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November 2023 Newsletter


Design Equitable Enterprises in the Winter +Impact Studio Course

Professors: Cat Johnson, Jerry Davis |  Credits: 3
Winter 2024

The +Impact Studio graduate course (BA670) prepares students to be architects of an equitable, just, and sustainable future. In Winter ’24, this award-winning course will focus on the green energy transition.  We will be engaging with neighborhood partners in Detroit to design equitable and feasible business models for innovative green energy models that support communities. The course is 3 credits and will be offered to all graduate students on Wednesday mornings during the Winter semester.  This course received an Aspen Business & Society Ideas Worth Teaching Award in recognition of its expansive purpose, innovative thinking, and integrated, multi-disciplinary approach.

Read a new Medium Post about the Winter ’24 +Impact Studio course.


Working in the ESG Space – A Panel Discussion

Mon, Nov. 27 @ 5-6 pm ET

Join us for a panel discussion about working in ESG. Ross alums and leaders in the ESG space will share their experiences, insights, and recommendations around working in ESG and tips for recruiting.


We are proud to announce our 2023-24 B+I Student Ambassadors — graduate and undergraduate students from the Ross School of Business and other peer schools who represent the student voice for the B+I initiative. Many of these students have participated in our programs or received funding or scholarships from us, and have been actively involved in the numerous impact activities at U-M.




B+I’s New Executive-in-Residence

Business+Impact  is proud to announce our newly-recognized Executive-in-Residence, Dr. Neil C. Hawkins! Neil Hawkins has spent a career collaborating to define a positive and impactful role for business in global sustainable development and public policy. For 31 years, he was a key leader at Dow, ultimately serving as Chief Sustainability Officer and CVP for Environment, Health, and Safety. He has also served as President of the Erb Family Foundation currently is interim CEO and President of the World Environment Center. B+I staff and students are excited to engage with and learn from the wealth of experience Dr. Hawkins brings to this position.


Sea Spider

Almost half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating island of trash twice the size of Texas, is made up of discarded fishing gear. This gear, called ghost fishing nets, strangle marine life and block sun from contributing to the underwater ecosystem. Sea-Spider uses artificial intelligence, in conjunction with existing technology, to predict when and where nets can be found and ultimately removed.

Read more

Ross Events:


Impact Gala

Mon, Dec. 4 @ 6-8 pm
University of Michigan Museum of Art

Community Case Competition, Net Impact @ Ross, and Detroit Impact @ Ross invite you to celebrate the conclusion of our Fall Impact Cases and build community with one another! Co-sponsored by Business+Impact.

RSVP on CampusGroups


Highlights from DNEP

The Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project is now part of the B+I stable of offerings, bringing together small businesses in Detroit with UM faculty-supervised student teams to provide a learning experience for students and solve business’ legal, financial, marketing, operational, and design challenges. Below are some highlights.

DNEP Holiday Market

Fri, Dec. 15 @ 3-8 pm
Jam Handy
2900 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit

Shop from a variety of local minority-owned businesses, including apparel, food, jewelry, artisans, and more at DNEP’s Holiday Market!  Support local Detroit Businesses while finding unique gifts for this holiday season. There is a shortage of affordable indoor market spaces available for micro-businesses, making it hard for businesses who do not have a brick and mortar to participate in #ShopSmall campaigns.



InterMission – An Action-Learning Expedition (MO 330)

Professor: Kevin Thompson
Credits: 3 | Winter 2024

Presented in cooperation with B+I, InterMission is a self-leadership course for students adrift in a sea of expectations who are exceptional at fulfilling goals set by others but find themselves too busy to reflect on whether they are the right thing to do.  The course includes a one-week wilderness expedition in Utah’s Canyonlands with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). The wilderness expedition is strenuous and has an incremental cost.  InterMission has 10 classroom sessions of 90 minutes each and 7 intensive days on the wilderness expedition, which runs at the conclusion of winter term before summer internships. The classroom sessions will utilize and apply three rigorous, science-based frameworks developed at Harvard Business School, Virginia’s Darden School, and Michigan Ross.

