Wolverine Caucus

Wolverine Caucus members are University of Michigan alumni including legislators, lobbyists, staff, and advisors working in and around State of Michigan government. They meet with U-M experts on timely, relevant public policy subjects during the legislative session. Our mission is to provide diverse forums at which U-M friends can meet one another, enjoy fellowship, exchange views and learn from the world-class talents of U-M faculty and administrators.

The Caucus is informal, with no dues, no elections, no organizational chart. Please join us at a Wolverine Caucus event soon! A delicious lunch is provided, prepared with locally grown produce. Vegetarian meals are available.

View Wolverine Caucus event details here.

To receive announcements of upcoming programs, call the U-M Lansing Service Center at amccullu@umich.edu and ask us to add your name or the names of associates.

2020 Schedule

Event Date | Time | Location

Wolverine Caucus: Child and Family Public Policy: How Can Data and Data Science Help?

 

Featured speaker: Dr. Joe Ryan, Director of U-M’s Child and Adolescent Data Lab

Additional Information available here

Tuesday, January 28
11:30am – 12:30pm

MI Senate Binsfeld Office Building
5th Floor, Room 5550
201 Townsend St., Lansing, MI 48933

Taking the Pulse of Local Government Leaders on Fiscal Health: Slow Recovery From the Great Recession Poses Concerns About the Future

 

Featured speaker: Tom Ivacko, Interim Director of CLOSUP and Debra Horner, Project Manager of CLOSUP

Additional Information available here

Tuesday, February 25th
11:30am – 12:30pm

MI Senate Binsfeld Office Building
5th Floor, Room 5550
201 Townsend St., Lansing, MI 48933

COVID-19: Is It’s Grip Loosening? When Can We Go Back To Work?

 

Featured speakers: Vikas Parekh, Associate Chief Clinical Officer, Michigan Medicine; Associate Vice Chair, Inpatient and Hospital Operations, Professor of Internal Medicine

Marisa Eisenberg Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Emily Martin, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Rick Neitzel, Associate Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Associate Professor of Global Public Health & Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Information and video available here

Friday, May 8th
10:00am – 11:30pm

Via Zoom

Wolverine Caucus: Re-Opening Michigan: Operating safely and efficiently amid the pandemic

 

Featured speakers: Dr. Scott Page
John Seely Brown Distinguished University Professor of Complexity, Social Science, and Management

Vikesh Chandrashekar
Project Manager, Economic Growth Institute

Bruce Barron
President and CEO, Barron Industries Inc.

Information and video available here

Friday, May 22
10:00am – 11:30pm

Via Zoom

2019 Schedule

2019 Schedule

Event Date | Time | Location

Wolverine Caucus: Changing Course In International Trade Policy — Implications for Michigan, the United States, and the World

 

Featured speaker: Professor Alan Deardorff, UM Ford School of Public Policy

Additional Information available here

Wednesday, January 23
11:30am – 12:30pm

House Office Building Mackinac Room,
5th Floor

M-OPEN: Progress in addressing the Opioid Epidemic

 

Featured speakers: Project Manager Leonardo Kattari and M-OPEN Faculty

Additional Information available here

Tuesday, February 26
11:30am – 1:00pm

MI Senate Binsfeld Office Building,
5th Floor

Taking the Pulse of Older Adults: UM Poll on Healthy Aging

 

Featured speakers: Erica Solway, Dr. Jeff Kullgren, and Dr. John Ayania UM Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI)

Additional Information available here

Tuesday, March 19
11:30am – 1:00pm

Boji Tower,
Senate Hearing Room, 1st Floor

Artificial Intelligence (AI): Where Are We, Where Are We Going, and What Should We Be Worrying About?

Featured speakers: Professor Rada Mihalcea, Professor John E. Laird, and Walter S. Lasecki

Additional Information available here

Tuesday, April 16
11:30am – 12:30pm

House Office Building Mackinac Room,
5th Floor

Type 2 Diabetes – A costly disease and a leading cause of death, New Pathways to Preventing and Managing Diabetes

 

Featured speaker: Dr. Caroline Richardson, UM Medical School

Additional Information available here

Tuesday, September 24
11:30am – 12:30pm

House Office Building Mackinac Room,
5th Floor

2018 Schedule
Event Date | Time | Location

Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Prescription:

Michigan’s Demographic and Economic Outlook over the Next 30 Years

Featured speaker: Professor Emeritus George Fulton, UM College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Additional Information

Tuesday, January 16
11:30am – 12:30pm

House Office Building Mackinac Room,
5th Floor

Living on $2 A Day: It’s Happening in Michigan

How Can We Alleviate Poverty in Michigan and Beyond?

Featured speaker: Dr. Luke Shaefer, UM School of Social Work

Additional Information

Tuesday, February 20
11:30am – 12:30pm

MI Senate Binsfeld Office Building 5th Floor,
Room 5550

Supporting Success for the Children of Flint

UM-Flint Champions Early Childhood Education

Featured speaker: UM-Flint Dean of Education Bob Barnett, and Amy Hesse, Director of the UM-Flint Early Childhood Development Center.

Additional Information

Tuesday, March 13
11:30am – 1:00pm

MI Senate Binsfeld Office Building 5th Floor,
Room 5550

At Michigan – Robotics is a Team Sport!

Featured speakers: Professor Jessy Grizzle, UM College of Engineering, fellow Robotics faculty and students

Additional Information

Tuesday, April 17
11:30am – 1:00pm

State Capitol Building Speaker’s Library,
2nd Floor

Elections 2018

 

Featured speakers: Professor Emeritus Michael Traugott, UM Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research; and Communication Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Additional Information

Tuesday, September, 25
11:30am – 12:30pm

House Office Building Mackinac Room,
5th Floor

Can’t make it to a Wolverine Caucus event? You can now watch the Caucus events on your local cable station.

  • Public Media Network – Kalamazoo MI Charter – Channel 191 Mondays at 6:30pm and Thursdays at 10:00am
  • Saginaw Government Tv – Saginaw MI Charter – Channel 99 Thursdays and Sundays at 7:00pm. *They will also play it throughout the day when a slot is available.
  • WBRW TV – Washington MI, Village of Romeo MI, Bruce Townships MI Comcast – Channel 6 *Does not have a set air date because our program isn’t 2 hours or longer.
  • LCC-tv Tuesdays at 7:00pm