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.

September 2020 Newsletter

MBA2 Gordon Impact Scholarship Application Due

Application due: 11:59 pm, Sun, Sept. 27

Are you an MBA2 committed to addressing complex social challenges?

This year the Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship Fund will award two scholarships to MBA2s who have a strong impact focus, but you must apply by Sun, Sept. 27 at 11:59 pm.One of last year’s winners, Emma Kwenu Smith (MBA ’20), said, “As a first-generation college student from Ghana, coming to business school in the US and dedicating myself to impact was a very expensive decision. The route I’ve chosen would not have been possible without this scholarship.”

APPLY HERE


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


Ross Event Highlights:

Ross Alumni Relations: BackPac Co-Founders’ Lunch
Fri, Sept. 18 @ Noon EDT
Online

Tauber: Spotlight! Showcase
Fri, Sept. 11 @ 8 am – 4 pm EDT
Online

Visit the B+I Virtual Showcase Page Anytime!


We recently held a B+I Virtual Showcase tabling event, featuring 27 exhibitors from impact clubs, departments, and organizations across campus. Our live event took place on Thurs, Sept 3, but you can still take advantage of this invaluable resource now, asynchronously. Our Showcase Page is still live, and and features websites, descriptions, and slide shows from our exhibitors.

VIsit Showcase Page


 

+Impact Studio Insights

The +Impact Studio brings impactful ideas to life using business and design tools along with university research expertise. We are excited to share our experience designing for impact with others seeking to create positive change on our Medium Journal! Posts feature insights and news and share learnings about designing for a better world. Social Impact Design for Business is a new podcast series from the studio. Follow this podcast series for stories from leaders in design, impact, and business.

The +Impact Studio also collaborated with the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) of the UM Center on Finance, Law, & Policy and the Ford School of Public Policy to launch the Impact Studio for Local Business to help businesses in Southeast Michigan respond to and adapt to challenges caused by the pandemic.  These open source tools and guides are available here!

 

SPOTLIGHT

Maab Ibrahim (MBA/MPP ’16)

Learn more about alum Maab Ibrahim (MBA/MPP ’16), Inclusion grantmaking lead at Google.org, a data-driven, human-focused philanthropy powered by Google. Through a unique blend of funding, products, and technical expertise from Google volunteers, she is currently accelerating the progress of nonprofits that use data science and innovative new approaches to advance social justice.

Read More

At the University:

GINSBERG CENTER

Pathways to Civic Engagement

The Pathways to Civic Engagement and Community Change describes a range of possibilities by which you can engage in and contribute to communities to further U-M’s mission and exercise your own power to create a better world. These pathways intersect and overlap, demonstrating the interdependent nature of working toward the common good.

More Info


 

MUNGER GRADUATE PROGRAM

Case Competition and Scavenger Hunt

Each year, Munger challenges teams of graduate/professional students to address important topics through its Case Competition.  This semester, the competition is open to graduate students from all Big 10 schools!  So U-M  students will be able to collaborate with other Big 10 schools.This year’s competition will complement the Big Ten Voting Challenge, a friendly competition to increase student voting rates across the Conference.

Also every Fall Munger runs a Scavenger Hunt, featuring all of the opportunities available to U-M grad students.  Although usually in persion, this year, the hunt is online.

Munger Case Competition
Munger Scavenger Hunt

 


 

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING

Poverty: Looking from the Inside Out

Tues, Sept. 22 – Oct. 6 @ 10 – 11:30 am
Online, Cost: $20


Explore the dynamics of poverty—looking at what keeps people in it, what’s needed to break out of it, and how we can all play a role in building community to end poverty. Instructor Suzanne Van Dam will lead the study group on Tuesdays from September 22 through October 6. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.

More Info

 


 

COMMUNITY ACTION & SOCIAL CHANGE

So Cool, So Just Org. Fair

Thurs, Sept. 24 @ 11 am – 1 pm
Online


The So Cool So Just (SCSJ) Organization Fair is hosted by the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) Undergraduate Minor and the Ginsberg Center. Since 2012, the fair has created space for organizations to connect with students seeking opportunities to get involved on campus, build community with other social justice organizations, and share activities and programs related to social change.

