Civic User Testing Group

  1. U-M microplastics exhibit on Detroit’s Belle Isle

    Join U-M at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum where a special exhibit was created in a collaboration between researchers from the University of Michigan and the museum. 


  2. U-M expert: Change won’t happen overnight to improve race relations

    It has been a topic that many Black parents in the United States have discussed with their children in recent decades—staying safe from harm or being killed by law enforcement. But in recent months, the conversation now extends to Black youths being killed in regular situations by white citizens, said Alford Young Jr., a University of Michigan sociologist who has conducted research on African Americans.

  3. Murals share thoughts of residents in state’s most polluted zip code

    The 48217 is known as the most polluted Zip Code in the state of Michigan. University of Michigan Professor Joe Trumpey and his students teamed up with community activist Theresa Landrum to help raise awareness of the pollution issues created by emitters through a series of murals.

    1. Lecturer Shakara Tyler: Black food sovereignty is a real possibility in Detroit

      “That Black agrarian history that has been supplanted in Detroit and physical amount of territory available, and the unapologetic politics around self-determination and Black power, have created beautiful storm of sorts where these things intersect where Black food sovereignty is a real possibility.”

      ~ Shakara Tyler

    2. Partner Profile: Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision responds to climate change, pollution impact

      “Having partnerships like this allows more people to be involved in environmental work without feeling like you need to be a scientist and have the training. You can have your life experience and have partners who can help you with the data and the research and the connections.”
      ~ Raquel Garcia, executive director of Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision

    3. State of the Strait Report highlights urgent need to clean up Detroit River

      The 2023 State of the Strait Report calls for “urgency” in cleaning up toxic sediment on the bottom of the Detroit River. Remediation is needed on the Detroit side but not on the Canadian side, according to the report.

    4. U-M’s Poverty Solutions takes an evidence-based approach to improving life in Detroit and beyond

      “We’ve done a great deal with housing and revitalization. We’ve worked a great deal with workforce development and with public health. So a lot of how we live out our mission happens in the city of Detroit.”
      ~ Luke Shaefer, director of Poverty Solutions

    5. U-M expert: Implications of restrictive abortion policies on maternal health, social welfare

      “Restrictive abortion policies will further exacerbate health and economic inequality in the U.S. unless public safety net programs and social welfare systems are adequately resourced and reformed to meet the increase in demand from significantly fewer abortions.”

      ~ Paula Lantz, a health policy professor at U-M’s Ford School of Public Policy and professor of health management and policy at the School of Public Health.

    6. Michelle Adams, renowned expert on race discrimination and school desegregation, joins Michigan Law faculty

      Adams said that even when dealing with difficult topics like race, “I have figured out a way to make the Socratic method humane and useful. If you do it right, it’s like being an orchestra conductor. You’ve got your violins, your woodwinds, and all the different horns, and you get them all playing together.”

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