1. Concern about safety is main reason many Detroiters are not getting vaccinated, U-M survey finds

    Importantly, the survey results demonstrate that vaccine hesitancy is surmountable. More than 1 in 3 residents (34%) who reported being unlikely to get vaccinated between January and March 2021 have since received at least one dose of the vaccine. 

  2. Community brings a fresh spin to Detroit alleyways

    “This brings together this alley activation work with the green energy work in a way that’s very locally applied. The project is really led and driven by the community partners.”
    ~ Paul Draus, UM-Dearborn sociology professor

  3. Funding opportunity to advance economic mobility priorities of Detroit residents

    Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is offering stipends of $7,500 to $10,000 to support projects led by Detroit organizations working to promote economic mobility. 

  4. 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.

  5. Historic King Solomon Baptist Church: responding to a community in crisis

    As a new pastor Charles Williams III made sure to connect Historic King Solomon Baptist Church to its social service roots. He established a food pantry at the church, clothing giveaways, Thanksgiving meals and youth mentoring services. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Michigan in March 2020, Williams was ready to do more.

  6. Janell O’Keefe says a safe neighborhood shouldn’t be a privilege

    O’Keefe recognizes that addressing racial inequity is a big and complex problem and says that the planning field as a whole “still has a lot to grapple with when it comes to equity.”

  7. Truck noise in Southwest Detroit adds to public health concerns

    Researchers at the University of Michigan joined forces with community members and the Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition to evaluate the noise impact of the trucks on the neighborhood, many being rerouted as part of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge under construction.

  8. More Detroiters ‘very likely’ to get COVID-19 vaccine than 4 months ago, U-M survey finds

    The greatest discrepancy between those willing and unwilling to vaccinate is related to how they view science on the effectiveness of the vaccine and the advice of doctors. While 94% of people likely to vaccinate say scientific findings on vaccine effectiveness are important to their decision, just 62% of those unlikely to vaccinate say it is important.

  9. Giving music: Alum shares violin and life lessons

    “What I love about DYV is the focus on simultaneously cultivating beautiful humanity and musicianship in each child. Their individual personal development is just as important to Clara as their music education.”
    ~ Monifa Lindo, mother of Detroit Youth Volume student