October 2022 Newsletter

Diverse set of 5 people, Board fellows and Board members

Business+Impact Announces its 2022-23 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

Welcome to our 2022-23 Board Fellowship participants! This year’s Board Fellowship Program brings together 25 partner organizations and 38 students from six 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 2023.

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Posed group of 16 diverse students

+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 eight different degree programs across campus, this dynamic group of social innovators is the largest, with the broadest range of skills, backgrounds, and experiences to come! While the Studio seeks to advance all facets of impact, this year’s efforts will be geared towards advancing ideas that address climate action and/or diversity, equity, inclusion & racial justice (DEIRJ).

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Design Equitable Enterprises in the Winter +Impact Studio Course

The +Impact Studio graduate course BA670 prepares students to be architects of an equitable, just, and sustainable future. In this award-winning interdisciplinary course, you’ll gain a mindset, a process, and a set of tools and experiences for designing new and equitable models for business. In Winter ’23, the +Impact Studio course will focus on a just energy transition. Innovations in financing and technology have dramatically changed the costs of launching enterprises such as solar microgrids, and the recent Inflation Reduction Act greatly increases potential funding for renewable energy. We will be engaging with neighborhood partners in Detroit to design feasible business models for green energy that support communities. The course is 3 credits, and will be offered to all graduate students on Wednesdays.

COURSE DESCRIPTION


Wynton Marsalis Joins +Impact Studio Design Jam

What do a world-famous jazz musician and a business school have in common? When it comes to the Ross School of Business and the +Impact Studio, far more than you might imagine! On Sunday, October 16th, the University Musical Society and the Ross School of Business +Impact Studio convened a one-day design jam to look at new ways of getting the arts into the hands of audiences through innovative uses of technology — using new tools and design methods to generate new formats and equitable access. This event was planned to coincide with a weeklong UMS residency with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

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Impact Advantage Loan Repayment Assistance – Apply by Tues, Nov. 1

The Ross School of Business Impact Advantage program provides educational loan repayment assistance to Ross full-time MBA graduates who pursue careers in nonprofit or public sector organizations.

Full-time MBA students like you who graduated in May 2022 or after will be eligible to apply for the Impact Advantage program and receive up to $7,500 per year for the first 5 years after graduation, towards Ross-related loan obligations. You must be in a full-time position at a public or nonprofit sector organization, and you’ll need to reapply each year for re-consideration.

DETAILS & APPLICATION

Ross Event Highlights:

Ross Admissions: Forté Diversity Day
Fri, Oct. 21 @ Noon – 4 pm
Online

Ross Admissions: Ask Me Anything: HBCU
Thurs, Oct. 27 @ 6-7 pm ET
Online

CPO: Creating Wise Crowds
Mon, Nov. 7 @ 4-5 pm
Robertson Auditorium

Photo of various ages and races of women facing the camera, wearing pastel colors.

ZLI: Women Who Fund Forum
Thurs, Nov. 17 @
9:30 am – 2:30 pm ET
Online


 

Image of Impact Gateway homepage.

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 GATEWAY

MBA2s Win Gordon Scholarships for Commitment to Impact

Business+Impact (B+I) is pleased to announce that Summer Abiad (MBA ’23), Connor Donnelly (MBA/MS ’23), Harshita Pilla (MBA/MURP ’23), and Joss Woodhead (MBA ’23) are the recipients of the 2022-23 Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarships for outstanding commitment to solving complex social challenges. The award comes with $7,500 for each recipient. Gordon Scholars serve as B+I Student Ambassadors for the 2022-23 academic year.

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Forging a Career at the Heart of the Climate Challenge

Wed, Oct. 26 @ 7-8 pm
Robertson Auditorium
Ross School of Business


Business+Impact is cosponsoring an event with Net Impact Undergrad on the passion that drives an individual from engineering to environmental action. Gerry Anderson (MBA/MPP ‘88), former Chairman and CEO of DTE Energy will talk about consulting  at McKinsey, working with the Obama administration, leading DTE to embrace renewables, and more. Now he is deeply passionate about building Michigan’s economy and continuing his environmental action in retirement.  

REGISTER HERE


Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Begins

Info Session
Mon, Oct 24 @ 6-7 pm
Room R0210
Ross School of Business


Problem Definition /  Root Cause Workshop
Wed, Oct. 26 @ 5-6:30 pm
Room B2560
Blau Hall


The Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track, with prizes totaling over $26,000, recognizes the business plan that best pursues a mission-driven goal. This track aims to stimulate the creation of new businesses, products or services that prioritize social and/or environmental considerations. The Seigle Impact Track is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by Business+Impact at Ross and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

APPLY FOR THE COMPETITION BY TUES, NOV. 1.


Business+Impact Wins a “Doing the Most Good” Award from Salvation Army

These awards from the Salvation Army Great Lakes Division recognize those who exemplify an extraordinary spirit of service and collaboration. Our Board Fellows program was recognized for  “providing more than 20 board fellows to the Metro Detroit Advisory Board.” Members of the program have served and completed projects making a huge impact on The Salvation Army. B+I’s Cat Johnson and Haley Phillips were in attendance to receive the award at the Metro Detroit Advisory Board Civic Awards dinner.

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Impact News & Notes

U-M urban planning students work closely with low-income Brazilian families

Why Do Some People in New Jersey Suddenly Have Bags and Bags of Bags? featuring Shelie Miller

Why are unions such a non-starter in the C-suite? – featuring Jerry Davis

Unplugged: Why utilities are more likely to disconnect Black, Latino, and Indigenous households – featuring Justin Schott

Report: Detroiters living under the federal poverty line would struggle with a $400 emergency – featuring Afton Branche-Wilson

Child poverty in the US was stagnant — and then something changed – featuring H. Luke Shaefer, Patrick Cooney, and Betsey Stevenson

CEW+ welcomes two new Twink Frey Visiting Social Activists

U-M study reveals significant portion of adult population lacks consistent access to transportation – featuring Alexandra Murphy

DEI leaders to present campus climate survey results

One state’s plan to push low-income health insurance beyond traditional health care – featuring Paula Lantz

Opinion: Duggan touts homeownership as crisis escalates for Black renters – featuring Alexa Eisenberg

Black prison exonerees outpace white counterparts, study says – featuring Samuel Gross

When climate change hits home

PODCAST: Is the American Corporation Doomed? – featuring Jerry Davis

Q&A: DeAndré Calvert continues family legacy with work uniting students and community partners

From garden to growth: This urban garden cultivates young leaders

Immersive Semester in Detroit Program expands opportunity to all U-M campuses, providing transformational learning experiences

UM researchers use planes to find major undercounted source of climate pollution – featuring Genevieve Plant and Eric Kort

 


At the University:

 

GLOBAL CO2 INITIATIVE

Join the GCISA

Apply Now

Whether you want to attend meetings, lead a project, or access the community that the Global Carbon Initiative Student Association offers, we’re excited to have you! Our sponsoring unit, the Global CO2 Initiative (GCI) at the University of Michigan, is also dedicated to reducing carbon emissions via sequestration and reuse of carbon dioxide in a new circular carbon economy. 

More Info


CENTER FOR SOCIALLY ENGAGED DESIGN

Compete in Innovation in Action


Apply by Wed, Oct. 19 @ 11:59 pm

Innovation in Action, cosponsored in part by Business+Impact, is a campus-wide challenge giving groups the opportunity, the tools, the people, and the room to take on the world’s biggest challenges. To celebrate Innovation in Action’s 10th annual program, we are giving our dearest program a refresh! We are accepting applications from Friday, September 30th to Wednesday, October 19th with our return to an in-person kick-off event to build excitement in early November.

