UMRA-U-M Retirees Association Presents: Climate Change and What it Means for the Great Lakes

Dean Overpeck is an interdisciplinary climate scientist and has led active climate research programs on five continents. His research is focused on understanding drought and megadrought dynamics (and risk) the world over. He has also served as the lead investigator of Climate Assessment for the Southwest and the SW Climate Science Center – two major programs focused on regional climate adaptation . He has appeared and testified before congress multiple times, is a Fellow of American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published over 220 works on cllimate and the environmental sciences.

Nailed It Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Event Poster showing panel, Nailed It film poster, date, time and location

Description: Join the EHS department for a screening of the documentary, ‘Nailed It’ and panel discussion focused on occupational health and environmental justice as it relates to the beauty industry. Join in-person (at the University of Michigan School of Public Health) or virtually. Details on location and ways to access the movie prior to this event will be shared via email with all registrants.


Panel includes:
Dr. Aurora Le, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at UM SPH
Dr. Tran Huynh, Assistant Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health, Drexel University
Minthu Le, Environmental Assistant, San Francisco Environment Department, California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative
Brianna Siracuse, Presidential Management Fellow, US EPA and UM EHS Alumna
Moderated by Khang Huynh, MPH student in EHS at UM

Rooting For Change

A day of student speakers, educational activities, and more as we confront topics of food justice in our communities and learn how U-M students are growing a future of community resilience around food systems! Festivities of the day will include food, student-led learnshops, and wellbeing breaks – all by and for students.
Student organizer contact information:
Audience: students

Registration coming soon!

February 2023 Newsletter


SeaSpider Wins the 2023 Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track

We’re excited to share that the winner of the 2023 Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track is SeaSpider – (Joe Huang, CS ’22; Adam Zhang, BS Environment ’23). The venture won the finals on Fri, Feb. 10. SeaSpider is  a student venture aiming at the identification and removal of abandoned fishing nets in sensitive coral reefs. The runner up was International Footprint. This competition is sponsored by the Mark and Robin Seigle Entrepreneurial Innovation Fund and co-managed by the Zell Lurie Institute and Business+Impact.


Public Forum on Nonprofit Boards and Communities: Mar. 15

“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.


Summer Impact Internship Funding Application

Apply now!

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.
The application for these monetary awards has just opened and will be considered on a rolling basis until April 18th. Award decisions will be 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.


+Impact Studio Stories

Following a very successful Design Jam with UMS, we met up with CultureVerse in the +Impact Studio to continue our dialogue about the intersection of business, design, and the arts! It was such a joy to give them a tour of the Impact Design Lab and highlight the many ways we infuse #designthinking into shaping social impact concepts.


Also, we just dropped a new episode in our Social Impact Design for Business podcast series.  In this episode Jerry Davis of the +Impact Studio interviews five faculty of the University of Michigan to find out what is inspiring them in the area of green energy.  It’s titled “Inspiration from the Green Energy Transition.”


DetroitIsIt wrote a feature on our BA670 +Impact Studio course taking place this semester at Michigan Ross. Entitled “Educating for Purpose to Empower Business to Impact as a Force for Good”, the story shares how the +Impact Studio is developing architects of the future that are solving problems with critical thinking. In discussing the course, Jerry Davis says, “The intent is to translate insights from students, faculty, and stakeholders into practical solutions for businesses.”



Save Date! Support Social Impact Students on Giving BlueDay

Give on:
Wed, Mar. 15

We invite you to give to B+I’s Social Impact Internship Fund (313726) on Giving BlueDay March 15! You’ll enable Michigan Ross talent to make an impact in the community by reducing financial barriers to complete a social impact internship. Your gift directly supports summer stipends for undergraduate and  graduate students.

Plan to Donate Here


Ross DEI Research Awards Program

The Ross Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in collaboration with the Dean’s Office and the Ross Faculty and Staff DEI committees, is pleased to announce the third annual Ross DEI Awards. The awards will be presented at the Annual DEI Awards event on April 24, 2023. Nominations are now being accepted, as follows:

Faculty Research Award ($5000) – Nomination letters by faculty should be submitted to Donna O’Brien via email ( by Wed, Feb. 22, 2023.

PhD Student Research Award ($3000) – Nomination letters by advisors should be submitted to Donna O’Brien via email ( by Wed, Feb. 22, 2023.

BBA Senior Thesis Award ($1000) – Nominations by advisors must be include an extended abstract of the BBA thesis. Nominations should be submitted to Donna O’Brien via email ( by Fri, Mar. 24, 2023.

J. Frank Yates Diversity and Inclusion Teaching Excellence Award ($5000) – Self-nominations are also accepted. Please complete the nomination form by Wed, Feb. 22, 2023.

Ross Staff DEI Impact Award ($3000) – Nominations are accepted from all current members of the Ross community, including students, staff, and faculty. Self-nominations are also accepted. Please complete the nomination form by Wed, Feb. 22, 2023.


DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business Offering Paid Internships

Apply by Tues, Feb. 28

The Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project’s +Impact Studio for Local Business is seeking 15 sophomore and junior interns for its summer internship program starting in May. This is a paid (16/hour), full-time, in-person 10 week internship program that involves working in multidisciplinary teams to implement solutions for a portfolio of Detroit minority-owned businesses.

Apply by Tues, Feb. 28

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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. 


At the University:


Seeking SSC Team Members

Applications Due
Tues, Feb. 14

The Student Sustainability Coalition is a student organization dedicated to promoting a sustainable campus culture by using the Collective Impact Framework to connect and elevate campus-wide student sustainability efforts. Applications for the 2023-24 SSC team are now open. 

Learn more and apply at this link


Fair Labor Association Fellowships

Applications Due:
Wed, Feb, 15 @ Midnight

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) seeks to provide current graduate or advanced undergraduate students of the University of Michigan with two internship opportunities to learn about labor and human rights issues and challenges in agricultural and apparel supply chains. These followships are open to any U-M graduate student or U-M advanced undergraduate student (at least two years of completed college education). Students graduating in Spring 2023 are not eligible

More Info


Policy Talks @ Ford

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.

New perspectives on college choice: The role of family, gender, and career planning in the education decisions of college ready students from families with low incomes
Feb 16, 2023, 12:00-12:50 pm EST 1210 Weill Hall

Governing for environmental justice
Mar 6, 2023, 4:30-6:00 pm EST
Weill Hall #1110 (Betty Ford Classroom)


Racial Justice Events

The Center for Racial Justice hosts a diverse array of timely, meaningful events that engage our students, community, and public policy leaders. Here are some upcoming events for consideration:

Farah Mahesri on decolonizing development
Feb 17, 2023, 1:00-4:00 pm EST
Weill Hall (Paul and Nancy O’Neill Classroom)

Changemaking from the inside with Gabrielle Wyatt
Feb 23, 2023, 12:00-1:30 pm EST

Activating joy with Holly Bass: Creative practices for authentic community building
Mar 9, 2023, 12:00-1:30 pm EST

All Events


TEDx “Glitch In” Comes to UM

Fri, Feb. 17 @ 6-10 pm
Power Center for the Performing Arts

TEDxUofM is a university-wide initiative to galvanize the Ann Arbor and University of Michigan community for an event like no other; filled with inspiration, discovery, and excitement. Borrowing the template from the world-renowned TED conference, TEDxUofM aims to bring a TED-like experience to the University of Michigan. Plan now on attending “Glitch In” at the Power Center

Get Tickets


Closing the Gap – From Austin to Ann Arbor

Fri, Feb. 17 @ 10 am – 4 pm
Blau Hall, Blau Colloquium

Business+Tech and the Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club will partner to host a Black History Month event dedicated to closing the racial, gender and monetary gaps that exist in the tech, venture capital, and entrepreneurship industries.  Leveraging experiences and connections made at the AFROTECH conference in Austin last November, this first-of-its-kind collaboration will provide participants with an insight into what these non-traditional career fields look like from the perspective of historically overlooked professionals.

Info & RSVP


WCTF Career Conference

Fri, Mar. 3 @ 8:15 am – 4 pm ET
Virtual and at Rogel Ballroom – Michigan Union
Register by Tues, Feb. 8 at Noon ET

The Women of Color Task Force is excited to host its 41st annual career conference this year on March 3, 2023. Pre–registration is required to participate in all events and sessions. Morning conference sessions will be presented virtually. The keynote luncheon and afternoon sessions will be in-person at the Michigan Union.  All session times are in Eastern Standard Time Zone. The keynote presentation will take place at 12:00 pm EST at a luncheon in the Rogel Ballroom at the Michigan Union.

Info & Registration


DEI Global Case Writing Competition

Enter Now

You are invited to enter our competition and support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business are proud to present the second annual DEI Global Case Writing Competition.

More Info


Accelerator Cohort Applications

Applications due
Mon, Mar. 6

Get excited to spend eight months with mentors, subject matter experts, investors, and interns who are committed to your success! Acceptance to the University of Michigan’s alumni accelerator adds credibility to your early-stage startup, and provides a strong support system of people who understand you and your business. We’ve recently expanded our eligibility criteria!

Apply Now


2023 Paid Fellowship Applications

Applications due
Mon, Mar. 6

Applications for four CEW+ fellowships are now open. Fellowship funds for the current application can be awarded in Winter 2023, Spring/Summer 2023, or Fall 2023. Applications must meet be student-designed research that is tied to degree requirements and focused on issues of importance to women, and must involve travel abroad for students in public health, environmental health, or another health-related field. Most CEW+ Fellowships range between $2,000 and $5,000.

