IMPACT Co-Curriculars



The key to successful, impactful work is partnerships. This is true when implementing a final project, and it is true when hatching a new idea. Students working in multidisciplinary teams generate better ideas, and their work has more impact. Michigan Ross, along with many other centers, institutes, and schools across campus provide opportunities for students to engage on a co-curricular basis in competitions, challenges, and incubators. Below is a listing of the types of programs offered and their time requirements. All programs are open to Ross MBAs, but some are open to other students as well.

Fall Semester

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Innovation in Action<a href="">Innovation in Action</a>The Innovation in Action: Solutions to Real World Challenges competition has two primary goals: 1) To empower students to innovate solutions that address public health and education problems, and 2) To create a safe environment to take risks and move beyond the classroom. This five-month competition will enable teams to move their idea from concept to reality.OctMarYesN/ASchool of Public Health<a href="">School of Public Health</a>
Design for America<a href="">Design for America</a>Design for America encourages students to explore their ability to make a social impact through team oriented design work and collaboration with local partners. Come learn more about Design for America, our upcoming calendar of events, our community partneSepYesN/ACenter for Socially Engaged Design<a href="">Center for Socially Engaged Design</a>
WDI Case Writing Competition<a href="">WDI Case Writing Competition</a>This year’s competition celebrates 25 years of the William Davidson Institute’s focus on identifying, adapting and deploying best practices from the private sector to give emerging countries the blueprints for success in a market economy. William Davidson, a proud University of Michigan alumnus, business leader and philanthropic trailblazer, founded the Institute in 1992 with the following vision.SepMarYes9/29/2017WDI Publishing<a href="">WDI Publishing</a>
LDRx<a href="">LDRx</a&gt;Meeting once per week with a small group of 4-6 peers, and utilizing a flexible, discussion-based curriculum, you will advance your leadership development and your group's by increasing self-knowledge, experimenting with new ways of leading, reflecting on results, and synthesizing learning. LDRx is co-created with students who are inspired to build community and habits of lifelong leadership development.SepOctYes9/15/2017Sanger Leadership Center<a href="">Sanger Leadership Center</a>
+LAB Fellow<a href="">+LAB Fellow</a>The +LAB brings together undergraduate and graduate students from across the university in a dynamic extracurricular learning environment designed to: 1) Immerse students in the theory and practice of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) and 2) Equip students to apply what they have learned to be organizational change agentsSep???Yes9/13/2017Center for Postive Organizations<a href="">Center for Postive Organizations</a>
Board Fellowship<a href="">Board Fellowship</a>The Board Fellowship Program prepares graduate students for mission-driven leadership. Students develop project management and executive skills as board members of nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan. This multidisciplinary program provides graduate students in our partner schools with real-world insight into the workings and procedures of a nonprofit board, and enables students to contribute to the organization’s success while building the tools to deliver social impact.SepAprYes9/15/2017Center for Social Impact<a href="">Center for Social Impact</a>
Michigan Business Challenge<a href="">Michigan Business Challenge</a>The Michigan Business Challenge (MBC) is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student teams have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $85,000, gain feedback from leaders in the business community, and expand their business network.OctFebYes11/6/2017Zell Lurie Institute / Center for Social Impact<a href="">Zell Lurie Institute / Center for Social Impact</a>
optiMize<a href="">optiMize</a&gt;Whether you're passionate about mental health, inclusive education, sustainable energy, or something else entirely, our programs are for you. We provide workshops and events, access to mentors, and up to $20,000 in funding for your team. Most importantly, whether you're a beginner or an experienced innovator, you'll find a supportive community of like-minded students and mentors who want to help you succeed.OctFebYes10/11/2017optiMize<a href="">optiMize</a&gt;
Social Impact Challenge<a href="">Social Impact Challenge</a>Each winter term students from a dozen U-M schools and colleges tackle a pressing cross-sector social issue currently facing the city of Detroit in this deep-dive competition. Finalists present their recommendations before a panel of community leaders, and the winning proposal receives a monetary award.NovMarYesFeb. - TBDCenter for Social Impact<a href="">Center for Social Impact</a>
Ford School Case Competiton<a href="">Ford School Case Competiton</a>The competition takes the form of a 10-day consulting project in which teams of policy students compete to solve a challenge faced by a client in a relevant field. The event culminates in a showcase during which top teams present their solution to an audience and a panel of judges. NovNovYes???Ford School of Public Policy<a href="">Ford School of Public Policy</a>
Ross Open Road<a href="">Ross Open Road</a>The Center for Social Impact believes in the power of bringing the capacity and skills of MBAs to social entrepreneurs in Michigan and around the country. Since its inaugural year in 2014, the Center for Social Impact has sponsored Ross student teams to participate in MBAs Across America, an organization that has sent groups of MBAs on a five-week road trip to work with visionary social entrepreneurs. Each team embarks on a five-week road trip across the country, spending each week with a different social entrepreneur along the way.NovAugYes???Center for Social Impact<a href="">Center for Social Impact</a>
Citizen Interaction Design<a href="">Citizen Interaction Design</a>Citizen Interaction Design (CID) partners rising information professionals with Michigan communities to create information tools for twenty-first century citizens.SepMayYesN/ASchool of Information <a href="">School of Information </a>
GALI Student Data Competition<a href="">GALI Student Data Competition</a>The Global Accelerator Learning Initiative invites undergraduate and graduate students to answer a key question for the field of entrepreneurship by analyzing our unique, global dataset on acceleration and early stage entrepreneurs. The competition is open to individual and team submissions from universities around the world.SepDecYes12/1/2017The Aspen Institute<a href="">The Aspen Institute</a>
Public Allies Metro Detroit<a href="">Public Allies Metro Detroit</a>SepJulYes5/30/2018<a href=""></a&gt;
America Reads Classroom Tutor Fall 2018<a href="">America Reads Classroom Tutor Fall 2018</a>Our classroom tutor role offers a commitment of 3-6 hours per week, and allows tutors to work with elementary students in small groups inside the classroom with direct teacher supervision. Starting pay rate for both roles: $10/hour for undergraduates and $11/hour for graduate students.SepAprYesEdward Ginsberg Center<a href="">Edward Ginsberg Center</a>
America Reads Traditional Tutor Fall 2018<a href="">America Reads Traditional Tutor Fall 2018</a>Our traditional tutor role comes with a commitment of 10-12 hours per week, and allows students to earn their entire work-study award with America Reads. Tutors in this role work with students in grades K-3 on a one-to-one basis. Starting pay rate for both roles: $10/hour for undergraduates and $11/hour for graduate students.SepAprYesEdward Ginsberg Center<a href="">Edward Ginsberg Center</a>


