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 (http://rossimpact.com), 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 www.blueprintsforpangaea.org 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 studleem@umich.edu.

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 ahaddad@umich.edu 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 optimizemi.org!

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.   

August 2022 Newsletter

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 – 2pm 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.

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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 board in 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.

You must attend an info session below in order to participate in the program for 2022-22:
BF Info Session #1
Thurs. Sept 1 @ Noon
Blau Colloquum, Blau Hall


BF Info Session #2
Wed. Sept 7 @ 4 pm
Room3240, Weill Hall


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

MORE INFO & APPLY


+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.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BOTH PROGRAMS

APPLY TO BE A FOUNDER

APPLY TO BE A FELLOW

Ross Event Highlights:

Zell Lurie Institute: Information Session
Tues, Aug. 30 @ 4:30 pm

Ross R0210

Ross Admissions: Sustainability at Ross
Wed, Sept. 7 @ 8:30 am ET
Online

Ross Admissions: MBA Tour – DEI
Wed, Sept. 7 @ 5 pm ET
Online

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 $7500 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.

APPLY NOW


MBA Impact at Ross Happy Hour/Kickoff


Wed, Aug. 31 @ 5:30-7 pm
Casa Dominick’s
812 Monroe St., Ann Arbor

Business+Impact and Net Impact are excited to welcome all MBAs to a kickoff Happy Hour at Dominicks, celebrating the beginning of the academic year and renewing friendships while refreshing ourselves. New and returning MBAs interested in impact are invited to gather at this special event featuring sangria and pizza, co-sponsored by Business+Impact and Ross Net Impact.

Attendees will be limited.

RSVP TO ATTEND


 

+Impact Studio Summer Summary

The +Impact Studio is a proud partner of Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP) +Impact Studio for Local Business. This summer, undergraduate students developed pivotal solutions for Detroit businesses, and the program has been meeting in the +Impact Studio. Our final story from the program, “DNEP Thinks Ross’ +Impact Studio Space Is Amazing.” is written by Christie Baer, Assistant Director of UM’s Center on Finance, Law & Policy.

Our podcast series, Social Impact Design for Business, recently released an episode on crowd funding. We want to focus your attention on our recent interview with Donna Harris of Builders+Backers, on “New Venture Capital: Crowdfunding, Crowd Loans, and Crowd Grants.”



Impact News & Notes

Ryanair critics call European airline racist for ‘colonial’ flier test – featuring Andries Coetzee

University awarded $53M to expand Great Lakes research

Elizabeth Cole named NCID’s new director effective July 1

Donating ‘portion of the proceeds’ to a charity? Take a step back, expert says – featuring Aradhna Krishna, and Uday Rajan

Race and racism at U-M is Inclusive History Project’s initial focus

Q&A-Sherelle Hogan: Helping Detroit children with incarcerated parents thrive

U-M Faculty members receive Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Awards

Detroit’s need to address pollution, heat waves and flooding

Detroit promised to end water shut-offs for low-income residents. Advocates say we’re not there yet.

U-M awarded $53M to expand federally funded Great Lakes research institute over next 5 years

Student groups spur progress toward U‑M sustainability

New approach reduces EV battery testing time by 75%

University-developed software that doubles 3D printing speeds hits the market

Is Prince George’s still the richest majority-Black county in America? – featuring Karyn Lacy

Scholarship support enabled LSA senior Julia Gray to study climate change in Iceland

U-M remains committed to DEI through transition period

Six University Diversity and Social Transformation Professors appointed

Arthur Lupia to lead Bold Challenges initiative as executive director

‘Clear and present danger’: Climate’s new normal – featuring Barry Rabe

U-M researchers partner with UP community to improve firearm safety, reduce injuries

Most evictions filed in Detroit during pandemic ‘not in compliance’ U-M group finds

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. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

At the University:

 

IMPACT INVESTING GROUP

Impact Investing Group Donations


Donate Now!

The Impact Investing Group at Michigan Ross serves business that face inequitable financing. IIG’s Microfinance Fund provides microloans to entrepreneurs in Detroit and Ann Arbor. Now you can donate to this fund and impact SE Michigan.