View the syllabus


See All of the Impact Courses Offered in Winter 2024

Continuously updated for current students, our listing covers hundreds of impact undergraduate and graduate courses for impact at Michigan Ross, across campus, and online. Courses in social impact and sustainability, as well as social justice and world issues are shown. Constantly updated, the list shows the most up-to-date courses actually available to students currently registering for the Winter ’24 semester. It’s just a part of our larger Impact Gateway.


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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 News and Notes

At the University:



Diversity Alliance: Pathways to Public Policy

Tues, Nov. 14 @ 8-9 pm ET
Virtual Event

Topics of discussion with our alumni will include Unique pathways into careers in public policy; diversity, equity, and inclusion in the public policy work place; policy implications of current events; and mentorship and impact opportunities.

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Start-up and Intern Applications

Startup Applicaton Due
Intern Application Due
Tues, Nov. 14

Join the Desai Community! We look for early-stage companies founded by upcoming or recent University of Michigan – Ann Arbor graduates. We prefer companies with demonstrated product-building capability, market validation, and an exceptional team dynamic with the ability to execute quickly.

Start-up Application    |    Intern Application


Social Work Events

Drawing on an interdisciplinary faculty within a public university seated in a region of enormous need and promise, School of Social Work events share education, research, and service that fosters progressive change for students, faculty and staff.

ENGAGE Community Engagement Showcase – Wed, Nov. 15

Unity in Diversity Dinner – Thurs, Nov. 16

A Microaffirmation Approach Toward Understanding Mental Health and Well-Being Among Black Male College Students – Thurs, Nov. 30

Community and Social Change Info Session – Wed, Dec. 6

Exploring a Social Justice Career Path – Thurs, Dec. 7

Promoting Action for Intersectional Social Justice – Mon, Dec. 11


Sustainability Honors Cords

Orders Due
Fri, Nov. 17

The Excellence in Sustainability Honors Cord program is designed to recognize students who went above and beyond to advance their knowledge, skills, and practice of sustainability ethics while studying at the University of Michigan. The acceptance to the Excellence in Sustainability Honors Cord program will allow students to receive an Excellence in Sustainability Honors Cord for graduation, join an exclusive alumni LinkedIn network, and be part of a sustainability spotlight series.

Learn More


Global Scholars Applications

Fall & Winter 2024 Deadline
Sun, Dec. 3

GSP is an interdisciplinary living-learning community that brings students together from around the world to engage in social justice education on a global level. We invite applications from students of all backgrounds and levels of intercultural experience and from any college or school at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

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James A. Kelly Learning Lever Prize

Propose Now

The James A. Kelly Learning Lever Prize is a competition designed to challenge University of Michigan students to invent digital tools with the potential to significantly improve student learning. This prize encourages a culture of innovation in education, and rewards the creative, interdisciplinary work of University of Michigan students.

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Community Engagement Grants

Apply By Fri, Dec. 8

The Ginsberg Center provides multiple forms of financial resources for student groups and organizations to engage in positive change through social justice education, leadership development, and meaningful service experiences with the community. The Community Engagement Grant program allows us to deepen our partnerships with student organizations and support community-based initiatives. Community Engagement Grants are offered on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.

Apply Now

In the Impact Community:



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.  

Registration Information


John R. Lewis Case Competition

Application Due
Fri, Nov. 17 at 11:59 pm ET

All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply as teams for the free John Lewis Case Competition this month. The preliminary round consists of an industry-generic PowerPoint statement on intention. Semifinalists will be assigned to a corporate sponsor on December 11th and given a specific case prompt based on that sponsor’s racial justice/equality goals. The overall winning team will receive $20,000, with $7,000 for second place and $3,000 for third place.

More info


Volunteer for VITA and Help Others with Tax Returns

Training in November

VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Join a community of over 80 volunteers in working to complete federal and state tax returns for low to moderate income families in Washtenaw County. Volunteer to help clients save on costly tax preparation fees, and put over $1.4 million of refunds into the hands of those that need it most. No experience? No problem! United Way’s comprehensive training process will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare basic tax returns.

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MBark 2 Boulder

Jan. 3-6
Boulder, CO

Academic institutions are only now beginning to provide instruction in relevant disciplines such as authentic leadership and sustainability.  Meanwhile, natural foods companies have seldom recruited MBA students, so many of the best management practices, analytical tools, growth strategies, and latest research on organizational development are simply not present in the ranks of their leadership. MBArk was created to bridge that gap, bringing the “hearts” of natural foods together with the “smarts” of business education.