Winter Semester

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Initiative for Global Action Through Entrepreneurship is a team-based social entrepreneurship program that offers experiential learning and cross-cultural interactions with international peers through a virtual exchange. Through the eight-week program, your cross-cultural, six-person team will identify a social challenge or issue in the MENA region.
Diversity Case Competition event has been sponsored by Target for the past three years. During this case competition teams compete to win a grand prize up to $1000. The cases often surround the topics of diversity and inclusion, solving problems in the work place and many more! This event is open to all University of Michigan students.
Summer Fund Internships summer, the Center awards competitive grants for social impact summer internships to MBAs and BBA juniors in the Ross School of Business as well as graduate students in the Ford School of Public Policy. Students completing internships in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors are eligible to apply as long as the organization has a clearly defined social mission.
Citizen Interaction Design Interaction Design (CID) partners rising information professionals with Michigan communities to create information tools for twenty-first century citizens.
Wallenberg Fellowship by the spirit of U-M alumnus, Raoul Wallenberg, the Wallenberg Fellowship is awarded each year to a graduating senior of exceptional promise and accomplishment who is committed to service and the public good. The fellowship provides $25,000 to carry out an independent project of learning or exploration anywhere in the world during the year after graduation.
Edward Ginsberg Center BIG TEN VOTING CHALLENGE aims to increase the number of eligible student voters across the country and encourage participation at the polls for all elections. Did you know voter turnout for young people is on the decline? The University of Michigan, along with its Big Ten partners, want to encourage you to exercise your power – your voice, your vote - to shape the issues that matter to you most.
Free Speech Teach-Outs Teach-Out prompts participants to think critically about the roles and responsibilities of journalists in a free society. Why is the concept of a free press written into the First Amendment? How are the rights of journalists threatened? Is this a unique moment in history? How have new modes of reporting, such as social media and citizen journalism, made the press more vulnerable? And, finally, what are the broader societal implications of a restricted and diminished press?

