Engaged Detroit Workshops grant program launched for U-M faculty and staff

Source: Vice Provost's office

U-M Detroit Center

The Vice Provost for Engaged Learning office will provide financial support for up to four groups of University of Michigan faculty and staff with a faculty lead on the Ann Arbor or Dearborn campuses interested in organizing a workshop, speaker series, or similar event centered on a topic relevant to Detroit communities.

The program — Engage Detroit Workshops — will award grants up to $15,000. Proposed events should bring together faculty, students, staff, and Detroit communities in discussing a topic of common interest. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 20. Events funded through this program should be held between June 1 and May 31, 2023.

The University of Michigan has a long history of partnership with Detroit; today, faculty, students, and staff collaborate alongside partners to learn and serve in ways that create mutual benefits.

The grant program is intended to stimulate the development of events that enhance collaborations among Detroit-based initiatives led by U-M faculty, staff, or students. Events should be organized in ways that embody U-M’s principles for community and civic engagement: recognition, respect, and equitable partnership.

“Our connections between Detroit and U-M faculty, staff, and students manifest in hundreds of different ways — ranging from student organizations and social change projects, courses and K-12 programs, and research projects to collaborations with city government, residents, and neighborhood organizations,” said Vice Provost for Engaged Learning Valeria Bertacco.

“The Engage Detroit Workshops grant program is a continuation of our commitment to Detroit, and we hope to support the advancement of partnerships as well as synergies among the hundreds of U-M initiatives focused on Detroit.”

Eligible applicant teams include groups of up to three faculty and staff affiliated with an academic unit in the Ann Arbor or Dearborn campuses who are currently involved in community-engaged work in Detroit. Interdisciplinary teams and proposals that involve students and community partners are encouraged.

Applicants will be asked to develop a theme statement for their proposed events that is relevant to the Detroit community. Proposed activities could be a workshop, speaker series, seminar, training series, or similar event structure.

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