Fifth Annual Business+Impact Showcase Features 35 Impact Organizations

Ann Arbor, September 8, 2022 – Once again, as part of Business+Impact’s mission to make students aware of all the impact opportunities across the University of Michigan campus, B+I welcomed incoming and returning students to its fifth annual Business+Impact Showcase on Thurs, Sept. 8 from Noon – 2 pm at Michigan Ross. New and returning students from across campus met with 35 exhibiting organizations from U-M in areas of interest like social justice, diversity,  sustainability, social entrepreneurship and economic development.

Students visited booths for student clubs, Ross centers, and U-M-wide initiatives. A complete list of exhibitors appears at the end of this article. Ross’ new dean Sharon Matusik opened the event with a video announcement, and B+I Faculty Director, Jerry Davis thanked the exhibitors for presenting a cross section of the many opportunities to engage in social impact and sustainability across campus.

The event also promoted the Impact Gateway (, basically the online version of this event, available 24-7 throughout the school year.  This gateway lists clubs, colleagues, current events, courses,  and more for all student changemakers across the University of Michigan.

At the event, attendees enjoyed finger foods and mocktails, and participated in live raffles and a special networking area.

The Business+Impact initiative hosts this event annually in order to provide new students with a roadmap for work in sustainability, social issues, poverty, economic development, human rights, and other important causes. Michigan Ross, as the home of the Erb Institute, the Center for Positive Organizations and the William Davidson Institute,  and others, has already established itself as a school teaching that business can be a force for good in the world; Business+Impact institutionalizes these goals with research, practicum and partnerships.

Complete list of Exhibitors (click tiles for more info)

The +Impact Studio at the Ross School of Business is a campus hub for impact creators and innovators. Launched within the Business+Impact Initiative in 2019, our mission is to bring impactful ideas to life using business knowledge, design tools, and research expertise. The +Impact Studio encompasses a collaboration space, an interdisciplinary graduate course, a design lab for impact-focused ventures and projects, and workshops and events. Our model activates the vast expertise and research insights from across campus to support the development and launch of powerful, impactful concepts.

180 Degrees Consulting is the world’s largest consultancy focusing on social enterprises, nonprofits, and international focused Fortune 500 companies. We provide organizations around the world with high quality and affordable consulting services. 180DC works with organizations to develop innovative, practical, and sustainable solutions for the challenges they face.

At the 180DC Michigan branch, we are driven by a passion to help these organizations solve unique challenges so they can make the greatest social impact in their respective communities. Our members share a common goal of taking part in consulting work that is not only challenging, but meaningful and rewarding. Finally, more than a student organization, we are a family that spends time together through a variety of social events throughout the year.

We accept applicants at the beginning of both Fall and Winter semesters. To learn more about joining, please visit our website!

BLUElab is a student organization composed of four active project teams that are united through a sustainable, socially engaged design process. We believe that design is about people, and that the best designs are sustainable, taking into account all social, economic, and environmental impacts. For these reasons, our project teams are multidisciplinary and emphasize collaboration with local and international stakeholders to ensure that identified needs (typically in the areas of agriculture, education, energy, resource management, and water) are appropriately addressed. We offer students the opportunity to hone their interpersonal skills, engage in social responsibility, participate in an interactive design experience, and develop as servant leaders.

Check out our website for more info, as well as the interest form and Instagram to stay in the loop with recruitment!

 Blueprints For Pangaea is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing sustainable solutions to inefficient health care resource distribution. With the support of our supplier and distributor partners, we reallocate excess, unused medical supplies from U.S. hospitals to those overseas in need.

Through this sustainable, scalable model, we redistribute precious resources from areas of great surplus to areas of great need, minimizing domestic inefficiency while mobilizing accessible health care in emerging communities.

We accept applicants at the beginning of the Fall and Winter semesters. To learn more about joining, visit us at or reach out at contact@b4pglobal.orgAccordion Content

Michigan Ross seeks to build a better world through business. Business+Impact is the central hub for these efforts, providing ideas and solutions to address the global challenges of our generation. We aim to embed impact deeply into every core activity of Ross, including teaching, research, and outreach. As such, impact is not a silo, but an integral part of the DNA of our business school. 

Ross already has a strong reputation for impact, with centers and institutes focused on worldwide challenges, and one fifth of incoming students expressing an interest in impact careers. But as we go forward, in addition to our existing programs and Impact Gateway, we will pursue the creation of a new +Impact Studio for coworking, a social innovation series to disseminate impact research, and deeper engagement with Detroit.

Business+Tech is building a stronger and more connected tech community at U-M and beyond. We generate innovative context to expand tech literacy and curate action-based learning opportunities to advance tech competency. Open to students from all schools/colleges, our programs incorporate competitions, panels, speakers, and networking events that support those looking to pivot into tech or start a career at a tech company. Interested in learning more? Email Emilee Studley, Business+Tech Program Manager at

The Center for Positive Organizations is the leading global center for the science of designing and sustaining thriving organizations. Located in the Ross School of Business, we are the launchpad for those looking to build thriving organizations and careers. We offer world-class curriculum, learning experiences, and programs that lead to work filled with meaning and positive contributions. Our students gain the knowledge, tools, and resources to change the business world for the better. We are a Center of visionaries and revolutionaries.

To learn more about our student programs, visit the Students section on our website by selecting “Students” from the “Learn” dropdown menu.

Socially Engaged Design is human(ity) centered – not just user centered.   We consider broad contexts through an equity-centered lens that impact the practice of engineering, including social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental factors that can completely change the design of solutions.  Further, we push designers to analyze how their own identities and cultural context shape their approach. The Center for Socially Engaged Design provides students the necessary space and tools to think more critically about design. Whether you’re currently in a course, working solo, or on a co-curricular team — or you have an idea you’d like to explore, C-SED can help.

We are the UM student chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. CCL is a nonprofit, grassroots, international organization. Its mission is to create the political will to pass a federal climate action policy, Carbon Fee and Dividend, which we see as the best first-step to solving climate change.

The goal of our student chapter is to create the political will on campus for this climate change solution. We will accomplish this through grassroots outreach, education, partnerships, media, and lobbying. Our approach to advocacy centers around nonpartisanship, respect, and pragmatism.

Ultimately, we use these advocacy efforts to build positive relationships with our elected officials so that we can move the needle on climate action at the federal level.

So please, join us! As a member of this student group, you can be part of the solution to climate change.

