Happening in Detroit

This Michigan initiative is using big ideas to try and solve the problem of poverty

The causes of poverty deserve ongoing study, but a program from the University of Michigan is taking on its effects. Poverty Solutions was launched in 2016 as a university-wide initiative to combat the effects of poverty and share that knowledge with others. It takes community groups and pairs them with university resources to give students and other U of M staff the chance to make a difference.

40,000 robotics fanatics are coming to Detroit in April

Inside this small classroom at Detroit’s Greenfield Union Elementary School — where a rookie team of robotics students was working on building a robot on a recent day —there may well be a future scientist. Or mathematician. Or computer expert.

The Michigan Engineering Zone

Founded in 2010, the Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) – located just down the hall from the Detroit Center – provides Detroit middle and high school students with the knowledge and tools to succeed in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.


Noel Night

Beyond the Ivory Tower

Detroit Center

June 5 & 6, 2018

Eye On Detroit: Automation Apocalypse

Campus Community Visit

Detroit Center and Ann Arbor

May, 21 2018

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Concert of Colors

Eye on Detroit | #MeToo: What Now?

Detroit Center

March 29, 2018

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


The University of Michigan Detroit Center was founded in September 2005 in an effort to mutually enrich University and Detroit communities through service, education, research and the exchange of culture. Serving as a visible symbol of the nearly 200-year relationship between university and city, the Detroit Center provides a gateway for University and urban communities to utilize each other’s learning, research and cultural activities.

Conducted under the auspices of the University’s Office of the Provost, the facility accommodates research projects and outreach initiatives while also offering space for an increasing number of University programs involving Detroit citizens and organizations.

The facility includes offices and space for meetings, exhibitions, and lectures while serving as a home base for students and faculty working on projects in Detroit. Learn More about Detroit Center →