1. Unemployment remains steadily high in Detroit

    Survey results suggest that many families are struggling with rising costs and food shortages. Sixty-five percent of Detroit households report spending more at the grocery store in the last month, while 71% of those who report not having enough to eat in the past week point to the prohibitively high cost of food as a cause of their insecurity.


  2. U-M Detroit Center to use “hot desk” model starting this fall

    The change takes effect in September, but applications are due June 30. With the transition to the hot desk assignment there will be no pre-assigned spaces for residents. This alternative seating plan offers residents and users the ability to secure a workstation via the room scheduling system.

  3. Taubman College students explore multidisciplinary approaches to community engagement

    The Sojourner Truth Fellowship engages scholars and practitioners who can bring rigorous attention to issues of race and ethnicity as they relate to the theory and practice of urban and regional planning.

    1. Wilson Foundation supporting U-M students working with Detroit businesses.

      Modeled after a design studio, small teams of students will work with a portfolio of business owners within certain industry sectors to identify immediate needs and develop solutions. This approach should allow students to perform substantive work without overly burdening business owners who may be in crisis.

    2. Detroit students take on robotics challenges with virtual mentoring from U-M

      Students in the two-week program will get instruction and also wrap-around services, such as college application workshops, and writing workshops, mentored by U-M students, professional engineers, and U-M alumni.

    3. optiMize-Detroit: One year out, First8 talks about impact of grant

      Now as a mentor in the optiMize program himself, Shafiul Alam appreciates the effort and personal investment mentors had with students during his fellowship.

    4. optiMize Detroit: Girls Giving Back Detroit focuses on community service

      Going forward, the leadership team hopes to introduce an online summer program. They plan to debut their program July 6. Their goal will be to help students retain and strengthen math and reading skills to foster a strong start to the upcoming school year. 

    5. optiMize-Detroit: Securing a vote for everyone with My Voice, My Vote, My Future

      Keirra Scott believes that becoming politically involved leads to the policy changes that build pathways to dismantle cycles of poverty and promote generational wealth within the city. “That’s what I’m fighting for.”

    6. optiMize-Detroit: Entrepreneur Jonae Maxey wants to make social impact through real estate 

      Jonae Maxey is working to change the “narrative of what Detroiters see when it comes to a landlord and real estate in general.” She also wants to set an example for other young Detroiters to stand up for the community and bring everyone together. 

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