Formerly Community Consulting Club, CCC provides pro-bono business experience to local non-profits through a case competition. Teams of 5-7 students will work through a 10-week engagement for their nonprofit partner. Their projects will culminate in a case competition in December judged by a panel of Strategy& consultants, with the winning team’s nonprofit receiving a monetary donation.


In addition to the consulting engagement, our club works to increase participants’ exposure to consulting firms that complete impact driven work. This year we will be bringing in a variety of firms for small group sessions with our members.


We believe in a work hard, play hard mentality! After the case competition is finished, we will hold a gala for our members at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

Launched by Ross School of Business MBA students in 2010, the Detroit Initiative at Ross connects University of Michigan students with Detroit’s vibrant and evolving business landscape. Through on- and off-campus events, an annual Impact Conference, student-run consulting projects, and a mentoring program, DIR promotes the city’s assets and encourages University of Michigan students to experience, engage with, and commit to the revitalization of the Motor City.

The Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project is a program of the Ford School of Public Policy’s Center on Finance, Law & Policy. DNEP brings together neighborhood-based Detroit businesses with University of Michigan faculty-supervised student teams from Ross, Law, Stamps, and Information to provide a learning experience for students and solve business’ legal, financial, marketing, operational, design, and technology challenges.Through semester-long courses, an internship program, and year-round programs, we are supporting minority-owned businesses in changing Detroit neighborhoods.

The Erb Institute is a partnership between the Ross School of Business and the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan. The institute’s mission is to create a socially and environmentally sustainable world through the power of business. We do that through research, teaching and business engagement—all focused on preparing and supporting bold business leaders who can adeptly transform companies, industries and entire economies for systemic sustainability.


The institute was founded 25 years ago as a dual-degree program in which graduate students receive their MBA from Ross and their MS from SEAS. In 2020, the institute expanded its educational programming to undergraduate students with the creation of the Erb Undergraduate Fellows program. Today, the institute has grown to include scholarly and applied research on business sustainability, as well as direct business engagement to turn ideas into action through on-the-ground projects with companies, social enterprises and nonprofits committed to business sustainability.

Ross is known for its collaborative culture and engagement in social impact. No other initiative exemplifies this better than the student-led Give-A-Day Fund. Launched in 2012, the Fund is a first-of-its-kind initiative among U.S. business schools. The Give-A-Day Fund engages Ross MBAs with the social impact community by providing financial assistance to students interning with impact organizations, which often provide interns with little to no salary. As its name implies, MBA students are asked to donate a day of their summer internship salary to make this support possible.

Since 2006, the Graham Sustainability Institute has worked to mobilize the passion of scholars, partners, and decision-makers, bringing world-class research to real-world sustainability challenges. Today, with a focus on climate change and water resources, we continue to facilitate engaged research, develop sustainability leaders, and inform policy and practice. Our emphasis on interdisciplinary, cross-sector partnerships leads to well-informed solutions that are practical, measurable, and widely applicable.

Graham’s Dow Distinguished Awards Competition provides student research funding of up to $30,000 over one calendar year for interdisciplinary graduate student teams to pursue applied solutions to sustainability challenges at the local, national, or global level.

The Graham Sustainability Scholars Program is a competitive sustainability leadership development program open to U-M undergraduates. Graham Scholars learn to incorporate sustainability into the campus, their lifestyle, their discipline, and the broader community through rich co-curricular experiences that include managing an interdisciplinary sustainability project with a local organization, honing leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, and completing a sustainability-focused summer field experience.

Graham will be accepting applications for both programs soon! Please contact for details.

The Impact Investing Group is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and student-led organization at the University of Michigan providing financial & consulting services to local Ann Arbor and Detroit microbusinesses to empower entrepreneurs, aid in community revitalization, and foster inclusive and sustainable financing.

The Michigan Impact Investing Symposium provides Ross School of Business, School of Public Policy, Program in the Environment, and all other interested undergraduate students at the University of Michigan a space to learn about impact investing and the career opportunities that exist within it. For the past 2 years, we have put on a symposium featuring industry leaders to speak on panels, hold coffee chats, and provide other networking opportunities throughout the event. This year, in addition to the symposium, we aim to hold biweekly educational meetings to inform and empower our general members during the Winter semester.

MESA strives to promote student development and empower the campus community around issues of diversity and social justice through the lens of race and ethnicity.

Fun: We hope to weave celebration, laughter, and joy into our environment.

Collective Community: We build relationships with and beyond our circles so that we can work collaboratively to positively impact our environment, wherever that may be.

Trust: We trust individual and collective narratives and experiences. Some narratives sit in complement and other in contrast. Each engagement is an opportunity to extend and preserve trust by actively listening and demonstrating empathy and compassion.

Integrity: We will be honest, authentic and transparent; our decisions, actions and words will match what and who we say we are.

Intersectionality: While race/ethnicity is our foundation, we recognize that identities coexist to create a multi-dimensional person.

Transformation: We believe social change starts with the individual. We are committed to creating experiences and spaces that grow knowledge and take us to our learning edge.

Net Impact @ Ross is a professional club and community for Ross students committed to driving social change. We are part of a broader international network of business leaders committed to responsible business models, policies and practices. Net Impact members seek to integrate this commitment into the mission, values, strategy and operations of organizations in which they are involved.

Net Impact Undergrad a collaborative, engaging club of diverse undergraduate students passionate about the intersection of business with social impact and sustainability. We hold weekly educational, professional development, and community-building events for our members and host university-wide symposiums and panels. Net Impact is a community of over 150 chapters and 30,000 changemakers, who are using their jobs and skills to tackle the world’s toughest problems. We are the University of Michigan’s Undergraduate Chapter, housed in the Ross School of Business, but open to all undergraduate students. Our aim is to put our education to work throughout every sector, showing the world that it is possible to make an impact that benefits not just the bottom line, but the people and the planet too. Using business as our vehicle, we’re pretty excited to change the world.


Open Road is an established action-based social entrepreneurship program developed by Ross students and powered by Business+Impact and the Ford Motor Company. The aim of the program is to give small business owners extra hands in solving complex challenges and to help students gain real experience understanding the various issues social ventures face. Over the course of five weeks, students drive from state to state meeting socially-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. At the end of each week, students pack up the car and hit the road again to meet with the next entrepreneur!

optiMize is a student-led community that offers workshops, mentorship, and funding for students to work on projects that make a positive impact. optiMize is open to all U-M students, regardless of college or campus. Get involved at!

