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.

Research Assistant (Temporary)
Poverty Solutions is seeking a research assistant for May through August of 2019, with the potential
to extend. The assistant will be involved in research with an exciting new project focused on strengthening work supports, reducing the negative effects of benefit cliffs and two-generation approaches to poverty alleviation. View posting.

Administrative Assistant/Data Fellow with the Detroit Police Department
This fellow will guide strategic initiatives through data analysis and data visualization. The fellow will need to be adept in analyzing large, administrative data sets and performing statistical analysis to assist operational and administrative personnel and inform policy decisions. Poverty Solutions will support this fellow in a variety of ways including faculty support, professional development opportunities, and technical assistance from Poverty Solutions staff. The fellow will also be joining a cohort of Poverty Solutions fellows working directly in City departments, and will participate in monthly fellowship meetings. View posting.

Post-doctoral opportunities
Poverty Solutions is seeking 1-2 postdoctoral fellows. Interested applicants should send a statement of interest (1-2 pages), CV and writing sample (job market paper or recent publication authored / co-authored by the applicant) saved as one PDF file to Damien Siwik, with POSTDOC2019 and the applicant’s LastName_FirstName in the subject field.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with first-round interviews conducted in January 2019.



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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For more information on poverty and additional resources, visit our About page.