1. 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

  2. Ron Eglash’s fractal patterns expertise makes an impact on Detroit students

    Today, Eglash applies his knowledge in a number of areas — including working with under-represented students in Detroit. His work has earned the Joan Durrance Community Engagement Award from U-M as well as a new research grant from the National Science Foundation. 

  3. Mike Duggan talks about why he stayed in Detroit after graduation from U-M

    Duggan still goes back to Ann Arbor on a regular basis, often to speak to students about his insights on business or politics. Duggan said he’s pleased not only with the relationships between the Ann Arbor campus and Detroit but on how many students care about what happens in the Motor City. 

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

    Engage Detroit Workshops will award grants up to $15,000. Events should bring together faculty, students, staff, and Detroit communities in discussing a topic of common interest. Proposed activities could be a workshop, speaker series, seminar, training series, or similar event structure. Apply by March 20.

  5. Ancestor garden: Community plants butterfly garden honoring Detroiters lost to COVID-19

    “Having a loved one lost to COVID-19 pneumonia, we’re definitely happy that Douglas Jones and Mr. Whitaker are here sharing and participating and sprinkling their love and vision in the Virginia Park community.”

    ~ Venita Thompkins, active resident in Virginia Park

  6. U-M launches SEAS Sustainability Clinic in Detroit to combat effects of climate change, residential flooding

    While the clinic’s main emphasis will be on serving the community, the work also extends the mission of SEAS aimed at promoting multidisciplinary sustainability with a collaborative approach. 

  7. Sirota: designing cultural infrastructure for a broad public

    Much of Akoaki’s other current work is centered on Detroit’s historic North End, a once-thriving entertainment district that today retains few physical markers of that legacy.

  8. Dolores Perales: making sustainable, equitable change in her neighborhood

    “Environmental factors tend to be left out of the planning process, as well as the needs and wants of community — especially frontline communities and communities of color like mine — so I am going into this field to make sustainable, equitable change.” ~ Dorothy Perales

  9. P-20 initiative grows with new teaching residents, early childhood center

    Construction on the Early Childhood Education Center has finished and the new facility will welcome students in fall 2021. The School of Education is involved in curriculum and professional development for the center, as well as coordinating cross-campus holistic support services for children and families.