Planet Blue – In the lab, on campus, and in partnership with communities near and far, the University of Michigan is developing just solutions to society’s most pressing environmental challenges. Sustainability is a mindset and framework for ensuring that current and future generations have equitable access to the resources for a full and vibrant life without the exploitation of people, society or the environment.

Poverty SolutionsUniversity of Michigan Poverty Solutions logo. Image is of the University of Michigan big block letter M in yellow and the words Poverty Solutions below. is a university-wide presidential initiative at the University of Michigan that partners with communities and policymakers to find new ways to prevent and alleviate poverty through action-based research. In confronting the challenges of poverty, we know scholars don’t have all the answers. Yet we have an important role to play. We can bring data, evidence, and analysis to identify critical issues and evidence-based solutions. Working in partnership, we can inform concrete action that empowers families to live healthy and productive lives.

The Program in the Environment (PitE) offers both a broad liberal arts education in environmental topics and the opportunity for students to pursue various lines of individual interest in considerable depth.  Broadly speaking, PitE’s curriculum focuses on the complex interactions of human beings and their environment.  To understand these interactions and learn how to create more rational and equitable forms of human habitation on this planet, PitE students develop a multidisciplinary perspective integrating the methods and approaches of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

It is our 20th Anniversary this year! Keep an eye out for special event announcements from us.

Propel’s mission is to educate students at the University of Michigan on the intersection between positive business and social impact; and to work alongside local organizations, developing initiatives to maximuze their impact.

The Career Development Office (CDO) at Michigan Ross is charged with delivering world-best career services to its students. CDO partners with recruiters, academic programs, alumni, and clubs to help Ross students prepare for recruiting, develop connections, and leverage the power of the Michigan alumni network. Dedicated CDO Career Coaches are available to support students explore careers with impact and help them navigate and strategize for the internship and job search.

The Student Sustainability Coalition (SSC) promotes a sustainable campus culture at the University of Michigan by bringing people together to achieve social and environmental change. SSC is not a club or member organization—rather, we are a small group of students who work closely with the Graham Sustainability Institute, the Office of Campus Sustainability, Student Life, and the many student organizations across campus to advance sustainability. We are here to build connections, foster new partnerships, and amplify initiatives.

The Detroit Partnership seeks to connect the students at the University of Michigan with Detroit-based community partners by facilitating service-learning opportunities and on-campus events.  Beginning in 2018, The Detroit Partnership is now a student organization sponsored by the Ginsberg Center at the University of Michigan. Additionally, The Detroit Partnership is a government registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Our organization has two main service parts, our weekly programs and our major events. For weekly programs, we organize transportation for students to travel to Detroit once per week. Programs can range from tutoring children to teaching squash to helping adults get identification to apply to jobs! We have a program for everyone’s interests and aim to foster sustainable, educational relationships with our community partners. Our fall programs are now open!

For major events, we organize the largest single day of service at the University of Michigan. Detroit Partnership Day, also known as “DP Day,” occurs in late March or early April in second semester and brings hundreds of students and their respective clubs to Detroit to volunteer for a day. Additionally, we help put on “One Stop Shop” where we hold fundraisers to purchase toys and winter clothing for families in Detroit. While a member of the community shops, we help hold bags and guide them through the many sections of the store created inside of a Brightmoor church. Our internal planning team also participates in RCDC Day where we work on community revitalization projects such as weeding and gardening for one day.

The Law School launched the Problem Solving Initiative (PSI) in Winter 2017 to bring together students and faculty from law and other disciplines to actively apply creative problem solving, collaboration, and design thinking skills to complex, pressing challenges in a classroom setting.

Since 2017, students and faculty from a range of U-M units, including Nursing, the Campus Farm, Engineering, History of Art, Information, Sociology, SEAS, Medicine, and Business, have worked on a wide array of challenges as part of the Problem Solving Initiative.

PSI classes allow students to learn about topics such as sustainable food systems, connected and automated vehicles, human trafficking, “fake news,” firearm violence, and new music business models. At the same time, these classes allow students to learn about and apply tools, such as problem reframing, practicing empathy, prototyping, and more, that they will continue to apply in other classes, collaborative efforts, and the workplace.

The University of Michigan Solar Car Team is an entirely student-run organization that designs and builds solar electric vehicles. The team races both nationally and internationally. Since its establishment in 1989, the team has built 16 vehicles, won the American Solar Challenge nine times, placed in the top three in the World Solar Challenge seven times, and won one international competition. The team is recognized as the most successful team in North America, and one of the most successful teams in the world. The Business Division is responsible for fundraising, budgeting, and sourcing. Business division members work to develop and maintain sponsor relations with corporations around the world, large and small. The Communications division handles marketing, public relations, and produces media dedicated to generating interest in our team, solar racing, and renewable energy technologies.

Housed within the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, the Weiser Center for Real Estate connects the next generation of real estate professionals with the tools necessary to make a positive and equitable impact on built environments.  The Center serves as a hub for all things real estate at the University of Michigan, providing students with educational and professional development opportunities, supporting applied research responsive to the needs of industry and policy makers, and serving as a catalyst for interdisciplinary collaboration at the University and beyond.

At the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, unlocking the power of business to provide lasting economic and social prosperity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is in our DNA. We gather the data, develop new models, test concepts and collaborate with partners to find real solutions that lead to new opportunities. This is what we mean by Solving for Business—our calling since the Institute was first founded as an independent nonprofit educational organization in 1992. We believe societies that empower individuals with the tools and skills to excel in business, in turn generate both economic growth and social freedom—or the agency necessary for people to thrive.

Women Who Launch (WWL) is dedicated to creating a gender equal entrepreneurial ecosystem. Through hands-on workshops, speaker events, and networking opportunities we empower women to engage with entrepreneurship, whether as founders, funders, or team members. WWL hosts year-round educational and social programming that addresses topics significant to women in investing and entrepreneurship. Programming includes events such as a monthly speaker series,

industry-focused small group dinners, and a gender-focused investment research program.

The Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Michigan Ross advances the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation through academics, competitions, symposium, and global community outreach. The Zell Lurie Institute is the foremost resource for students as they pursue entrepreneurial endeavors and private equity careers.   