More Info

 

In the Impact Community:

United Way 21 Day Equity Challenge

United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC), has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life.  At present– in Washtenaw County and our State– it does. In response to newly available data on the wellbeing of households in our State who are Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, and Employed (ALICE), United Ways across Michigan are launching a special State Edition of the 21 Day Equity Challenge. This version of the Equity Challenge is designed to take participants through a state-level exploration of the history and impacts of racism and how it has shaped the lives of people in Michigan.  Along the way, participants will be equipped with resources and tools to take action for racial equity in their work and lives. Join us!

Learn more


Impact Design Collaborative is Looking to Hire U-M Students

Impact Design Collaborative is a nonprofit evidence-based design firm founded by students at the University of Michigan and focused on using design as a means to promote a more sustainable and just society. The collaborative provides research at the intersection of design & activism and collaborates on projects with community partners. They are looking for creative, impact-driven individuals to join the team and feel confident that U-M students involved in impact work would be ideal. 

Learn more

 


Give Merit FATE Program Seeks Mentors

Give Merit is a Detroit-based nonprofit serving high school students that seeks to enhance and extend educational opportunities to underserved youth through innovative enrichment and mentorship activity. Give Merit is looking for additional mentors to volunteer with our FATE Program during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Check out this video to learn more about the FATE Program!

If you are interested in mentoring for the FATE Program during the 2020-2021 academic year, email Give Merit’s Program Director, Rachel Mazzaro, at rmazzaro@umich.edu for more information!


Wege Prize

APPLY NOW

Wege Prize 2021 will again be open to undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the world, and will again be focused on the circular economy. When does it start? Well, right now! The Team Application period has been open since August, but final deliverables and team names are due next month.


Application Information


Nonprofit Management Institute 2020

SEPT. 22-24
ONLINE

Focused in particular on the way Covid-19 is reshaping the social sector, this online conference through the Stanford Social Innovation Review will feature numerous speakers from inside and around the nonprofit sector who are at the top of their game, who will discuss everything from in-person board meetings to philanthropy and collective action.

Info and Registration

 


Epic Social Ventures

APPLY BY WED, SEPT. 30
FINAL ROUND: FRI, NOV. 20

The Social Ventures Foundation mission is to facilitate sustainable market creation at the Bottom of the Pyramid by identifying, promoting and facilitating the investment in social ventures that employ the poor to lift the livelihoods of the poor. The End Poverty Innovation Challenge is at the heart of the Foundation’s mission, EPIC facilitates a pipeline to facilitate the identification, recognition, promotion and investment in the most impactful and of outstanding   sustainable social ventures that can scale and make a difference to millions of the world’s poor. 

Application Information


Upswell

OCT. 14-16
PITTSBURGH / ONLINE

Upswell 2020 is about the two most important things facing every changemaker in the United States: ending racism and recovering from the pandemic. So, Upswell is inviting you to show up. Because it’s going to take the very best you’ve got – and the very best the rest of us have got – to heal our nation and create a society where every person can thrive. Registration options are designed to ensure that every changemaker has the opportunity to participate.

More info


Grinnell Prize

NOMINATIONS DUE: SAT, OCT. 31

The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize (the Grinnell Prize) honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Each prize carries an award of $50,000, half to the winning individual(s) and half to their related, nominated organization.

More info

 

3rd Annual Business+Impact Showcase – 2020

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

This event is a virtual tabled event with multiple constituents. 

Go to the event!

August 2020 Newsletter

Engage with 30+ UM Impact Groups at the B+I Virtual Showcase

Thurs, Sept. 3 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
on Zoom

Welcome new and returning students! Come discover opportunities to make a difference in the places where you live and work, at the school, and around the world. As part of our mission to make students aware of impact opportunities across campus, we invite students to our third annual Business+Impact Showcase on Sept. 3 from Noon – 1:30 pm. This is a virtual tabled event hosted on Zoom, and students will have a chance to meet with over 30 organizations and map out their U-M impact journeys.

FIND OUT MORE


Nonprofit Board Fellowship Info Session and Application

Business+Impact’s Nonprofit Board Fellowship Program places top graduate students as non-voting members on boards of Southeast Michigan nonprofits. An application for the program is available on our website, and is due Fri, Sept. 11 at noon. Application instructions and a student information sheet are also available. A video of a mandatory info session will be on the B+I website by the first day of classes (8/31) With all the challenges that nonprofit organizations of various types face in the current times, with the COVID crisis, this promises to be an interesting and rewarding year for the program, and masters students across U-M are invited to apply.

