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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30 January 2015

The University of Michigan Detroit Center kicks off the fourth annual Sankofa Film Series, with films featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet, Alice Walker.

The screening of the films, "A Stitch in Time" and "Everyday Use" will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 20. Besides the films, the program includes a panel discussion, complimentary admission, parking and light refreshments for all attendees.

In this two-part film, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Alice Walker...

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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 January 2015

The University of Michigan Detroit Center is proud to present the fourth annual Sankofa Film Series, beginning Friday, February 20 at 6 p.m.

Best known for its inspirational and thought-provoking documentaries, the 2015 Sankofa Film Series will showcase six extraordinary films featuring Alice Walker, Raz Baaba Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts, Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou.

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

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28 January 2015

As part of its Black History Month program, the University of Michigan Detroit Center presents the discussion panel, “Love the Police? A Black Man’s Guide to Surviving a Police Encounter,” on Friday, February 13 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Within the context of recent controversial community/law enforcement events in New York City and Ferguson, MO, “Love the Police?” focuses on the strained relationships between African American males and police across the country. Our discussion panel of...

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07 January 2015

Experience the works of acclaimed visual artist Donald Calloway at the University of Michigan Detroit Center, January 16 – February 7, 2015 with the exhibition “The Artistry of Donald Calloway.”

Located in the Lester P. Monts Hall, “Artistry” features an eclectic group of Calloway’s paintings and sculptures. An opening reception and program for this exhibition is scheduled for January 16 from 5-9 p.m. with a lecture by Mr. Calloway discussing his art and philosophy followed by Q&A...

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