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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08 September 2016

Do you engage in the city of Detroit through your personal or student organizational initiatives? The University of Michigan Detroit Center and a coalition of civic/community engagement specialists and programs joined together to create The U-M Detroit Student Service Fusion Workshops. This three-part series of interactive workshops will prepare University of Michigan students wanting to learn/share best practices and resources for civic, cultural, service and social justice activities in...

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29 August 2016

In observance of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the University of Michigan Detroit Center will be closed beginning Friday, September 2 at 5 p.m. through Monday, September 5. The Detroit Center will re-open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6.

13 July 2016

Detroit City Study is an academic co-working space in Detroit, renovating the social and spatial relations of urban research.  Motivated by a breakdown in the value and infrastructure of education across universities and cities, Detroit City Study argues that in order to rethink education we must replace it.  Borrowing from the model of co-working, Detroit City Study opens up the practices of academic research through shared and open workspace, built around the needs of academic...

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14 June 2016

Experience “Proclaiming Emancipation” a Monts Hall Gallery exhibition at the University of Michigan Detroit Center, June 1 – August 31, 2016.  This exhibit reflects upon Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the meaning of emancipation through the holdings of the William L. Clements Library, with select items from collaborating institutions.

About Proclaiming Emancipation: Abraham Lincoln’s 650-word order was restrained in language but provocative in...

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03 June 2016

From jazz riffs to Latin rock, experience Detroit’s 24th annual Concert of Colors festival as it returns to Midtown for four days of world music, July 14-17.

This annual diversity festival kicks off with a musical performance at the Arab American Museum in Dearborn on Thursday, July 14, followed by performances at the University of Michigan Detroit Center, Max M. Fischer Music Center, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Scarab Club, and Detroit Institute of Arts, July...

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