1. U-M Receives $1.4M in NIH Funding to expand COVID-19 outreach

    C3’s focus is on a few of the counties most effected by the pandemic: Wayne, Genesee, Kent, and Washtenaw. Within these communities, they’re examining communication channels among the African-American and Latino populations in addition to messaging to promote healthy choices.


  2. Giving music: Alum shares violin and life lessons

    “What I love about DYV is the focus on simultaneously cultivating beautiful humanity and musicianship in each child. Their individual personal development is just as important to Clara as their music education.”
    ~ Monifa Lindo, mother of Detroit Youth Volume student

  3. Taubman faculty to support new Oakland Avenue Urban Farm project through Knight Foundation grant

    Image of rows of plants outside a house on a cloudy day.

    “As we build a place that more North End residents are involved with and proud of, and as more community needs are served, we know the North End will thrive.”

    ~ Jerry Ann Hebron, Oakland Avenue Urban Farm director

    1. Philanthropist Wally Prechter challenges donors to invest in Detroit youth and educators

      Local philanthropist Waltraud “Wally” Prechter is offering to match up to $1 million in gifts that support the School of Education’s work on the P-20 partnership. Qualifying donations will support teacher education, students with scholarships and training in Detroit; advance curriculum development, implementation and evaluation; and further the professional growth of Detroit educators. 

    2. More Detroiters ‘very likely’ to get COVID-19 vaccine than 4 months ago, U-M survey finds

      The greatest discrepancy between those willing and unwilling to vaccinate is related to how they view science on the effectiveness of the vaccine and the advice of doctors. While 94% of people likely to vaccinate say scientific findings on vaccine effectiveness are important to their decision, just 62% of those unlikely to vaccinate say it is important.

    3. Detroit Kids Matter: Two educators establish organization to support Detroit youth

      An important aspect of their mission is to continue building meaningful partnerships with businesses and organizations in the Detroit area that support and advance Detroit youth. Detroit Kids Matter is an online business with occasional pop-ups. 

    4. Mutual benefit guides U-M’s work with Detroit partners

      The task force’s report on engagement in Detroit is used as a guide across campus to ensure that research and engagement projects are conducted in an equitable and mutually beneficial manner. The task force was chaired by Robert Sellers, vice provost and chief diversity officer, and included representatives from all areas of campus.

    5. U-M’s partnerships, initiatives in Detroit on the rise during pandemic

      The variety and volume of the efforts are a collaboration with Detroit’s neighborhoods, its community organizations and its residents. While the specific goals and partners of each effort vary, all of the work aims to help boost the vitality of Detroit and the region. 

    6. Cyrus Peñarroyo: Connecting media, technology, and architecture

      His project in Detroit will attempt to address the issue of internet connectivity through the design of a building that will be a community anchor, providing internet access. It also will help to create a new social destination with spaces for gathering, where residents can come together.

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