 @ Noon
Fri, Feb. 16 @ Noon

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



Policy Events

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

MLK Day lecture – Montgomery, AL, Mayor Steven Reed – Jan 16,

Slavery and the U.S. Catholic Church: Confronting History and the Case for Reparations – Jan 18



Social Work Events

National Day of Racial Healing Dinner – Jan 16

Practicing Cultural Humility in Working with the South Asian Community – Jan 26

Competent Social Work Practice in the Context of Anti-Trans Policy, Legislation, and Rhetoric – Feb 9



In the Impact Community:

Centering Justice

Wed, Jan 24 @ Noon
Wed, Feb. 14 @ Noon

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. We address entangled social justice issues and the complexities of intersectionality. And we offer calls to action that turn us towards systemic change, together. resilience.



Michigan Gun Violence Prevention Summit

Mon, Jan. 29 @ 10 am – 3:30 pm

Michigan has passed an astounding amount of gun violence prevention legislation in 2023: universal background checks, extreme risk protection orders, safe storage, and protections for domestic violence survivors. Now, the hard work of implementing those laws begins. To this end, we will convene practitioners in several fields, including law enforcement, education, youth & youth workers, local government, domestic violence, suicide prevention, academia, social services, community violence intervention, health care, and community organizing groups.

Register Now


Wind Investment Awards

Applications due
Fri, Feb. 9

The 5th annual Wind Investment awards celebrates best practices in the wind and wider renewable energy industry as we transition to a zero-subsidy future. If you are involved in the renewable energy sector or have invested in wind projects, this is the platform to showcase your success and gain industry-wide recognition.

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MFF  Emerging Talent Program

Apply by Feb. 11

The Michigan Founders Fund 2024 Emerging Talent Program application is live! Students from URMs can access career development opportunities and potentially secure a summer internship at an innovative Michigan start-up.

Learn More


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