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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22 April 2015

The University of Michigan Detroit Center concludes the fourth annual Sankofa Film Series featuring the inspirational poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou.

The film, “Maya Angelou: Creativity with Bill Moyers,” begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 15 and includes complimentary admission, parking and light refreshments.

As part of a multi-artist series, journalist Bill Moyers interviews author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou in this documentary series. Through an...

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20 April 2015

The University of Michigan Detroit Center will hold its third annual induction ceremony for the University of Michigan Detroiter Hall of Fame on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 7 – 9 p.m. 

This year’s inductees include Carmen Harlan, WDIV TV Newscaster and Journalist; Pamela Rodgers, Owner, Rodgers...

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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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20 March 2015

The University of Michigan Detroit Center continues the fourth annual Sankofa Film Series with a screening that features the multi-talented artist, Langston Hughes.

The films, “His Life and Times” and “Salvation” begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 24 and include free admission, parking and light refreshments.

In “His Life and Times,” Langston Hughes biographer Arnold Rampersad, award-winning filmmaker Bruce Schwartz and Pulitzer Prize winning writer Alice Walker discuss the life...

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