Apply here


CITIZEN’S CLIMATE LOBBY

Tune In Turn Out Festival


Thurs, Oct. 20 @ 5 – 8 pm
Diag, Central Campus


Join us for a night of climate action on the Diag with live music and free food! Hosted on October 20, 5-8 PM by Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Empty Mug Records, the event will feature performances by Kelly Hoppenjans, Ani Mari, and Big Chemical. Free pizza will be provided by VegMichigan and voter registration will be available through NARAL. Hope to see you there!

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POVERTY SOLUTIONS

Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions


October 21 – Politics, Policy, and Poverty: Medical Debt and Other Financial Reforms

October 28 – Biodiversity, Coffee Production, and Dignified Livelihoods Under a Globalized Economy

November 11 – The Color of Power: The Evolving Relationship Between Race, Skin Color and American Politics

November 18 – Ensuring that Postsecondary Credentials Pay Off for Low-Income Students

Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions introduces key issues regarding the causes and consequences of poverty through an in-person lecture series featuring experts in policy and practice from across the nation. Our goal is to help build a broad community of learners to engage in these issues together.

Read about the entire series


GINSBERG CENTER

Entering, Engaging, and Exiting Communities


Thurs, Oct. 26  @ Noon – 1:30 pm
Online


Fri, Nov. 11 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
Online

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend this community kick-off to the fall semester. Join the SEAS/PitE community and welcome both old and new faces to the start of the school year. Socialize, have fun and enjoy a bite to eat.

Register for 10/26    Register for 11/11


GRAHAM SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE

Student Sustainability Leaders Summit

Sat, Oct. 22 @ Noon – 4 pm
Michigan League

The purpose of the event is to foster relationship building between and among students and student organizations to promote successful advocacy, communication, and collaboration. There will be activities, workshops, and networking opportunities that strengthen the sustainability network on campus and spark thoughtful discussion and engagement. Please direct your questions or concerns to sustainability.coalition.core@umich.edu.

Register Here


GINSBERG CENTER

Alternative Spring Break

Application Due
Fri, Oct. 28 @11:59 pm

MAC-ASB is a student organization that supports students on service trips during spring break. We arrange a variety of different trips for participants to engage in meaningful work with charitable organizations around the country. Contact Lead Team with any additional questions via mac-leadteam@umich.edu.

Apply here


CEW+

Scholar Community Award Ceremony & Luncheon

Sun, Nov. 6 @ Noon – 3 pm
Rogel Ballroom
MIchigan Union

Please join CEW+ at U-M as we return to an in-person luncheon and celebration of our 2022-23 Scholar Community Award Ceremony. This event celebrates all CEW+ Scholarship and Fellowship recipients for the current academic year and is open to family, supporters, donors, and friends of the Center.  Registration will close on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at 5:00 pm.

Register Here


In the Impact Community:

Volunteer for SafeHouse Center

Information Sessions:
Tues, Nov. 1 @ 10-11am
Tues, Nov. 1 @ 6-7 pm

Now accepting applications for Response Team, Shelter/Helpline, Community Awareness, Front Desk Receptionist, Support Group and Teen Voice. We encourage you to attend one of our virtual information sessions to get more information

More Info


Pop-up Safety Town Events


Volunteer Now

Dr. Andrew Hashikawa, is organizing several “Pop-up Safety Town” events in underserved communities, including Flint and Detroit. Volunteers are needed to join this effort, help with bike helmet fitting, distribute educational resources…etc.  Upcoming Safety Town events that are open to volunteers: Flint Head Start @ Cummings Elementary School (2200 Walton Ave G, Flint, MI 48532), 09/23 (Fri), 10am-1pm Detroit Marygrove Campus 10/19 (Wed) and 10/20 (Thu) – will likely be morning and early afternoon sessions. Email pop.up.safetytown@umich.edu to learn more and volunteer.


Rally’s 10th Cohort Showcase

Tues, Oct. 25 @ 6 pm
1001 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL

Join us on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 6:00pm for Rally’s 10th Cohort Showcase at CREDO Conduit! For 16-weeks, our Fellows have been working hard to build sustainable ventures that create positive social change. During this event, you’ll hear 3-minute presentations about their vision, work, and how you can assist them along their journey.


Registration info


Wege Prize Competition

Application Due
Mon, Oct. 31

Wege Prize is an annual competition that ignites game-changing solutions for the future by inspiring college/university students around the world to collaborate across institutional, disciplinary, and cultural boundaries to redesign the way economies work. Participants contend for $65,000 (USD) in total cash prizes, all while learning—and helping to show the world—what the future of problem solving looks like.


Application info


Social Enterprise Alliance Summit of Summits

Nov. 9-11, 2022
Online

Attend the Summit of Summits and hear from national and global leaders in the social enterprise sector, local movement builders from our local Chapters and inspiring stories from network partners about how their unusual business model enabled their stakeholders to survive and thrive in the last two years. Together we can learn from this innovative business model to create economic, racial and climate justice for all.

Register here


Apply for D-Prize

Picture of dandelion with spores blowing and the word "D-Prize"Regular Applications Due
Sun, Nov. 6 @ Midnight PT

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


Upswell 2022


Tues, Nov. 5 @ 10 am – 6 pm ET
Online


Upswell Summit 2022, 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 info@upswell.org or 202-467-6115.


Registration info

Business+Impact’s 22-23 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

During the 2022-23 academic year,  participants in Business+Impact’s 23rd annual Board Fellows program will serve as non-voting members of local nonprofit boards while completing major projects.  On Fri, Sept. 30, 2022, all student Board Fellows with nonprofit partner organizations for a morning-long orientation to the program. This year’s cohort features students from Michigan Ross, the Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Information, the School of Education, the School of Medicine, and the School for Environment and Sustainability.

Below are the regional organizations and the students assigned to them:

Accent Pontiac

Accent Pontiac’s mission is to strengthen Pontiac’s youth and community through equitable access to intensive and consistent music making.
www.accentpontiac.org/website

  • Angela Yim, MD, MBA ’24
  • Gabe Baskin, MPP ’24

Alternatives for Girls

Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy, and exploitation; and helps them to explore and access the support, resources, and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices for their lives.
www.alternativesforgirls.org

  • Rediat Mersha, MEd ’23

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre

A2CT’s mission is to provide individuals and the community with opportunities to participate in all aspects of live theatre.
www.a2ct.org

  • Lillian Brandt, MBA ’23

Ann Arbor People’s Food Co-op

The mission of the Ann Arbor People’s Food Co-op, includes promoting the local economy, environmental sustainability, health, and economic justice, and enhancing and encouraging cooperative community by fostering participatory ownership through volunteer opportunities and educational experiences.
peoplesfood.coop/newsite/

  • Isabel Bonnyman, MBA ’24

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
www.bbbswashtenaw.org

  • Landry Ndahayo, MBA ’24
  • Liam Sullivan, MBA ’24

A Brighter Way

ABW is dedicated to reducing recidivism rates in Washtenaw County by creating a supportive community for our friends and family returning home from incarceration through mentoring, programs, resources, advocacy and stigma reduction.
abrighterway.org

  • Alexa Pete, MBA ’24
  • Alexia Carrillo Villalobos, MPP ’23

Brilliant Detroit

Brilliant Detroit creates kid success neighborhoods where families with children ages 0-8 have what they need to be school-ready, healthy, and stable.
brilliantdetroit.org

  • Dani Moragne, MBA ’24
  • Serena Bidwell, MBA/MD ’24

Classic Stage Company

Classic Stage Company (CSC) challenges the traditional perception of classic work by exploring and reimagining great stories across the world’s repertoire that illuminate our common humanity. As a home for the classics, we collaborate with artists to produce work that is inclusive, relevant and accessible. We believe that theater can both reflect and improve our society by reaching across cultural divides in order to foster shared empathy and understanding.
classicstage.org

