our commitment

Letter from the President

The University of Michigan was founded in Detroit in 1817, and we are proud to be a partner in its revival.  Our research, teaching, and service initiatives and partnerships there are as exciting as the incredible buzz that has taken hold in the city.

I have enjoyed seeing our students, faculty and staff in action during my visits to Detroit. Their work is adding important new chapters to U-M’s nearly 200-year history with this great American city.

We are engaged in Detroit at many levels and across nearly every discipline. Our schools, colleges and faculty members are leading research and teaching programs, and student groups are conducting service-learning projects that work alongside residents who are creating a better future for the city. Some of the efforts are new, having been created to respond to emerging opportunities. Others are longstanding and designed to have a lasting, sustainable impact on the students and communities they involve.

This site features some of our stories, but it is by no means all-inclusive. We hope to add many more over time.

I have met many Detroit residents who have never stopped working to better their hometown – and their commitment is exhilarating. I hope we can build on this energy and optimism as we continue to engage in Detroit. There is so much potential for even greater synergies and collaborations in the work we do.

Above all, I am deeply thankful for our relationship with Detroit and its people. The city provides amazing opportunities for engaged learning and vital collaboration and scholarship for our faculty.

Mark Schlissel