Apply Now

In the Impact Community:

21 Day Equity Challenge

Sign up to participate this month

United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life. At present in Washtenaw County, it does. Join United Way on a virtual self-guided learning journey examining the history and impacts of racism and how it shapes people’s lived experience in Washtenaw County. Along the way, you’ll also receive examples and tools on how to undo racism and build racial equity and justice.

Sign up now!

Public Allies

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

Natural Products Expo West

Mar. 7-11, 2023
Anaheim, CA

Natural Products Expo West 2023 is just over a month away; and the full agenda is now online, featuring everything lined up for a in-person and digital experience! From the exhibit hall to the classroom, and everything in-between, this year’s Expo West is built to spark business success in natural products

Info & Registration

SBN Detroit publishes article on Winter ’23 Impact Studio Course (BA 670)

January 17, 2023 – Today, SBN Detroit published an article entitled, “Helping Detroiters Create New Businesses for a More Equitable World: University of Michigan Students Set Out to Design Equitable Enterprises this Semester”,  in which the author, Kim Kisner interviews course faculty, Jerry Davis about what the course seeks to accomplish this semester. SBN Detroit spoke to Davis about his perspectives, the new graduate-level class, and what it ultimately means to Detroit businesses.

Read the full article

Governing for environmental justice

Rashida Tlaib, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, and Stephanie Chang (left to right)

Whether efficient public transit, climate change, or air and water pollution, marginalized communities are regularly denied access to healthy environments. Differences in power and political voice create differential impacts of our changing environment—natural and built—on these communities, compromising access to basic necessities like clean water and breathable air. Legislation to redress these differential impacts requires policymakers to work hand in glove with the communities they represent.

Join Dr. Abdul El-Sayed – physician, epidemiologist, and newly appointed Director of the Wayne County Health, Human & Veterans Services Department, and a Ford School Towsley Policymaker in Residence – for a conversation with policymakers at the intersection of social justice and environmental concerns. Dr. El-Sayed will be joined by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and Michigan Senator Stephanie Chang to reflect on their work to address environmental injustice in Michigan and beyond, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Co-sponsored by the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. 

Registration link

Shaping Resource Flows: The Role of Carbon Capture in Meeting Net-Zero Carbon Goals

Speaker Jennifer Wilcox
Building the Future: A Distinguished Lecture Series for Academics and Professionals

Jennifer Wilcox, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management at DOE, discusses “The Role of Carbon Capture in Meeting Net-Zero Carbon Goals” and how it relates to shaping resource flows.

President Biden has laid out a bold and ambitious goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions in the U.S. by 2050. The pathway to that target includes cutting total greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and eliminating them entirely from the Nation’s electricity sector by 2035. Investment in technology research, design, development, and deployment (RDD&D) will be required to achieve the president’s objectives, including investments in both carbon capture at point sources in addition to carbon dioxide removal approaches that target the accumulated pool of carbon in the atmosphere. Both will be required to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in time and they will require increased deployment in order to move down the cost curve. These efforts combined with effective policy will make these approaches economically viable. These approaches are critical and they must be deployed in parallel. Deployment of these technologies at the scale required will necessitate the use of resources including land, water, and in some cases, low-carbon energy, while ensuring the secure and reliable storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) on a timescale that impacts climate. Therefore, CCS and CDR deployment must be implemented strategically in terms of regional goals and requirements.

A panelist discussion will follow the lecture. Our distinguished panelists include: Andres Clarens, Professor, University of Virginia, Associate Director, Environmental Resilience Institute; and Richard Middleton, CEO, Carbon Solutions, LLC.

Zoom link

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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


Ross Event Highlights:

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

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

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


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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. 


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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:



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


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


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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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


Entering, Engaging, and Exiting Communities

Thurs, Oct. 26  @ Noon – 1:30 pm

Fri, Nov. 11 @ Noon – 1:30 pm

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


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

Register Here


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

Apply here


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 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

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

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 or 202-467-6115.

Registration info

Forging a Career at the Heart of the Climate Challenge: Perspectives from the Front Lines

Gerry Anderson Event

Gerry Anderson EventJoin Net Impact Undergrad and our co-sponsors in welcoming Gerry Anderson (MBA/MPP ‘88), former Chairman and CEO of DTE Energy. Anderson will be speaking about his journey from being a driven undergrad engineer to becoming a highly influential leader in sustainability as the CEO of DTE Energy. This will include his early desire to make a difference in the environment, his MPP and MBA experience at Ross, consulting at McKinsey, working with the Obama administration, leading DTE to embrace renewables, and more. Under his leadership, DTE Energy committed to addressing the climate crisis through large-scale investments in renewable energy, retiring coal-fired generation, and driving for net zero emissions. Anderson chaired the Edison Electric Institute, the U.S. energy industry association, and played a significant role in the clean power plan negotiations under the Obama administration. He is deeply passionate about building Michigan’s economy and continues his environmental action in retirement.

This event will include a one-hour talk and Q&A, followed by a networking session where light snacks and refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

Registration link