U-M Projects in Detroit


The Semester in Detroit (SID) mission is to engage U-M undergraduates in substantive, sustained and reciprocal relationships with the people and communities of the City of Detroit.  During the winter and spring semesters, the SID program partners with more than 20 different community organizations, civic leaders and small businesses to create a project-driven experience. Since its inception, Semester in Detroit has created and maintained reciprocal relationships with over 50 Detroit...

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The Technical Assistance Center (TAC) is the community practice arm of the U-M School of Social Work taking theory to action at the neighborhood level. The Center is dedicated to establishing and promoting socially just communities, and deploys its interventions to support Detroit residents and stakeholders as they work to strengthen and improve their neighborhoods. Since 2006, the TAChas partnered with the Skillman Foundation in a neighborhood-based children's...

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The Teach For America Interim Certification Program is a state-approved alternative route to certification and is open only to teachers accepted by Teach For America (TFA), placed in TFA’s Detroit region, and who pass the appropriate Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) tests.

Entry to this program begins with an application to Teach For America. During the application and interview process with TFA, applicants will be able to indicate their preference for...

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The University of Michigan Memory and Aging Project (UM-MAP) is the primary memory and aging study at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center (MADC). The purpose of this study is to recruit and follow a large number of older adults with and without memory changes to help researchers learn more about normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease. A team of health professionals, including a neurologist, nurse consultant and social worker, monitor participants’ medical status, behavior and general...

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Project Healthy Schools (PHS), a community-University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) collaborative, provides a school-based program to reduce childhood obesity and its long-term health risks. Focusing primarily on middle school students, PHS aims to stem the tide of this epidemic by teaching youth healthy habits, developing healthy school environments, and creating an infrastructure that supports program sustainability and replication. Health behaviors are influenced and improved by these...

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03 November 2016

The U-M Center for Educational Outreach and the U-M Detroit Center invite school administrators, teachers, counselors and community youth organizations to learn about summer academic opportunities for middle and high school youth through the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, including camps, programs, and research experiences.

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016

Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Free parking and box lunch provided. RSVP:...

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29 November 2016
Giving Blueday

Today, Tuesday, November 29, you can be a victor for Michigan by making a gift to support what you are most passionate about at the University of Michigan. At our Detroit Center, each dollar you contribute assists us in providing academic and community programming that inspire, inform, and engage participants in research, scholarly, service and cultural activities that impact lives and showcase the best our region has to offer. Your contribution will be much appreciated no...

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01 November 2016

Join us for the MDetroit Student Service Workshop II on Friday, November 11. This second in a three-part series provides new and experienced students with a dynamic way to enhance community engagement skills and effectiveness with emphasis on Detroit-based engagement activities.

14 September 2016

Documenting Detroit is a collection of photographs taken by students from the College for Creative Studies during the 1970s and 1980s. Under the guidance of Detroit photographer and photography instructor Bill Rauhauser, students turned the urban landscape into works of art.

This exhibition offers a select sample of a vast collection that includes nearly 1,250 photographs of Detroit, from churches to construction sites, grocery stores to warehouses, hospitals to schools, and many...

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26 September 2016

Two controversial proposals have been placed on the City of Detroit November ballot in an effort to spread the wealth of Detroit's comeback. The initiatives, known as Community Benefit Ordinances, aim to require developers to employ City residents, as well as other benefits to the communities in which they operate. As the first program of the Detroit Center’s Eye On Detroit series, a panel will identify the potential gains and pitfalls to the passing of such a regulation.