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  1. Michigan sustainability case: a tale of two (polluted) cities

    “Working on this case honestly made me realize how much air quality is affecting Detroit residents—particularly minority residents such as Latinxs and African-Americans that live within the southwest side of the city,” wrote Dolores Perales. “So, in researching this case, it was interesting to see what is going on, what can be done, and what are the potential things that we as residents and allies can do to mitigate these issues, not only within Detroit, but as in Cecilia’s case, Southwest Los Angeles.”

  2. Humanize the Numbers exhibition shows prisoner perspective

    This exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum reveals the faces and stories of those in prison. It lifts up the voices of those who have been silenced by the criminal legal system. The Humanize the Numbers project gives them a freedom not normally allowed in prison. They share their stories with the world outside. By doing so, those in prison reclaim their humanity.

  3. Live Coal: Bringing the spark for artists and neighborhoods

    Yvette Rock’s empathetic approach has had that effect on scores of people in the community through her many initiatives connected to art. “I started thinking about what it would mean for Yvette Rock to be a ‘live coal,'” she said. “What would it mean for me to be someone in the city of Detroit who helps set these things in motion, this artistic venture in motion, you know, like being a spark in the city, causing others to be excited about art?”

  4. U-M alum works to ease Detroit’s multi-family housing shortage

    “We want to build housing for everyone from young people trying to find their place in this world to older single people looking for a clean, safe home. There is too much emphasis on building bigger housing for young families, i.e. single-family houses.”
    ~ Jon Zemke, U-M alum

  5. U-M students create equitable business models for green energy businesses in Detroit

    To make sure their business solutions are targeted toward Detroit small business needs, community engagement will take a center role in the course like never before.

  6. Partner Profile: Brilliant Detroit works with neighborhoods to promote success of kids, families

    Brilliant Detroit runs a host of programs out of houses-turned-community hubs in 14 neighborhoods across the city. On a mission to create “kid success” neighborhoods, the nonprofit offers tutoring, GED preparation and testing, health and fitness classes, nutrition information, reading activities, and social-emotional and mental health services for children and their families. It was co-founded by two U-M alums in 2016 and has partnered with the university from the beginning.

  7. Applicants sought for Engage Detroit Workshops funding

    The Office of the Vice Provost for Engaged Learning has announced the 2023 Engage Detroit Workshops grant program, designed to support a new workshop or speaker series on a topic that connects U-M with Detroit communities.

  8. Detroiters’ views on reparations connected to perception of racial wealth gap, other inequality

    Among the 73% of Detroiters who believe the average Black person is worse off than the average White person in terms of income and wealth, 71% support reparations and 75% say policies that address racial inequality should be a high priority. Among the 14% of Detroiters who believe the average Black person is equally well off as the average White person, 38% support reparations. 

  9. Women in Media panel at U-M Detroit Center

    Does it matter who is telling the story? Moderated by Rochelle Riley, former Detroit Free Press columnist and the Arts and Culture director for the city of Detroit, the panel explored individual responsibility, how to teach people to take a deeper look at what diversity means and how we can all play a part in changing the narratives around us.