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The Sweep and Force of Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment: The Constitution’s Disqualification from Office of Oath-Breaking Insurrectionists

Please join us for the University of Michigan’s annual commemoration of Constitution Day. A reception will immediately follow in the Jeffries Lounge (Jeffries Hall 1220). Michael Stokes Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Law at University of St. Thomas School of Law, will deliver a lecture entitled, “The Sweep and Force of Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment: The Constitution’s Disqualification from Office of Oath-Breaking Insurrectionists.”

Professor Paulsen is the co-author, along with William Baude, of an article forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review titled The Sweep and Force of Section Three.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

The Role of Civic & Community Engagement in our Cities–Past, Present, and Future

Book cover for "In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower"

Book cover for "In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower"Guided by his recent book, In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower, Davarian L. Baldwin will lead us in conversation about how the higher education model of civic and community engagement has and (in many cases) hasn’t served its mission to address systemic inequities.

Davarian’s deep work with community-based leaders and neighborhood organizations that are directly impacted by universities and their development within our cities provides a context for dialogue, reflection, and planning to address harm that has occurred and identify what is needed going forward. As Davarian will share, in the current moment he sees a profound mismatch between the modest educational practices of community engagement and higher education’s massive political and economic impacts on urban life, but a comprehensive and integrated civic and community engagement approach is a promising path forward.

Later in the session, Shalom Staub, Director of UCLA’s Center for Community Engagement, will share how he and a group of faculty and staff are using Davarian’s book to reflect on UCLA’s historical impact on the city of Los Angeles and inform their work as they contribute to UCLA’s community engagement strategy.

The session will prioritize learning and sharing with two facilitated small group breakouts.

Note: This session is part of Campus Compact’s programming for R1 Institutions. All U-M faculty staff & students are welcome to attend.given U-M’s institutional membership in Campus Compact.


Ginsberg Center’s Community Engagement @ Michigan Series 2023-2024

Community Engagement @ Michigan Graphic

Community Engagement @ Michigan GraphicGinsberg Center’s Community Engagement @ Michigan Series for faculty & staff addresses critical topics in community-engaged teaching and learning, research, scholarship, and program/project development. Through seminars and events, this faculty and professional development series supports faculty, staff, administrators, post-docs, and graduate students at U-M who are interested in learning about or further developing community-driven practice. Participants engage with strategies and approaches to develop and sustain community partnerships for research & teaching, prepare students to work with communities, emphasize civic learning across disciplines, develop and refine course-based and program curriculum, and more. Offered in Fall and Winter terms. Open to Faculty, Admin/Staff, and Postdocs. Some sessions open to Graduate Students.

See workshop descriptions for details & registration: https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/event/13803


August 2023 Newsletter


Program Applications Open for +Impact Studio Founders and Fellows, Nonprofit Board Fellowships

Calling all current U-M students! Do you have a strong entrepreneurial spirit? Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary collaboration? A commitment to impact? If so, we want you! Come join our vibrant collaborative community and help take ideas from concept to prototype to scale!

The +Impact Studio Founders Program helps impact-driven creators and innovators bring impactful ideas to life that build a sustainable and just world for all! Using business knowledge, design tools, and research expertise, our experienced and interdisciplinary coaches and fellows roll up their sleeves and work alongside founders to accomplish great things.

Applebaum Impact Design Fellows are part of an interdisciplinary cohort working to support the +Impact Studio Founders Program & prototype studio concepts.




Business+Impact’s Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program develops cross-sector leadership skills by placing graduate students as non-voting members on board in Southeast Michigan nonprofits.

The 2023-24 Student Application for the program is now available, along with student instructions, and is due Thurs, Sept. 14 at 11:59 pm.

You must attend an info session below in order to participate in the program for 2023-24:

BF Info Session #1
Thurs, Aug. 31 @ 6-7 pm

BF Info Session #2
Tues. Sept 5 @ Noon – 1 pm
Blau Colloquium, Blau Hall (food provided

BF Info Session #3
Wed. Sept 6 @ 4-5 pm
Room 3240, Weill Hall (food provided)

If you are unable to attend due to an academic or religious conflict, please email us to schedule an alternate time.



