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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21 December 2015

Kick off the New Year with the latest Monts Hall exhibition, “Magnificent China: A Photography Exhibition,” January 15 – February 20.

Featuring breathtaking landscapes and cultural scenes captured by photographer Xu Zengquan, "Magnificent China" highlights the numerous natural wonders of the eastern world.

An electrical engineer from Dexter, Michigan, Zengquan has a unique perspective to the world of photography. “When I take pictures, I feel as if I could look through a window...

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06 January 2016

Before the decline of its industrial landscape, Lackawanna, New York was a lively steel city that employed more than half its population at the Bethlehem Steel plant. In this city was a small, but unique community of immigrants from the country of Yemen. 

When photographer Milton Rogovin visited the city in 1977, he was fascinated by the people’s interest in embracing modern-day American experiences while continuing to participate in their Yemeni traditions.

Now this unique...

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01 February 2016

The Motown Museum, in partnership with the University of Michigan Detroit Center present the Black Forum Friday Series each Friday from 6-7:30 PM in February. The series will take place at the historic Hitsville USA, located at 2648 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48208. A minimum donation of $5 provides visitors with access to the famed Museum, as well as the Black Forum program.

The series was developed to provide a listening experience of the albums.  It is the intention of...

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21 December 2015

Visit the University of Michigan Detroit Center this Martin Luther King Jr. Day and be part of the inspiring and educational events beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, January 18 with free admission and parking for all attendees.

A simulcast of the 30th Annual Martin Luther King Day Symposium keynote address, presented by Nontombi Naomi Tutu, will take place in the Ann Arbor Room of the Detroit Center from 10 – 11:30 a.m. To assist the Detroit Center in providing the best guest...

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28 October 2015

With the fall exhibition season in full swing, the University of Michigan Detroit Center is proud to present “This, too, is Iran,” a captivating collection of assorted photos by Sally Bjork. Located in Monts Hall, the exhibition runs from November 20, 2015 – January 9, 2016.

In May 2015, Sally Bjork, photographer at the U-M Department of the History of Art’s Visual Resources Collections, took part in a 16-day tour through major cities and regions of Iran. Her charge was to photograph...

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