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Detroit Advisory Group

The Detroit Advisory Group is charged with supporting U-M’s mission of research, education, and service in partnership with Detroit communities.

Specifically, this group:

  • advises University leadership on Detroit-related matters, emphasizing strategic direction, engagement, programming, and infrastructure, and including providing strategic guidance for the Detroit Center and Rackham Detroit;
  • facilitates outreach and focus events to seek input from U-M partners and other stakeholders in Detroit;
  • advises on specific events, workshops, and other work to build coordination and coherence in U-M Detroit engagement; and
  • enhances both internal and external transparency, fosters collaboration, and promotes best practices in alignment with the principles for community and civic engagement.


  • Maria Arquero de Alarcon, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
  • Valeria Bertacco, Vice Provost for Engaged Learning, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Bridgette Carr, Law School
  • Bill Currie, School for Environment and Sustainability
  • Jerry Davis, Ross School of Business
  • Paul Draus, U-M Detroit Center
  • Evgueni Filipov, College of Engineering
  • Ben Gaydos, College of Arts & Sciences, U-M Flint
  • Enrique Neblett – SPH
  • Damani Partridge, College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts, Anthropology and Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
  • Rogerio Pinto, School of Social Work
  • Carmel Price, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, U-M Dearborn
  • Trina Shanks, School of Social Work
  • Mike Rein, Government Relations¬†
  • Stephen Ward, College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts
  • Camille Wilson – School of Ed¬†
  • Morgan Yuncker, Engaged Learning Project Manager¬†