LEARN MORE


+Impact Studio Supports Local Businesses and Impactful Prototypes

 

The +Impact Studio is a studio for impact creators and innovators that brings impactful ideas to life using business, design, and research expertise. This summer, Impact Design Fellows in the interdisciplinary +Impact Design Lab (Justin Wood (MSW/MBA), Elizabeth Sofranek (MBA), and Lucy Jiang (MSI) have been hard at work moving projects forward for long term impact. Their focus has been on nurturing a prototype from last year’s course, supporting a community of innovators across U-M, and sharing learnings on designing for impact on Medium.

This summer, the +Impact Studio also collaborated with the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) of the UM Center on Finance, Law, & Policy and the Ford School of Public Policy to launch the Impact Studio for Local Business to help businesses in Southeast Michigan respond to and adapt to challenges caused by the pandemic. Led by Ross faculty Chris Mueller, 37 Ross and Ford school students worked with small businesses across the restaurant, retail, and personal services sectors to identify pain points and opportunity spaces to develop scalable solutions. These open source tools and guides are available here!

+Impact Studio Course: Designing for Resiliency Through the Pandemic

In the interdisciplinary studio course BA670, graduate students gain a mindset, process, and set of tools and experiences for developing impactful solutions to societal challenges, a toolkit that is also desired by top employers across industries. This fall, students in BA670 will engage local businesses and nonprofits to design solutions for tackling challenges and increasing resiliency through the pandemic. Students can still register to be part of this impactful experience.


 

Insights from the +Impact Studio Community

Part of our mission to bring impactful ideas to life includes reflecting and sharing our learning with others working to create impact. In order to share these ideas in a blog format and reach a wider audience we created a new Medium site!


Stories of Impact from Summer Impact Interns

In the summer of 2020, Business+Impact supported student internship opportunities with different types of organizations. Students from Ross and Ford created impact through virtual internships where they developed skills in business and policy that expanded their horizons exponentially. Read eight snapshots of student experiences from this summer and see testimonials of students who previously participated in Give-A-Day Fund internships.

READ MORE

Admissions: Ask Me Anything: Diversity at Ross
Thurs, Aug. 20
@ 7 pm EDT
Online

Tauber: Spotlight! Showcase
Fri, Sept. 11 @ 8 am – 4 pm EDT
Online

Watch for Business+Impact at the following events in September


Business+Impact is built on the foundational belief that diverse views and voices strengthen our ability to affect change. As such, we partner with businesses, nonprofits, social enterprises, and other academic units so our students have profound experiences and see tangible results. In the interest of sharing our opportunities with students, we will be taking part in a number of virtual programs across campus and speaking one-on-one with them virtually as they begin planning for the academic year. Below are places where we will be found:


BackPac App Connects Nonprofits and Activists

BackPac is a new app founded by Ross alums and developed through TechArb and Ross’ Living Business Leadership Experience. Backpac helps those who want to find connections with nonprofits, and is currently working with many nonprofits in Washtenaw and Wayne counties to source virtual and in-person volunteers and funds needed to adress the many challenges arising due to the current pandemic. In a recent SE Michigan Ross Alumni meeting, BackPac presented opportunities and demonstrated the online app. You can view opportunities around you for yourself at app.backpac.co. Two of BackPac’s co-founders are now working full time on the company. They have also scaled their development team from one to five full time developers, which has helped them accelerate progress. B+I is proud of what BackPac has accomplished already and where they are headed in the future.

READ MORE HERE

News & Notes

RACIAL JUSTICE:

COVID-19:

OTHER:

At the University:

ENGAGED MICHIGAN

Community Engagement Online Mini-Course

Developed by an interdisciplinary team of content experts from U-M, the Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change massive open online course (MOOC) is designed to help both novices and seasoned practitioners of community engagement work more effectively with communities and organizations, both domestically and abroad.

More Info


 

MICHIGAN ONLINE

Enroll Any Time for these Teach-outs

Michigan Online offers a variety of learning experiences from individual courses to fully online degrees. Included in these offerings are short online learning ‘teach-outs’ on important topics facing society. Learn more about the items below and other items, and start learning now!

