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March 2024 Newsletter

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 BBA juniors 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

ALSO make note of the following list of paid fellowships and internships offered through the University of Michigan this coming summer:

Poverty Solutions Internship
Apply by Fri, Mar 15

Erb Institute Internship fund
 | Guidelines

Zell Lurie Institute Internships

Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship

+Impact Studio Alumnus Gains Momentum in Ross’ Michigan Business Challenge

In a resounding victory, Sasha Rodriguez Kolodkin+Impact Studio Founder Alum and the CEO of Affirmative, alongside Matt Liu, co-founder and head of product, and their team at Affirmative won first place in the 2024 Michigan Business Challenge — Seigle Impact track.

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2023-24 Board Fellows Learn by Experience

The 2023-24 Board Fellowship Program is the 24th year of this UM-wide program. Students from RossFordSchool of Social WorkPublic Health, and other programs developed project management and executive skills as board members of nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan. We interviewed current board fellows, Brett Martino, Aruj Parajuli, Sam Stead and Devon Thompson to learn a bit more about their personal experiences with the program.


Ross Events:

Ross: Ross Climate Week
Mar. 18-26
Ross School of Business

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

Ross Alumni: Future of the Electric Vehicle Market
Thurs, Mar. 21 @ 5 pm
Chicago, IL

Ross Admissions: Ask Me Anything: LGBTQ+
Wed, Apr. 3 @ 7 pm
Virtual Session

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.


Impact News and Notes

Created Equal: Flint’s Rx Kids program aims to abolish childhood poverty – featuring Luke Shaefer

First 3D-printed home in the Midwest celebrated in Detroit ribbon cutting – featuring Sam Stragand

Urine-to-fertilizer effort part of NSF Regional Innovation Engine

Urban-grown food’s carbon footprint 6 times larger than typical produce

Angela S. García presents on CityKey in Ford School workshop

Across America, clean energy plants are being banned faster than they’re being built – featuring Sarah Mills

Poverty Solutions Reduces the risk of child lead poisoning in Detroit

Legacy in land: Protecting rare fens, century farms and other natural habitats in Michigan

This Is What You Need to Know about Lead and Your Health – featuring Olivia Halabicky

Positivity in the face of climate change

Why work is so miserable in America – featuring Elizabeth Anderson

The Cost of a Mango in January – featuring Alexa White

Annual fact sheet tracks Ann Arbor campus sustainability

Nearly 15% of Americans don’t believe climate change is real, study finds – featuring Joshua Newell

Survey Continues to Show Diverging Realities of Americans – featuring Jerry Davis

U-M study looks at racial disparities in schools during COVID

At the University:


Foundations of Community Engagement

Thurs, Mar 14
Tues, Mar 19
Thurs, Mar. 28

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


Who’s Your Neighbor with Robin M. Wilson of Vesey Lane Goods

Sat, Mar. 16 @ 1-4 pm
Equity Alliance
6602 Walton St., Detroit

Join us for the Who’s Your Neighbor Workshop #5 with special guest Robin M. Wilson for a dialogue that is sparked by the art of collage. Robin M. Wilson is an artist, activist, and educator. Join Wilson as she explores artistry and facilitates a space for creative thought and expression. Bring an open mind to explore the fabric of community. Refreshments and parking validations will be provided.

Register here


Zero Waste Challenge

Mar. 17-23
University of Michigan

EcoUM in partnership with is hosting a challenge to learn how to live a lifestyle that doesn’t create waste and supports the circular economy (repair, refill, reuse). Sign up for the challenge, as everyone who signs up will be entered into a drawing for prizes from local businesses and get daily emails with tips that will teach you, step-by-step, how to produce less waste. There will also be panel discussions, events, and opportunities to get involved in systemic work to make our campus as zero waste as possible.

Join the Challenge



Apply by Tues, Mar. 19

Magnify is an action learning program immersed in the science and practice of thriving at work. This six-credit, seven-week program offers students a chance to learn about research on one day and apply it the next. Magnify offers a robust classroom learning experience coupled with the opportunity to experience thriving at work as it comes to life outside of the classroom in business and work settings. Magnify is open to all U-M undergraduate students.

Learn More and Apply


Eye on Detroit Panel: Women in the Automotive Industry

Wed, Mar. 20 @ 6 – 8 pm
UM Detroit Center
3663 Woodward Ave, #150, Detroit

This Women’s History Month, save your seat for an Eye on Detroit discussion panel about women in the automotive industry. If you are interested in looking through the lens of Detroit women’s history, then reserve your seat today. Refreshments and parking will be included with registration.

Register Here


OAMI 35th Anniversary Event

Thurs, Mar. 21 @ 10 am – 2:30 pm
Michigan League Ballroom

Join leaders of the University of Michigan academic success and student service units as they discuss lessons learned in delivering student services and the impact of existing and emerging technology. Hear from a panel of current students as they share their experiences and perspectives of the opportunities and challenges pertaining to student success and the elements of services most important in creating effective and comprehensive support to meet the needs of diverse student populations.

Register Here


Mini-Symposium: “Understanding Biodiversity in a Changing Planet”

Thurs, Mar. 21-22, @ 9 am – 4 pm
Palmer Commons & Michigan League

Climate change has led to unprecedented challenges in biodiversity, making it crucial to leverage innovative data science methods for deeper insights into the changing biodiversity. The mini-symposium will provide a unique platform for researchers from diverse backgrounds to come together and delve into the significant role that data science plays in understanding and conserving biodiversity during climate change.

Register Here


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


Student Grant Showcase

Thurs, Apr. 4 @ 10 am – 12:30 pm
Michigan Union, Pendelton Room

Are you curious about student-led community-engaged work happening at the University of Michigan? Interested in learning about ways to engage with communities more equitably? Come join the Ginsberg Center to celebrate and showcase the amazing work of our student grant recipients. Funded initiatives this year include organizations such as Washtenaw Rock Stars, The Dot Org, The Pearl Project, Students of Color at Rackham, BLUElab Metro, Rotaract Michigan, M-Heal, Lunar Doula Support Network, and more!

Register Here


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:

Mission-Driven Meetup

Thurs, Mar. 21 @ 4 pm
NEW Center
1100 N. Main. St., Ann Arbor

Come kick it with your friends at NEW and across the social change ecosystem for happy hour as we celebrate the start of spring. We’re not going to ask you for donations. We’re not going to force you to network and expand your rolodex. What we are going to do, though, is give you some snacks and a drink, and make some time to connect with people you want to know better. We also invite you to bring seeds to swap for gardening or books to swap for reading (March is National Reading Month!). Let’s turn over a new leaf as we move into spring!

Register Here

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

Girls Who Impact

Sat, Mar. 30 @ 11 am – 6 pm
New York at Eugene Lang
65 W 11th St., New York, NY

Girls Who Impact is thrilled to present our Impact & Sustainability Summit, an event specially curated to honor Women’s History Month, focusing on themes of sustainability and impact.This will be a day filled with guest speakers from prestigious organizations, including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Mckinsey, Paramount, UNCDF, Global Energy Monitor, and Waban Impact. These thought leaders will share their profound insights on driving impact, championing sustainability, and empowering women in various spheres.

Register Here

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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