September 2022 Newsletter

The Business Impact showcase

Meet with 30+ U-M Impact Groups at the B+I Showcase

Thurs, Sept. 8 @ Noon – 2 pm
Tauber Colloquium
Ross School of Business

Welcome new and returning students! We hope your summer was 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 all U-M students to our fifth annual Business+Impact Showcase on Thurs, Sept. 8 from Noon – 2 pm at Ross’s sixth floor Tauber Colloquium. 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,” a raffle, and lunchtime food.


Nonprofit Board Fellowship Info Sessions and Application

Business+Impact’s Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program develops cross-sector leadership skills by placing graduate students as ex officio members on boards at Southeast Michigan nonprofits.

The 2022-23 Student Application for the program is now available, along with student instructions, and is due Fri, Sept. 9 at noon.

If you haven’t yet, you must attend the info session below in order to participate in the program for 2022-23:

BF Info Session
Wed. Sept 7 @ 4 pm
Room 3240, Weill Hall

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


+Impact Studio Founders and Applebaum Impact Design Fellows Application

If you’re a current U-M student from any degree program who has a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary collaboration, we want you!  If you have a commitment to impact, and willingness to help take ideas from concept to prototype to scale, we want you!

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.




Ross Event Highlights:

Ross Admissions: Women’s Forte Forum
Thurs, Sept. 8 @ 11 am ET

CPO: What Inclusive Leaders Do Differently
Wed, Sept. 14 @ 2 pm ET

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

Ross Admissions: Ross Women’s Weekend
Thurs-Sat, Oct 6-8
Ross School of Business

Crowd of diverse students with a Ross flag.

Ross Admissions: UpClose Diversity Weekend
Fri-Sun , Oct 7-9
Ross School of Business

MBA2 Gordon Impact Scholarship Application Due in September

Application due:
Mon, Sept. 26 @ Noon

Are you an MBA2 committed to addressing complex social challenges? This year the Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship Fund will award four $7,500 scholarships to MBA2s who demonstrate a dedication to impact. Applications are open now, and winners will be announced in late September.

J’Taime Lyons (MBA/MPP ’22), Nathan Alston (MBA ’22), and Elizabeth Wallace (MBA/MS ’22) were each chosen to receive Gordon Scholarships in 2021-22.


A Summer of Impact: Insights from B+I Summer Interns

This year, Business+ Impact’s Summer Fund financially supported the summer impact internships of 29 University of Michigan students. MBA funding came from the Give-A-Day Fund, a student-led MBA pay-it-forward fund, and from General Motors. Additionally, the Gordon Impact Entrepreneurship Fund provided support for BBA and MBA student internships with ventures or funders seeking to create societal impact. Students from Ross and Ford created impact through virtual or onsite internships, where they developed skills in business and policy that expanded their horizons exponentially and created value for numerous impact organizations. Read their stories below, and see photos from their experiences.


Impact News & Notes

OVPR anti-racism grants awarded to eight research teams

U-M students put skills to work through summer internship program, helping Detroit communities

New Research Explains What Triggers Corporate Action on Social Issues – featuring CPO’s Stephanie Creary

Facebook bans hate speech but still makes money from white supremacy ads – featuring Libby Hemphill

U-M study: Local renewable energy employment can fully replace U.S. coal jobs nationwide

Business schools get a bad rap – but a closer look shows they’re often a force for goodCollective Experimentation and Acts of Urbanism in Banglatown, Detroit

Compromises in Democrats’ climate bill will hit communities facing most pollution hardest, critics say – featuring Kyle Whyte

Helping youth harness the power of communication

A win-win: working together to increase the impact

Stakes are high for Detroit renters living in foreclosed homes

Poverty Solutions collaborates on Detroit Land Contract Buyer Guide

Rabe: Landmark U.S. climate bill addresses methane

U-M study finds discussing carbon dioxide removal does not limit climate policy support

Poverty Solutions: Washtenaw County should consider long-term impact, implementation of ARPA allocations


Bob Chapman in a suit.Bob Chapman (MBA ’68)

Bob Chapman (MBA ‘68) was recently named the #3 CEO in the world by Inc. and a Top Social Capital CEO by the International Business Times.  As Chairman and CEO of $3.5 billion global capital equipment and consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller, Chapman is showing what’s possible at the intersection of great business strategy and profound care for people.  It’s the message of his 2015 Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters, his “Truly Human Leadership” TEDxTalk and a Harvard Business School case study that is used by 70 universities around the world. We caught up with Bob around the end of August 2022 and asked him questions, not only about leadership, but navigating through tough times.



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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:


Climate Justice for Whom?

Fri, Sept. 9 @ 10 – 11 am
1040 Dana Building

What are the types of injustices associated with low-carbon transitions? Relatedly, in what ways do low-carbon transitions worsen social risks or vulnerabilities? Lastly, what policies might be deployed to make these transitions more just? Join SEAS and STPP for a talk with Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool.

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Entering, Engaging, and Exiting Communities

Wed, Sept. 14 @ Noon – 1:30 pm

Thurs, Sept 22 @ 4:30 – 6 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 9/14    Register for 9/22


Social Change in Action: How to Be a Change Agent

Lecture: Wed, Sept. 14 @ 12:30 – 2 pm
Reception: @ 2 – 3 pm
Rogel Ballroom, Michigan Union

The Social Justice Changemaker Lecture series was established by a generous gift from Neil and Annmarie Hawkins. The second annual lecture features Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation. He will be joined by Dean Beth Angell as they explore ways to become a social justice change agent during challenging times.

More Info & RSVP


CEW+ Annual Advocacy Symposium

Wed, Sept. 21 @ 12 – 5:45 pm
Michigan League

The advocacy symposium features a keynote lecture from a nationally or internationally renowned advocate, the presentation of the Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change, a capstone presentation by the outgoing Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist, and the introduction of the next activist.

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Thurs, Sept. 22 @ 10 am – 2 pm
On the Diag

Earthfest celebrates sustainability initiatives across U-M and the surrounding communities, while providing an inclusive platform to educate and engage the campus community on opportunities to support sustainability and environmental justice on campus and in our daily lives. Come learn about sustainability on campus and particpate in fun engagement opportunities.

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Social Policy Is Health Policy: Lessons from the Pandemic

Fri, Sept. 23 @ 4-5 pm
Room 1120, Weill Hall

Join Ford School Dean and founding director of the U-M Center for Racial Justice, Celeste Watkins-Hayes, along with and Paula Lantz the James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy, as they discuss the devastating structural inequities exposed by the COVID pandemic—and why all policymakers must now be equipped with a toolkit for navigating pandemics.