 


 

NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND RADIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Fastest Path to Zero Summit II

Tues, Sept. 15 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
Online


Join the University of Michigan and Third Way, a public policy think tank based in Washington, DC, for the second annual Fastest Path to Zero Summit. This year, to protect the health of all those involved, the summit will be a virtual series. The summit will bring together leading climate advocates, philanthropists, labor leaders, elected officials, academics, and media from across the Midwest and the nation.

More Info


 

FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

Women of Color on the Rise


Tues, Sept. 15 @ 4 pm
Online


Join Ford School professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes. for a discussion with Cecilia Muñoz about her new book, More than Ready: Be Strong and Be You . . . and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise.

More Info



In the Impact Community:

Impact Foundry Webinars

Offering comprehensive resources, from a professionally-staffed library, access to a grant funder database, from fundraising workshops to management networking, the Impact Foundry enables new and existing nonprofits to improve management, operations, fund development, marketing & public relations, board development and more.



Full Calendar of Events


Council of Michigan Foundations

Thurs, Aug. 20 @ 1 – 3:30 pm EDT
Online

Join the Council of Michigan Foundations, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Resources and Co.act Detroit as they explore how nonprofit boards in these exceptional times can demonstrate leadership, serve as a valued partner and support team culture. A panel of nonprofit executives will discuss the role of boards in preparing for the long-term implications of COVID-19 and how to engage in their organization’s racial justice work while considering the larger question of how governance structures can promote equity, or reinforce inequity. 

Information and Registration


Wege Prize

Applications Start Tues, Aug. 25
Apply by Mon, Nov. 9

Wege Prize 2021 will again be open to undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the world, and will again be focused on the circular economy. When does it start? Well, right now! The Team Application period has been open since August, but final deliverables and team names are due next month.

Application Information


The Color of Law, The Color of Money – Restorative Solutions to Redress the Racial Wealth Gap


Thurs, Aug. 27 @ 2:30 – 3:30 pm EDT
Skills Workshop @ 3:30 – 4:30 pm EDT
Online

Net Impact will explore a few innovative ideas and solutions for building capital in Black communities and closing the wealth gap, which include Path to 15-55 and “baby bonds” as discussed by guest Tynesia Boyea-Robinson and Derrick Hamilton. At the end of the first hour, you are invited to join a second hour for a skills-building workshop led by Tynesia. This interactive session will expand on the themes and specific examples discussed in Part 1, and provide attendees a broader framework that can help them understand how to leverage the tools of capitalism for social outcomes.

Event Info


Nonprofit Management Institute 2020

Sept. 22-24
Online

Focused in particular on the way Covid-19 is reshaping the social sector, this online conference through the Stanford Social Innovation Review will feature numerous speakers from inside and around the nonprofit sector who are at the top of their game, who will discuss everything from in-person board meetings to philanthropy and collective action.

Info and Registration


Epic Social Ventures


Apply now

The Social Ventures Foundation mission is to facilitate sustainable market creation at the Bottom of the Pyramid by identifying, promoting and facilitating the investment in social ventures that employ the poor to lift the livelihoods of the poor. The End Poverty Innovation Challenge is at the heart of the Foundation’s mission, EPIC facilitates a pipeline to facilitate the identification, recognition, promotion and investment in the most impactful and of outstanding   sustainable social ventures that can scale and make a difference to millions of the world’s poor. 

Application Information



Summer 2020 Newsletter

Anti-Racism and Racial Justice


Business+Impact stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the Ross School of Business BBSA. With Business+Impact we aim 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 are some featured items and a link to a resource page.

 

+Impact Studio News

Impact Design Lab 
The Impact Design Lab provides interdisciplinary coaching and support for early-stage impact prototypes developed through the course and other impact projects. The Lab offers guidance on design thinking, social impact, and innovation, and helps connect projects into the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem at UM.  

Impact Design Summer Fellowship
This summer, a team of Impact Design Fellows with business, digital design, and technical skills are collaborating with Studio faculty and staff to bring the work of the studio from prototype to launch. The Fellows– Lucy Jiang (MSI), Justin Woods (MBA/MSW), and Elizabeth Sofranek (MBA) will bring their interdisciplinary skills to a project prototype designed to advance equity.

They are joined in the Impact Design Fellowship by student Fellows working on course prototypes at external organizations or impact projects/ventures, including: Alyshia Dyer (MPP), Justin Woods (MBA/MSW), Zichen Wang (MS, Design Science), Ruchita Lodha (MSI), Bennett Hilkert (BBA), Stephanie Shoo (BBA/BSE), and Rodney Sherwin Shibu (BSE).