  • Caroline Rourke, MBA ’24

Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center

The Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center  advances innovative practices in higher education that promote respectful, transformative dialogue on controversial topics and complex social issues, thereby reflecting a commitment to pluralism and academic freedom and strengthening a democratically engaged society.
difficultdialogues.org

  • Radhika Arora, MBA ’24
  • Vivian Nguyen, MPP ’23

Detroit Theatre Organ Society

The Senate Theater, home of the Detroit Theater Organ Society (DTOS), preserves the art of theater pipe organ music by maintaining and showcasing the Mighty Wurlitzer at concerts, film screenings, and events hosted at the theater.
www.senatetheater.com

  • Rebecca Barabas, MSI ’23
  • Sydney Mark, MBA ’24

Friends in Deed

Helping people in need; and building community to end poverty.
friendsindeedmi.org

  • Sammi Vittert, MBA/MEd ’23

Henry Ford Learning Institute

HFLI creates innovative educational environments and immersive learning programs that prepare individuals to thrive and leaders to drive positive social change, equity and empowerment for all.
HFLI.org

  • Qamar Ghani, MBA ’24

Library of the Great Lakes

The mission of the Library of the Great Lakes is to inspire and support exploration of the science, history, literature, arts, and cultures of the Great Lakes region.
libraryofthegreatlakes.org

  • Dwayne McFarlane, MBA/MSI ’24

Michigan United Cerebral Palsy (MI-UCP)

MI-UCP enables all Michiganders with disabilities to live to the best of their abilities and ambitions.
www.ucpmichigan.org/

  • Hannah Orban, MPP ’23
  • Mackenzie Paull, MBA ’24

Michigan Center for Civic Engagement and Advocacy

Our mission is to promote equity and reduce barriers to civic engagement in local government, education and matters like public safety.  We work to strengthen community structures by advocating for people and causes of great merit and need.
mc-cea.org

  • Taylor Whittaker, MBA ’23
  • Ariel Freed, MPP ’24

Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition

The Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition (MEJC) works to achieve a clean, healthy, and safe environment for Michigan residents most affected by inadequate policies.
Michiganej.org

  • Kyra Reumann-Moore, MPA ’23
  • Nikunj Bhimsaria, MBA ’24

Potlikker Capital

We are committed to preserving and increasing the diversity of America’s farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers who covenant to increase equitable access to healthy food for their communities, build wealth and knowledge within their local BIPOC farming communities, and farm to address climate change through adopting regenerative farming practices
potlikkercapital.com

  • Abigail Johnson, MPP ’23
  • Sophie Geoghan, MBA/MS ’25

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
SAmetrodetroit.org

  • Sachin Shriyan, MBA ’23

SCRAP Creative Reuse

SCRAP is an arts, environment and education nonprofit with a mission to inspire creative reuse and sustainable environmental behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
scrapcreativereuse.org/

  • Coreen DeFever, MBA ’23
  • Ryan Rounick, MBA ’24

Serenity House Communities

Our mission is to advocate for people in recovery and provide holistic options for those recovering from substance use disorder, codependency, and trauma;  to create communities free of substance use disorder, codependency and trauma
flintserenityhouse.org

  • Kelsey Angus, MBA ’24
  • Somali Vij, MBA ’23

Sistahs Reachin’ Out

The overarching mission of Sistahs Reachin’ Out (SRO) is to promote proven pathways out of cyclical poverty, under-education and limited economic advancement for identified single parents in the city of Detroit, Michigan. We primarily do this by providing community-based programming that prepares our target population to access and attain a post-secondary education degree or launch a small, community-based business.
srodet.org

  • Sharon Ceron Espinosa, MPP ’23

SOS Community Services

SOS promotes housing stability and family self-sufficiency through collaboration, care and respect.
https://soscs.org/

  • Jamie Morgenstern, MBA ’24
    Rebecca Hagos, MPP ’24

Ten Thousand Villages

Our mission is to promote dignity, hope, and a living wage for artisans around the world by ethically buying and selling their handicrafts
tenthousandvillages.com/annarbor

  • Smarak Dash Bhattamishra, MBA ’24

United Way of Washtenaw County

We bring people, resources and agencies together to create a thriving community for everyone
Uwgive.org

  • Avery Waite, MBA ’24

Washtenaw Housing Alliance

The mission of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance is to end homelessness in Washtenaw County, MI.
www.whalliance.org

  • Zach Nerod, MBA/MS ’24

Weiss Senior Fellows

  • Sarah Hagan
  • Kate Salomon
  • Anna Haas

2022-23 Board Fellows Information Sessions

Business+Impact’s Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program places top graduate students as non-voting members on boards at Southeast Michigan nonprofits. An application for the program will soon be available on our website, and is due Fri, Sept. 9 at noon.

You must attend an info session like this one in order to apply to participate in the program for 2022-23.

Board Fellows Partner Organization Info Sessions

Tues, May 17 @ Noon
Dearborn Room
UM Detroit Center

Thurs, May 19 @ Noon
Blau Hall, B1570
Ross School of Business

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. These sessions provide an overview for prospective organizations interested in participating during the 2022-23 academic year, and feature insights from nonprofit leaders currently participating.

Using our rigorous matchmaking and vetting process, students with the unique skills to work on your organization’s pressing issues will be assigned to your board as non-voting members. You will benefit from their expertise in project management, marketing, business systems, policy analysis, strategic planning, and more.

Applications from nonprofit organizations will be accepted from now through
Sun, June 26:

RSVP for EITHER SESSION

April 2022 Newsletter

Jerry Davis and Andy Hoffman in front of the corporate background.

Social Impact Book Chats Coming up

Jerry Davis: “Taming Corporate Power in the 21st Century”
Thurs, Apr. 21 @ 5 – 6 pm ET
Virtual Event


Andrew Hoffman: “Management as Calling”
Wed, May 11 @ 5:30 – 6:30 ET
Virtual Event


Join us for two great book chats about social impact books, written by Ross faculty, which came out in 2022.

In the first book chat, “Taming Corporate Power in the 21st Century” author Jerry Davis and Michigan Ross/SEAS professor Andy Hoffman examine corporate power in the 21st century, and how to eliminate outdated thinking and tame the modern corporation.

In the second book chat, “Management as Calling” author Andy Hoffman discusses with Michigan Ross Business+Impact Faculty Director Jerry Davis his challenge for future business leaders to think differently about their career, its purpose, and its value as a calling or vocation, one that is in service to society.


Ross female grad student in from the the National Forest Foundation, with backpack.

Student Loan Repayment Program for Full-Time MBA Alums in Social Impact Careers

Through the Impact Advantage Program, alumni of the Michigan Ross Full-Time MBA Program (2021 grads and after) who pursue a career in the public or nonprofit sectors can apply for student loan repayment assistance. For those graduates accepted into the program, Impact Advantage will cover a portion of their Ross-related loan obligations — $7,500 per year for five years — while they are employed full-time at a social impact organization.

Applications for this program will be accepted in October, 2022, but all of you upcoming graduates should save the date!

More info


Four Ross students gathered around Impact Studio table with Moses Lee and a rep from the Applebaum Family Phlanthropy.

+Impact Studio News!

We’re excited to share that Plucky Comics, a venture in the +Impact Studio Founder’s Program, is having a launch party on 4/20 to celebrate the release of their first print comic. Plucky Comics is a series of comics that highlight and celebrate the lives of Black queer historical figures. You can read more about their work, buy merch, and pre-order the comic!

You can learn about another studio team, Dualete, and their work with UM hockey goalie Erik Portillo, in this Buffalo News article.