B+I Showcase Will Highlight Impact Centers & Clubs Across Campus for All U-M Students

Thurs, Sept. 7 @ 11 am – 1 pm
Ross School of Business
Sixth Floor, Tauber Colloquium

Welcome new and returning students! We hope your summer was empowering and invigorating, because we have a lot of opportunities coming up for you. As part of our mission to make students aware of impact opportunities across campus, we welcome students to our 6th annual Business+Impact Showcase at Ross. Students will have a chance to meet with over 30 organizations and map out their U-M impact journeys. The event will also feature a “Mission & Mocktails Room,” and other fun, engaging activities.



Impact Internship Stories from Around the World

This year, Business+Impact’s Summer Fund financially supported the summer impact internships and experiences of 44 U-M students.

Each summer, Business+Impact awards competitive grants for summer internships to MBAs and BBAs in the Ross School of Business as well as MPP students in the Ford School of Public Policy.  Funding comes from the Give-A-Day Fund, General Motors, the Gordon Impact Entrepreneurship Fund, and the Ford School of Public Policy.

We have captured the experience of several interns from around the world, across a variety of focus areas, in students across campus.


MBA Impact at Ross Happy Hour/Kickoff

Tues, Sept. 5 @ 4:30-6:30 pm
Casa Dominick’s
812 Monroe St., Ann Arbor

Business+Impact and Net Impact are excited to welcome all MBAs to a kickoff Happy Hour at Dominicks, celebrating the beginning of the academic year and renewing friendships while refreshing ourselves. New and returning MBAs interested in impact are invited to gather at this special event featuring sangria and pizza, co-sponsored by Business+Impact and Ross Net Impact.

Attendees will be limited.



Impact Tabling Events Where You Can Meet Us!

Business+Impact will be taking part in a number of tabling events during the next month where you can meet us and find out more about our programs and our mission:

  • FTMBA Orientation Meet Centers and Inst – Thurs, Aug 17 11:45 – 1:45 @ Ross Winter Garden

  • Incoming BBA Tabling Event – Fri, Aug 25 11-12:30 @ Ross Winter Garden

  • B+I & Net Impact Happy hour – Tues, Sept 5 4:30-6:30 @ Dominick’s

  • Taubman College Welcome Picnic – Wed, Sept 6, 6:30-8 @ The Taubman Patio

  • B+I Showcase – Thurs, Sept 7 11-1 @ Ross’ Tauber Colloquium

  • UMSI Cross-School Resource Fair – Tues, Sept 12 Noon-1:30 

  • Social Work Resource Fair – Wed, Sept 13 Noon-2pm @ SSW Basement

  • VC & Entrepreneurship Resource Fair – Fri, Sept 15 Noon-2 

  • Earthfest – Thurs, Sept 21 10am – 2 pm @ The Diag

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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 News and Notes

At the University:


Impact Investing Group Donations

Donate Now!

The Impact Investing Group at Michigan Ross serves businesses that face inequitable financing. IIG’s Microfinance Fund provides microloans to entrepreneurs in Detroit and Ann Arbor. Now you can donate to this fund and impact SE Michigan.

More Info


Get Volunteer Support for Your Team

Apply Now

Have an information-based project you’re having trouble prioritizing? Your organization can get the help you need from the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI). Organizations and units on the U-M campus are invited to host a student team who will provide high impact deliverables on your project. Interested? 

Apply here


Senior Facilitator Needed

Apply by: Sun, Aug. 20

The Center for Socially Engaged Design (C-SED) is looking for a Senior Facilitator to lead C-SED’s mission to build a more socially engaged and collaborative research environment at the University of Michigan, College of Engineering. The Senior Facilitator will work with diverse teams to create engaging experiences that foster thoughtful conversations, innovative ideas, and clear paths for collaborative work.

More Info


Racial Equity in Washtenaw County and the Role of Reparations

Thurs, Aug. 31 @ Noon-1 pm

As part of the Epidemiology Seminar Series with Alize Asberry Payne, there will be a discussion on reparations for African-Americans in light of racial equity challenges in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Register here


Pride Outside: LGBTQ Welcome

Sun, Sept. 3 @ 2-4:30 pm
Angell Hall

A major part of Welcome to Michigan, Pride Outside is an annual LGBTQ+ centric welcome event providing a space for new and returning students to celebrate the beginning of fall semester with resource tables, lawn games, a drag show, shaved ice, t-shirt giveaways, and more. With partners from oSTEM, Michigan Engineering, and Central Student Government, this event is one of Spectrum Center’s largest and sets a positive, energetic, and community tone for the academic year.

