1. Julie Schneider: Public servants advancing the public good

    Within the last five years, $1 billion has been invested in affordable housing in the city of Detroit to create and preserve 12,000 housing units. Julie Schneider, a Ford School alumna and a former Bohnett fellow, now director of the city of Detroit’s Housing and Revitalization Department, facilitated the planning process and is now overseeing its implementation.

  2. Saturdays in the D expands summer offerings for students and adults

    Saturdays in the D

    A partnership between the University of Michigan and the city of Detroit, the 2024 Saturdays in the D program provides free access to high-quality learning experiences for Detroit middle school and high school students, as well as professional development opportunities for adult residents.

  3. Students create innovative concepts to welcome new residents with state’s population growth effort

    As efforts to grow Michigan’s population progress, there is hope that these ideas presented by U-M students will act as a jumping-off point for a future pilot targeted at streamlining the onboarding process for new Michiganders. 

    1. More than one story: LSA student creates exhibit to celebrate Chinese Americans in Detroit

      The textbook story of Detroit’s Chinatowns might go something like this: Many Chinese people were left in poverty after two wars that Britain waged on China, in which Britain forcibly…

    2. Saturdays in the D video

      A partnership between the city of Detroit and the University of Michigan, Saturdays in the D is back for 2024. Watch the short video to learn more.

    3. Discover Detroit through its little-known history

      From where Miles Davis regularly played to the origins of the DIA, Communications Professor Tim Kiska dives into seldomly shared city history through the Detroit History Podcast. Season six has launched.

    4. Racing hydrogen cars in Detroit

      Henderson Academy students in Detroit used electrolyzers to produce hydrogen gas from water and power miniature fuel cell cars at the Michigan Engineering Zone. We are “excited to introduce these younger students to possibilities of hydrogen power in moving to a net-zero world,” said Todd Allen, co-director of MI-Hydrogen.

    5. Engage Detroit Workshop grants go to five new projects

      The grants come from the Office of the Vice Provost for Engaged Learning. Valeria Bertacco, the vice provost for engaged learning, shared her excitement to fund the third round of projects that include a focus on the university’s principles of civic and community engagement: recognition, respect and equitable partnership.

    6. Helping turn a house into a home with Humble Design Detroit

      A College of Business course at UM-Dearborn partnered with Humble Design Detroit, a nonprofit that custom designs and fully furnishes home interiors for people emerging from homelessness.