We have welcomed visitors this month in the +Impact Studio, including Dr. Marcus Harris from UM-Dearborn, Lecturer of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, who brought a class of students to the +Impact Studio for a design thinking workshop with Haley Phillips and Loren Townes Jr. And on Fri, Mar. 25th, Julia Belznak, the new Director of Applebaum Fellows and Community Development for Applebaum Family Philanthropy visited with Applebaum Fellows and Founders at their regular co-working session.

The +Impact Studio Podcast just dropped a new episode,”Capital: New Ways to Finance Your Business,” which features interview of Ross Professor Andrew Wu by +Impact Studio Faculty Director Jerry Davis on the subject of radical changes in capital funding models, where apps are entering the field and nearly cutting out banks entirely

As we reach the end of the academic year, our +Impact Studio class held a Demo Day (see photos) this week, and our Applebaum Fellows held a party and awards event last week (see photos).

And finally, the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) +Impact Studio for Local Business is getting ready to kick off their summer programming for undergrads with local Detroit businesses. The program runs May 4-June 24.

Ross Event Highlights:

Ross: Dean’s Open House
Fri, Apr. 29 @ 12:30-2 pm
Davidson Winter Garden

Photo of the main traffic circle in MCity, a driving course.

Alumni: MCity Tour
Tues, May 3 @ 5-6:30 pm
MCity

SPOTLIGHT

Whitney Martin (MBA ’16)Photo of Whitney Martin (MBA 2016).


Whitney Martin is Vice President of Sales and Service Delivery at Accion Opportunity Fund, a San Jose nonprofit that leads the nation in providing small businesses — especially those run by entrepreneurs of color, immigrants, and women—with access to capital, networks, and coaching. Ms. Martin was very involved in the social impact scene at Michigan Ross while she was a student.  She was president of the Center for Social Impact’s Advisory Board,  VP for the Women in Leadership Conference, part of Ross Net Impact, Detroit Revitalization and Business Initiative (Detroit R&B) and the Emerging Markets Club, and took part our Nonprofit Board Fellows program.

READ MORE

Black woman explaining something to Black man in group setting.

Board Fellows Partner Organization Info Sessions

Tues, May 17 @ Noon
Dearborn Room
UM Detroit Center


Thurs, May 19 @ Noon
Blau Hall Corner Commons
Ross School of Business

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. These sessions provide an overview for prospective organizations interested in participating during the 2022-23 academic year, and feature insights from nonprofit leaders currently participating.

RSVP for Either Session


Top view of six diverse people whose shadows are creating a ranking chart.

Ross DEI Research Awards

Mon, Apr. 25 @ 3-4 pm
Robertson Auditorium
Ross School of Business

B+I is a proud sponsor of these awards, first instituted in 2021, which celebrate and honor research related to diversity, equity and inclusion conducted at the Ross School of Business, at every stage of the academic journey. Also established in 2021, the annual J. Frank Yates Diversity and Inclusion Teaching Excellence Award, honors a member of our teaching faculty who demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion and makes a significant positive impact on the learning and personal growth of our students.

Each award winner, in addition to being recognized for their contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, will present a short TEDx-style lightning talk.  

REGISTER HERE


Man and two women from diverse backgrounds hanging out of an SUV in front of a colorful background.

Ross Open Road Hits the Road Again!

The Open Road at Ross program is back on the road, and there are six teams of MBAs taking part in the road trip experience this year. Open Road is an action-based social entrepreneurship program taking place in May, where students drive from state to state meeting socially- and environmentally-driven entrepreneurs. Students spend one week on-site in each location, working closely with the entrepreneur, to provide a solution or recommendation to a business problem they are facing. Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.  

Check our Summer newsletter for more information on the teams and their journeys!

Picture of Ross Impact Gateway website

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 GATEWAY

At the University:

 

CENTER FOR SOCIALLY ENGAGED DESIGN

Be a Graduate Facilitator This Fall

Apply by
Sunday April 24

The Center for Socially Engaged Design (C-SED) is seeking candidates to join their team of graduate facilitators in September. They are seeking master’s and doctoral students to facilitate and manage engagement with faculty and student teams utilizing C-SED resources. Facilitators will gain knowledge in socially engaged design practice, experience in conducting workshops, planning and implementing educational experiences, and developing customized design content.

More Info


GINSBERG CENTER

Storytelling for Social Change

Apply for Summer now

Storytelling for Social Change (SFSC) aka “Story Camp”, a pilot program from the Ginsberg Center. You can learn more about this summer opportunity, available to both graduate and undergraduate students, and how to participate below. To sign up to participate please fill out the form here. If you have questions, please email ginsberg.match@umich.edu.


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GINSBERG CENTER

Learning in Community Workshop

Leaning in Community logo in front of a dark blue background.

Thurs Apr. 28 @ 3-4:30 pm ET
Virtual Event

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. This April’s session is on “Entering, Engaging, and Exiting Communities.”

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OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

Moving Forward Together

Diverse group of students sitting on the grass on campus with the logo "Moving Forward"Thurs, May 12 @ 11:30 am – 1 pm ET
Virtual Event

Following five years of our DEI strategic planning efforts, it is important to hear insights from faculty to understand what worked well, what are opportunities for improvement and how we can innovate for the future? Join Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Robert Sellers to discuss and share ideas for the transition to DEI 2.0, leadership transitions and the university’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Women’s Lives, Women’s Health Across the Lifespan

Photo of various ages and races of women facing the camera, wearing pastel colors.Thurs, May 12 @ 1:30 – 4:30 pm ET
M1020 SPH II and online in Zoom

In-person and virtual attendance options available for the 2022 MaryFran Sowers Memorial Symposium, featuring the career of Siobán D. Harlow, PhD (Professor Emerita of Epidemiology, Global Public Health, and Obstetrics & Gynecology). Keynote address, “Women’s Lives, Women’s Health Across the Lifespan”, will be presented by Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN (Professor Emerita, Univ. of Washington School of Nursing; Co-Director, de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging.) Following the keynote, short presentations will follow from Drs. Kristin Dunkle, Michael Elliott, and Alexis Reeves. 

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POVERTY SOLUTIONS

Poverty Solutions Speaker Series

Logo of multicolored blocks and the name "Real World Perspectives on Poverty SolutionsComing this Fall
Register Now

Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions introduces key issues regarding the causes and consequences of poverty through a lecture series featuring experts in policy and practice from across the nations, with the goal of building a community of learners to engage in these issues together.  It is listed as a one credit class, and is open to all students.  Sessions will take place on Fridays at Noon at the School of Social Work this Fall.

Register Now


In the Impact Community:

Public Allies

Logo of a hand and the phrase "Public Allies Metro Detroit: Everyone Leads"Apply Now

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.

Application info


 

A Career of Impact: Investing in Yourself and Your Community

Intersecting blue circles and the words "Net Impact"Wed, Apr. 27 @ 1 pm ET
Virtual Event

This in-depth, multi-workshop event explores how you can create positive social impacts and support regeneration through your career, your investments, and the ways in which you network and build connections with others.  Gain a better understanding of the social impact career landscape, trends, and predictions for emerging career fields. Learn about the ways in which your banking, investment, and other financial decisions can promote positive impacts for your community and the planet. 

Register Here


Climate Breakthrough Project

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Sat, Apr. 30

The CBP is looking for highly motivated, innovative, strategic, and tenacious individuals or teams (small teams, two to four people) with a record of success.Awardees must be breakthrough thinkers who can envision and implement solutions with global impact and push beyond what others consider possible. While candidates may not know the exact strategy they will pursue with their award, the expectation is that they will have at least a few potential ideas ready to explore.

Apply now


D Prize

Picture of dandelion with spores blowing and the words "D-Prize: Distribution Equals Development"Early Submission Date:
Sun, May 15 @ Midnight PT

The world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design a business or NGO that addresses subjects from education to health access? If selected, you’ll be awarded up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.

