January 2024 Newsletter
ESG Workshop Series
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 NEWS
+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.
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.
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.
DEI: Community Conversation
Sanger: Leadership Crisis Challenge
DEI: Intersection of Racial and Environmental Justice
Wed, Jan. 31 @ 2:30 pm
Ross School of Business
CPO: Jerks Die Alone
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
2 members resign from Detroit’s Reparations Task Force – featuring Sam Stragand
The Politics of Black Hair – featuring Kevin Cokley
The Perception of Suburban Schools as White and Wealthy Needs to Change, Researchers Say – featuring Karyn Lacy
At the University:
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.
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.
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.
WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE
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!
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).
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.
The Ford School hosts a diverse array of timely, meaningful events that engage students, community, and public policy leaders.
Social Work Events
In the Impact Community:
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 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.
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.
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.
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?”
Each summer, Business+Impact awards competitive grants for summer internships to MBAs and BBA juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as MPP students in the Ford School of Public Policy.
The application for these monetary awards has a first deadline of Thurs, Mar. 7, and a final deadline of Thurs, Apr. 18. Award decisions will be based on the level of need (taking into account other funding being received), consideration of the position, the organization’s impact, and the quality of the application.
Join us for the first annual Impact Career Symposium on January 18th and 19th in Blau Colloquium, hosted by Net Impact @ Ross and in partnership with Business Leaders for Diverse Abilities (BLDA), Human Capital Club (HCC), and Business+Impact. This event will feature a networking dinner, coffee chats, mock interviews, interactive skill-building workshops, and speakers from companies such as General Motors, Meta, JP Morgan, Camber Collective, Opportunity International, and a talk by Karen Johns (CEO of Net Impact)! We hope to see you there!