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October 2023 Newsletter

+Impact Studio Fellows and Founders Announced

The +Impact Studio kicks off an exciting academic year and welcomes its newest cohort of Founders and Applebaum Impact Design Fellows! Hailing from six different degree programs across campus, this dynamic group of social innovators comprises a highly diverse mix of undergraduate and graduate students! While the Studio seeks to advance all facets of impact, giving much attention to ideas that address climate action and/or diversity, equity, inclusion & racial justice (DEIRJ), the primary emphasis for this year will be on advancing ventures that bridge the domains of mental health, ed-tech, health equity, climate action, and sustainable cities!



Business+Impact Announces its 2023-24 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

Welcome to our 2023-24 Board Fellowship participants! This year’s Board Fellowship Program brings together 24 partner organizations and 36 students from 8 U-M schools. The Fellows will serve on the governing boards of these partner organizations for the academic year and complete a strategic project by April 2024.



Ross Launches New Concentration in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) for Full-time MBAs

Michigan Ross continues to innovate in the social impact space with its new ESG concentration. Modern businesses need leaders prepared to transform how enterprises engage with the natural environment and climate change, address the needs of a changing workforce, and provide increased accountability to investors and other stakeholders. The new ESG concentration prepares students to lead in each of the three pillars that support contemporary business and educates leaders to take on the major challenges of our time. The ESG concentration includes both formal coursework and optional co-curricular activities, including workshops (e.g., how to work with ESG data) and speakers. This program is due to be fully operational next year.


A More Just Future: A Keynote Address from Dolly Chugh

Tues, Oct. 31 @ 11 am – Noon
Ross School of Business
Robertson Auditorium

Dolly Chugh is a social psychologist and management professor at the New York University Stern School of Business and the author of A More Just Future:  Psychological Tools for Reckoning with our Past and Driving Social Change.  Business+Impact is proud to co-sponsor Dr.  Chugh as part of Ross’ DEI speaker series.



Lily Hamburger (MBA ’16)

Lily Hamburger (MBA ’16) is the Associate Director of the Business Support Network Office at Invest Detroit, a Detroit-based, mission-driven lender, investor, and partner that supports business and real estate projects that will ignite economic growth in Detroit and the region. We connected with her recently to find out about her impact journey and learnings along the way.

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Impact News and Notes

A “better food environment” for Black Detroiters opens in February

Air pollution continues to be focus of community coalition to promote a healthy environment in Detroit

I-94 could host self-driving vehicle lanes between Ann Arbor and Detroit. Here’s how to learn more

‘Venice of Detroit’: climate costs imperil historic neighborhood

Jonathan Harris launches college scholarship for Detroit students

Research finds housing instability in Detroit hurts students

There Are No U.S. ‘Climate Havens’ from Heat and Disaster Risk – featuring Earl Lewis, Julie Arbit and Brad Bottoms

‘We’re cooking our cities’: These drones map 150-degree temperatures in urban areas – featuring Keenan Gibbons

SEAS alum dedicated to diminishing the threat of childhood lead poisoning

University of Michigan study finds only 36% of Detroit residents make a livable wage – featuring Gabriel Ehrlich

Record tornadoes, heat waves, wildfires: Climate disasters increasing everywhere including Michigan

Detroit Today: How Michigan plans to transition to 100% clean energy – featuring Liesl Clark

‘A dream come true’: In Flint, every pregnant person is about to receive cash through Rx Kids – featuring Luke Shaefer

‘Rationing justice’: Legal aid programs struggle to meet high demand

Anti-Racism Collaborative awards over $100,000 in Graduate Research Grants

U-M center gets $5M to study climate change impacts on water

Engaging students in math, U-M’s TeachingWorks lab will be offered in Detroit this month

Projects share $2.1M to aid firearm-injury prevention research

Michigan’s system to approve green energy projects is broken – featuring Sarah Mills

Why Rain Is Getting Fiercer on a Warming Planet – featuring Mohammed Ombadi

Parents prefer indoor physical education due to poor air quality: Research – featuring Susan Woolford

Partner Profile: Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

OVPR anti-racism grants awarded to seven research teams

Mayor Duggan’s Plan and Tax Revisions Empowering Detroit’s Urban Agriculture

What is income inequality doing to all of us?