Info and Application


Climate Leadership Conference

Cartoon of water earth and sky with the words "Climate Leadership Conference"May 24-26
Washington DC

The annual Climate Leadership Conference is North America’s premier event dedicated to addressing the climate crisis through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Hosted by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry, the conference brings together forward-thinking leaders from business, government, academia, and the non-profit community to explore energy and climate solutions and opportunities, and to showcase climate leadership.

Info and Registration


Social Enterprise Alliance Summit 2022 Call for Speakers

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The Summit is Social Enterprise Alliance’s flagship conference. The 2022 Summit is September 7th – 9th and will be hosted primarily online. Summit sessions will revolve around Human Wellness, Advocacy and Policy, Access to Markets, and Innovative & Adaptive Practices

Info and Application




Some images in this newsletter are Pre-COVID.

February 2022 Newsletter

Kyla Carlsen, Co.act Detroit; Kelly Maxwell, DDNRC; Courtney Smith, Detroit Phoenix Center; and Kevin Thompson, Good Inc.

B+I Public Panel Event Feb. 18 – Stronger Together: How Nonprofits Can Collaborate

Board Fellows Forum
Fri, Feb. 18 @ 10 -11:30 am ET
Virtual Event – Open to the Public

Each year, the Ross School’s Business+Impact Initiative places a cohort of Nonprofit Board Fellows to serve as non-voting members on boards across Southeast Michigan. The Ross community prides itself on using business to create a more equitable and just society, and for over 20 years this program has served as an action-based opportunity for graduate students to become involved in, and contribute to, local communities and causes. The program hosts an annual panel discussion with representatives from local nonprofit organizations. This event is open to the public and we invite you to join us!  This year, the theme of the forum is “Stronger Together: How Nonprofits Can Collaborate.” We believe that collaboration between nonprofits will only become more instrumental in combating injustices across America. Join us for a panel discussion featuring four local nonprofit experts: Kyla Carlsen, Co.act Detroit; Kelly Maxwell, DDNRC; Courtney Smith, Detroit Phoenix Center; and Kevin Thompson, Good Inc.

REGISTER HERE


Dimitri Alejo Giraldo poses side by side with Jason Gordon, internship funder

Impact Internship Funding – Round One Application

Application Due:
Tues, Mar. 1 @ Noon ET

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.
 
There are two deadlines to apply: Tues, Mar. 1 by Noon ET and Friday, April 15 by Noon ET. Award decisions will be made in two rounds after each of these dates and they are 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.

APPLY NOW


FROM THE IMPACT STUDIO:

Ariel Cruz (MBA ‘22), Pablo Hernandez (MBA ‘21), Joi James (MBA ‘23), Loren Townes Jr.

The +Impact Studio Welcomes New Ventures and Mentors

The Michigan Ross +Impact Studio is excited to be growing! The Impact Studio Founders Program is a community where impact-driven student innovators can nurture and launch their early-stage ideas to make significant, positive change in the world. This Winter 2022 semester, the studio is welcoming three new founders, as well as an +Impact Studio Program Manager to help lead the studio and support its growth.

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Young woman writing in a journal

Designing for Wellbeing: Student Innovators Use U-M Research to Enhance Mental Health on College Campuses

In Winter 2021, students in the +Impact Studio course BA670 interviewed local small business owners, finding a strong theme of mental health and well-being challenges in their community. Students engaged U-M faculty members Dr. Ethan Kross and Dr. Sue Ashford about their research, and what emerged was a prototype for a research-based journal that puts Kross and Ashford’s research into practice to enhance well-being. Applebaum Impact Design Fellows have developed the prototype over the last year and are partnering with OptiMize this semester to test it with student innovators.

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Ross Event Highlights:

Professor Andy Hoffman smiling

CPO: Andy Hoffman: Management as a Calling
Thur, Feb. 17, 4-5 pm ET
Online

Asia Business Conference logo, showing words and a geometric symbol.

Ross: Asia Business Conference
Feb. 11-12, 18-19
Online

Picture of Ross Impact Gateway websiteA 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 GATEWAY

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Read the B+I Innovation in Impact Report

Recently released by Business+Impact, the Innovation in Impact Report notes all the ways the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan has recently innovated for positive societal impact and sustainability through research, education, and outreach.

READ THE REPORT


Hattie McKinney, BA ’16, JD ’22, founder of Great Quality Developments

Great Quality Developments Wins the 2021 Michigan Business Challenge — Seigle Impact Track

We’re excited to share that the winner of the 2022 Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track is Great Quality Developments ( Hattie McKinney, BA ’16, JD ’22). The venture won the finals on Fri, Feb. 11. Great Quality Developments is a community focused, mixed-use development company that specializes in integrative developments that increase affordable housing, homeownership, and community resources in Detroit, MI. Clear Computing won second prize in the Seigle Impact Track. This competition, co-sponsored by the Zell Lurie Institute and Business+Impact, began in November with 40 teams. The Round 1 video pitch took place in mid-November, while the Round 2 video pitch took place a month later, and the eight semi-finalists pitched on Fri, Jan. 21.

READ MORE FINALS RESULTS


Diverse group of eight Ross faculty and students who received diversity awards last year, standing in front of Ross.

Ross DEI Research Awards Program

Applications Due
Mon, Feb. 28

Carolyn Yoon, Associate Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is please to announce that the Business +Impact initiative at Ross, in collaboration with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee and the Dean’s office, will hold the second annual research awards to celebrate and honor research related to diversity, equity and inclusion conducted at the Ross School of Business. Applications are now open until February 28. Please send your submissions to eogreen@umich.edu.

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SPOTLIGHT

Ariel Olaiz (Ross '07), co-founder of ePesos, wearing an ePesos shirt

ePesos: Fostering Economic Inclusion in Mexico

Last year Business+Impact introduced a new series on U-M alumni who have created social enterprises and continue the work of entrepreneurship after graduation. Previous Social Enterprise Spotlights included Thawra and FoodFinder; now we focus our spotlight on ePesos, a tech platform expanding economic inclusion to the population least affiliated with the banking system in Mexico.

Ariel Olaiz, BBA ’07, has come full circle — from studying business at the base of the pyramid at the Ross School of Business to fostering economic inclusion in Mexico. Olaiz says his U-M education comes into play every day in his role as co-founder and chief financial officer at ePesos. We caught up with Ariel to learn more about his experience running a company in the FinTech space.

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At the University:

MESA

Black History Month

Black History Month poster for U-M, featuring smiling black people in cartoon formatMulti-Ethnic Student Affairs affirms and celebrates  the lives, success, struggles and beauty of the Black and Afro-descended peoples from around the globe.  The theme for this year’s Black History Month is: Black Joy.  Below are some highlights:


U-M SUSTAINABLE FOOD PROGRAM

Seeking Sustainable Food Leaders

Apply by
Wed, Feb. 16

UMSFP logo, with hands planting a seedling.

UM Sustainable Food System (UMSFP) is a student-led organization that coordinates, connects, and supports U-M students that are developing innovative solutions to food system problems. SFP is seeking a group of 14 students that collectively manage all of UMSFP’s programs and operations. LT members work 5-12 hours per week managing one program, supporting the organization’s collective goals, and participating in weekly meetings. The ideal candidate is a creative, food-loving self-starter who is committed to social justice and collaboration. Pay starts at $15/hour.

Learn More and Apply


LSA

A Conversation on Academic Freedom and Responsibility in a More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Campus Community


Tues, Feb. 22 @ 4 – 5:30 pm ET
Virtual Event

Poster showing diverse group of speakers in Academic Freedom presentation.Faculty have the benefit of academic freedom that encourages a search for deeper knowledge and understanding, and the academic responsibility to ensure that complex content is presented through inclusive pedagogy that promotes positive learning environments. This community conversation will further explore the principles and practices of academic responsibility and academic freedom, and how these are effectively exercised in a  diverse, inclusive and equitable campus community.

