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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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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04 February 2015

Experience the acclaimed works of artist M. Saffell Gardner at the University of Michigan Detroit Center, February 19 – March 20, 2015 with the exhibition “The Artistry of M. Saffell Gardner.”

Located in Lester P. Monts Hall, “Artistry” features an extensive collection of Gardner’s paintings and creative works. An opening reception for this exhibition is scheduled for Thursday, February 19 from 6-9 p.m. Beginning at 7 p.m., M. Saffell Gardner will lead a gallery discussion about his...

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25 February 2015

The University of Michigan Detroit Center continues the fourth annual Sankofa Film Series with a screening that features the revolutionary artist, Ibn Pori Pitts. The film, “Portraits of a Revolutionary Artist” begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 13 and includes free admission, parking and light refreshments.

“Portraits of a Revolutionary Artist” traces the...

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04 March 2015

ABOUT THE TOPIC: The Ford School Education Policy Initiative and the School of Education welcome four panelists to narrate the unexamined realities and untold triumphs of leading, educating, organizing, and reporting from within the Detroit education system. Their reflections will contextualize the current state of education to thoughtfully explore future possibilities.  Following the presentations, we invite the audience to participate in a question and answer...

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13 February 2015

U-M Detroit Center Communications Director Mike Morland sits down with Actor, Musician and Activist Antonio David Lyons to discuss his four week scholar in residency at the University of Michigan. Topics include: Lyons one man show "We Are Here," his experiences in Michigan and Detroit, his upcoming TV project "The Book of Negroes," and how he got his start in acting. 


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