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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27 April 2016

The summer art exhibition season kicks off in Monts Hall on Friday, May 6 with the show, “Award Winners and Selected Works of the 21st Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners.”

The exhibit, which runs through May 28, features the works of current and formerly incarcerated adults and youth to strengthen the community through creative expression. Beginning in 1996, this annual exhibition features artwork by prisoners in the state of Michigan and aims to shed light on talents found...

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21 January 2016

Returning for its fifth consecutive year, the Sankofa Film Series returns to the University of Michigan Detroit Center on February 19, at 6 p.m. 

Best known for its inspirational and thought-provoking documentaries, the 2016 Sankofa Film Series will showcase four inspiring films featuring Misty Copeland, Nina Simone, Gordon Parks and August Wilson.

All films begin at 6 p.m. (end times vary) and include complimentary admission,...

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31 March 2016

Local Artists Under 10 returns to the University of Michigan Detroit Center’s Monts Hall Gallery with an all new youth inspired lineup from April 8 – April 30, 2016.

On April 12 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. students who participated in the Local Artists Under 10 exhibition will partake in a story hour with author and storyteller Gwendolyn Lewis. Each child will receive a copy of “The Little Fish and Big Bad Shark” by Ken Gist and Will Grace.

Local Artists...

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12 February 2016

Take an in-depth look at how diversity in comics has evolved over the years as the University of Michigan Detroit Center welcomes you to experience “Superheroes: The Colors of Justice – Diversity in Comics.”

Beginning February 26 - March 20, engage yourself in a sprawling exhibition of over 125 comics and action figures in the Monts Hall Gallery, culminating with a March 11 Comic Jam (invitation-only for Detroit Public School students) and March 12...

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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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