More Info


SCHOOL OF INFORMATION

Get Volunteer Support for Your Team

Apply Now

Have an information-based project you’re having trouble prioritizing? Your organization can get the help you need from the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI). Organizations and units on the U-M campus are invited to host a student team who will provide high impact deliverables on your project. Interested? 

Apply here


SPECTRUM CENTER

Pride Outside 2022


Sun, Sept. 4 @ 2 – 4:30 pm
Palmer Field

Pride Outside is a yearly event that occurs during Welcome Week on Palmer Field with games, drag performances, student performances, food, and information about campus resources. It is an opportunity for incoming first-year students and transfer students to get to know the campus LGBTQ+ community and resources.

More Info


PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION SUPPORT TEAM

PHAST Info Session


Wed, Sept 7 @ 5:30 pm
1655 SPH 1 Building

Established in 2005, the Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST) deploys graduate students to health organizations and non-profit organizations throughout Michigan, nationally, and globally in order to assist with various public health projects. Interested in learning more about PHAST or have questions about the application process? Then this is for you!

Register Now


SCHOOL FOR ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

SEAS/PitE Fall Welcome


Fri, Sept. 9 @ Noon
Ingalls Mall North

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.

More Info


LSA

Diversity 101


Tues, Sept. 13 @ 10 am – Noon
Room 2001, LSA Building

In order to have meaningful, productive conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion, we must start with a common language. This session will provide an introduction to key terminology as well as the categories and labels we use to describe others and ourselves. We will also examine how our identities shape the way we enter the world and our interactions with each other.

Register Now


GINSBERG CENTER

Entering, Engaging, and Exiting Communities


Wed, Sept. 14 @ Noon – 1:30 pm
Online


Thurs, Sept 22 @ 4:30 – 6 pm
Online

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


In the Impact Community:

 

2022 Workplace Mental Health Conference


Wed, Aug. 17 @ 1 – 5:30 pm ET
Online

This 3rd annual University of Michigan event will bring together key stakeholders to discuss strategies to improve employee mental health. Topics will include retention of young employees, case studies, special presentations on code-switching and novel programs to support mental health, and an interactive session on resilience at work.

More Info


Crain’s New World of Work Certificate Program


Register by Thurs, Aug. 18
8 week program begins Thurs, Sept. 29
Online

The flexible work arrangements and advanced technologies introduced over the past two years have changed the workplace as we know it.  At the same time, conversations about diversity and inclusion in the workplace have put an emphasis on leading from a position of empathy — and from a posture of equity.  Mid-level managers and leaders across all industries will benefit from this program, facilitated by Wayne State University.

Registration info


Paragon One Nonprofit Consulting Remote Externship


Apply by Mon, Aug. 29

In this externship program, students will learn strategic consulting skills to analyze and evaluate challenges from nonprofit organizations using consulting frameworks, in an overall effort to help them solve their important problems. Selected individuals will dive into their strategic problems, such as development, impact assessment, process improvements, talent engagement, communication, and strategic positioning.

Application info

DNEP Thinks Ross’ +Impact Studio Space Is Amazing

by Christie Baer

I started thinking about how the physical arrangement of space evokes feelings six years ago. I was new to the University of Michigan’s Center on Finance, Law & Policy, and had recently started working with professors from Ross, Law, and Stamps to set up the first pilot semester of the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project (DNEP). Two faculty members and I had converged at the University’s Detroit Center as we prepared for a full day of interviewing Detroit small business owners. We would be selecting four businesses to be DNEP’s first clients. Stamps professor and DNEP co-founder Hannah Smotrich entered the room, scanned the furniture and the three of us, and immediately said, “We need to move these tables around. This is way too intimidating.”

I looked at the U-shaped table. “It is?” I asked, surprised.

“Yes,” she answered, already moving tables to create a small, tight square. “There will be four of us and only one of them. This looks like a boardroom.”

Ah. I had spent the last six years of my life in courtrooms around Georgia, as a practicing trial attorney. My perspective on what intimidating looks like was probably a little skewed.