You can read insights from Impact Design Fellow Justin Woods in the article, 5 Ineffective Ways Organizations Respond to Racial Trauma and participate in a series of three webinars on racial justice next week. Stayed tuned for more news from the Impact Design Lab this summer! 

+Impact Studio for Local Business
This summer B+I is working with partners at Michigan Ross and the Ford School of Public Policy to help small businesses in Detroit adapt and innovate in the wake of COVID-19 through a program called Impact Studio for Local Business. Business and Public Policy students in the program support the Southeast Michigan community and help build a more resilient local ecosystem.

LEARN MORE

 


Announcing the 2020 Impact Interns

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.  MBA funding comes from the Give-A-Day Fund, a Ross MBA pay-it-forward fund, which recently won a CASE award.

This year, although interns will be asked to work from home, these students are still making an impact around the world. Below, see the list of nearly 30 recipients and who they will be working with this summer.

BBAs:
Claire Haase, Waterworks, Detroit, MI
Ryan Kellett, Positive Business Rapid Assessment Tool, Birmingham, MI
Yousef Kobeissi, US House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
Reena Mathews, Sierra Club, Lansing, MI
Neha Paragi, Troy Digital Consulting Initiative, Troy, MI
Sara Sotirov, Total Impact Capital, Bethesda, MD

MBAs
Claire Babilonia, Ashoka, Arlington, VA
Sara Bemporad, Blavity Inc., San Francisco, CA
Kelsey Casey, The Global Good Fund Columbia, MD
Robert Chen, Bcurrent Impact Investment, Taiwan
Suman Gidwani, VoteTripling.org, Los Angeles, CA
Andrey Higashi, Fleming Medicina, Porto Alegre Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Dustin Huibregtse, Quorum: The Twin Cities GLBTA Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis, MN
J’Taime Lyons, East Durham Children’s Initiative, Durham, NC
Avani Sharma, Teach for India, New Delhi, India
Stephanie Simpson, NextStep, Ann Arbor, MI
Alexandra Taikowski, Henry Health, Washington, D.C.
Allison Winstel, Enterprise Community Partners, Washington, DC
Nicki Yochim, Spoiler Alert, Boston, MA

MPPs:
Paul Capp, Asia Society Policy Institute, New York, NY
Kellen Data, City of Hamtramck Community and Economic Development, Hamtramck, MI
Eli Gold, Soulardarity, Highland Park, MI
Vivian Kalumbi, CARE, Merrifield, VA
Emma Kern, Hawaii Appleseed, Honolulu, HI
Christopher LeFlore, Office of Detroit City Council Member Janee’ Ayers, Detroit, MI
Tanya Omolo, Mary Turner Center for Advocacy, Detroit, MI
Daniel Park, Movement Advancement Project, Boulder, CO
Victor Rateng, MIT GOV/LAB, Cambridge, MA
Orlando Sanchez, Monterrey County Free Libraries, Marina, CA
Kalena Thomhave, Institute for Policy Studies, Boston, MA


One 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. 


Board Fellows Program Information


Could your nonprofit benefit from the knowledge that an outstanding graduate student could provide? Applications from nonprofit organizations are accepted on a rolling basis through June 26. We match students with organizations based on the student’s skills and interests and your needs. For the coming year, projects could focus on the COVID-19 response or on broader strategic goals.

NONPROFITS: LEARN MORE AND APPLY

STUDENTS: READ ABOUT RECENT STUDENT EXPERIENCES

 

The Restorative Potential of Local Economies


Tues, June 23
@ 5:30-6:30 pm EDT
ONLINE

As we watch COVID-19 unfold across the globe we see supply chain breakdown and shortages in desperately needed PPE. Across the nation companies are pivoting how they do business, leveraging their supply chain, and repurposing equipment. How can local economies and resources such as makerspaces and design tools make an impact and fuel economic growth, and what can we do to help our local ecosystem during this unprecedented pandemic?
 

REGISTER HERE

At the University:

POVERTY SOLUTIONS

Poverty Narrative: A Midwest Perspective

This is a free virtual series dedicated to a deeper understanding of poverty in the U.S. and especially the Midwest. This series is open to anyone interested in improving the narrative around poverty in the U.S. – from exploring new storytelling strategies to translating complex research for deeper public engagement.

