Community Engagement

Poverty Solutions engages community organizations and individuals in seeking new solutions to prevent and alleviate poverty. We partner with centers at U-M deeply embedded in this work such as the Ginsberg Center, Detroit URC, and Center for Educational Outreach, and look for ways the university can contribute to solving poverty challenges at the community level.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

Since the initiative began in 2016, we have engaged faculty, students, community organizations and local policymakers in discussions about poverty. Our goal is to share knowledge with, and learn from, our larger community through community conversations. Learn more about our past convenings below.

If you are interested in convening a meeting or conversation with us, please contact povertysolutions@umich.edu

 

Detroit Thought Leaders United: Data, Discussion & Collaboration

Ashleigh Johnson wants Detroiters to have a community engagement ecosystem that they can be proud of. A system built on respect and authenticity; in which community vetting is expected, not exceptional. This past May in Detroit, Ashleigh joined the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, U-M Poverty Solutions and Detroit Metropolitan Area Community Study (DMACS) in a convening of […]

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Building Coalitions and Community in Lake County, Michigan

By any measure, the poverty statistics for Lake County Michigan are stark. The county has the highest child poverty rate in Michigan with more than 40% of children living below the poverty line, and the highest poverty rate in the Northern Michigan area at with more than a quarter of residents living in poverty. Nearly one in four families in Lake County receive food assistance, ranking it the second highest county in the state.

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GRANT FUNDING

Poverty Solutions offers grants to community-academic partnerships. If your organization is hoping to partner with a U-M researcher on action-based research, a community-academic partnership may be right for you. If you search our faculty experts and find a researcher that you may be interested in working with, reach out to povertysolutions@umich.edu and we’d be happy to make an introduction.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

The University of Michigan has several centers that specialize in technical assistance to community organizations.

The Center for Educational Outreach (CEO) supports and advances the University of Michigan’s commitment to educational outreach and academic excellence.

Website: https://ceo.umich.edu/

The Office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning’s (CEAL) mission is to promote pedagogical innovation through community-based learning (CBL) initiatives that help students become adaptive, creative and impactful in their engagement with the world.                            

Website: https://lsa.umich.edu/ceal/who-we-are.html

The Community and Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) is dedicated to promoting vibrant, diverse, and sustainable communities by providing transactional legal services to nonprofit and community based-organizations, social enterprises, and neighborhood-based entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Website: http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/CEDC/Pages/default.aspx

The Community Consulting Club (CCC) provides pro bono consulting services to Ann Arbor nonprofits and addresses challenges such as strategic planning, marketing, operations, financial management, and human resources. *This is a student-run organization.

Website: https://ross.campusgroups.com/rossccc/about/

Deliberative Engagement Community in Decisions about Research Spending (DECIDERS) develops, uses, and evaluates ways to engage communities, particularly minority and under-served communities, in informed deliberations about priorities for limited health resources.

Website: https://deciders-project.med.umich.edu/

The Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project helps Detroit small businesses – particularly minority- and women-owned small businesses, identify and overcome obstacles to allow them to increase revenue, expand, and better access credit; to provide students with real-world experience solving real business problems; and to lay the foundation for a sustained partnership between the University of Michigan and Detroit-based small businesses.

Website: http://mcubed.umich.edu/projects/detroit-neighborhoods-entrepreneurs-project

The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC) is a collaboration of representatives from multiple Detroit organizations and academic researchers from the University of Michigan who work together to foster health equity in the city of Detroit.

Website: https://www.detroiturc.org/

The Ginsberg Center cultivates and stewards mutually beneficial partnerships between communities and the University of Michigan in order to advance the public good.  

Website: https://ginsberg.umich.edu/

The Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) enables and enhance clinical and translational research at U-M.

Website: https://www.michr.umich.edu/

The Office of Government Relations directs the University’s interactions at the local, state and federal levels.

Website: http://www.govrel.umich.edu/

The Center is dedicated to establishing and promoting socially just communities, and supports Detroit residents and stakeholders as they work to strengthen and improve their neighborhoods.

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/technical-assistance-center/

The Youth Policy Lab advances the work of non-profits, agencies, policymakers and philanthropists by conducting rigorous quantitative research to inform policy focused on youth in the areas of education, health, juvenile justice and workforce development.

Website: http://youthpolicylab.umich.edu/

Are there additional centers or resources not listed here? Let us know.

EVENTS

Nearly all events sponsored by Poverty Solutions are open to the public. Check out our events page for ongoing updates.