This Teach-Out is part of the University of Michigan 2018 Speech and Inclusion Series that aims to recognize differing views on speech and inclusion, to explore how those views play out in politics, culture, higher education, sports, and journalism, and to engage in productive conversations to promote a positive campus environment and help the community more deeply understand these complicated issues.
Public Allies Metro Detroit Allies Metro Detroit is a program of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Our program is made possible through funding of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Our mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. Public Allies is changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating our conviction that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.
Boost Resume and Work with Kids St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center with our free tutoring program in Detroit this summer. he Program is designed to enhance basic skills in reading and math for children in grades 1-4. The Program's goals are: Prevent summer reading loss Promote year-round family learning Build basic skills for school success. This Summer's Program will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm. There will be some field trips on Thursdays too. Volunteers may volunteer for one time, one or two days a week, or all three days per week. We will work with your availability.
The Program dates are July 10th through August 16th, 2018
Summer Kids Program Youth Volunteers of our youth have experienced homelessness before they are finished with Elementary School. As part of our commitment to provide stable housing, build community and improve the overall quality of life for our families, Avalon offers a Summer Program for Youth over 8 weeks in the summer at our Carrot Way Community Centers. The program needs volunteer assistance Monday through Thursday from 12 to 4 PM (need volunteers to commit to 2.5 hour minimum, 1-3:30).
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw Big Brother or Big Sister has the opportunity to make an enormous positive impact in the life of a child. Your guidance and understanding can help a child believe they can have a brighter future by empowering them with the tools to reach their full potential. Volunteering just a few times a month with a child can start something amazing. Upcoming pre-match training for 18+ years old with reliable car and auto insurance, and can commit to at least 2 times/month for a minimum of 1 year.
Pinckney Recreation Area - Spotted Knapweed Pull Workday, August 12, 2018, Pinckney Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hankerd dry sand prairie and oak barrens is a neat place that needs ongoing removal of invasive plants to keep it in good condition! Join volunteer steward Sally R. as we pull spotted knapweed, Japanese hedge parsley, hoary alyssum, motherwort and other herbaceous weeds. Some individuals are sensitive to spotted knapweed so please wear long pants, long sleeves and gloves. Come for a smorgasbord of invasive plant control to maintain this special site and the neat native plants that call it home! Advanced registration is strongly encouraged for groups larger than five.
Waterloo Recreation Area - Spotted Knapweed Pull Workday, August 5, 2018, Waterloo Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pull spotted knapweed, an invasive weed that could take over in this neat prairie remnant. Removing this plant will improve habitat for native species and give the native wildflowers more room to grow. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged for groups larger than five.
Highland Rec Area, Silo Field Trial Area - Brush Removal Workday, July 28, 2018, Highland Recreation Area, Silo Field Trial Area, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Join ongoing efforts to restore this area to an open grassland. Volunteers will be hauling and piling brush and stacking fire wood. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged for groups larger than five.
Pinckney Recreation Area - Spotted Knapweed Pull Workday, July 28, 2018, Pinckney Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Help remove invasive plants like spotted knapweed, Japanese hedge parsley, mullein and hoary alyssum from special dry sand prairies and adjacent oak barrens. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged for groups larger than five.
Belle Isle Park - Invasive Shrub Removal Workday, July 21, 2018, Belle Isle Park, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Join summer Stewardship Saturdays that will focus on cutting invasive, non-native shrubs and stump treating them with herbicide to restore wet mesic flatwoods. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged for groups larger than five.
826 Michigan Field Trips Wednesday and Friday morning during the school year, an entire public school classroom visits 826michigan’s writing lab in downtown Ann Arbor for an action-packed two-hour experience filled with surprises and focused on building students’ confidence in their writing.
After School Program school assistance. Volunteers needed Mon-Wed 3:30-5:30 pm during the academic year.
Welcome Ambassador - Ann Arbor for friendly customer service oriented volunteers to assist our patients and visitors with finding their destinations within our Ann Arbor hospital. This position is for individuals who are outgoing, energetic, driven to help those in need, respectful, and compassionate. Standing and walking is what you would be doing a majority of the time as this position is all about wayfinding and getting patients to where they need to go.
Circles Washtenaw County Volunteer a part of the Circles Washtenaw County program! Volunteer 2 hours an evening. Provide tutoring and homework help to school-age children.
Marketing Internship Westside Farmers’ Market is seeking an intern, passionate about great food, to assist in promoting the advantages of shopping locally from our broad array of dedicated farmers and producers. The intern will be responsible for developing a weekly blog and email newsletter to keep our shoppers informed about the activities and products available each week. The Market manager will facilitate farm visits, vendor interviews or other activities to assist in creatively promoting the Market.