Understanding Disadvantage in Rural, Urban, and Suburban Places
Thurs, June 18 @ 12-1:30pm EDT

Where Public Policy Meets Real Life
Tues, June 23 @ 12-1:30pm EDT

Using Personal Stories for Systemic Change
Thurs, June 25 @ 12-1:30 pm EDT

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE

White Liberalism and the Illusion of Racial Progress

Thurs, June 18 @ 12-1:30pm EDT
Online

How does information impact opinions and voting behavior in the case of white liberal progressives? Specifically, does exposure to racial wealth gap data lead to support by white liberals for affirmative action, reparations, and similar programs? Join U-M PoliSci professor Vincent Hutchings for a discussion of these and related issues.

More Info

ENGAGED MICHIGAN

Community Engagement Online Mini-Course

Developed by an interdisciplinary team of content experts from U-M, the Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change massive open online course (MOOC) is designed to help both novices and seasoned practitioners of community engagement work more effectively with communities and organizations, both domestically and abroad.

More Info

In the Impact Community:

Co.Act Detroit Activate Fund


Application Due:
Fri, June 19

Eligible applicants must be a registered 501c3 in good standing and serve at least one of the following four counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw. Selection will also be based on forming a diverse grantee cohort, developing a peer learning community, alignment with Co.act’s values and approach to capacity building.

Info and Application

D-Prize


Application Due:
Mon, June 22

The world has already invented products and services to end poverty. Yet millions of people still don’t have access. Can you design a business or NGO that solves one of the distribution challenges? D-Prize will award the most promising teams with up to $20,000 USD to launch a pilot version of your new organization wherever extreme poverty exists.

Application info

Racial Justice Webinars

EQuity Social Venture is Ross student Justin Woods’ vehicle for developing emotional intelligence, so that the world can advance racial justice, Next week, Justin will hosting three community-wide webinars on racial justice, health, and understanding.

Healing Race-based Traume: A Virtual Healing Event for Black People
Tues, June 23 @ 7-8:30 pm EDT


Racial Microagressions: Education for non-Black Allies
Wed, June 24 @ 7-8:30 pm EDT


Emotionally Intelligent Engagement: Navigating Emotions Related to Racial Justice
Thurs, June 25 @ 7-8:30 pm EDT

Epic Social Ventures


Apply now

The Social Ventures Foundation mission is to facilitate sustainable market creation at the Bottom of the Pyramid by identifying, promoting and facilitating the investment in social ventures that employ the poor to lift the livelihoods of the poor. The End Poverty Innovation Challenge is at the heart of the Foundation’s mission, EPIC facilitates a pipeline to facilitate the identification, recognition, promotion and investment in the most impactful and of outstanding   sustainable social ventures that can scale and make a difference to millions of the world’s poor. 


Application Information
 

April 2020 Newsletter

Coronavirus Resources for Student Changemakers and Impact Organizations

We know the strain and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting student changemakers and impact organizations in an array of ways. Many in the impact community are seeking tools to help navigate through this challenging time and ways they can contribute during the crisis. We have curated a collection of online resources that offer guidance to individuals and organizations in responding to the pandemic. It includes ways to seek financial support, give back, and care for yourself and your team. We are wishing all of you safety and wellness during this time.

Here are some highlights from the resources:

For Students:

For Orgs:

 

Make an Impact with Your Internship

Round Two Application
Due Fri, Apr. 17

In light of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to accept applications after the April 17th priority deadline on a rolling basis. We are hopeful that this will allow students to make internship arrangements should business and social sector organizations need to restructure their internship process and timelines.

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.

If you are a student looking to complete a social impact internship this summer in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors, then you are eligible to apply, as long as the organization has a clearly defined social or environmental mission. This opportunity enables you to receive a stipend for summer internships in addition to project management, research, and industry coaching from B+I.

APPLY HERE

Learn Design Thinking for A Better World in Fall 2020 Course

Are you a graduate student at the University of Michigan? Register for the new graduate +Impact Studio Course (BA 670), selected as a 2019 Poets & Quants “Most Interesting Class.” Taught by Ross professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, the Fall 4.5 credit design thinking course will teach you practical work skills in ethnography, ecosystem mapping, ideation, prototyping, and business model design, addressing challenges determined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and research from our award-winning faculty.

To learn more, check out these resources:

APPLY HERE

One 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. 


