1. Newsletter: March 2015

    March 9, 2015

    MBC Social Impact Track Awards $15K Top Prize to Blueprints for Pangaea

    Finalists of the inaugural campus-wide Michigan Business Challenge Social Impact Track presented to a panel of impact investors on Feb. 20.

    The $15,000 award went to Blueprints for Pangaea (BFP), represented by Anna Chen (BS ’16), Olivia Cholewa (BSN ‘16), Jungwoo Ha (BS ’16), Raj Kadiyala (BS ‘15), Danny Luan (BS ‘17), Ben Rathi (BBA/BS ‘17), and Sanjay Reddy (BS ‘17).

    BFP seeks to save and improve lives by engaging undergraduate students nationwide in recovering and routing unused medical supplies from U.S. hospitals to nonprofit organizations that ship them to hospitals and clinics in developing countries.

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    Redevelopment of Fisher Body Plant 21

    On Feb. 18, the three finalist teams in the 2015 Social Impact Challenge Finals presented proposals for the redevelopment of Fisher Body Plant 21 to a judging panel of key stakeholders and experts. See photos from the Finals!

    Congratulations to the winning team, Team Impact, comprised of Fulton Breen (MBA/MA Education ’17), Arthur Endsley (SNRE ’19), Dannan Hodge (SNRE ’16), and Drew Phillips (MUP ’16).

    Their proposal, “FBP21: A Place for Makers”, aims to transform the Fisher Body Plant 21 into a “live-make” community in which skilled tradespeople would rehabilitate the building where they would ultimately reside. The proposal would create green jobs while fostering the arts and culture community in Detroit’s North End.

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    Apply Now for Social Impact Internship Funding

    Deadlines March 16 and April 16

    For those students pursuing social impact internships, the first round applications for the Center for Social Impact’s Self Directed Internship Funding are due on Mon, Mar. 16. Second round applications are due on Thurs, Apr. 16.

    Graduate students in the Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Social Work, as well as MBA and BBA students are eligible to apply. Additional program details, requirements and application materials are available on our website.

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    Center for Social Impact Launch Year Celebration

    Wed, Apr. 22, 5-7pm
    6th Floor Colloquium, Ross School of Business

    Mark your calendar for the launch year celebration for the Center for Social Impact! Join students, faculty, staff, and community members as we wrap up our launch year and look ahead to the future and upcoming 2015-16 year.

    Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

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    Make an Impact Through Leadership

    The Center for Social Impact Student Advisory Board is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

    • Vice President – Board Fellowship
    • Vice President – Social Innovation Summit
    • Ambassador – Social Media

    To apply, email a personal statement to socialimpact@umich.eduby 9am on Mon, Mar. 16.  For more information, visit our websiteand reach out to any of our current Student Advisory Board Members.

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    Navigating Board Culture As a Young Professional: Gaining Trust, Leading, & Overcoming Obstacles
    Wed, Mar. 25, 5:30-7:00pm
    R0240, Ross School of Business
    Join us for the final Board Fellows Forum as U-M Alum and Senior Counsel for Dupont Kimberly Richardson discusses nonprofit board dynamics. She’ll offer tips and strategies for young professionals serving as board members. Open to the public as well as Fellows in the Center’s Board Fellowship program.

    Nom Nom Impact Lunch Discussion Series
    Wed, Mar. 18, 12-1:00pm
    Ross School of Business
    Wyly Hall W0768
    Our Student Advisory Board invites you to its second brown-bag lunch discussion:Should Vaccinations Be Required for Children? Join in a lively discussion with impact-minded students from across campus – and bring your lunch!
    CLOSUP Speaker Series:Fiscal Policy 
    Wed, Mar. 18, 1-2:30pm
    Ford School Room 1110

    The Center for Social Impact is proud to co-sponsor CLOSUP guest presenter Michael Pagano, Dean and Professor of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Pagano will give a talk entitled, “Fiscal policy space: Changing the discourse from city fiscal condition to city fiscal behavior.” Learn how comparative research can help develop a framework for city leaders to learn from each other and inform other policy makers and government officials.


    Nom Nom Impact Lunch Series:
    Mar. 18, 2015
    CLOSUP Lecture:
    Mar. 18, 2015
    Board Fellows Forum:
    Mar. 25, 2015


    The Center for Social Impact provides students support and opportunities to design a pathway to become social impact leaders. Students in the Center’s programs collaborate with mission-driven organizations across sectors to develop innovative solutions to pressing social challenges.

    Neil Tambe, MBA ’15
    MBA Intern, City of Detroit Executive Office of the Mayor

    Neil Tambe’s MBA summer internship was far from traditional, and left a lasting impact on both he and the organization. As an intern with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s office, Neil went behind the scenes of a city in a profound state of change. He collaborated across sectors and used his skills to make an impact on key issues for the City of Detroit in a matter of weeks.

    Read Neil’s Story

    Urban Development Now Symposium

    Mar. 13-14
    U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium

    The 2nd annual Urban Development Now Symposium, which takes places Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, explores the relationship between urban development and capital, and the twin roles of innovative design and innovative finance in transforming urban neighborhoods into thriving communities. This event is free and open to the public. Learn More and Register

    Essential Courses for Busy Social Innovators

    +Acumen courses are practical, hands-on, and immediately applicable, and aim to provide you with the essential tools for creating social change. They are currently offering several new courses, built with new course partners and designed for people with busy schedules. Available for a limited time.
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