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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, 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.

Interim Chair:   Nick Tobier, Edward R. Ginsberg Senior Counselor to the Provost on Civic Engagement, and Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design


  • Francine Banner, College of Arts, Sciences, & Letters, U-M Dearborn
  • Mary Jo Callan, Ginsberg Center
  • Jerry Davis, Ross School of Business
  • Tim McKay, College of Literature, Science, & the Arts
  • Ben Gaydos, College of Arts & Sciences, U-M Flint
  • Elizabeth Gerber, Ford School of Public Policy
  • Tracy Hall, Office of Metropolitan Impact, U-M Dearborn
  • Sonia HarbOffice of the Provost
  • Sally Howell, College of Arts, Sciences, & Letters, U-M Dearborn
  • Barbara Israel, School of Public Health and Detroit Urban Research Center
  • Kim Lijana, Center for Educational Outreach
  • Jerry Lynch, College of Engineering
  • 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
  • Stephen Ward, College of Literature, Science, & the Arts
  • Camille Wilson, School of Education