Virtual Information Session for Nonprofit Organizations

Wed, May 13: Noon – 1 pm – ONLINE

We invite leaders from SE Michigan nonprofit organizations to attend an information session about the Board Fellowship Program. Graduate student Board Fellows serve as non-voting board members on nonprofit boards and complete a board-level strategic project. Organizations identify key projects such as fund development, sustainability strategies, business plans, and dashboards. For the coming year, projects could focus on the COVID-19 response or on broader strategic goals. Session attendees will learn about the program and hear from nonprofit leaders currently participating.

 

Solve Problems and Build Skills Across Cultures with WDI Virtual Practicum


Now’s the time to reserve your spot in Business & Culture: A Virtual Practicum for  Fall 2020!  This exciting action-learning course on international business cultures connects you with peers from Egypt, Lebanon, Libya and the USA. This is a truly one-of-a-kind learning experience offering you an opportunity to work collaboratively in a global team environment, equipping you with the skills you need to communicate and problem-solve—essential 21st-century skills for an interconnected world.

The course (BA 310) is open to all majors at the University of Michigan.

LEARN MORE

 

At the University:

POVERTY SOUTIONS

Midwest Mobility from Poverty Conference

Tues-Wed, June 9-10
University of Michigan or Online (TBA)

The Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network is bringing together journalists and academic researchers from across the nation, with a focus on Midwest, for this conference to promote in-depth, impactful, and solutions-oriented media coverage of poverty-related issues.  This conference is open to anyone interested in improving the narrative around poverty in the U.S. – from exploring new storytelling strategies to translating complex research for deeper public engagement. It may be offered in-person or virtually, depending upon the situation in Michigan at the time.

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In the Impact Community:

Public Allies


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Public Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the U of M-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Our 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

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Student PIRGs


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Students — past, present and future — are often at the forefront of movements to build a better future for our country. The Student PIRGs work closely with The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to getting things done. This election year is a good time to get started.

Info and Application

2020 Call for Code Global Challenge


KIck-Off Event
Wed, Apr. 22 @ 7 – 10 pm EST

 

Student leaders and social innovators from colleges and universities around the world with technical and non-technical backgrounds are invited to join Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and IBM on Earth Day, April 22, for the 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge–University Edition Kick-Off virtual event! Call for Code is a multi-year global initiative to create practical, effective, and high-quality applications that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues. 

Register here by Apr. 20

Co.Act Detroit Activate Fund


Application Due:
Wed, Apr. 22

 

Eligible applicants must be a registered 501c3 in good standing and serve at least one of the following four counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw. Selection will also be based on forming a diverse grantee cohort, developing a peer learning community, alignment with Co.act’s values and approach to capacity building.

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COVID-19 Business Pivot Challenge


Submit by Apr. 30

This challenge offers an open and collaborative space to develop solutions, post inspiration, gather feedback, and find partners. Participation is invited from anyone to share inspiration and ideas, from business owners and leaders to employees within companies of all types and sizes. Jump into the challenge and share inspiration and/or ideas. This 3-week sprint will be open until April 30, 2020. 

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Proposals for Upswell 2020


Submit by May 15

Think about the enormous potential when thousands of changemakers – each one with unique perspectives, experiences, and skills – gather in Pittsburgh this October 14-16 for Upswell.  From quick talks to creative problem-solving to bold prototyping  you may propose events for a wide range of activities on the Upswell schedule.

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CEMEX-TEC Awards and Bootcamps


Submit by May 31

The CEMEX-TEC Award has 4 global categories, within which you can participate by registering your project. Social entrepreneurship projects must have at least one year of implementation and generate a systemic change.  Projects in sustainable transformation of communities should focus on postgraduate students. Community-based and social transformation projects that have at least one year of implementation form the third group. Collaborative action projects are focused on organizations that work through intersectoral alliances, involving at least 3 sectors of society.

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Impact Students Must Visit this Site Before Coming to U-M/Ross

Business+Impact is the single hub for all things impact at U of M. Our Impact Gateway is entering its second year online, and it continues to get more and more traction with students from all disciplines. If you’re a prospective student or a new student, this is one organized place to show you all of the social impact and sustainability activities at U of M.

