Wealth Redistribution, Innovations, and Sustainability

This event is part of the Thursday Morning Lecture Series on Our Changing Economic Landscape.

We will consider how migration is transforming societies around the globe. Are receiving countries better or worse off when they welcome new immigrants? How can migrant-receiving societies do a better job welcoming immigrants? How do sending countries fare when their citizens leave? How can sending countries best harness international migration opportunities for development back home? Overall, is a world with international migration better off than a world without it?

Our speaker, Dean Yang is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. His research agenda spans international migration, microfinance, health, disasters, and political economy. His fieldwork locations include El Salvador, Guatemala, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, and the Philippines, as well as migrant populations worldwide.

He teaches courses in development economics at the Ph.D., master, and undergraduate levels. A native of the Philippines, he received his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard University.

Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the lecture will be e-mailed shortly before the date of the event.

NAHM presents: Conversations on Landback, Sustainability, and Language

Join us for an engaging dialogue and panel with amazing guests and speakers that have been a part of significant efforts to honor the Burt lake band and work on projects surrounding sustainability, language revitalization, and representation of Native Identities. Through this event, we hope to not only hold the university accountable to the acknowledgement of the history and land, but to raise awareness on climate justice, language revitalization, and the landback movement as a whole.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://umich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqdOyprT8vGtZEP5-s2nyIyhAHRAwuHC3_

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Donia Human Rights Center Lecture. The Human Right to a Healthy Environment

Please note: This panel discussion will be offered in person on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus at 110 Weiser Hall (500 Church Street) and will be simultaneously available via Zoom Webinar.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required if you intend to participate virtually. Once you’ve registered, the joining information will be sent to your email. Register at: https://myumi.ch/XezWb

The Donia Human Rights Center will follow state, local, and University of Michigan guidelines for in-person events.

In October of this year, the United Nations Human Rights Council recognized for the first time the human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Why did the Council finally adopt this right? What effect will recognition have? How might the right contribute to the ongoing application of human rights to environmental issues such as climate change and the conservation of biodiversity?

Featuring: John H. Knox, Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law, Wake Forest University

Commentator: Jennifer Haverkamp, Professor from Practice, Michigan Law School and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Graham Family Director, University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute

This event is co-sponsored by: University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute.

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John H. Knox, Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law, Wake Forest University

John H. Knox is the Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law at Wake Forest University. He received his law degree from Stanford Law School with honors in 1987, and worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of State and at a private law firm before joining academia in 1998. Between 1999 and 2005, he chaired a national advisory committee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. From 2012 to 2018, he served as the first UN Independent Expert, then its first Special Rapporteur, on the human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. He is on the board of the Universal Rights Group and on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law. He has written widely on human rights law and international environmental law and on the convergence of those fields. Recent works include The Human Right to a Healthy Environment (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

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Jennifer Haverkamp, Professor from Practice, Michigan Law School and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Graham Family Director, University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute

Jennifer Haverkamp is the Graham Family Director of the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute, a professor of practice at Michigan Law School, and a professor from practice at the Ford School of Public Policy. She also co-chaired U-M President Schlissel’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality. She previously held a number of senior government and NGO positions in global climate policy and international trade, including Ambassador and Special Representative for Environment and Water and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative. In 2016 she led the State Department’s successful negotiations of the Kigali HFC-phasedown amendment to the Montreal Protocol and the International Civil Aviation Organization’s landmark CORSIA agreement to control greenhouse gas emissions from global aviation.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us at umichhumanrights@umich.edu. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.

19th Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability

Join us virtually for an engaging conversation with Gina McCarthy, the country’s first National Climate Advisor. As the president’s chief advisor on domestic climate policy, McCarthy leads the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy focused on mobilizing a whole-of-government approach to tackling the climate crisis, creating good-paying, union jobs, and securing environmental justice. Having served as the 13th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and then as President and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), McCarthy is one of the nation’s most trusted and accomplished voices on climate issues—and has been at the forefront of environmental and public health progress in a variety of leading roles for over three decades.

Moderated by Tony Reames, Senior Advisor: Office of Economic Impact and Diversity U.S. Department of Energy, Assistant Professor: U-M School for Environment and Sustainability

Followed by a Q & A with Kyle Whyte, George Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability at University of Michigan, White House Environmental Advisory Council

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Jacqueline Patterson on environmental and climate justice

Jacqueline Patterson, Senior Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, and Kyle Whyte, Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan and affiliate of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program, discuss environmental and climate justice.

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Business and government: Diversity, regulation, and sustainability

Join us for a conversation with Penny Naas (MPP ’93), President of International Public Affairs and Sustainability at UPS, about key issues in government and business, including diversity, the relationships between the regulated and the regulators, and environmental sustainability. Penny will be joined in conversation by two Ford School faculty, Adrienne Harris and Betsey Stevenson.

For more information and viewing details, visit https://fordschool.umich.edu/event/2021/business-and-government-diversity-regulation-and-sustainability

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Earthfest 2021

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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September 2021 Newsletter

 

 

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.

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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.

APPLY HERE


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.

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

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.  

REGISTER HERE


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, blueprintsforpangaea.org, 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.

APPLY HERE

SPOTLIGHT

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.

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A Searchable Platform for All Things Impact at Ross and Across Campus


The Business+Impact Gateway provides you with a single location for all things impact. Here you’ll find all of the activities, people and key partners working to use their learning to make a real impact in the world. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

At the University:

OFFICE OF CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY

Earthfest


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.

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CEW+

5th Annual CEW+ Advocacy Symposium: Accessing and Navigating Systems


Tues, Sept. 28 @ 8:30 am – 1 pm ET
Online

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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RACKHAM GRADUATE SCHOOL

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda: Moving Beyond Failure and Actively Cultivating a More Equitable Academy


Tues, Oct. 5 @ 3 – 4:30 pm ET
Online

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 RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if we can accommodate your attendance.

Register here


U-M DETROIT CENTER

A Breath of Fresh Air


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

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 Youth

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 rmazzaro@meritgoodness.com for more information!


 

Centering Justice

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

Online

Wed, Oct. 13 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
Online


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? “

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Net Impact Climate Ambassador Certification

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.

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VF Sustainability Case Competition


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 Design

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

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.

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Michigan Angel Summit

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.

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D-Prize Global Competition for Poverty Intervention


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.

4th Annual Business+Impact Showcase – 2021

B+I to Bring over 30 U-M Impact Groups to Ross to Build Awareness

Tues, Sept. 14 @ 11 am – 1 pm
Ross School of Business
RSB Sixth Floor, Tauber Colloquium

Welcome new and returning students! We hope your summer was empowering and invigorating, because we have a lot of opportunities coming up for you. As part of our mission to make students aware of impact opportunities across campus, we welcome students to our second annual Business+Impact Showcase on Sept. 14 from 3-5 pm at Ross. Students will have a chance to meet with over 30 organizations and map out their U-M impact journeys.