Public Engagement

Poverty Solutions is committed to public engagement and the University of Michigan’s mission to serve society.

We do this by partnering across campus with faculty, institutes, and centers and connecting with community organizations, policymakers, and interested groups and individuals outside of the university.

We invite you to join us as we seek to find and test new ways to prevent and alleviate poverty. We are looking to engage students, faculty, and communities both here in Michigan and across the nation and world to find out what works in confronting poverty.

There are many ways to get involved.

Join Us

At Poverty Solutions, we partner with policymakers and communities on action-based research projects to prevent and alleviate poverty. If you would like to join us in realizing this mission, please see our openings below.

Student Research Assistant for New Detroit Project
Poverty Solutions is seeking a Research Assistant for Summer 2019 to assist with work on the New Detroit Racial Equity Report. Working closely with Poverty Solutions staff, master’s and undergraduate research assistants, the Research Assistant will be involved in activities such as: reviewing data by race and ethnicity across the three counties of Metro Detroit and city of Detroit for education, income, and environmental health indicators, identifying key racial equity findings, making format and visualization recommendations on how New Detroit can tell the story and assisting with data analysis across other initiatives. View posting.

City of Detroit Youth Workforce Development Fellow
As part of a Partnership on Economic Mobility with the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, Poverty Solutions and the Youth Policy Lab at the University of Michigan are seeking a Youth Workforce Development Fellow to support the city’s efforts to re-engage Detroit’s estimated 25,000 opportunity youth – individuals between 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working. The fellow will be housed within the city’s Office of Workforce Development with support from Poverty Solutions and the Youth Policy Lab at the University of Michigan. Closes May 29, 2019.  View posting.



Poverty Solutions is committed to engaging students and the campus community to extend learning beyond the classroom. Our academic programs, student workshops, and events aim to deepen students’ understanding of the root causes of poverty to further ignite their dedication to pursue solutions to the poverty challenges of our time.



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 both share knowledge with, and learn from, our larger community through community conversations, events, grant opportunities, and more.


Policymakers and practitioners

Poverty Solutions partners with faculty experts and university units such as U-M’s government relations office to link our work to policymakers and practitioners and help shape the policies and programs that can bring about positive change. We host policy roundtables, identify opportunities to deliver expert testimony, develop policy briefs, and more.

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