Professor Smotrich finished moving the tables, and repositioned the chairs. I saw what she meant. Now it just looked like the set for a meeting, rather than a high-stakes job interview. It did not go as far as saying “Welcome” — but it was better.

 

Opened in December 2019, the +Impact Studio collaborative space is designed to facilitate design thinking and interdisciplinary work to take on complex societal problems. The first thing you notice is that the studio is beautiful. The second thing you notice is the commercial-size printer to the left. “What’s that for?” I asked, and Loren pointed out the posters hanging around the room, the work product from a previous +Impact Studio project known as Plucky Comics, showcasing Black Queer historical figures.

Four pods are divided by moveable, 6’ high whiteboards that can be rearranged as needed. There’s a living room up front with a TV monitor that can be used for Zoom meetings, vibrant colors on the upholstery, and a sprawling L-shaped desk behind that. As you move through the pods, you see what else the printer is used for — blank empathy maps, asset mapping exercises, and ideation frameworks. Oh, and sticky notes. There are bright-colored sticky notes everywhere.

A former mentor once told me, “What you will never really know is how it feels for other people to be in your presence.” Maya Angelou was more pointed, in a quote that hangs framed on the wall of the +Impact Studio, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

As you take in the artwork, the colors, the organization of furniture, and the technology throughout, being in the +Impact Studio feels… exciting! You get the sense that the resources and space have been arranged for you to solve complex problems. You feel like you can do hard things. It was the perfect space for our first time offering the summer internship program in-person and full-time.

For rising juniors and seniors who want to develop professional experience while positively impacting their local community, DNEP’s +Impact Studio for Local Business is a summer internship program in which multidisciplinary teams build expertise while implementing projects with measurable impact for a portfolio of (mostly) minority owned businesses. Unlike consulting projects that focus on recommendations, DNEP +ISLB gives the opportunity to manage the execution and implementation of specific and strategic projects. In addition to learning new technical skills, students learn key communication and consulting skills that are transferable to any industry.

DNEP +ISLB was initiated during COVID by Ross faculty member Chris Mueller to provide critical support for businesses during the pandemic shutdown. The outcomes of that first summer led to the creation of dozens of tools for small businesses and a renewal of funding from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. Prof. Mueller now serves as DNEP +ISLB’s faculty director. In summer 2022, 17 interns from Ross, Ford, Stamps, and Information worked full-time, under the instruction of Mueller and Stamps faculty Jill Greene. DNEP program manager Aaron Jackson and I (both entrepreneurs and former attorneys) rounded out the rest of the leadership team, providing students with coaching about client management, Detroit, and cultural competency.

DNEP +ISLB is all about implementation. We provided an eight-week, intense capacity boost to help business owners get over a key business hurdle. Over eight weeks, students helped clients: attract new customers through brand identity implementation; automate marketing systems to retain business’ best customers; optimize point of sale systems and fix e-ecommerce integrations; and launch new products by operationalizing manufacturing, packaging, and fulfillment.

The +Impact Studio space allowed us to work faster and more efficiently because it was set up for collaboration. Students from the brand identity team, for instance, needed to walk 10 steps across the hall to confer with the packaging team. Every white board was full. And because it did not look like a classroom, interns felt like they were going to work, not to class.

We had a terrific experience working at the +Impact Studio, and with the Business + Impact team. Thanks for being our partner for three years on DNEP +ISLB. We’ll be back!


Christie Ayotte Baer is the assistant director of the University of Michigan’s Center on Finance, Law & Policy.

March 2022 Newsletter

Afua Bruce on “The Tech That Comes Next”

Wed, Mar. 30 @ 5:30 -6:30 pm ET
Virtual Event – Open to the Public

Join us for a book chat between Michigan Ross Business+Impact Faculty Director Jerry Davis and author Afua Bruce (Ross MBA ’11) on her vision of a more equitable and just world along with practical steps to creating it, appropriately leveraging technology along the way. This event is co-sponsored by Net Impact @ Ross (grad) and Michigan Ross Tech & Innovation Alumni Association.

Afua Bruce is a leading public interest technologist who has spent her career working at the intersection of technology, policy, and society.  Her newest book, “The Tech That Comes Next: How Changemakers, Technologists, and Philanthropists can Build an Equitable World,” describes how technology can advance equity.