More Info & Registration


SEAS

20th Peter M. Wege Lecture: Expanding the Base for Climate Action and Social Justice

Wed, Feb 23 @ Noon
Online Event

Poster for Wege Lecture, showing Dr. Ayana Elizabeth JohnsonJoin an engaging conversation about climate action and social justice with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. A marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native, Johnson is the co-founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for costal cities, as well as co-creator of the Spotify/Gimlet podcast, ‘How to Save a Planet,’ which focuses on climate solutions. The event will be moderated by SEAS assistant professor Sara Hughes and will include a live Q&A with students.

Info & Registration


OFFICE OF HEALTH EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Cultural Humility Workshop


Thurs, Feb. 24 @ 10:30 – 11:30 am ET
Virtual Event

Picture showing fingers changing letter cubes from "Humanity" to "Humility"In this one-hour workshop, facilitated by OHEI’s Michael Herrington, cultural humility is defined, and behaviors and practices that foster better relationships are explored. Through self-reflection and dialogue, participants will examine how our respective cultures and identities influence our interactions with others and how to better navigate cultural interactions and relationships. Open to all in the U-M community.

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CEW+

40th Annual Women of Color Task Force Career Conference

Fri, Mar. 4
Online

Diverse group of women watching a presenter, with Women of Color Task Force Career Conference logo in front of them.Save the date for the 40th anniversary Women of Color Task Force (WCTF) career conference on Friday, March 4, 2022!! This historic event will be a virtual 1-day conference featuring a keynote fireside chat with Tamika D. Mallory, one of the organizers of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington and co-president of The Women’s March, Inc. Ms. Mallory will be discussing the conference theme: “The Time is Now!” 

See Sessions & Register

Also, the Center for the Education of Women (CEW+) has opened applications for four fellowships covering bold advocacy, study abroad, women’s research, and women’s health. Applications are due at 11:59 pm, Mon, Feb. 21.

Find out more and apply


LSA

Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship

Apply by
Fri, Mar 11

Cartoon drawing of a city, showing streets and buildings.The Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship (ESJF) offers an opportunity for students and non-profit organizations to propose a mutually beneficial summer project. Students whose projects are selected will be paid $5,000 for ~300 hours of work with the sponsoring organization. Interns and organizations create their own work schedule, but the required hours must be completed by August 31, 2022. Fellowship recipients must be available from Monday, May 9th, 2022 through Friday, July 8th, 2022.

Apply here


DESAI ACCELERATOR

Desai Summer Interns Sought

Apply by
Sun, Mar. 13

Diverse group of 10 students with "Paid Startup Internships" as a border above the photo.Desai is hiring software development, design, business development and generalist interns who will help portfolio companies with business development, financial modeling, product QA/testing, customer development/support, user acquisition, user experience, design, marketing and market research. Students who thrive in a fast-paced environment and are currently enrolled in the University of Michigan are welcome to apply. Interns will work virtually, full-time and should have a strong interest in 1) technology and startups, 2) great execution, organizational and communication skills 3) desire to learn more about startups and entrepreneurship and 4) the ability to work individually and as part of a team.

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SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Learning Levers

Proposals Due
Mar. 13, 2022

James A. Kelly Learning Levers logo in maize and blue.Bring your passion and make an impact on pre-K–12 Education. The James A. Kelly Learning Levers Prize is a student pitch competition that supports scalable, research-based ideas that promote learning in pre-K–12 education. All U-M undergraduate and graduate students from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, or Flint campuses can enter as individuals or teams.

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STUDENT LIFE

Dinners for Democracy

Dinners Mar. 9, 10, 15, 23, 24

Poster for Dinner for Democracy on Gender and Climate, with a globe at the top.Dinners for Democracy are nonpartisan presentations and small group discussions on topics students care about. Participants can expect to gain:
– A deeper knowledge of the issue and an opportunity to discuss your thoughts
– Information about how your vote in local offices can affect the issue
– Additional resources you can use to learn more
– Free food! Virtual attendees receive a $15 gift card as a thank you for participating. You’ll have an opportunity to select from a list of restaurants/stores at the end of the event. You are welcome to participate in as many dinners as you like, though gift cards are limited to one per student per topic.

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In the Impact Community:

 

Detroit Financial Well-Being Innovation Challenge

Apply Now

Logo for United Way's Detroit Financial Well-being Innovation Challenge, in blueThe Detroit Financial Well-being Innovation Challenge is committed to gathering and acting on feedback from community residents who have first-hand experience with the financial difficulties the Challenge is trying to address. Here are a few ways you can participate in the Detroit Financial Well-being Innovation Challenge as an individual.

Learn more


Apply for the SafeHouse Center

Winter 2022 Training
February 17-20

Applications open
Mon, Feb. 21

Blue save-the-date image for SafeHouse Training dates.SafeHouse Center provides support for those impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault. SafeHouse provides free and confidential services for any person victimized that lives or works in Washtenaw County. At this time our next training will be May 19-22 for the Shelter & Helpline Program. Applications will open on February 21 for May’s training. 

Application link


Detroit’s Green Task Force

Attend and Get involved

Detroit's Green Task Force logo.The Green Task Force advises Detroit City Council on sustainable principles and practices to better serve the City of Detroit. Focused on moving the needle in all areas of sustainability, the Task Force has focus groups to build comprehensive progress.

Attend and Get Involved


Public Allies

Apply Now

Logo for Public Allies of Metro Detroit, showing a cartoon hand print in African style.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.

Application info




Some images in this newsletter are Pre-COVID.

October 2021 Newsletter

 

A woman and a man talking at the Board Fellows meeting

Business+Impact Announces its 2021-22 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

Welcome to our 2021-22 Board Fellowship participants! This year’s Board Fellowship Program brings together a record 25 partner organizations and 33 students from four 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 2022.

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 Winners of the Gordon Scholarships (left to right): Nathan Alston (MBA ’22), J’Taime Lyons (MBA/MPP ’22), and Elizabeth Wallace (MBA/MS ’22)

MBA2s Win Gordon Scholarships for Commitment to Impact


Business+Impact (B+I) is pleased to announce that Nathan Alston (MBA ’22), J’Taime Lyons (MBA/MPP ’22), and Elizabeth Wallace (MBA/MS ’22) are the recipients of the 2021-22 Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarships for outstanding commitment to solving complex social challenges. The award comes with $5,000 for each recipient. Gordon Scholars serve as B+I Student Ambassadors for the 2021-22 academic year.

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Update from the +Impact Studio

The +Impact Studio  brings impactful ideas to life using business knowledge, design tools, and research expertise. We are glad to welcome back our fellows, founders, and staff into the studio space in Ross for the upcoming semester. Take a peek inside a recent Community Coworking Session.

Design Equitable Enterprises in the Winter +Impact Studio Course

The award-winning Impact Studio course BA670 will be offered Winter term. This 3 credit course is open to all graduate students and in the course you’ll tackle questions such as: How can you use the tools of design to create a more just and inclusive economy? To build enterprises that uplift rather than deplete their communities? To enable sustainable livelihoods rather than financial precarity?

This course received an "ideas worth teaching" award for its "resilient, inclusive, sustainable version of capitalism."In Winter 2022, the Impact Studio course (BA670) will engage with IT-enabled changes that have transformed the raw materials of enterprise (labor, capital, supplies, distribution) and what that means for its stakeholders. Then, using the tools of design, we will prototype new forms of enterprise in an industry undergoing radical change around the globe right now: restaurants. Covid rapidly accelerated changes already underway, from a shift toward ghost kitchens and delivery to the use of QR codes in place of human servers. How might we use these same technologies to reimagine capitalism? To create equitable enterprises that provide a living wage and foster community?

