Alumni

  1. Q&A: U-M Alum R.J. King chronicles Detroit’s earliest manufacturing history

    “I wrote the book because nobody had really explained how Detroit had the world’s largest manufacturing economy when the automotive industry started.”
    ~ R.J. King, UM-Dearborn alumnus

  2. Drew Philp: Rehabbing Detroit one abandoned house at a time

    “People say Detroit is on a rebound. I vehemently disagree with that. One-third to one-half of all homes in the city have foreclosed. One in six homes don’t have water. I’ve tried to use my platform to talk about what I see happening in the neighborhoods and in the shadow of all of this money coming in.”
    ~ Drew Philp, author and journalist

  3. Dr. Betty Chu: U-M alum leads Henry Ford Health System’s response to COVID-19 pandemic

    “The university — even though it’s nationally and internationally recognized — does have a commitment to the state and helping it improve. The university in my mind has always had a very strong commitment to public health and society.”
    ~ Dr. Betty Chu, MBA `13/MD `95, senior vice president, Henry Ford Health System

  4. If the shoe fits…

    Suddenly his idyllic safe haven was a soul-crushing prison. Visceral memories of crime, poverty, injustice, and interactions with Detroit police resurfaced with a vengeance. Ward stopped sleeping. He cried in therapy. He refused to watch the Floyd video.

  5. U-M alumna Amy Good offers Alternatives For Girls in crisis, homeless or at-risk for abuse

    Amy Good’s work with Alternatives For Girls was inspired by a challenge she received from professor emerita Rosemary Sarri as she neared graduation from U-M’s School of Social Work. “She said, ‘Do something hard, and build something that wasn’t there before,” Good said. 

  6. Philanthropist, entrepreneur discusses U-M fellowship that aims to help students, major cities

    “I hope that the work of our foundation, and the people we have invested in, will create a ripple effect of social justice for years to come.”
    ~ David Bohnett

  7. Pewabic Pottery co-founder established first ceramic arts studio at U-M

    The late Mary Chase Perry Stratton founded Pewabic Pottery in 1903. Her legacy, like her influence, remains a force. She received a prestigious honorary Master of Arts degree in 1930, established the first ceramic arts studio at the University of Michigan during World War II, helped built its art museum’s collection and penned a ceramics text that is still in use by artists today, cementing her reputation as an innovator and, interestingly, as a teacher. 

  8. Fifty-year plan for Detroit blends data, design, strategic planning and deep humanity

    At the end of 50 years, Anika Goss sees a city with productive, intentional green spaces, a Detroit with economic clusters with great jobs, and neighborhoods that have diverse housing choices and transportation options and family-friendly services. 

  9. Alternatives For Girls launched in ’87 with no blueprint, continues to thrive

    As Amy Good neared graduation from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, Professor Rosemary Saari gave her a challenge. “She said, ‘Do something hard, and build something that wasn’t there before,” Good says.