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  1. Dean Moje: The fight for Detroit school children’s constitutional right to literacy isn’t over

    “We’re talking about equitable opportunities, not just equal. What we’re seeing is that after years and years of disenfranchisement… it’s not possible to give everyone the same funding and say that that’s equality because in fact many districts are so disadvantaged by the way funding has played out and by our systems that are oppressive and unjust that they need more money than other settings, and that’s what inspired me.”
    ~ Elizabeth Birr Moje, dean of the University of Michigan School of Education


  2. Dr. Betty Chu: U-M alum leads Henry Ford Health System’s response to COVID-19 pandemic

    “The university — even though it’s nationally and internationally recognized — does have a commitment to the state and helping it improve. The university in my mind has always had a very strong commitment to public health and society. I don’t know if every university has that same level of commitment.”
    ~ Dr. Betty Chu, MBA `13/MD `95, senior vice president, associate chief clinical officer, and chief quality officer at Henry Ford Health System

  3. Hunger and COVID: Fighting pandemic-related food insecurity in Detroit

    As COVID-19  swept across the city of Detroit, it brought with it a wave of food insecurity, particularly among low-income residents and seniors who rely on public transportation and can only afford to buy small amounts of food at a time. Now, a U-M research team has stepped in to help identify solutions. 

    1. Lessons from virtual summer fellowship in Detroit linger for students

      The students worked full-time for nine weeks with a Detroit community organization on projects virtually this year. The program also includes sessions to learn about the history and impact of social justice in Detroit.

    2. If the shoe fits…

      Suddenly his idyllic safe haven was a soul-crushing prison. Visceral memories of crime, poverty, injustice, and interactions with Detroit police resurfaced with a vengeance. Ward stopped sleeping. He cried in therapy. He refused to watch the Floyd video.

    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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

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