1. U-M Poverty Solutions Impact Report: A Testament to Partners, Progress in Detroit

    Mark Rivett posted February 14, 2019
    Partnership on Economic Mobility

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    A growing partnership on economic mobility with the city of Detroit, a new collaboration with Harvard University, community voices, policy impact and student engagement are among the highlights in the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions impact report released today.

    Mike Duggan

    Detroit Mayor, Mike Duggan

    The report includes efforts at Poverty Solutions that have led to concrete policy changes based on data and evidence, including changes in the way that Detroit Community Schools collects data on homelessness and housing stability, and a partnership on the evaluation of a new policy in the city related to keeping renters in their homes.

    “This fellowship program is helping us increase our ability to reach more residents in need of greater access to affordable housing, the internet and youth employment,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “We appreciate this collaboration with the University of Michigan and the work it is doing to expand economic opportunity to all Detroiters.”

  2. U-M teams win honors in DIA Plaza Student Design Summit

    Mark Rivett posted February 1, 2019

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    Three teams from the University of Michigan swept the honorable mention categories, which included interactive design, product design and overall design. Participants came from U-M’s School of Information and the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

    The multi-school competition was funded by U-M, and organized by Paul Fontaine, a lecturer at the Taubman College and program manager of the Michigan Engaging Community through the Classroom Initiative.

    Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

    James Holloway, vice provost for global engagement and interdisciplinary academic affairs, said the university got involved as a way to engage students.

    “We supported this project first because it was a terrific opportunity for student learning, to work in parallel with the professional design competition on a real project with authentic stakeholders who are truly invested in the outcome,” Holloway said “And also because we saw it as a way to further connect the schools of higher education — including U-M, Wayne, the College of Creative Studies, and others — and the institutions in the cultural district.”

  3. New Cradle-to-career Educational Partnership to Serve More than 1,000 Detroit Children on Marygrove Campus

    Mark Rivett posted September 18, 2018

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    $50 million Kresge Foundation neighborhood development commitment centered on education brings University of Michigan, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Starfish Family Services, Marygrove College and other partners together in northwest Detroit

    Organizations gathered at the Marygrove College campus on September 13th, 2018 to announce a new cradle-to-career educational partnership including a state-of-the-art early childhood education center, a new K-12 school and the introduction of an innovative teacher education training modeled after hospital residency programs.

    This landmark cradle-to-career educational campus – which will offer pre-K through graduate school studies with wrap-around services and community programs – is being jointly developed through a partnership including Kresge, the University of Michigan School of Education (U-M SOE), Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), the Marygrove Conservancy, Marygrove College, Starfish Family Services, IFF, and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center of the University of Detroit Mercy.

    Mike Duggan

    Mike Duggan, 75th mayor of Detroit, Michigan

    “Not long ago, we were faced with the prospect of this incredible campus going dark, which would have been a terrible setback to the revitalization that is taking place in this area of our city,” said Mayor Duggan. “Instead, today we are celebrating a new beginning and a bright future at Marygrove, thanks to The Kresge Foundation, DPSCD, the University of Michigan and all the partners in this effort. We owe them all a great deal of appreciation for recognizing the importance this campus has to our city and to the community.”

    Duggan praised the P-20 partnership as an example of how the public and private sectors are coming together to provide outstanding educational options for Detroit families.

    Other U-M schools and colleges will join the collaboration as the school and wrap-around services develop. Early partners include: College of Engineering; Stephen M. Ross School of Business; A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; School of Social Work; School of Nursing; and School of Dentistry.