1. Ideas with a beat: Hip-hop as a new universal language

    Deidre D.S.SENSE Smith has found that, like music itself, hip-hop is becoming a universal language. “People from all walks of life have the need and desire to be understood.”

    Ideas With A Beat: Hip-hop Songwriting (MUSPERF 200) is open to all majors.

  2. Q&A: DeAndré Calvert continues family legacy with work uniting students and community partners

    “The pandemic shined a light on the fact that digital access is both a real requirement for modern living, and a cause of inequity for those who don’t have it. With so many aspects of our lives taking place remotely, that digital divide seemed to get bigger.”

    ~ DeAndré Calvert

  3. U-M forecast: Detroit economy overcoming pandemic challenges while grappling with recession fears

    The forecast calls for the city to add 11,300 payroll jobs this year and 6,100 in 2023, the year in which the city is expected to recover to its pre-pandemic level.

    1. Immersive Semester in Detroit Program expands opportunity to all U-M campuses, providing transformational learning experiences 

      Students are encouraged to be mindful of their identities when entering a space they’re not from, and to always lead with a respect for the work that is already being done. 

    2. SEAS continues to grow environmental justice program with new expertise, community organizers

      By expanding the program and building on its history as leaders in environmental justice, SEAS is continuing to foster the educational experience that communities affected by injustice have been demanding of universities.

    3. Helping youth harness the power of communication

      U-M’s Poverty Solutions initiative collaborated with the Detroit Phoenix Center to develop a series of communications workshops for the Summer Leadership Academy on owning your narrative, defining your point of view, using data to support your point, and crafting advocacy statements. 

    4. U-M students put skills to work through summer internship program, helping Detroit communities 

      When it comes to small businesses, the community is more than just a customer base. They are neighbors and friends, and many of these businesses prioritize giving back to their communities in some way. And in the reverse, the community supports these businesses through difficult times.

    5. Collective Experimentation and Acts of Urbanism in Banglatown, Detroit

      Participants toured locations such as the Detroit Riverfront with Professor Maria Arquero, the Packard Plant with Professor Robert Adams, and Historic Fort Wayne with Detroit Historical Society curator Jeremy Dimmick.

    6. A win-win: working together to increase the impact

      A jointly sponsored UM-Dearborn – UM-Flint Collaborative Research Funding Program awarded up to $160,000 for four collaborative research projects.