Detroit Skyline at night

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, including the annual research and teaching conference um3detroit; and
  • enhances both internal and external transparency, fosters collaboration, and promotes best practices in alignment with the principles for community and civic engagement.


  • Joshua Akers, U-M Dearborn
  • Valeria Bertacco,¬†Office of the Provost
  • Mary Jo Callan, Ginsberg Center
  • Ben Gaydos, College of Arts & Sciences, U-M Flint
  • Barbara Israel, School of Public Health and Detroit Urban Research Center
  • Debi Khasnabis, School of Education
  • Bill Lovejoy, Ross School of Business
  • Jerry Lynch, College of Engineering
  • Damani Partridge, College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts, Anthropology and Department of AfroAmerican and African Studies.
  • Mike Rein, Government Relations
  • Luke Shaefer, School of Social Work and Ford School of Public Policy
  • Trina Shanks, School of Social Work
  • Feodies Shipp, U-M Detroit Center
  • Anya Sirota, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
  • Nick Tobier, Edward R. Ginsberg Senior Counselor to the Provost on Civic Engagement, and Professor, Stamps¬†School of Art & Design