MORE COURSE INFO

 


DEI at Ross banner

Inaugural DEI Research Awards Honor Impactful Work at Ross

B+I is a sponsor of the Ross DEI Research Awards, instituted in 2021, which celebrate and honor research related to diversity, equity and inclusion conducted at the Ross School of Business, at every stage of the academic journey. Also established in 2021, the annual J. Frank Yates Diversity and Inclusion Teaching Excellence Award, honors a member of our teaching faculty who demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion and makes a significant positive impact on the learning and personal growth of our students. In a ceremony on September 29, the award winners received their awards and presented a brief lightning talk on their area of expertise.

The research award winners were:
Faculty: Sarah Miller (Business Economics & Public Policy), Mohamed Mostagir (Technology & Operations)
Ph.D.: Virginia Traweek (Finance)
BBA senior thesis: Karthik Nagappan

See Flickr Gallery of Photos

Ross Event Highlights:

Women who fund forum

Women Who Fund: Forum
Wed, Oct 20 @ 10 am ET
Online

A woman at the Forte/Women's MBA Forum

Ross: Forté/Women’s MBA Forum
Thurs, Oct 21 @ 11 am ET
Online

Speaker at the Story Lab Retreats

Sanger: Story Lab Retreats
Thurs, Nov. 4, 4 – 9 pm ET
Fri, Nov 5, 10 am – 3 pm ET

First-generation students

Ross DEI: First-Gen Students
Thurs, Nov. 18 @ 6 pm ET
Online

Participants of the Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track

Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track Begins

Info Session
Wed, Oct. 20 @ 5 – 6 pm
Online

The Michigan Business Challenge Seigle Impact Track, with prizes totaling over $26,000, recognizes the business plan that best pursues a mission-driven goal. This track aims to stimulate the creation of new businesses, products or services that prioritize social and/or environmental considerations. The Seigle Impact Track is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by Business+Impact at Ross, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Apply for the Competition by Mon, Nov. 1 @ 8 am


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Give-A-Day-Fund Match Campaign Live for MBA2s

The Give-A-Day Fund (GADF) fundraising campaign is underway! GADF is a student-driven fund supporting MBAs interning in social impact, enabling them to focus on their mission instead of stressing about finances. You can read about 2021 interns here. If 90 students donate, we’ll unlock a $5,000 donation from an anonymous alumni donor!

DONATE HERE

 


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Impact Advantage Open for Full-Time MBA May 2021 Grads

Have you heard? The new Ross School of Business Impact Advantage program now provides educational loan repayment assistance to Ross full-time MBA graduates who pursue careers in nonprofit or public sector organizations.

Launched this year, full-time MBA students like you who graduated in May 2021 or after will be eligible to apply for the Impact Advantage program and receive up to $7,500 per year for the first 5 years after graduation, towards Ross-related loan obligations. You must be in a full-time position at a public or nonprofit sector organization, earning below the median base salary of the most recent graduating class.

Info and Application

Impact News & Notes

Ashley Cureton Received 2021 Diversity Recognition Award from the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council

Community brings a fresh spin to Detroit alleyways

Reflecting on U-M’s anti-racism initiatives a year later

Grants from OVPR, NCID advance anti-racism research, scholarship

More companies pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – featuring Jennifer Haverkamp

Dotson named University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor

Share of Michiganders living in poverty falls in 2020, largely due to aid

Michigan Ross Faculty and Students Help Launch New Michigan Climate Venture Fund at U-M

Nominations sought for president’s awards for public engagement

Can Colleges Reform Their Police Departments? One Says Yes, and Here’s How – featuring Charles Davis III

A Guide on Racism, Inequality, and Health Care for African Americans

MIDAS leads multi-university collaboration on data equity systems

Michigan Ross MBA Students Take Home $10,000 Prize and Much More from the National Black MBA Case Competition

A Tool for Exploring & Preparing for Graduate School

Breaking Up the Philanthropy ‘Boys Club’ – featuring Megan Tompkins-Stange

We don’t know where all the lead pipes are. This tool helps find them – featuring Eric Schwartz

McDonald’s Cannot Get to ‘Net Zero’ by Feeding the World Hamburgers, Experts Say – featuring Andy Hoffman

Journalist urges audience to ‘opt in’ to confront ‘twin plagues’

UM-Flint partners with city on sustainability goals for the future

Making a Positive Impact: Students Engaged in Sustainability Efforts at Michigan Ross

Impact Gateway website page

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 GATEWAY

At the University:

OPTIMIZE

Optimize Social Innovation ChallengeOptimize Social Innovation Challenge poster


Apply Now!

optiMize is an organization at the University of Michigan that offers programs, courses, mentorship, and funding for students of all ages and majors to work on self-directed projects. Submit a Challenge form right now and tell optiMize a bit about you and your interests. It should take 10 minutes or less. From there, we’ll connect with you to explore how optiMize can help you turn your ideas into impact!


More Info


FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Policy Talks @ the Ford SchoolFord School of Public Policy logo

The Ford School hosts a diverse array of timely, meaningful events that engage with students, community, and public policy leaders. During the coming month, the Ford School will host this wide-ranging and powerful series of talks on diversity, poverty and immigration.


RACKHAM GRADUATE SCHOOL

Public Scholarship GrantsRackham Public Scholarship recipients

Letter of Intent
Due by Wed, Oct. 20 @ 11:59 pm ET

Rackham Public Scholarship Grants provide support for publicly engaged scholarly projects created between Rackham students and community partners. Rackham students may apply for up to $8,000 to lead and implement a public scholarship project over the course of a one year grant period.Students may apply individually or as part of a team of students.

Info and Application

 


OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION & CENTER FOR THE EDUCATION OF WOMEN (CEW+)

“Through My Lens” Discussion“Through My Lens” Discussion poster


Fri, Oct. 29 @ 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Virtual


To build awareness about the ongoing challenges facing Women of Color in academia and to celebrate 25+ years of advocacy work, the Women of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP) invites you to the first of three anniversary events series entitled, “Connecting the Past to the Present: Honoring the Experiences of Women of Color in Academia.” This springboard event will be a virtual viewing of the WOCAP-curated 1999 film, “Through my Lens” paired with a moderated discussion as part of the U-M annual DEI Summit.


Register here

 


SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Social Work Speaker EventsMichigan School of Social Work logo

The School of Social Work (SSW) continues to raise awareness of important issues through events on campus and online. This month SSW will host a broad spectrum of events and speakers on subjects like social impact, racial justice, and affordable housing

 


GLOBAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM

GSP ApplicationsGlobal Scholars Program students


Early Decisions: October 8, 2021
Fall Deadline:  December 10, 2021
Winter 2022 Deadline:  December 3, 2021

Info Session: Thurs, Nov. 18 @ 7 pm
Location TBA

The Global Scholars Program (GSP) is now accepting applications for winter 2022 and academic year 2022-2023. The fall deadline for applications is December 10. There will be an Info Session November 18, 2021, 7:00-8:00 pm. Please RSVP if you plan on attending and the location of the meeting will be emailed to you.


Info and Registration

 


In the Impact Community:

Wege PrizeWege Prize logo


Apply by
Mon, Nov. 1 @ 11:59 pm ET

Wege Prize 2022 will again be open to undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the world, and will again be focused on the circular economy. When does it start? Well, right now! The Team Application period has been open for a while, but final deliverables and team names are due next month.