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DEI Summit 2022

Wed, Oct. 12 @ 10-11:30 am
Power Center

This year’s summit theme, DEI: Nurturing the Heart, Mind and Soul, explores the role of the arts in supporting our humanity (heart), mental health and wellness (mind), and religious/spiritual diversity (soul). Although distinct, these topics all address components of self-identity and influence how we show up in the world.

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In the Impact Community:

Detroit Month of Design

Detroit, MI

The 12th annual Detroit Month of Design is here and runs through September 30! The citywide collaboration of creativity that gathers designers and the greater community to celebrate Detroit’s role as a national and global design capital. The theme this year is United By Design, and the intention with the 2022 festival is to bring unity to the forefront.

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Rally Winter 2023 Cohort

Apply Now!

Come join Rally and get all of the tools you need to accelerate the success of your social enterprise! The mission of Rally’s social enterprise accelerator is to help local, national, and international entrepreneurs transform their early-stage work into sustainable ventures that create positive social change, with support from mentorship & 1-on-1 coaching.

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Centering Justice

Wed, Sept. 21 @ Noon – 1:30 pm ET

Centering Justice offers the insight and guidance we need to realize our vision for the future. In these monthly virtual gatherings, you’ll hear the stories and live experience of inspiring leaders of color. You’ll witness passionate dialogue between nonprofit leaders, artists, activists, faith leaders, and others. Join us to hear their invitations and live into their calls to action.

Registration info

Women Leading Nonprofits

Wed, Sept. 28 @ 4:30 – 6:30 pm
614 First St NW, Grand Rapids

Michigan Nonprofit Association presents this year’s annual “Women Leading Nonprofits” event!. Guest Speakers will share lessons in leadership and how emotional intelligence can help you succeed, no matter what your role.  For student discount, contact Jen Fiandt at 

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FATE Program Mentoring

Apply by Fri, Sept. 30

Give Merit’s mentorship program, FATE, is looking for University of Michigan students to become mentors! Give Merit is a Detroit-based nonprofit serving high school students that seeks to enhance and extend educational opportunities to Detroit youth through innovative enrichment and mentorship activity. If you are interested in mentoring for the FATE Program during the 2022-2023 academic year, email Give Merit’s Program Success Director, Rachel Mazzaro, at for more information!

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Michigan Angel Summit

Mon, Oct. 10 @ 8:30 am – 4 pm
Sheraton Ann Arbor
3200 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor

The fifth annual Michigan Angel Summit is a great opportunity for individual investors to meet like-minded people from around the state and learn more about this exciting asset class.  Our keynote speaker is Peter Adams, Angel Capital Association board member and teacher of the ACA Angel University course on exits.

Registration info


Oct. 17-20
San Francisco

SOCAP convenes the largest and most diverse impact investing community in the world.  We are at a precipice in impact, and we need to urgently accelerate the boldest, brightest ideas to put capital to work solving the world’s biggest problems. It’s time to demand and create the changes our world requires to allow all people and the planet not just to survive but thrive.

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Pre-College and Youth Outreach Conference

Oct. 21 @ 8 am – 4:30 pm
Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, MI

Each year PCC brings together 200+ professionals in the higher education space who focus on K-12 outreach and DEI initiatives. Other attendees are college admissions staff, first-year professionals, new to outreach, or high school administrators and college counselors. It’s a great community to share your insights and learn from others throughout the state of Michigan. 

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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.


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.



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.


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.


Ross Event Highlights:

Professor Andy Hoffman smiling

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

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

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

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. 


Cover of Innovation in Impact Report with diverse group of 4 students showing a Michigan Ross flag

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.


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.


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



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.


At the University:


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:


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


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


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


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.

More Info


40th Annual Women of Color Task Force Career Conference

Fri, Mar. 4

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


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 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.

More Info


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.

Learn More


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.

More Info


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.

September 2021 Newsletter


Student talking to an organization at the B+I showcase


Fourth Annual Business+Impact Showcase Features 35 Impact Organizations

As part of Business+Impact’s mission to make students aware of all the impact opportunities across campus, B+I welcomed incoming and returning students from across campus to its fourth annual Business+Impact Showcase on Sept. 14. Students met with 35 exhibiting organizations from U-M in areas of interest like social justice, equality, sustainability, social entrepreneurship and economic development.

If you weren’t able to make it or would like to learn more, a complete list of exhibitors and descriptions is available in this article, and a photo album is on Flickr.


Gordon Scholarship Recipients (left to right): Claire Babilonia (MBA ’21), Tieranny Baker (MBA ’21) and Kevin Finnegan (MBA ’21)

MBA2 Gordon Impact Scholarship – Apply by Sept. 26

Application due
11:59 pm, Sun, Sept. 26

Are you an MBA2 committed to addressing complex social challenges? This year the Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship Fund will award three scholarships to MBA2s who demonstrate a dedication to impact. Applications are open now and due by Sun, Sept. 26.

Claire Babilonia (MBA ’21), Tieranny Baker (MBA ’21) and Kevin Finnegan (MBA ’21) each received $5000 Gordon Scholarships in 2020-21.


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

A Summer of Impact: Insights from Impact Studio & B+I Summer Interns

In the summer of 2021, Business+Impact supported 55 student interns with multiple regional and global organizations and within our +Impact Studio. In the +Impact Studio  nearly 30 students used design and business to make an impact. Read about the lessons learned developing and prototyping impactful ventures in the Applebaum Impact Design Fellowship and Founders Program, and read about the first +Impact Studio Summer Demo Day. Right here in Detroit, students in the +Impact Studio for Local Business developed consulting products that made a big impact for Detroit’s small business owners. Additionally, learn about how Michigan Ross students are putting design tools to use such as Adobe XD to use as part of the UM Adobe Creative Campus.

Students from Ross and Ford created impact through virtual or onsite internships, where they developed skills in business and policy that expanded their horizons exponentially and created value for numerous impact organizations. Read these snapshots of student experiences from this summer and see photos from their experiences.

A group of diverse people smiling with a Ross flag

Ross Admissions: UpClose Diversity and Women’s Weekend
Thurs, Aug.19 @ 5 pm ET

Graphic of people walking at different speeds with rectangular blocks behind them

Inaugural DEI Awards

Wed, Sept. 29 @ 2:30 pm
Robertson Auditorium
Ross School of Business

B+I is proud to be a sponsor of these 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.

