Social Impact Challenge



Each winter term students from a dozen U-M schools and colleges to 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 le
aders, and the winning proposal receives a monetary award.

DSC_0447Past partners – including Education Pioneers, Detroit Future City, the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, and Detroit PAL – have implemented the winning teams’ proposals.


The Social Impact Challenge is an opportunity for students to collaborate on multidisciplinary teams to tackle strategic issues for a social impact organization in a competitive consulting-style environment. Participants have the opportunity to:

  • Apply skills and classroom learning to social issues in Detroit
  • Impact a Detroit organization that is making a difference in the community
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of students from across U-M
  • Engage in dialogue and practical problem-solving with mission-driven leaders


Read Summaries of Previous Challenges



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2014 Video
2013 Video