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  1. This urban farm is on path to sustainability

    Anya Sirota

    Akoaki, a design studio in Detroit, has been working with the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm for nearly four years to develop a vision and “guiding plan” to make it self-sufficient and sustainable. Plans for the farm’s future include a new focus on cash crops, an orchard, a store with an events and job-training space, an outdoor performance area, rentable space for visitors, and an international design library.


  2. U-Michigan, Harvard form new partnership to address economic mobility, opioid crisis

    The University of Michigan and Harvard University are forming two new partnerships designed to spur economic mobility and reduce poverty in Detroit, as well as combine resources and expertise in response to the national opioid crisis.

  3. Unique online course aims to prepare students, others for work with communities

    A circle of many people wearing “Emfasis” bracelets outstretch their hands to meet in the center of the circle.

    Experts from eight units across the university and a group of 15 students teamed up to create the Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change massive open online course (MOOC).

    1. Feodies Shipp named director of U-M Detroit Center

      A native Detroiter, Feodies Shipp has been named Director of the University of Michigan Detroit Center.

    2. U-M partners on new cradle-to-career education center at Marygrove College in Detroit

      This cradle-to-career educational partnership on the campus of Marygrove College will include a state-of-the-art early childhood education center, a new K-12 school and the introduction of an innovative teacher education program modeled after hospital residency programs.

    3. Locals provide unique bus tours of Detroit with some help from UMSI

      Detroit visitors now have four new urban tours to enjoy, thanks to help from a team of faculty and students at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI).

    4. A partnership with Crescendo Detroit

      A new School of Music, Theater & Dance (SMTD) community partnership with Crescendo Detroit was launched this winter, giving select SMTD students the opportunity to teach music and dance to Detroit schoolchildren.

    5. First-generation U-M grad turned children’s advocate: ‘You can do it’

      For the kids who move often and change schools, the kids from families who have yet to receive a first college degree, the ones who don’t see themselves as college material, University of Michigan alumna Tonya Allen has a message: She was like you. She did it. You can too.

    6. Ginsberg Center Dewey Lecture celebrates community engagement

      Faculty, staff, community members and students gathered in Rackham’s Assembly Hall to attend The Edward Ginsberg Center’s Dewey Lecture Series and learn more about community engagement projects, including those involving U-M.