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


Blueprints for Pangaea members standing in front of a Hope Clinic board

Interested in Healthcare and Entrepreneurship? Join Blueprints For Pangaea!

Speed Dating
Thurs, Sept. 16 @ 6 – 8 pm
Ross School of Business

Originally a finalist in the Michigan Business Challenge – Social Impact Track, Blueprints for Pangaea is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that ships excess, unused medical supplies from U.S. hospitals to areas in need overseas. The application for the Fall 2021 cycle can be found HERE, or on their website,, under the “Apply Now” tab. The deadline to apply is Saturday, September 18th at 11:59PM EST.  Interviews will be conducted in person on September 24th and 26th on an invite-only basis.



Donna Harris (MBA ’99)Donna Harris (MBA ’99)

Donna Harris is an investor, technologist and serial entrepreneur whose work and investments have helped thousands of startups worldwide to grow and scale while solving some of our greatest challenges.   She is currently serving as Founder and CEO of Builders and Backers, but also is a General Partner in 1776 Ventures, a venture capital fund she co-founded, which is investing in more than 30 countries on five continents, and she is also a Venture Partner at Praxis. We caught up with her recently to discuss her thoughts on her work since she graduated from U-M’s Business School.



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. 


At the University:


EarthfestEarthfest logo

Thurs, Sept. 23 @ 10 am – 2 pm
The U-M Diag

Earthfest celebrates sustainability initiatives across U-M and the surrounding communities, while providing an inclusive platform to educate and engage the campus community on opportunities to support sustainability and environmental justice on campus and in our daily lives.  Earthfest is organized by representatives from the Office of Campus Sustainability, School for Environment and Sustainability, Student Life, and Graham Sustainability Institute.

More Info


5th Annual CEW+ Advocacy Symposium: Accessing and Navigating Systems5th Annual CEW+ Advocacy Symposium banner

Tues, Sept. 28 @ 8:30 am – 1 pm ET

Join CEW+ virtually for its annual fall advocacy symposium themed Accessing & Navigating Systems. This event is free and open to all activists, advocates, and allies. This year’s symposium will feature opening remarks on Advocating for Your Financial Future by Christina R. Cutlip, PhD, Senior Managing Director, Head of Client Engagement and National Advocacy at TIAA, and the Mullin Welch Lecture given by C. Nicole Mason, PhD, who currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR).

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Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda: Moving Beyond Failure and Actively Cultivating a More Equitable AcademyShoulda, Coulda, Woulda in text bubbles

Tues, Oct. 5 @ 3 – 4:30 pm ET

Through session activities, participants will reflect on what failures of this kind indicate about the educational environments in which they occur and how such reflection might prime them to reshape the spaces in which they have responsibilities.  This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty and staff, please contact to see if we can accommodate your attendance.

Register here


A Breath of Fresh AirA Breath of Fresh Air event banner

Thurs, Oct. 7 @ 4 pm, Sept. 5 @ 2 – 4:30 pm ET

Pure Michigan is a phrase used to attract visitors to the state. As the industrial hub of Michigan, Detroit isn’t seen to be as pure as the rest of the state. The environmental challenges in Detroit are not just industrial. They range from Climate Action to Green Infrastructure, with a lot in between. Join us as we explore the environmental challenges of Detroit with some of the leaders taking action in the city. 

RSVP Today!

In the Impact Community:

Volunteer with Detroit YouthVolunteer with Detroit Youth event flyer

Apply by Fri, Oct. 1

Give Merit’s
mentorship program, FATE, is looking for University of Michigan students to become mentors for high school students in Detroit who attend the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. Mentors help facilitate workshop activities where students learn skills in business, marketing, and design-thinking while also supporting their mentees as they develop personally and academically.If you are interested in mentoring for the FATE Program this academic year, email Rachel Mazzaro at for more information!


Centering JusticeCentering Justice event banner

“It’s Okay to Not be Okay”
Wed, Sept. 15 @ Noon – 1:30 pm


Wed, Oct. 13 @ Noon – 1:30 pm

From the first wave of COVID-19 to the rekindling of the Black Lives Matter movement, our communities have been in constant flux. Each month, the New Center will think about a theme that we hope will resonate with what’s on your heart and mind. At the core of our sessions are the questions, “What does it look like to live in a just and thriving society? How must we shift to move toward this vision? “

More Info

Net Impact Climate Ambassador CertificationNet Impact logo

Submit Interest Form Now!

 Net Impact Climate Ambassadors will learn to use data and Climate Interactive’s tools to model scenarios that mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. Ambassadors have a 3 part experience: learning cutting edge climate data and tools, building relationships with climate-concerned Net Impact members from around the world, and amplifying impact by leading presentations to communities and climate decision makers worldwide. Submit your interest with the form below to be notified first when the application is live.

More Info

VF Sustainability Case CompetitionA hiker on a mountain overlooking clouds

Register for the competition Fri, Oct. 1
at 5 pm ET

Download the case
Virtual Case Competition: Sat. Oct. 23

This virtual case competition will expose participants to a specific sustainability-related challenge that VF and its brands face and give them the opportunity to develop a plan to address it. The competition judging will consider the strength of the plan and the creative ideas for solving the central issue of the case. $10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top finalists.

See Info and Application

Detroit Month of DesignDetroit Month of Design flyer

The entire month of September
Detroit, MI

Today, Detroit designers are focusing on the future, creating solutions to complex problems, and accelerating our transition into a better world. 2020 changed how we live and this year’s festival will be a reflection of that change. This September, Detroit Month of Design is back for its 11th edition. The 2021 festival will offer events and experiences that can be enjoyed outside, indoors, or from the comfort of home.

See Schedule and Register

Nominations for Notable Women in Banking Crain’s Detroit Business’ Notable Women in Banking banner

Nominations due:
Fri, Se
pt. 24

Candidate Applications due:

Fri, Oct. 1

Nominations are now open for Crain’s Detroit Business’ Notable Women in Banking award program, celebrating Michigan women executives who have distinguished themselves by innovating, advancing and impacting banking in our state.  Winners will be profiled in a special section of the Dec.13 issue of Crain’s Detroit Business. Part of the criteria is asking if the nominee has made positive and substantial contributions to her industry and/or community.

