Partner Programs

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS | 2015-2016 

America Reads, Ginsberg Center
America Reads is a national federal work-study program, currently in its 18th year.  The University of Michigan chapter employs more than 100 literacy tutors each year, who work with youth in grades K-5 in Detroit and Ypsilanti public schools.  Each child who engages with the program receives one-to-one and small-group attention, as well as a pack of brand new books to establish or develop a home library.

Community and Economic Development Clinic (CEDC), U-M Law School
CEDC is dedicated to promoting vibrant, diverse, and sustainable communities by providing transactional legal services to nonprofit and community-based organizations, and social and creative enterprises. The CEDC was founded in 1991 and was most recently known as the Urban Communities Clinic. We provide creative solutions to the transactional needs of clients in our mission to promote community and economic development in Detroit and other underserved urban areas of the region. Our clients work with student attorneys under the close supervision of faculty members who are licensed attorneys with significant transactional experience.

Detroit Admissions Office, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The Detroit Admissions Office offers an incomparable resource for students, families and guidance counselors in the metropolitan Detroit area. The professional admissions staff has specialized, detailed knowledge of all the high schools in the area and is available to offer assistance in a variety of ways such as outreach and applicant programs.

Detroit Community Based Research Program
The DCBRP is a summer internship program conducted by the University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program that places students with community based organizations in full-time research positions. Students conduct research projects addressing issues such as social and environmental justice, food security, human rights, urban development, public health, youth development, and sustainability that are initiated and identified by community based organizations in Detroit. Students in the program also live together at Wayne State University, attend seminars taught by our community partners about current topics affecting Detroit and the region, blog about their experience living and working in Detroit, and lead weekly group meetings to build a greater sense of community amongst the program participants.

Gloria House, PhD
Dr. House won distinction as an excellent teacher, a pioneer in comparative cultural studies, an accomplished author, and a leader for more equitable treatment of minority students, staff and faculty. Her research and special interests have led to wide travels -- in Europe and the former Soviet Union, Africa, the Middle East, China, Central and South America and the Caribbean.  She has always sought to understand other cultures in order to find commonalties with them, to broaden her students’ perspectives, and to build strong international solidarity.

Healthy Environment Partnership (HEP), School of Public Health
HEP is a community-based participatory research partnership with a focus on understanding and promoting heart health in Detroit neighborhoods. We examine and develop interventions to address aspects of the social and physical environment that contribute to racial and socioeconomic disparities in cardiovascular disease. Established in 2000, we are a partnership among: Detroit community organizations, including Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Eastside Community Network, Friends of Parkside, the Institute for Population Health, Henry Ford Health System, community-members-at-large, and the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

MI GEAR UP STEM
GEAR UP is early awareness and readiness for undergraduate program. The Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach and GEAR UP have come together to provide STEM programming for first generation college students in designated high schools in the Detroit and metro Detroit area. GEAR UP is Michigan's largest college access program and is housed statewide in Michigan's 15 public Universities.

Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center (MADC)
Established at the University of Michigan Health System and based in the Department of Neurology, MADC aims to: conduct and support research on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders; promote state-of-the-art care and wellness for individuals and families affected by memory loss; and increase dementia awareness through collaborative education and outreach efforts.

Michigan Engineering Zone
To help position Detroit on the global stage, the Michigan Engineering Zone (“the MEZ”) aims to educate and inspire Detroit’s youth to become leaders in transforming their city, schools and communities through science and technology. The College of Engineering provides the needed space, equipment, training, and mentoring that students need to design, build, and test robots for competition in FIRST Robotics. Approximately 275 students and their teachers from 17 Detroit high schools participate in the robotics program, working with U-M student mentors, professional engineers, and U-M alumni.

Public Allies Metro Detroit
Public Allies Metro Detroit - is a 10 month, full time AmeriCorps leadership development and apprenticeship program in partnership with the University of Michigan-Dearborn. We place Allies to serve in local nonprofits to complete capacity building work. Allies also participate in over 300 hours of leadership development training during their year of service. Allies will typically serve around 50 hours per week.

Real Estate Essentials Course
The Real Estate Essential Course is a component of the School of Social Work Technical Assistance Center’s community leadership capacity building work. As the real estate climate in Detroit continues to change, it’s important for neighborhood residents to have the knowledge, skills, connections, and resources to actively play a part in the future of their neighborhood. The five session course covers the basics of identification, acquisition, financing, and project management for home and commercial rehabilitation projects to encourage neighborhood led community and economic development.

School of Social Work Technical Assistance Center
The SSW TAC has been supporting resident-led change-making in Detroit neighborhoods for the last 9 years.  In addition to other partners, the center works closely with the Skillman Foundation in support of its 10-year neighborhood development initiative.  Typical activities of the center include community-campus partnership building, leadership development training, individual and organizational technical assistance, community based research and the implementation of pilot interventions.

Semester in Detroit (SID)
SID U-M students through reciprocal relationships with the people, organizations, and neighborhoods of Detroit. By livinglearning, and working in the city, our students engage with community leaders in transformative work - strengthening themselves as well as the wider region. SID is funded by the Office of the Provost and administered through the Residential College.

Social Innovations Group, University of Michigan School of Information
The Social Innovation Group consists of an interdisciplinary group of individuals specializing in the research and development of ubiquitous and social computing technologies. Our vision is simple: To design, build and enhance innovative technologies to solve real-world problems. Our expertise lies in addressing real-world problems affecting marginalized groups and individuals primarily in the U.S. Our current projects aim to address unemployment, environmental sustainability, and technical literacy by fostering social and sociotechnical capital within these communities.

Taubman College Urban and Regional Planning Program
The two pillars of the Urban and Regional Planning Program at the Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning are Sustainability and Social Justice.  In pursuit of these goals, students seeking their Master of Urban Planning degree are required to enroll in a “capstone” course serving a community-based partner, usually located in Detroit. Over the past 20+ years our Detroit Community Partnership Network has developed relationships with dozens of local nonprofit and government partners, many of whom are members of the Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD). Semi-monthly CDAD general membership meetings have been hosted by Urban Planning at the Detroit Center since 2009.

Teach For America Interim Certification, U-M School of Education
The U-M TFA Interim Certification is a competency-based, job-embedded elementary and secondary teacher certification designed specifically for TFA-Detroit corps members. In this program, corps members spend two years working toward a pre-identified and sequenced set of instructional skills that are aligned to national and State of Michigan standards for the preparation of teachers, as well as to TFA’s Teaching As Leadership framework. This program provides professional coaching and training to the corps members in the form of classroom observations, individual consultations, and professional development seminars, all conducted by experienced teacher educators.

U-M Library at the Detroit Center, U-M Libraries
UM Library at The Detroit Center is a resources to assist all members of the Detroit Center community with their research needs. We have access to research materials, databases, software and provide workshops with subject specialists. The librarian liaison is available throughout the week for research consultations during regular office hours and by appointment, and our space is available to anyone that needs it.