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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20 January 2015

The Residential College of the University of Michigan and Semester in Detroit program, in partnership with the U-M Detroit Center present “Detroiters Speak,” January 22 – April 16. 

This free, seven week community course offers U-M students and the general public an opportunity to attend Detroit-centric panel discussions lead by community leaders and University of Michigan...

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19 November 2014

Returning for its fourth consecutive year, the University of Michigan Detroit Center, in partnership with Plowshares Theatre Company, presents “Youth Theatre Fellows,” a residential youth theatre summer camp. This unique opportunity is open to youth in grades 8-12 to immerse themselves in the world of theatre. 

This one-week intensive program features: 

  • Intensive workshops with academic and professional theatre artists
  • Instructors with years of...
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07 October 2014

By Mike Morland
Communications Director, U-M Detroit Center

The University of Michigan - it’s a name that’s synonymous with leaders and innovators. Best known for its world-class education, superior health system and dominant athletic programs; it’s the lesser-known stories of perseverance and creativity that continue to drive one of the nation's oldest public institutions.

Founded in 1817 at what is now...

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11 March 2015

Swing into the spring exhibition season at the University of Michigan Detroit Center with the show, “Local Artists Under 10,” from March 27 – April 17, 2015. An opening reception for this event will take place on Friday, March 27 from 10 -11:30 a.m. and will feature a reading from professional storyteller, Gwendolyn Lewis. The reception is open to the general public and includes free...

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