1. Making change through making art

    Led by Victoria Shaw, “Making Change through Making Art” will bring together Detroit-based visual artists with students from Detroit Public Schools Community District in a new art-making elective class to explore how engaging with visual arts can promote social justice activism.

  2. U-M Alum Manny Martinez says it’s “breathtaking” to be a part of the Michigan Central Station transformation

    Manuel Martinez has been working at the Michigan Central Station for the past three-and-a-half years, leading a 23-person project team that manages hundreds of construction workers. The project, which Ford announced in 2018, is expected to be finished next year.

  3. Alum Justin Mast lives between idea and reality

    “A lot of people come to Detroit with expectations of making big changes fast. I was probably one of those people. What we’ve learned is that change is happening here, but it’s got a pace of its own. I’ve learned a lot by being a part of this city.” 

    ~Justin Mast, founder of Bloomscape.

  4. Partner Profile: COTS brings stability to families

    “I was always very impressed with the way U-M engaged our program participants. You could sense there was a respect for their time and information. It wasn’t ‘we’re going to swoop in, do our research, and bolt.'”
    ~ Delphia Simmons

  5. Q&A: Patrice Brown works on closing the food insecurity gap

    “We need to close that gap. I want to spend the next 10 to 15 years addressing the issues in the food insecurity space to give more Michiganders the food security that they deserve.”

    ~ Patrice Brown

  6. Alum J.P. Jerome and friends’s winning formula for Detroit City Distillery

    Co-owner J.P. Jerome has been friends with his seven business partners since early childhood and credits that strong bond as a large part of the success of the distillery. Each partner brings unique strengths to the table, and a lifetime of cooperation and collaboration has led to the continued growth of the business.

  7. Gaston says Song Foundation plans Detroit investments

    “People talked about the Michigan Difference. Part of that is U-M’s worldwide network of alums. I didn’t understand that until after I graduated.”

    ~ Khalilah Burt Gaston

  8. Q&A: Yvette Rock connects children to the possibilities of a life in art

    “And I got to Detroit and I immediately knew it. I was a student, but I knew I needed to be here. It resonated with who I am as a person.”
    ~ Yvette Rock

  9. From industrial wasteland to urban lure, Detroit’s Riverwalk sees 3 million visitors a year

    The conservancy was started in 2003 with the leadership of U-M alums Faye Alexander Nelson, former president and CEO of the conservancy, and Matt Cullen, the current chairman of the board.