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Introduction | University-Sponsored Programs
Primary External Relations Contact List | Government/Community Relations

Opportunities for scholarship and research and other collaborative ventures between Detroit and the University of Michigan are extensive and benefit faculty, students, and the community agencies and citizens who participate. This web page features some of the many University-sponsored programs underway in Southeastern Michigan, as well as an external relations contact list.


The University of Michigan has always enjoyed close ties to Detroit. It was a strong commitment to education by such great leaders as Judge Augustus B. Woodward, Father Gabriel Richard, and the Reverend John Monteith that led to the founding of the University. In 1817, the Michigan Territorial Legislature signed into law the act creating the “University of Michigania” in Detroit. The University moved to Ann Arbor in 1837, shortly after the State of Michigan was admitted to the Union. However, Metro Detroiters have continued to make significant contributions to the institution, as Regents, as faculty members, and as students and alumni. From the historical architectural designs of Albert Kahn to our recently constructed School of Social Work Building designed by Sims-Varner & Associates, Metro Detroiters have left their mark on the University. Additionally, some of our most innovative institutes have been established by Metro Detroiters: the William Davidson Institute in the Business School, the Joel D. Tauber Manufacturing Institute in the Business School and the College of Engineering, and the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Environmental Management Institute in the Schools of Business and Natural Resources & Environment.

The University of Michigan’s presence in Detroit has grown from a small, but ambitious beginning on Bates Street near Congress, the site of the University’s first building, to more than 100 collaborative projects, including a number of programs physically located in Detroit.

Today Michigan’s Detroit-based projects cover a broad range of academic disciplines and include research, teaching and training, and consultation and technical assistance in such areas as the arts, business and economic development, education and the environment, health and human services, and housing and neighborhood revitalization.

University-Sponsored Programs

Academic Multicultural Initiatives
Detroit Compact
King/Chavez/Parks visitation programs
Project Lighthouse
Wade H. McCree, Jr. Incentive Scholarship Program

Architecture & Urban Planning
Annual Community Design Charrette
CAD/AVL Public Safety Project of Detroit
City of Detroit Emergency Response System (DETERS) Planning Police/Fire/EMS
City of Detroit Fire Department Planning for Emergency Service Needs (SUSG Project)
Community Development Work Study Program
Detroit Eastside Housing Initiative (with Law School)

Art & Design
Detroit Connections

Arts of Citizenship
Hallelujah Project, collaboration with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, UMS, and Detroit arts and community groups
2001 Hastings Street, collaboration with Residential College and Mosaic Youth Theatre
Radio documentary on Detroit Music in collaboration with WUOM Radio and the Residential College.

Business School
Business and Industrial Assistance Division
Michigan Business Assistance Domestic Corps

Detroit Children’s Hospital
Karmanos Cancer Institute

Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education
(with Engineering, Information, Public Health)
Learning Technologies in Urban Schools
Master of Arts with Certification Program (MAC)
One Sky, Many Voices
Teachers as Scholars Program (with LS&A)

Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning
Learning from the Community
Michigan America Tutoring Corps
Michigan Community Service Corps
Michigan Neighborhood AmeriCorps Program
Project Community
Project SERVE
Southwest Detroit Social History Partnership
University-Community Partnership Symposium
Vetal School Project

Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP)

Sweetland Writing Center
UM/Mackenzie Collaboration

K-grams (Kids Programs)

Law School
Legal Assistance for Urban Communities (LAUC)

Literature, Science, and the Arts
Math 489 for Detroit Public School Teachers (Math Department)
Project Community: Advocacy for Economic Justice
(Sociology Department)
Teachers Institute Annual 4-5 Day Seminar for K-12 Teachers (International Institute)
The Detroit Initiative: Empowering Families and Communities (Psychology Department)

Medical School
Diabetes Education Project for African Americans
Improving Diabetes Care Among Underserved and Minority Persons in Detroit (The Detroit Project)
Metro Detroit Diabetes Coalition Screening Clinic
Michigan Center for the Environment & Children’s Health
(with School of Public Health)

Michigan Sea Grant
Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative

Dance Outreach Program
Student Artist Outreach Program

Natural Resources and Environment
Life Cycle Optimization of Vehicle Replacement

Public Health
Bilingual/Bicultural Medicaid/Managed Care Program
Community Action Against Asthma
Community Organizing Network for Environmental Health
Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (URC)
Diabetes in Pregnant Hispanic Women
Early Childhood Asthma Project
Eastside Community Health Insurance Program for Children (MIChild Program)
Eastside Village Health Worker Partnership
Healthy Eating and Exercising to Prevent Diabetes (HEED)
LA VIDA - Latinos Contra la Violencia Intima en el Suroeste de Detroit
Michigan Center for the Environment and Children’s Health
Partnership to Control Asthma in Public Schools
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Among Women in Detroit
Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health 2010 Project (REACH)
Social and Physical Environments and Health Disparities (SPEHD)

Public Policy
City of Detroit Internships
Community Organizations Assistance

Residential College
Detroit Poets Reading
Drama Concentration
Health Course for Migrant Workers
Mosaic Youth Theatre Performance and Workshop
Pewabic Art Exhibit

Social Work
Detroit EZ Link Collaboration for Empowering Low-Income Communities
Field Placements
Global Program On Youth
Latino Community Outreach
Michigan Comnet
Michigan Supported Education Program
Public Contracting With Non Profit Human Service Organizations in Michigan
Southwest Detroit Community Initiative
The Michigan Neighborhood Partnership (MNP)

University Musical Society
Detroit Venture Fund Partnership (Harlem Nutcracker)
Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
Mosaic Youth Theater
UMS Choral Union with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Radio documentary on Detroit Music in collaboration with Arts of Citizenship and the Residential College.

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Primary External Relations Contact List

Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
Maureen Perdomo - Director of Communications

School of Art & Design
Kate West - Associate Director of Communications

Betty M. Smith - Dir. of Development & Communications

School of Business Administration
Cynthia Shaw - Director of Communications

School of Dentistry
Joan McGowan - Associate Professor

School of Education
Laura Roop - Coordinator of Special Projects and Outreach

Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning
Barry Checkoway - Director

College of Engineering
Byron Roberts - Director of Media and Marketing

Office of Government Relations
Jim Kosteva - Director of Community Relations

Office of State Outreach
Lew Morrissey - Director of State Outreach

School of Information
Shelley MacMillan - Director of Development

Jeff Freshcorn - Director of Dev. & External Relations

School of Music
Melinda Tapia - Information Officer

School of Law
Lisa Mitchell-Yellin - Director of Communications

Susan Horning - Program Director

Medical School
Jim Thomas - Director of Development

School of Natural Resources and Environment
David Mitchell-Yellin - Director of Development and Alumni Relations

School of Nursing
Nancy Stryker - Director of Development

College of Pharmacy
Dennis Gilbert - Director of Communications

School of Public Health
Terri Mellow - Director, Development & Ext. Relations

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Catherine Shaw - Director of External Relations

Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
Lynne Dumas - Program Representative

School of Social Work
Nili Tannenbaum - Dir. of Ext. Rel. & Communications

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Government/Community Relations

Program descriptions, contact information, and other community activities can be found at: The University of Michigan Community Assistance Directory (CAD). The CAD is an online database of UM outreach programs in Michigan. It can be accessed via: You can direct further questions to 734-763-5554.

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