Water conservation and access will be a yearlong focus at UMSI

At the University:


Michigan Business Challenge – Information Session

Mon, Oct. 23 @ 5-6 pm
Blau Hall
Blau Colloquium

The Michigan Business Challenge is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student teams have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $100,000, gain feedback from leaders in the business community, and expand their business network. This competition includes a Seigle Impact Track that features student businesses that identify a social/environmental issue.  Attend this info session, followed by a “How to Pitch” workshop, to learn more.



Policy Events

“The Injustice of Place” book talk and alumni reception – Tues, Oct. 24

Bill de Blasio: Are smart cities smart enough? – Mon, Oct. 30

Diversifying the STEM pipeline: Evidence from STEM summer programs for underrepresented youth – Tues, Nov. 7

Justice across generations: Reflections on race, law and family legacy – Mon, Nov. 13


Social Work Events

Alumni Webinar Series | The Ethics of Accessibility: Social Work Practice and Disability – Fri, Oct. 20

Practicing Cultural Humility in Working with the South Asian Community – Wed, Nov. 8

The Importance of Transit Equity – Thurs, Nov. 9

ENGAGE Community Engagement Showcase – Wed, Nov. 15


Poverty Solutions Speaker Series

Incarceration and its Aftermath: How Art Can Create Pathways to Reintegration and Healing – Wed, Oct. 18

Creating Green Energy and Equitable Enterprise in Detroit – Fri, Oct. 20

Creating Moves to Opportunity: Experimental and Mixed Methods Evidence on Neighborhood Choice – Fri, Oct. 27

Poverty Solutions Alumni Panel – Fri. Nov. 3



Foundations of Community Engagement

Fri, Oct. 20 @ Noon
Wed, Oct. 25 @ 6 pm
Wed, Nov. 1 @ 6 pm
Tues, Nov. 7 @ 4 pm
Mon, Nov. 13 @ 6 pm

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

In the Impact Community:

Michigan Pre-College & Youth Outreach Conference

Fri, Oct. 20 @ 8 am – 4:30 pm
Wayne State University
OR Online

We are planning a variety of presentation formats and workshops, along with some wonderful invited guests, including a free Thursday night networking dinner the evening before the conference.

Our Keynote Speaker will be Andre Ebron, the Senior Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

Register Here

SOCAP Global

Oct. 23-25
San Francisco, CA

SOCAP convenes the most engaged and diverse impact investing community in the world. For more than 15 years, the SOCAP conference has been the flagship event and leading convener in the impact economy, gathering more than 100,000 people since our first event. This is the largest, action-oriented gathering where investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders come together to accelerate progress against the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions.

More info


2nd Application Deadline
Sun, Nov. 5

Can you design a new business or NGO that delivers a proven poverty intervention at scale? Submit your design for a new organization that solves one of our Distribution Challenges below. We will award the most promising teams with up to $20,000 USD to launch their new organization wherever extreme poverty exists. Challenges include Health, Water, Education Agriculture, Livelihoods, Energy, and Public Services.

More Info

Rally SEA Winter 2024

Applications due
Fri, Nov. 10

Rally’s social enterprise accelerator aims to help local, national, and international entrepreneurs transform their early-stage work into sustainable ventures that create positive social, environmental, or economic change. The Winter cohort will meet from Jan. 22 – May 14, 2024 in Orlando, FL.

More info


Nov. 15-17
Dallas, TX

Upswell Summit 2023, powered by Independent Sector, will advance our singular mission by offering thought leadership that wrestles with issues plaguing our nation, workshops and panels that will strengthen your institutional, personal, and professional development, as well as time to invest and care for the most important person in the work – you.  If you have any questions, please let us know at either or 202-467-6115.

Registration Information