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


  • Valeria Bertacco, Vice Provost for Engaged Learning
  • Maria Arquero de Alarcon, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
  • Bridgette Carr, Michigan Law
  • Bill Currie, School for Environment and Sustainability
  • Jerry Davis, Ross School of Business
  • Paul Draus, UM Detroit Center
  • Evgueni Filipov, College of Engineering
  • Ben Gaydos, College of Arts & Sciences, UM-Flint
  • Enrique Neblett, School of Public Health
  • Damani Partridge, College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts
  • Rogerio Pinto, School of Social Work
  • Carmel Price, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, UM-Dearborn
  • Trina Shanks, School of Social Work
  • Mike Rein, Office the Vice President for Government Relations 
  • Stephen Ward, College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts
  • Camille Wilson, Marsal Family School of Education 
  • Morgan Yuncker, Office of the Vice Provost for Engaged Learning