Food Grown by Students for Students: Trip to Campus Farm

Rackham Graduate School logo with University of Michigan block M in yellow

Rackham Graduate School logo with University of Michigan block M in yellow

The University of Michigan Campus Farm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens is an authentic living-learning laboratory available to all students at the University of Michigan. The Campus Farm provides 21st-century leadership development, education, and research opportunities. The space offers invaluable lessons related to sustainable food production for students from a wide range of disciplines who—even if they don’t go on to be farmers—will play a role in the future in food system issues including public health, the environment, education, and the economy.

In collaboration with the Rackham Professional Development DEI Certificate, we are offering a community engagement experience that includes a brief overview of food security and food justice by the Campus Farm DEI Manager; a tour of the farm, including a tour of the student-built straw bale house; and a hands-on activity in farming production.

If you’re unable to make this session and would like to volunteer at one of our work days throughout the semester contact us at

Transportation will be provided to and from the Campus Farm.

This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited. For faculty and staff, please contact to see if we can accommodate your attendance.

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Bioethics Discussion: Overpopulation

A discussion on one to(o) many.

For more information and/or to receive a copy of the readings contact Barry Belmont at or visit

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Food Literacy: Corporate Wealth or Public Health?

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February 4: Robert Lustig
“Corporate Wealth or Public Health?”

Register Here for Food Literacy for All session


Food Literacy for All is a community-academic partnership course started in 2017. Structured as an evening lecture series, Food Literacy for All features different guest speakers each week to address challenges and opportunities of diverse food systems. The course is designed to prioritize engaged scholarship that connects theory and practice. By bringing national and global leaders, we aim to ignite new conversations and deepen existing commitments to building more equitable, health-promoting, and ecologically sustainable food systems.

The course is co-led by Cindy Leung (School of Public Health), Jerry Ann Hebron (Oakland Ave. Farm) and Lilly Fink Shapiro (Sustainable Food Systems Initiative). In partnership with Detroit Food Policy Council and FoodLab Detroit.

OLLI Reads “What the Eyes Don’t See”

This is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don’t See reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk.

And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice. This fall we are collaborating with Great Michigan Read, and other community partners, to enjoy participating in a wider project. Michigan Humanities’ Great Michigan Read creates a statewide discussion each year on the humanities themes of a selected book.

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, is the founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. Currently an associate professor of pediatrics and human development at the MSU College of Human Medicine, she has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. 

Preventing Firearm Injuries among Children and Teens: The State of Science

Keynote Speaker: Debra Houry, Director of National Center of Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the CDC

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Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens (FACTS) has organized a inaugural research symposium featuring national experts to bring attention and focus to the current science and research on a critical and growing public health issue: prevention of firearm injury in children and teens. We are accepting poster abstracts that will identify innovative research and strategies to further expand and enhance prevention of firearm injury in children and teens. Topics of interest are universal and secondary firearm injury prevention, epidemiology, risk and protective factors, and policy analysis of firearm injury prevention. The conference goals are to share science on the topic and network with colleagues from multiple disciplines (medicine, public health, criminal justice, law and more) as we work together to reduce injury and death by firearms. After review, authors will be notified of the planning committee’s decision by email mid-July. Submit all abstracts electronically.

“Every Sector is Public Health Sector”: Building Capacity to Address Environmental Health Inequities Free Lecture / Discussion

Dr. Sampson will discuss three examples of capacity-building to build and translate evidence, including:
1) a youth environmental health academy in Dearborn, MI;
2) a health impact assessment for the Gordie Howe International Bridge at the Detroit-Windsor border;
3) her work with APHA to convene environmental health and justice leaders—all to advance evidence-based policies that address environmental health inequities.

Natalie Sampson is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at UM-Dearborn, where she teaches courses in environmental health, health promotion, and community organizing. Grounded primarily in Southeast Michigan, she studies transportation and land use planning, green stormwater infrastructure, vacant land reuse, and climate change planning efforts, particularly their implications for health. She applies participatory research approaches with diverse partners using a broad methodological toolkit, including photovoice, concept mapping, and health impact assessment. In 2017, Sampson received the American Public Health Association (APHA)’s Rebecca Head Award, which recognizes “an outstanding emerging leader from the environmental field working at the nexus of science, policy, and environmental justice.”

Business+Impact Showcase

Flowing from clubs to initiatives and centers, the Ross Business+Impact Initiative is an essential part of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Not only that, but through partnerships with other U-M schools and specific programs, we create multidisciplinary action-based learning opportunities across campus. New and existing students interested in poverty alleviation, healthcare access, sustainability, human rights and diversity should attend to discover opportunities to make a difference in the places where they live and work, at the school, and around the world.

This event is a tabled event with multiple constituents, and there will be light hors d’oeuvres served.

Exhibiting Organizations:

Blueprints For Pangaea
Career Development Office
Center for Positive Organizations
Center for Socially Engaged Design / Innovation in Action
Community Consulting Club
Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project
Detroit Revitalization & Business
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion @ Ross
Emerging Markets Club
Engaged Learning Office (UMSI)
Erb Institute
Ginsberg Center
Global Initiatives at Ross
Graham Sustainability Institute
Healthcare and Life Sciences Club
Impact Investing Group
Michigan in Washington

Net Impact – MBA
Net Impact – Undergraduate
Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships
Open Road at Ross
Poverty Solutions
Problem Solving Initiative
Propel Business Club
Semester in Detroit
Smart Cities Club
Social Venture Fund
Systems Studio / Taubman College
Tauber Institute for Global Operations
TechArb Student Venture Accelerator
University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program
William Davidson Institute
Wolverine Disaster Relief Club
Zell Lurie Institute

Understanding Nutrition and Community Health – A Journey from Service to Research to Advocacy

CEW+Inspire Workshop Series

Cindy LeungPresenter: Cindy Leung, ScD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health

During this workshop, attendees will follow Dr. Cindy Leung’s trajectory in public health. Exploring her early work in local food banks with food-insecure populations and her scientific research on the effectiveness of our federal food programs, attendees will then discuss her present-day qualitative research to better understand the lived experiences of food-insecure individuals. Participants will learn about populations affected by food insecurity, including low-income families and college students. To wrap up the session, attendees will learn how all of this information is being used to design programs and affect future policies to benefit food-insecure populations. A hands-on wellness activity will be presented by the CEW+ Inspire team to complement this workshop.

The discussion will be followed by a networking reception.

Free and open to the public.

Climate Change and Health Symposium

According to the World Health organization, climate change will account for 250,000 more deaths per year — due to heat stress, diarrhea, malnutrition and malaria — between 2030-50. This rise is estimated to cost countries around the world billions of extra dollars per year by 2030.   

A multidisciplinary symposium on the University of Michigan campus will explore the impact that climate change will have on the health of future patients and people worldwide, and also advance the study of behavior change and the psychology behind climate change. 

Members of the Michigan Medicine community are invited to tackle these issues with graduate students across disciplines at the Climate Change and Health Symposium from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 15 in the South Commons at Munger Graduate Residences. 

Kaitlin T. Raimi, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, will give a presentation on behavior change and the psychology of climate change. Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, will discuss climate change and its implications in natural disasters and human health. 

Lunch will be served, followed by a case-based discussion. Please RSVP here.