Launch of the Engaged Detroit Workshops Grant Program for UM Faculty and Staff


Source: Office of the Vice-Rector

UM Detroit Center

The Office of the Vice Provost for Engaged Learning will provide financial support to up to three groups of University of Michigan faculty and staff with a faculty leader on the Ann Arbor campus wishing to host a workshop, lecture series, or similar event centered on a topic relevant to Detroit communities.

The program – Engage Detroit Workshops – will award grants of up to $15,000. Proposed events should bring together Detroit faculty, students, staff, and communities to discuss a topic of common interest. The deadline to submit a proposal is March 20. Events funded under this program must take place between June 1 and May 31, 2023.

The University of Michigan has a long history of partnership with Detroit; Today, faculty, students, and staff collaborate with partners to learn and serve in ways that create mutual benefit.

The grant program is intended to stimulate the development of events that enhance collaborations among Detroit-based initiatives led by UM faculty, staff, or students. Events should be organized in a way that embodies UM’s principles of community and civic engagement: Recognition, Respect, and Equitable Partnership.

“Our connections between Detroit and UM faculty, staff, and students manifest themselves in hundreds of different ways – ranging from student organizations and social change projects, K-12 courses and programs, and projects from research to collaborations with city government, residents and neighborhood organizations,” said Vice Provost for Engaged Learning Valeria Bertacco.

“The Engage Detroit Workshops grant program is a continuation of our commitment to Detroit, and we hope to support the advancement of partnerships as well as synergies among the hundreds of Detroit-focused UM initiatives.”

Eligible applicant teams include groups of up to three faculty and staff affiliated with an academic unit on the Ann Arbor campus who are currently involved in community service in Detroit. Interdisciplinary teams and proposals involving students and community partners are encouraged.

Applicants will be asked to develop a theme statement for their proposed events that is relevant to the Detroit community. Proposed activities could be a workshop, lecture series, seminar, training series or similar event structure.

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