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  1. Damani Partridge: on filmmaking inspired by Berlin and Detroit

    The idea is that everyone has the right to do research and should be able to ask questions that will make their lives better. One doesn’t have to be in the academy to do research, everyday citizens can do research and it can lead to change.

    ~ Damani Partridge


  2. Alternatives For Girls launched in ’87 with no blueprint, continues to thrive

    As Amy Good neared graduation from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, Professor Rosemary Saari gave her a challenge. “She said, ‘Do something hard, and build something that…

  3. U-M supports over 300 programs, partnerships in Detroit

    The variety and volume of the University of Michigan’s efforts touch 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.

    1. Detroit economic mobility policy fellows use U-M support to tackle city’s pressing issues

      Poverty Solutions, U-M’s presidential poverty research initiative started in 2016, funds the affordable housing policy fellowship. The digital inclusion policy fellowship and homelessness policy fellowship are supported by the Knight Foundation and Quicken Loans, respectively. 

    2. Born in Detroit, the University of Michigan’s engagement in the city stretches back two centuries

      Detroit is the birthplace of the University of Michigan where it was founded 1817 as the Catholepistemiad or University of Michigania. At that time, Detroit was the capital of the Michigan Territory. In 1837, the Michigan Territory became the State of Michigan, and the University of Michigan moved to Ann Arbor in the original 40-acre parcel that is our current Diag.

    3. Sparking ideas, jobs, and creation in Detroit

      Partnering with a small business owner to boost her coffee shop business, building a makerspace for students and the Brightmoor community, and working with Eastside city residents to create authentic tours are just a few projects the University of Michigan is collaborating on to boost entrepreneurial impact in Detroit.

    4. U-M leaders, innovators react to news of the Detroit Center for Innovation

      “The economic success of our state is tied to the success of Detroit. It’s our largest city and it plays an important role in Michigan’s economic well-being. This new Detroit Center for Innovation will benefit not just Detroit, and the region – but also the entire state of Michigan.”

      ~ University of Michigan Regent Chair Ron Weiser, Ann Arbor

    5. New $300 million U-M research and education center to anchor 14-acre Detroit Center for Innovation in the heart of Detroit

      Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Wayne County Executive Warren Evans joined together with Stephen M. Ross, philanthropist and chairman of Related Companies, Matt Cullen, CEO of Bedrock and University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel to announce plans for a 14-acre Detroit Center for Innovation in downtown Detroit.

    6. Erin Wetzel brings drama to women’s apparel at Orleans + Winder

       “We take great care in our curation and love creating a platform for objects that goes against the grain of mass production. Detroit is a special place right now in that there are many small businesses with distinct visions, and it is so important to shop from locally owned stores.”

      ~ Erin Wetzel