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.

GSRA Funding Opportunity

This new funding opportunity is for doctoral students at the U-M Ann Arbor campus to pursue research projects that seek to prevent and alleviate poverty in Michigan, the nation and the world. Research that can inform existing policies, practices and interventions or inform future policy directions are strongly encouraged. We seek to fund up to 3 GSRA positions for exceptionally creative, action-based and impactful projects. To be eligible:

  • Students must have advanced to candidacy by the Rackham Office of Academic Records and be actively working on dissertation research and writing
  • A faculty mentor must serve as sponsor to the doctoral student and oversee all project activities
  • Preference will be given to applicants using new approaches and innovative research methods
  • Applications from across multiple units and disciplines on campuses are strongly encouraged

Request for Proposals (PDF)

Submit proposals to by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on Friday, March 13, 2020 as a single PDF file that includes the below elements in the order listed. Applicants will be notified of a decision by Friday, April 10, 2020.


Data and Policy Analyst: Poverty Solutions is seeking a data and policy analyst to assist in action-oriented research projects focused on alleviating poverty and promoting economic mobility in Detroit. The full-time position will serve as an analyst and project manager for Detroit Partnership on Economic Mobility projects. This position will primarily be based at Poverty Solutions’ Detroit office, with occasional travel to Poverty Solutions’ Ann Arbor office at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy as required. The deadline to apply is Feb. 10, 2020.

Success Coaches to support Washtenaw County’s Summer Youth Employment Program, SummerWorks!
Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is seeking energetic, highly motivated graduate and soon-to-graduate undergraduate students to serve as Success Coaches for SummerWorks, the Washtenaw County Summer Youth Employment Program. This is an exciting opportunity to play a lead role in managing programmatic activities throughout the summer, including offering close support, mentorship and guidance to both program participants and employers. Students with an interest in youth, education, community engagement, social determinants of health, and workforce development are strongly encouraged to apply by Feb. 7, 2020.


Student research assistant opportunities



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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