REGISTER HERE


Impact Internship Funding – Round Two Application

Application Due:
Fri, Apr. 15 @ 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.
 
The next deadline to apply is Friday, April 15 by Noon ET. Award decisions will be based on the level of need (taking into account other funding being received), consideration of the position, the organization’s impact, and the quality of the application.

APPLY NOW


DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business Paid Internships for Undergrads

Application Due:
Sun, Mar. 27

Business+Impact is a key partner of the DNEP +Impact Studio for Local Business. DNEP +ISLB is a program for current sophomores or juniors who want to develop professional experience while making a positive difference in their community. Interns will work in interdisciplinary teams with a portfolio of Detroit-based small business clients to implement marketing and operations projects. Interviews are Mar. 28-Apr. 2, and the program runs May 4-June 24. Watch the information session.

INFO ABOUT APPLYING

Ross Event Highlights:

Sanger: Story Lab Winter Showcase
Tues, Mar. 22, 5-6:30 pm
Robertson Auditorium

Ross: Women in Tech:
Closing the Gap

Wed, Mar. 30 @ 4 pm ET
Online

Women in Leadership Telva McGruder event flyer

Sanger: Telva McGruder on DEI and Amplifying Women in STEM
Wed, Apr. 6 @ 5-6:30 pm
Robertson Auditorium

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. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

B+I Is Hiring a Program Coordinator

Business+Impact is looking to hire a Program Coordinator. In this role, you would work with Business+Impact’s students, faculty, staff, and partners to accomplish our mission and create impact for both individuals and the community. You would support the planning, execution and continuous improvement of our programming and events as well the Impact Studio space, programming and course. Reporting directly to the Student Program Manager, you will also receive direction from the Impact Studio Program Manager.

APPLY HERE

 


+Impact Studio Team Is Opening the Space for Guiding Youth Athletes

Dualete is a platform to help youth athletes learn from college athletes and to close the gap in mental health. The aim is that youth athletes can log onto Dualete and search for different sports or athletes from their favorite college or university. Nutrition and diets, weight training, how to deal with injuries, and getting noticed by college recruiters are all important to an athlete’s ability to perform but may not be salient to athletes that are starting out. From mental resilience to college preparedness, which are not visible at times, Dualete strives to bring these hidden problems that athletes face to the forefront through the experience and mentorship of the college athletes working with them.

READ FULL MEDIUM POST

 


Innovation in Action Final Showcase

Fri, Apr. 8 @ 3 pm ET
Virtual Event

B+I’s key partner Innovation in Action is hosting its Final Showcase Event on April 8, 2022! Student teams from across the University of Michigan worked for several months to develop solutions to a real-world challenge they are passionate about. Join them to learn more about these incredible teams and hear the announcement of the winners! Innovation in Action got off to a record-breaking (and virtual!) start, with almost 100 participants on 20+ teams from 12 schools and colleges. Already this year, students have covered topics ranging from Power, Privilege, and Identity in Design to Stakeholder Mapping, Interviewing, and telling a Powerful Story. Read about Innovation in Action’s most popular challenges in recent years, and learn about what drives students to compete. 

RSVP TO RECEIVE THE FINALS LINK

At the University:

 

MICHIGAN IMPACT

Michigan Impact Investing Symposium


Sat, Mar. 26 @ 10 am – 2:15 pm
Tauber Colloquium – Michigan Ross


Business+Impact is co-sponsoring the Michigan Impact Investing Symposium (MIIS) — a conference that allows participants to explore investments that provide financial as well as social returns under the guidance of distinguished members of the impact investing community. Featured speakers include Perry Teicher, Head of Global Impact Finance and Investement at Orrick, and Kelly Flanagan, Senior Manager of Impact at Kiva. Students and professionals, register free.

Register here


STUDENT LIFE

Dinners for Democracy

Dinners Mar. 24, 29, 30

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


WILLIAM DAVIDSON INSTITUTE

DEI Global Case Writing Competition

Apply by
Thurs, Mar. 31

You are invited to enter our competition and support and strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) skills and knowledge for today’s students, who will become tomorrow’s global business leaders. WDI Publishing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business are proud to present the second annual DEI Global Case Writing Competition. Final submission documents are due March 31.