In this video, Glenn shares some tips and tricks for taking advantage of RossImpact.com

November 2018 Newsletter

AT ROSS:

“Shared Prosperity” Conference a Big Success

Over a hundred executives and academics came to Ross on Oct. 24-26 for a conference titled, “Working Towards a Shared Prosperity: An Academic-Executive Dialogue,” sponsored by Business+Impact and the Aspen Institute. Two public events featured Carl Camden, former CEO of Kelly Services, and James Keane, CEO of Steelcase. Discussions ranged from employment opportunities to creating cultures that share the wealth.

See the photos, agenda, and videos of sessions on the conference webpage.


2018 Renewable Energy Case Competition

Fri, Nov. 30
Ross School of Business 

The Energy Club at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business will present its tenth annual Renewable Energy Case Competition (RECC), where MBA teams from top business schools compete to solve one of many significant challenges facing the renewable energy industry today. The 2018 RECC committee selects the competition topic and writes the case. Business+Impact is a sponsor of this competition.

COMPETITION WEBPAGE


Ross Open Road Info Session

Tues, Dec. 4, 5 – 6 pm
@ Ross B1580

MBAs are invited to learn about Ross Open Road with last year’s teams, as they speak about their experiences. Now in its fifth year, this student-organized program is focused on social entrepreneurship and takes place in the month of May.


Support Social Impact Students on Nov. 27

Giving Blueday is Michigan’s university-wide global day of giving. On Nov. 27, you can transform lives by supporting the Ross Give-A-Day Fund, which we administer. Plus, your money will go even further through matching and social media challenges!

SUPPORT INTERNS


Peace Corps Info Session

Tues, Nov. 27, 5 – 6 pm
@ Ross B1580

Make a difference in the world with the Peace Corps. Attend this information session to find out more about this unique approach to making a difference.


Ross Event Highlights


WDI: Liquid Assets: Investing to End the Global Water Crisis
Tues, Nov 27 @ 5 pm
Ross R2240

Erb:
 The Elements of Business Sustainability Series: Business and Human Rights with Roger McElrath
Thurs, Nov 29 @ Noon
Ross B2560

CDO: Careers in Impact Panel and Networking
Thurs, Nov. 29 5:30-7:30 pm
Ross Colloquium

Net Impact: Career Symposium
Fri, Nov. 30, 9:30 am – 3 pm
Ross School of Business

Clubs: Emerging Markets Conference
Fri, Dec. 7, 8:30 am – 3 pm
Ross Colloquium

CPO:
 Company-Community Partnerships for Purpose and Sustainable Impact
Tues, Dec. 4 @ 4 pm
Ross School of Business

All of these events are open to the public.

For a complete list of impact events in the coming month, visit the Business+Impact Impact Gateway at RossImpact.com

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AT THE UNIVERSITY:

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Guest Speaker: Trey Boynton

Tues, Nov. 27, 7 – 9 pm
Rackham Auditorium

Guest speaker Trey Boynton will discuss her position as Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Ann Arbor-based Duo Security. A graduate of U-M, Trey is an advocate for creating change so that all people are valued, celebrated and able to offer their unique contribution.


LSA

Detroit Community-Based Research Project

Application Deadline: Tues, Dec. 4 @ 9 am

The Detroit Community Based Research Program (DCBRP) is a social justice-focused summer fellowship program run through the University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program that places undergraduates with community-based organizations in full-time research positions. Students work on projects addressing social and environmental justice, food insecurity, human rights, public health, youth development, and more!


FORD

Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor

Thurs, Dec. 6 @ 4 pm
Weill Hall

Virginia Eubanks will discuss her book of the same name, where she systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. Naomi Klein says, “With its striking research and moving, indelible portraits of life in the ‘digital poorhouse,’ you will emerge smarter and more empowered to demand justice.”


IN THE IMPACT COMMUNITY:

SIILK Network Fellowships

Application Deadline: Fri, Nov. 30

SIILK is launching a one-year fellowship to support education and professional development for exceptional students through an internship with IEN, featuring academic project work, mentorship, training, and support. Fellows will receive an $8,000 honorarium and extensive opportunities to connect with experts. The fellowship program is open to graduate and undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Apply here


2019 Global Social Venture Competition

Application Deadline: Mon, Dec. 3

Kickstart your social venture through multiple opportunities to win prize money, ranging from $2,500 to $40,000 in potential funding for your start-up. GSVC connects emerging social entrepreneurs with the world’s leading experts in venture capital, impact investing, and social entrepreneurship.

Apply here