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Foundations of Community Engagement

Thurs, Aug. 24 @ Noon-1:30 pm, or
Wed, Sept 13 @ 6-7:30 pm, or
Tues, Sept. 19 @ 4:30-6 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:

Paragon One Nonprofit Consulting Remote Externship

Apply by Mon, Aug. 21

In this externship program starting Mon, Sept. 4, students will learn strategic consulting skills to analyze and evaluate challenges from nonprofit organizations using consulting frameworks, in an overall effort to help them solve their important problems. Selected individuals will dive into their strategic problems, such as development, impact assessment, process improvements, talent engagement, communication, and strategic positioning.

Application info

Champions for Change

Apply by Tues, Aug. 22

In vibrant communities, all people are welcomed, included, valued and nurtured. Together, we can find new ways to disrupt the many forms of racism. Throughout Champions for Change, we nurture and support Leaders of Color and White Leaders in their efforts for social change. We cultivate dialogic skills, engage in critical self-reflection, and empower each other to leverage our influence to create racially equitable communities.

Application info

Consulting with Purpose: Consultants and Professionals Serving Nonprofits

Tues, Aug. 22 @ Noon-1:30 pm
Tues, Sept. 26 @ Noon-1:30 pm

Join Co.act Detroit and Michigan Community Resources for an enriching series for consultants and professionals who share a deep commitment to helping nonprofits achieve their missions. Through collaboration, peer-to-peer networking, and knowledge sharing, we’re making space for a community of practice made up of like-minded professionals passionate about serving nonprofits.

Register Here

Arts and Culture Racial Equity Grant

Apply by Mon, Aug. 28 @ 5 pm

The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation will be accepting grant applications for the Arts and Culture Grant Program.  To apply you must attend the final Information Session, Mon, Aug. 21 @ 2 pm via Zoom.

Application Info

NEW Fundraiser: African American Foodways Dinner with Adrian Miller

Tues, Sept. 12 @ 7 pm
Zingerman’s Roadhouse
$90 with options for additional donations

This dinner will be raising funds in support of Ann Arbor’s NEW Center (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work), along with their loving and revolutionary work. Zingerman’s is thrilled to be able to bring back one of its most beloved special events, the African American Foodways dinner, in celebration of its 20th anniversary. It’s an honor to welcome back Adrian Miller — food writer, James Beard Award winner, attorney, and certified barbecue judge.

More info


Wege Prize Competition

Applications Open
Aug. 7 – Oct. 8

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

Foundations of Community Engagement | Part of Ginsberg’s Learning in Community Series

Learning In Community

Learning In CommunityFoundations of Community Engagement is an interactive workshop for students that introduces principles and practices of equitable, ethical community engagement. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of what the term “community engagement” means, as well as the many forms it might take – from research and course-based projects to philanthropy, activism, policy, and direct service. Across all these forms of engagement, participants will learn concepts and actions that promote equitable partnerships, center community-defined priorities, and disrupt entrenched power dynamics between universities and community members. Participants will also discuss real-world community engagement scenarios that ask them to apply what they’ve learned in the workshop to various situations.

New for 2023-24, this workshop is an updated version of Ginsberg’s long-standing Entering, Engaging, and Exiting (E3) session. If you’ve attended that session in the past, you’ll gain additional knowledge from this session.


Board Fellows Forum on Nonprofit Boards and Communities

“Community Connections: Forging Equitable Relationships Between Nonprofit Boards and the Communities They Serve”

Wed, Mar 15 @ 5:30-7:30 pm
Blau Hall, B0560

As nonprofit organizations grow, it is easy for board members to become increasingly disconnected from the community members they serve. What actions can boards take to be sure community voices are included, without tokenizing individual community members? How are boards rethinking organizational structures to foster equity and inclusion? We invite the public to join Board Fellowship students and staff for this interactive panel discussion with local nonprofit leaders. Dinner will be served. Please register through Eventbrite.