More Info

Michigan Angel SummitMichigan Angel Summit banner

Mon, Oct. 4 @ 9 am – 4 pm
Sheraton Ann Arbor
Tickets: $150

The fourth annual Michigan Angel Summit has valuable information for people considering angel investing and those who have been investing in entrepreneurs and startups for years. We’re pleased to welcome our keynote guests, Scott Shane of Comeback Capital and Commissioner Hester M. Peirce of the U. S. Security and Exchanges Commissions.

More Info

D-Prize Global Competition for Poverty InterventionD-Prize logo

Application Due:
Sun, Oct. 17 @ 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.

More Info

Some images in this newsletter are Pre-COVID.

EQuity a Finalist in the 2021 Michigan Business Challenge – Seigle Impact Track

One of the finalists for The Seigle Impact Track finals that will take place on February 26, 2021 is EQuity. EQuity is a learning and development venture that provides digital training and coaching to help clients advance racial justice by developing emotional intelligence.

Contact Information:
Justin Woods (MBA/MSW ’21)
Facebook: @equitysv
IG: @equitysocialventure

What was the origin of your venture?
After five years of working in the social justice space, most recently working to address racial HIV health disparities, it became clear that addressing systemic racism was a prerequisite to undoing race-based disparities in all life outcomes. As I began to engage more dialogue on the topic of anti-Blackness, white supremacy, and racial inequality, it became clear how emotionally charged and discomforting the conversation was for everyone involved. My increased engagement in racial justice work coincided with my own personal journey on better mental and emotional health. The more I explored emotional intelligence on my personal journey, the more clear it became that skills like emotional self-awareness and self-regulation are also critical competencies for doing the emotionally charged work of advancing racial justice.

What do you think will be the long-term impact of launching your venture?
I think the long-term impact of EQuity is creating more courageous individuals, organizations and communities wherein we have the skill sets necessary to advance racial justice in a way that is emotionally healthy.

How did you form your team?
EQuity is still growing our team. We look forward to bringing on individuals energized about business development, content development, and marketing!

How has participation in MBC helped move your venture forward?
MBC has forced us to really clarify our value proposition, solidify our revenue model, and better define the marketplace for our services. Most importantly, we’ve been forced to think about how to communicate those insights in a clear, concise, and compelling manner. Seeing our vision for a more equitable world spelled out in a business plan and pitch deck has been a validating journey that we look forward to carrying forward!

What has been your biggest takeaway from the MBC experience (so far)?
As a founder that is a dual-degree MBA/MSW student, I’ve always been motivated by the social work values of social justice and human connection. MBC forced me to translate my social work values into a business framework that will allow our venture to be financially sustainable. The ability to bridge my academic disciplines in an action-based manner that advances my professional ambitions has been the highlight of my graduate education.

What are your plans following MBC? How would prize money help your venture?
EQuity looks forward to investing our MBC earnings into expanding our team and continuing to develop content as we digitize and scale our racial justice, social-emotional learning curriculum.

What advice do you have for other student entrepreneurs?
When you’re starting a business, there is a lot of building the train as its going down the track. So first, just start. Your idea will never be perfect, but as you put it out into the world, you will continually get feedback on how to iterate and refine, and it’s that process that gets you to a viable idea. Second, build a community that will sustain you as you go on that emotionally taxing, uncertain journey. The world needs your actualized ideas in it!

PODCAST: Emotional Intelligence for Social Justice

In this episode of Social Impact Design for Business, Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks of Michigan Ross’ +Impact Studio interviews Justin Woods, Founder of EQuity Social Venture. Justin encourages people to get reflective and don’t be afraid of making mistakes in the process of addressing racism in the world, the community, and in businesses or organizations.

B+I Solidarity Statements and Racial Justice Resources

Business+Impact stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate movements and the Ross School of Business Black Business Student Association and Asian American Business Association.  Business+Impact aims to build a better world through powerful ideas and solutions to address the global challenges of our time. We are committed to the work of dismantling the structures of systemic racism, advancing racial justice in America, and building an equitable and sustainable future. We recognize that we must examine how we live our values each day, and seek to continually educate ourselves and others in the fight for justice and equity. Below we’ve compiled a set of resources for action, education, and transformation.

Ross DEI Research Awards

The Business +Impact initiative at Ross, in collaboration with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion faculty committee and the Dean’s office, is pleased to announce the creation of a set of new yearly research awards to celebrate and honor research related to diversity, equity and inclusion conducted at the Ross School of Business, at every stage of the academic journey. These new awards include up to two awards for faculty, and an award each for PhD students and undergraduate senior thesis students.

Further information »

Learn and Take Action:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Michigan Ross

COVID-19: Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

Police BrutalityCenter

New Workshops for Full-Time MBA Students Explore How to Be an Ally in the Ross Community and Beyond

Live Another Day – 42 mental health and addiction recovery resources to support black college students

Sunshine Behavioral Health – discussing mental health issues facing the Black community

Black Youth Matters: Understanding Mental Health Issues among Black Teens

Health Disparities In the African American Community

NEW Champions for Change leadership program builds the capacity for racial equity leadership in Washtenaw County

NPR “Up First” Podcast on History of American Policing

Obama Foundation: Meet Anguish With Action

National Museum of African American History & Culture: Being Antiracist

Laura Morgan Roberts coaches Black workers on how to handle microaggressions

United Way of Washtenaw County Equity Challenge: A Self-guided learning journey that examines the history and impacts of racism and how it shapes people’s lived experience in Washtenaw County

Equity vs. Equality: What’s the Difference? Here’s How Experts Explain It

The Detroit Justice Center is a nonprofit law firm working alongside communities to create economic opportunities, transform the justice system, and promote equitable and just cities

How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Funds for Black-Owned Businesses, Compiled by Black Lives Matter

Financial Literacy in the Black Community

How to find and support Black-owned businesses, wherever you are

Support Black-owned Businesses

15 Percent Pledge – a call for retailers to commit 15% of their shelves to Black-owned businesses

75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice

5 Ineffective Ways Organizations Respond to Racial Trauma, by Justin Woods, +Impact Studio Design Fellow

Scholarships for African-American Students

“Guidance for Reporting and Writing About Racism” – published by Syracuse University

How to Decenter Yourself in Conversations With Members of Marginalized Communities – published by Baylor University


Michigan Ross Full-Time MBAs Lead Initiative to Raise Awareness and $100,000 to Fight Racial Injustice

Businesses speaking out on racism, societal ills must show and tell

Davenport calls for a “Movement of movements” to end police violence

Black women often ignored by social justice movements

Raising Race-Conscious Children: How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism

Michigan Ross Full-Time MBAs Lead Initiative to Raise Awareness and $100,000 to Fight Racial Injustice

This tool shows where racial equity is lagging in 100 U.S. cities

Black scholar Earl Lewis on the Floyd murder and reparations

Why Black women are saying no

Panelists highlight U-M’s anti-racism efforts, encourage more



Podcast: Emotional Intelligence for Social Justice

Podcast: Distinctly Detroit: Oliver Ragsdale Jr.