More Info

 


Income 4 InternsIncome 4 Interns logo

 

Submit by
Tues, Nov. 2 @ 11:59 pm

Unpaid internships exacerbate socioeconomic and racial inequalities as minority families may be disproportionately unable to subsidize their child’s college expenses in order for them to participate. Eligible participants must submit a video telling us what the right paid internship would empower them to do to build a career of meaning and impact. Finalists will be selected from the videos earning the highest votes or displaying the greatest potential and strongest need before being interviewed by our judging panel. The winner will be awarded $5,000 to support an unpaid internship in the social sector of their choosing in the subsequent 12 months.

 
 

D-Prize Global Competition for Poverty InterventionD-Prize logo


Regular Application Due:
Sun, Nov. 7 @ Midnight

The world has already invented products and services to end poverty. Yet we have found dozens of proven interventions with large delivery gaps. Millions of people still don’t have access. Can you design a new business or NGO that delivers a proven poverty intervention at scale? Submit your idea to build a new organization and solve one of our Distribution Challenges below. We will award the most promising teams with up to $20,000 USD to launch wherever extreme poverty exists.

 


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Deadline Dec. 20
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Do you have an idea for a product or service that is affordable to those impacted by poverty while creating employment opportunities? Apply for EPIC and your idea could be funded to impact the communities you care about most. OPEN to all social entrepreneurs who want to make a systematic change from the ground up on the #1 UN SDG: No Poverty.

 

 


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Business+Impact’s 21-22 Board Fellows and Nonprofit Partners

During the 2021-22 academic year,  participants in Business+Impact’s Board Fellows program will attend monthly board meetings at local nonprofits as non-voting members and complete a major strategic project.  Below are the regional organizations and the students assigned to them:

Alternatives for Girls

Alternatives For Girls helps homeless and high risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy, and exploitation; and helps them to explore and access the support, resources, and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices for their lives.
www.alternativesforgirls.org

  • Sneha Edupuganti, MBA
  • Gena Inbusch, MBA

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

The mission of the Ann Arbor CIL is to is to empower the lives of people with disabilities and to advocate for a more inclusive community for all.
www.annarborcil.org

  • Gabriela Alvarez Estades, MBA

Ann Arbor Track Club

The Ann Arbor Track Club promotes fitness, friendship, and fun for all ages through running, walking, and track and field activities.
www.aatrackclub.org

  • Haleigh Miller, MBA

Apple Playschools

Apple Playschools embodies inclusion, innovation, and environmental stewardship in entrepreneurship and education in order to make a more equitable world.
www.appleplayschools.org/

  • Sam Ashley, MBA/MPP

Avalon Healing Center

Avalon inspires healing and empowerment for those affected by sexual violence through free and immediate comprehensive services; promotes public awareness; and advances social change.
avalonhealing.org/

  • Emma Knoesen, MBA

Center for Success Network

Center for Success unites literacy and community to empower students in the journey of education.
www.center4success.org/

  • Tess Levin, MBA
  • Nia McCarthy, MBA

Community Action Network

Community Action Network partners with children, youth, and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves and improve the communities in which they live.
canwashtenaw.org

  • Luke Hendon, MBA
  • Linda Yang, MBA

Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center

The Difficult Dialogues National Resource Center  advances innovative practices in higher education that promote respectful, transformative dialogue on controversial topics and complex social issues, thereby reflecting a commitment to pluralism and academic freedom and strengthening a democratically engaged society.
difficultdialogues.org

  • Anna Haas, MBA
  • Stella Han, MBA

GenesisHOPE

GenesisHOPE is a community development corporation in Islandview Village, a near east side neighborhood in Detroit, MI. With a focus on youth, community and economic development, we improve the quality of life for those living and working in Islandview.
www.genesishope.org

  • Tyrese Jackson, MBA
  • Ramsay Ritchie, MPP

Her World

Her World Initiative seeks to help change the life of one woman at a time afflicted by domestic violence, the litigation abuse that often ensues when they try to escape it, and the journey that takes these women from surviving, to healing, and ultimately thriving.
https://www.herworldinitiative.org

  • Patrick Burden, MBA

InsideOut Literary Arts

InsideOut’s primary goal is to transform the lives of students in metro Detroit through the written and spoken word. Our team of professional artists and performers provide high-quality, life-enhancing literary arts experiences in the classroom and in the community and make possible the realization of our mission to inspire students to “think broadly, create bravely and share their voices with the wider world.”
insideoutdetroit.org

  • Isabelle Shanafelt, MBA

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy will empower all scholars to develop the strength of character, skills, and knowledge needed to matriculate into, be great in, and graduate from college so that they have opportunities to be successful in the competitive world and to take care of themselves and the people that they love.
jrladetroit.com

  • Emmalee Greiner, MBA

Many Hands 

Many Hands is a lifesharing, learning and living community environment where people of all abilities thrive and grow to their full potential.
manyhandscommunityservices.com/

  • Tyler VauDell, MBA

Michigan Food and Farming Systems

MFFS is connecting beginning and historically underserved farmers to resources and to each other; ensuring social justice, environmental stewardship, and profitability.
www.miffs.org/

  • Chelsea Parker, MBA, Environment

Michigan United Cerebral Palsy (MI-UCP)

MI-UCP enables all Michiganders with disabilities to live to the best of their abilities and ambitions.
www.ucpmichigan.org/

  • Sarah Hagan, MBA ‘23

Motor City Freedom Riders

The Motor City Freedom Riders is an organization of metro Detroit bus riders and allies, working together across the region to build a movement for better public transit service to achieve transportation freedom.
https://motorcityfreedomriders.org/

  • Nicholas Rojas, MBA, Environment

Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan (NLSM)

Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan serves the citizens of Michigan with quality professional housing counseling, legal and advocacy services by removing barriers that prevent individuals from reaching their fullest potential.
nlsmichigan.org

  • Joss Woodhead, MBA

Old Newsboy’s Goodfellow Fund

Since 1914 the mission of the Old Newsboy’s Goodfellow Fund is “No kiddie without a Christmas.”
www.detroitgoodfellows.org

  • Grace Kenney, MBA

Salvation Army of Metro Detroit

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit provides substance abuse treatment, women’s services, disaster services, correctional programs, Corps community centers, family services, older adult programs, shelters, day camp, character building programs, after school programs, early childhood development, William Booth Legal Aid Clinic, and Medical Respite Care.
centralusa.salvationarmy.org/emi

  • Eden Berdugo, MBA
  • Jackson Pilutti, MBA

SCRAP Creative Reuse

SCRAP is an arts, environment and education nonprofit with a mission to inspire creative reuse and sustainable environmental behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
scrapcreativereuse.org/

  • Madison Parrish, MBA, Environment
  • Amy Schatz, MBA, Environment

SOS Community Services

SOS promotes housing stability and family self-sufficiency through collaboration, care and respect.
https://soscs.org/

  • Young Chan Lim, MPP

Southwest Solutions

The mission of Southwest Solutions is to enhance the quality of life, success and self-sufficiency of individuals and families in Detroit.
https://www.swsol.org/

  • Danielle Burnett, MBA

Two Rabbits

The Two Rabbits mission is to empower communities to create preschool programs that honor their identity and prepare children to lead the future as they define it.
www.chasingtworabbits.org/

  • Kate Salomon, MBA

Washtenaw Area Council for Children

WACC’s mission is to promote child safety and well-being, and to prevent child maltreatment, abuse, and neglect through educational service and programs to children, parents, community members and youth-serving professionals throughout Washtenaw County.
www.washtenawchildren.org/

  • Mary Jasnic, MBA
  • Sonali Reddy, MBA/MD

Washtenaw Housing Alliance

The mission of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance is to end homelessness in Washtenaw County, MI.
www.whalliance.org

  • Laura Meyer, MPP

Senior Fellows

  • Harshita Pilla, MBA/MURP
  • Benjamin Levine, MBA/MPP
  • Connor Donnelly, MBA/Environment