1. Newsletter: February 2017

    February 6, 2017

    Innovative Strategies for Board Engagement

    It can often be difficult to create a thriving and engaged nonprofit board culture. In fact, a McKinsey survey found that only 17% of nonprofit boards believe that they are as effective as possible. Come to our Board Fellows Forum (open to the public) on Tues, Feb. 7 to hear about innovative ways non-profit organizations are working alongside their boards to increase engagement.

    Attendees will hear from the following panelists who are implementing innovative strategies to help their boards thrive:

    Food will be provided, so please RSVP.


    Team Registration Still Open for Social Impact Challenge in Flint

    Last week, the Center kicked off the 2017 Social Impact Challenge, which is taking place in Flint, MI this year. Multi-disciplinary teams from across campus and between U-M’s Ann Arbor and Flint campuses will pitch to executives and Flint leaders for potential implementation and a $2500 prize.

    Partners include UM-Flint Outreach, the City of Flint, and Skypoint Ventures. This year’s challenge is focused on economic development and entrepreneurship between downtown Flint and its neighborhoods. Interested students can read the case statement (pdf) here.

    On Tues. Jan. 24, students came to the Ann Arbor Kickoff (see photos). On Fri, Jan. 27 students visited Flint (see photos) and heard from people from the Flint City Planners Office, UM-Flint’s [IN] on the Road, a local entrepreneur, Skypoint Ventures, and the Small Business Development Center. This year’s Social Impact Challenge Finals will be Wed, Mar. 15 at the Flint Institute of Arts.


    Four Michigan Business Challenge – Impact Track Teams Move To the Finals

    2017 Michigan Business Challenge Impact Track Finals
    Fri, Feb. 17, 12:30 – 3:00pm
    @ Ross School of Business

    After two rounds, the 2017 Michigan Business Challenge Impact Track has only four teams remaining. On Feb. 17, the public is invited to watch the teams pitch for the $15K grand prize. Starting at 5 pm, the finalists will be in the Blau Colloquium for a showcase exhibit, which will be immediately followed by an awards ceremony and reception.

    Finalist Teams:


    Karen Yocky (MPP/MBA ’18) Seeks to Make an Impact Wherever She Goes

    Karen Yocky recently received the 2016-17 Skip and Carrie Gordon Scholarship for outstanding commitment to solving complex social challenges through learning. But even before receiving this award, she was on the Center’s Student Advisory Board, and she was on the winning team of the 2016 Social Impact Challenge. This MBA/MPP student has great plans and big ideas, and a vision for a social impact career.  Read the full interview on our website.

    Alfred L. Edwards Conference

    Fri, Feb. 10 – Sat, Feb. 11
    @ Ross School of Business
    In its 41 years of existence, this conference has engaged attendees around the issues, challenges, and opportunities encountered by underrepresented minorities in the business world. It has historically attracted hundreds of attendees from around the country, including current and prospective students, Ross alumni, industry leaders, and corporate recruiters. This year’s conference is titled “Breakthrough to Excellence: Investing in You and Your Community.”

    Community Engagement Cases

    * Mon, Feb. 13, Noon @ Hutchins 218
    * Wed, Mar. 15, Noon @ Taubman School
    * Thur, Mar. 23, Noon @ UMSI Engagement Center

    Attend one or all of these interactive, interdisciplinary workshops facilitated by the UM Ginsberg Center, to learn the nuances of professionalization, communication, power differences, intercultural awareness, and developing cultural humility to enhance your skill set.

    Key Events

    Board Fellows
    Feb. 7, 2017

    Social Impact Challenge
    Team Registration Due Date
    Feb. 7, 2017

    Michigan Business Challenge
    Impact Track Finals
    Feb. 17, 2017

    Social Impact Challenge

    Mar. 15, 2017

    Community News & Events

    Humanity in Action Fellowship Deadline

    Sun, Feb. 5, 11:59 pm CET

    Humanity in Action announces a new fellowship program in Detroit! HiA Fellowships facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination and provide a forum for discussion. Applicants need to be open-minded, widely interested, willing to take over societal responsibility and committed to promoting human rights, pluralism, diversity and active citizenship.

    Detroit Center Sankofa Film Series
    Eyes on the Prize: Two Societies

    Fri, Feb. 10, 6 pm @ UM Detroit Center

    Visit the Detroit Center for five thought-provoking and insightful films, each featuring noted speakers/panelists, as well as refreshments. The first film in the series, “Two Societies” explores the story of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion in the context of everyday personal life.

    Sanger Story Lab – Ross Diaries

    Fri, Feb. 17, 5:30 – 7 pm
    @ Robertson Auditorium, Ross School of Business

    Co-created by Sanger Leadership Center and Ross Design + Business Club, these events help Ross students gain firsthand experience leveraging the power of story to embody shared ideals. A select group of students will attend a retreat at the Innovatrium and then wrap it up with an exciting community celebration, Ross Diaries, featuring an evening of storytelling with students, faculty, and alumni.


    Education Pioneers Career Track Fellows Application Due

    Mon, Feb. 13

    Education Pioneers is accepting applications for its Career Track fellowships and its Summer Track fellowships with leading educational organizations. Fellows participate in leadership development programming alongside a cohort of diverse peers designed to build the mindsets and K-12 knowledge necessary to become a change agent in education. Submit the application for these fellowships by Mon, Feb. 13.

    Race at the Intersection

    Wed, Feb. 22, 10 am – 1 pm @ Institute for Social Research Building

    The Institute for Social Research is hosting a workshop, “Racism at the Intersection” The program welcomes rising and leading anti-racism scholars who are innovative in their conceptualization and/or measurement of racism’s impact on the individual, community, and society. Topics of presentation and discussion include: the racialization of immigrants, particularly Hispanic and Muslim Americans; the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality; the measurement of intersecting identities; and the role of colonialism and racialization.

    Detroit Policy Conference

    Thurs, Mar. 2 @ Motor City Casino Hotel

    Registration is open for the 2017 Detroit Policy Conference: Reigniting an Innovative Spirit. Sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber, the conference will highlight and celebrate Detroit’s ongoing economic resurgence by bringing together over 600 key business, community and political leaders.


    Made at Michigan Content Requested

    Fri, Mar. 10

    Made at Michigan is a digital and print magazine that highlights the best up and coming ventures created and formed at the University of Michigan. For reference, you may view last year’s digital magazine. To be considered for this magazine, student ventures should apply by Sun, Mar. 26, though applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.