Ford School of Public Policy

  1. 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.

  2. Youth Policy Lab study calls for mental health training and support of Detroit school staff

    Staff indicated that they wanted to learn about the best practices for supporting students affected by depression, anxiety, trauma, or PTSD. But, only 38% of staff reported knowledge of a protocol to screen or identify students in need of mental health services. 

  3. Two-directional learning helps small businesses and students thrive

    Lily Hamburger says that DNEP’s presence in Detroit has generated trust and new projects, such as the DNEP+Impact Studio for Local Business, which helps entrepreneurs pivot in the post-pandemic economy.

  4. Detroit unemployment rate sits at 20%

    Nearly one of every four parents who are not in the labor force (23%) reported they stopped working within the past year—three times the rate of other Detroiters who are out of the labor force.

  5. Celebrating 10 years of Bohnett Fellows in Detroit

    The David Bohnett Foundation Leadership and Public Service Fellowship, funded by University of Michigan alumnus David Bohnett (MBA ’80), is competitively awarded to three incoming master’s students each year.

  6. U-M awarded grant to support Detroit entrepreneurs in bridging digital divide

    The project builds on Tawanna Dillahunt and Julie Hui’s partnership with the Friends of Parkside to pilot a “community tech worker” program to assist seniors requiring technology-related support. Tech workers will be embedded at Jefferson East to develop a sustainable, useful model that will help bridge the digital divide for small businesses. 

  7. FIRST PERSON: Learning from Detroit businesses and fellow students

    “To maximize our impact, each team is focusing on one specific area of need so we can address that same problem in multiple companies and develop expertise in that area. As a result, we have eight teams: four focusing on marketing problems and four focusing on operations.”
    ~ Michael Willard

  8. 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. 

  9. Hunger and COVID: Fighting pandemic-related food insecurity in Detroit

    As COVID-19  swept across the city of Detroit, it brought with it a wave of food insecurity, particularly among low-income residents and seniors who rely on public transportation and can only afford to buy small amounts of food at a time. Now, a U-M research team has stepped in to help identify solutions.