Podcast: How a Detroit restaurateur went from prisoner to proprietor

Podcast: Michigan Teacher of the Year talks anti-racism, LGBTQ inclusion in the classroom

Listen to The 1619 Project 

Come through with Rebecca Carroll

Learn and Take Action:*

  1. Raise awareness, interrupt, and condemn acts of anti-Asian racism and violence.

  2. Report anti-Asian hate incidents.

  3. Learn and share the history of racial discrimination against the AAPI community.

  4. Make a personal commitment for transformative action.

  5. Support and donate to organizations that actively fight to stop anti-Asian racism.

News and Resources:

Why aren’t Asian Americans in Ohio reporting hate incidents amid a national surge? The answer is complicated

The painful history of anti-Asian hate crimes in America

Hate crimes against Asians jumped 107% in California in ‘an epidemic of hate’

The mental health impact of anti-Asian racism

New interactive site shows incidents of Asian Hate in the US

Detox Local – An extensive list of mental health and substance use resources specifically for the AAPI (American Asian and Pacific Islander) community.

Ross School of Business Statement of Support for Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

Statement from U-M President Schlissel on shooting deaths in Atlanta

Ross Asian American Business Association Official Statement and Call to Action

* Learn and Take Action Resources courtesy Ross Asian American Business Association

The Choice II Reconvenes U-M’s Best and Brightest to Consider Methods and Modes for Impact Decisionmaking

Business+Impact again brought together U-M scholars on Fri, Dec. 13, 2019 to ponder  how society should make choices that will influence and contribute to a society’s or organization’s ability to flourish.

Featured participants included Tom Malone, former CEO of Summa, and Scott E. Page of the University of Michigan.


Detailed Agenda from the Event

Opening Remarks

The Five Pure Types: A Gathering of Experts
Our day begins with talks by five brilliant Michigan faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and methodological approaches.  Each will provide a working introduction to one of the five institutional forms. How is it defined? When does this institution work well? When doesn’t it? In which allocative and decision-making domains do we see this institution? What spillovers does the institution produce?

  • Markets: Betsey Stevenson (Ford School) (Watch Video)
  • Hierarchies:  Elizabeth Popp Berman (Organizational Studies) (Watch Video)
  • Democracies: Lisa Disch (Political Science) (Watch Video)
  • Communities: Rebecca Hardin (SEAS) (Watch Video)
  • Algorithms: Paul Resnick (Information) (Watch Video)

Keynote: Tom Malone (Watch Video)
In his recent book, SuperMinds, Tom Malone describes how technology increases the potential efficacy and power of humans interacting through institutions. Technology, sometimes in the form of algorithms and often through improved production and allocation of knowledge and information, improves democracies, hierarchies, markets, and self-organized communities.

Dyads: Real World Choices
In The Vanishing American Corporation, Jerry Davis demonstrates how technological advances have led to more market-based transactions and fewer formal organizations (hierarchies) and how that trend has produced a variety of spillovers. Here, we bring in a collection of experts to discuss other dyadic variants of The Choice that occur in the real world.

Spillovers, Flourishing, and Context
The Choice framing emphasizes spillovers across institutions. In this panel, Scott Page (UM-Ross) (Watch Video) will provide some general framing on the types of spillovers that might arise as well as describe a potential taxonomy of spillovers to structure the afternoon’s charrette.

  • Jenna Bednar (Political Science) will propose human flourishing (rather than GDP) as the aim of society and frame The Choice within this broader objective. (Watch Video)
  • Oscar Ybarra (Psychology) will describe evidence for psychological spillovers. (Watch Video)
  • Last, Jerry Davis (UM-Ross) will show how context matters by taking a deep cross-national dive in Uber. Why does Swedish Uber not resemble the US version and how did Uber thrive in India? (Watch Video)

A Deep Dive: The Legal Choice  (Watch Video)
Orly Lobel (Univ. of San Diego Law) and JJ Prescott (UM Law) take a deep dive into how new technology disrupts settled normative regulation choices, and how policymakers should think about leveraging choices to support emerging platform markets, algorithmic capacities, and a changing labor market. 

Micro-Charette: Gigs!
In this session, we will break into small groups to consider the direct and spillover effects of the gig economy. How would we measure spillovers from gig work? How do gig jobs impede and enable flourishing? In what contexts should we encourage or prevent gig employment?

Closings and Openings
We end the day with closing (summary) and opening (new directions for research) thoughts by some key participants. Among our speakers

Aspen International MBA Case Competition


  • Feb. 22 – Mar. 24 Team finder open
  • Mar. 25 Team registrations due
  • Mar. 29 – Apr. 1 – U-M Campus Challenge
  • Apr. 25-26 – Finals in NYC


Michigan Ross has been selected to partner on the Aspen Institute’s 2019 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. This preeminent program differs from other MBA case study competitions in that its focus is explicitly on environmental, social, and ethical decisions currently being faced by a real business. The top five teams worldwide will be flown to NYC to present in front of corporate, academic and other friends of the Aspen Institute and to compete for a share of over $30,000 in scholarship funds.

This spring more than 1,000 students from 25 business schools will tackle a brand new case study, authored by the Yale School of Management, requiring innovative thinking at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive social and environmental impacts. As a student participant, you will step into a real-life, time-sensitive scenario demanding integrative decision-making — not unlike the challenges that you and your teammates will face as the next generation of business leadership.

U-M students are welcome to find a team and register for the competition online.  Team Registrations are due by noon EST on March 25.

The Aspen Institute’s Case Competition has many sponsors and offers a meaningful opportunity for reflection on the significant and positive influence that a well-managed business can have on society.

Complete information on the competition can  be found on the Aspen Business & Society International MBA Case Competition Website.