Are you a nonprofit organization in Southeast Michigan that is curious about the Board Fellowship program? Graduate student Fellows serve as non-voting board members during the academic year and complete a strategic project that can provide valuable capacity in areas such as strategic plan implementation, sustainability strategies, business plans, and dashboards. Using the virtual information session and information sheet, get an overview for prospective organizations interested in participating during the 2023-24 academic year. Then, apply for this program right away.
FROM THE +IMPACT STUDIO:
The +Impact Studio is a proud partner of Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) +Impact Studio for Local Business. This summer, undergraduate students are developing pivotal solutions for Detroit businesses, and the program has been meeting in the +Impact Studio. In this post, Ross BBA Nikki Ambas reports on what she’s learned so far about entrepreneurs’ insights, class concepts, and working comfortably with ambiguity.
This episode of the Team Human Podcast features Marina Gorbis, Executive Director of the Institute for the Future; and Jerry Davis, Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration and B+I Faculty Director. Together, they discuss how to change the register from industrial values to collaborative commerce, and how denaturalizing power reveals the constructed landscape.
This May, three teams (Team “Running on Pancakes”, Team “Soup-a-Stars” and Team “Tetris”) of Michigan Ross MBAs spent the month consulting for social entrepreneurs across the United States about the business challenges they face. These intrepid travelers of Open Road at Ross — powered by Ford — were focused on everything from composting to tea shops. Business+Impact is proud to partner on this program, funded by the Ford Motor Company Fund. Read all about their journeys and link to photos of the stops along the way.
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SPOTLIGHT
Ahmad Nassar was on his way to medical school like many other children of immigrants but his entrepreneurial spirit and devotion to being part of the ongoing revitalization of Detroit compelled him to take a sharp turn in his career.
He decided to earn degrees from multiple universities including an MBA from Ross School of Business before he and his brother started out, and nobody gave them any chance of success. Today, with Mike in the kitchen and Ahmad managing the creative direction and growth strategy, the brothers are well on their way to building the most iconic hospitality brand to ever come out of Detroit.
This year, Business+Impact’s Summer Fund is financially supporting the summer impact internships of 28 University of Michigan students, and overall we are supporting 44 U-M students in several types of summer experiences. This funding went to MBAs in the form of the Give-A-Day Fund. Other summer funding came through General Motors, the Gordon Impact Entrepreneurship Fund, Open Road at Ross (funded by the Ford Motor Foundation), and the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project +Impact Studio for Local Business.
The B+I Impact Gateway has a current and accurate listing, not only of Fall ’23 impact courses across the University of Michigan, but highlights from the Winter semester, to give you an idea of what to expect then! Specialty listings for graduate students and undergrads, and sub-listings of Michigan Ross offerings make this resource valuable to you whether you’re a current or prospective student. Further information on impact degrees & concentrations as well as online course offerings make this resource invaluable. Learn about all of the impact courses and make your plans now!
See the Impact Gateway Courses
Impact News and Notes
U-M expert: Change won’t happen overnight to improve race relations – featuring Jared Wadley
How corporations use greenwashing to convince you they are battling climate change – featuring Tom Lyon
New poverty research could bring more clarity to charter school comparisons – featuring Jennifer Erb-Downward
How Unnecessary Paper Packaging Creates the Illusion of Sustainability – featuring Aradhna Krishna
The list of things to warn Black children about keeps getting longer – featuring Alford Young Jr.
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.
At the University:
SCHOOL OF INFORMATION
Organizations from all industries and sectors are invited to propose information-based projects for students to work on through capstone projects, client-based courses, and programs. Most courses and programs occur during the academic school year, September through December or January through April.
Register your Project Idea
Planet Blue Student Leaders (PBSLs) work part-time in Student Life as peer educators to promote sustainable living behaviors. These positions will start remotely in mid-August and begin with in-person activities in Ann Arbor the week of August 28. To be considered for this position, candidates must be able to attend weekly team meetings in-person on Fridays 11am-1pm in West Quadrangle for the full academic year. Compensation starts at $15 per hour.
The Ford School is a proud supporter of this important discussion hosted by the Michigan Theater on the complicated issue of race and policing in the United States, featuring New York Times Contributor Jessica Jaglois, and Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit, Rochelle Riley. Free and open to the public,
CENTER FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
The Center for Racial Justice invites you to submit a letter of interest to join our annual cohort of Visiting Fellows for the 2023-24 academic year. The Visiting Fellows Program, the signature initiative of the Center for Racial Justice, represents a unique opportunity to work collaboratively with a diverse array of policy thinkers to advance racial justice. Fellows receive a funded 9-month non-residential fellowship with an annual stipend of $50,000, as well as $10,000 in project and travel expenses and graduate assistants.
UM DETROIT CENTER
Join us for the 31st Annual Concert of Colors, hosted by the Detroit Institute of Arts in Midtown Detroit. Bring the entire family to enjoy the live music performances from the various cultures that thrive in Metro Detroit and it’s free admission. Visit our Wolverine Outdoor Stage on the DIA South Lawn, from July 21-23, and join our live stream with the singer-songwriter from Detroit, Isis Damil, as our hostess. Enjoy music and all of the flavors that Detroit brings.
In the Impact Community:
The June Pop-Up will focus on how we as changemakers can collaborate and mobilize through systems change, advocacy, movement building, bridging and storytelling to create real lasting change. In addition to a Main Stage conversation and workshops, we’ll close out the Pop-Up by getting your feedback in the Upswell Exchange.
Fri, June 23 @10 am – 2 pm
For the first time since launching amid the height of Covid-19, Centering Justice is going LIVE. Centering Justice has always had a tradition of being a space for revolutionary thinkers, dreamers, and creators. At this Unplugged event, speakers and participants will gather together to connect ideas with practices, art with life, and fun with fellowship. Centering Justice is a BIPOC-centered gathering focusing on racial equity issues, their complexities, and ways to engage in joyful resistance.
Raise awareness of and support for grieving children, teens and their families who are grieving in Ann Arbor, and the surrounding southeast Michigan area. All are invited to participate in this family-friendly event to honor, celebrate and remember a special person who has died. This event is an opportunity to put “one foot in front of the other” to help fund our peer grief support programs and ensure they remain free to all who are in need of our services.
Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the U of M-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. The program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and the Community Service and Michigan Community Service Commission. Apply now for fall opportunities.
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. Subject areas include Health, Water, Education, Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Public Services.