1. 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. 

  2. 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

  3. 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. 

  4. 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. 

  5. 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.

  6. U-M supports over 300 programs, partnerships in Detroit

    The variety and volume of the University of Michigan’s efforts touch Detroit’s neighborhoods, its community organizations and its residents. While the specific goals and partners of each effort vary, all of the work aims to help boost the vitality of Detroit and the region.

  7. Erin Wetzel brings drama to women’s apparel at Orleans + Winder

     “We take great care in our curation and love creating a platform for objects that goes against the grain of mass production. Detroit is a special place right now in that there are many small businesses with distinct visions, and it is so important to shop from locally owned stores.”

    ~ Erin Wetzel

  8. Ford School alumna finds strength in design in Detroit 

    “When I use some of those tools and techniques that I learned in Dr. Mohr’s class and my other Ford School classes to really try to unpack what’s at the root cause of both these challenges and these opportunities, what I come to is designers,” said Olga Stella, U-M alumna and now executive director of Design Core Detroit.

  9. Delray neighborhood ofrendas part of Day of the Dead exhibit at Detroit Institute of Arts

    It is noteworthy when a world-renown cultural institution housing priceless art gives you a chance to display what you did over your summer vacation. That is what the Detroit Institute of Arts is doing for a group of Delray students as it honors their families, stories and creativity through their personal ofrendas.