More Info


GINSBERG CENTER

Ginsberg Graduate Academic Liaisons

Applications due
Fri, Apr. 1

Through a generous gift from Bill and Inger Ginsberg, the Ginsberg Center offers a year-long leadership development opportunity for University of Michigan doctoral students. Ginsberg Graduate Academic Liaisons (GALs) provide perspectives on their home departments, while deepening their knowledge and application of community engaged scholarship and practice. Graduate Academic Liaisons make a one-year commitment, renewable upon mutual agreement. There are two tracks to the program: a Facilitation track and a Community Engagement track. To learn more and apply by April 1st, please visit the GAL webpage.

Learn more and Apply


CEW+

CEW+ Scholarships for 2022-23

Apply by
Fri, Apr. 1


The CEW+ Scholarship Program, which today serves women and underserved students.  CEW+ Scholarships are invaluable and unique in that they are tailored to complement a student’s existing aid package.  Approximately 65 scholarships are awarded annually ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 with some larger scholarship awards given. The average award amount for the 2021-22 academic year was $6,300. Full eligibility, selection criteria, and FAQs are listed on the CEW+ Website.  

Apply here


GINSBERG CENTER, MESA

Leadership Connection Retreat

Apply to speak by: Fri, Apr. 8
Virtual event: May 2-5

Looking for ways to strengthen your impact on campus? How about investing in your organization and its members? Leadership Connection will be held from May 2-5 and provides members of your student organization an opportunity to grow through meaningful exploration of topics like collaboration, social change, critical thinking, and reflection. Participants will leave with action items and next steps on how to continue their organization’s growth. 

Apply here


In the Impact Community:

 

Executive Careers in Sustainability

Thurs, Mar. 24 @ 9 am ET
Virtual Event

Are you interested in executive opportunities in Sustainability, or are you already a Sustainability executive looking for ways to advance your career? Join the Global Business School Alliance as we take a look at how to position yourself for Sustainability roles, how the Sustainability job search process works, and trends you need to know to leverage your current position.  peakers include: Sarah Galloway, Co-leader of the Sustainability Practice, Russell Reynolds; Aidan Kennedy, Partner, Saxton Bampfylde & Chair Emeritus; Flemming Riber, Managing Partner, Global Practice Leader, ESG, Stanton Chase; Rony Nassar, Partner, Rasd.

Register Here


Halcyon Incubator Fall ’22 Fellowships

Apply by
Fri, Apr. 8 @ 11:59 pm ET

Halcyon Fellowships equip early-stage impact-driven founders with tools and relationships they need to achieve scalable, lasting impact. Halcyon’s Fellowships are free, with no fee or equity stake required. We are currently accepting applications for: Fall 2022 Flagship Residential Fellowship, 2022 MENA Halcyon/AWS Intensive, Fall 2022 Opportunity Intensive Fellowship.

Apply now


Detroit’s Green Task Force

Attend and Get involved

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

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.

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.

REGISTER HERE


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.

APPLY NOW


FROM THE IMPACT STUDIO:

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.

READ MORE


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.

READ MORE

Ross Event Highlights:

Professor Andy Hoffman smiling

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

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

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

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. 

IMPACT GATEWAY

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.

READ THE REPORT


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.

READ MORE FINALS RESULTS


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 eogreen@umich.edu.

MORE INFO

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SPOTLIGHT

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.

READ MORE

At the University:

MESA

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:


U-M SUSTAINABLE FOOD PROGRAM

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


LSA

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


SEAS

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


OFFICE OF HEALTH EQUITY AND INCLUSION

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


CEW+

40th Annual Women of Color Task Force Career Conference

Fri, Mar. 4
Online

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


LSA

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 ACCELERATOR

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


SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

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


STUDENT LIFE

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 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

 

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.

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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.

More Info

In the Impact Community:

Public Allies


Apply Now

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

Application info

Student PIRGs


Apply Now

 

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.

Info and Application

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. 

Submission info

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.

Submission info

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.

Submission info