U-M Student Programs
The University of Michigan encourages and provides many opportunities for students to become involved in outreach activities. This listing contains information on student organizations and programs that provide U-M students an opportunity to engage in educational outreach.
Accounting tutoring for students, finance and accounting corporate presentations, high school outreach, and social events
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
Part of the Native American Student Association, AISES student chapter was founded to stimulate American Indian student interest in science and engineering. The U-M chapter emphasizes education as a tool, which will facilitate personal and professional growth and opportunities for students through mentoring, training, and scholarship.
A non-partisan, international, grass-roots human rights organization. The organization presents on human rights issues to high schools in southeastern Michigan.
U-M students, scholars, and surrounding community members are invited to this regular gathering for a discussion of Brazilian interests. These events are open to the public.
BEAR (Be Excited About Reading)
A part of the WE READ organization, BEAR (Be Excited About Reading) works with the 4th and 5th grade students at Mark Twain Elementary School in Detroit to encourage enthusiasm about reading, writing, and literary creativity through reading and book-discussion activities in small groups. At the end of the year WE READ donates books to the students of the program.
Black Volunteer Network
The organization sets up volunteer opportunities for students and staff at community centers, high schools, day cares, and nursing homes, plus countless other activities.
Center for Public Health and Community Genomics
The Center for Public Health and Community Genomics supports programs and activities related to genomics education in various settings. Through a Science Education Partnership Award, the Center is working to further K-12 student and community understanding of genomics and the potential implications for individual and community health. The Center is also committed to community education through involvement with Genomics, Community, and Equity: A Continuing Dialogue and a community engagement website. Additionally, Center activities support higher education through the Public Health Genetics Interdepartmental Concentration (PHGIC) within the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
College Corps - Soc. 389.016
The University of Michigan College Corps is a partnership between the Center for Educational Outreach and Project Community.
UM undergraduates enrolled in Soc. 389, Sec. 106 will be considered College Corps members. Members of the College Corps will participate in an academic enrichment and college awareness project at Inkster High School. Activities will include providing tutoring and academic advising/mentoring services. College Corps members will also present a comprehensive college awareness curriculum and will focus on instilling in the high school students the importance of a college education, the opportunities a college education can provide and, most importantly, the belief that a college education is absolutely an achievable goal. College Corps members will receive training on working effectively with youth in an educational setting.
Community Service and Language, Education and Culture (ELI 390)
Community Service and Language, Education
3 credits, Fall/Winter. The overall theme of this service-learning course is "Language and Community," with three modules. *What - Understanding the community context (assisting in your ESL site placement as a service-learner. *How - Community-building through communicative language teaching (ESL teaching methods and techniques). *Special Issues - Exploring language learning issues that have arisen in placements in more detail
A service-learning approach enables students to prepare for and reflect on their experiential practice in a local ESL classroom or tutoring program.
Detroit Connections - Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
Detroit Connections is a series of courses offered through the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan that take students, staff, and faculty from the Ann Arbor campus every week into two partner schools in Detroit to lead weekly art workshops and design collaborative projects with youth. The courses promote engaged and active citizenry, require out-of-the-box creative thinking, and bring together individuals from different backgrounds to co-create and share resources. They are currently partnered with Bennett Elementary School in Southwest Detroit and Detroit Community Schools in northwest Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood.
The Detroit Initiative seeks to provide opportunities for students and faculty to engage in further education, service, and research in the Detroit area through a focus on community-identified priorities.
The Detroit Partnership is a student-run service-learning organization committed to uniting the University with the city of Detroit through community partnerships. The Detroit Partnership coordinates weekly and one-time programs at schools, community centers and religious centers in Detroit and two large scale service-learning events.
One of the biggest projects is Detroit Project Day, drawing almost 1,000 students and community members each year who come to Detroit to participate in a massive day of service and learning.
Detroit Urban Debate Education
Detroit Urban Debate Education (DUDE) is a non-profit organization that works to increase opportunities for debate education in the metro Detroit area. The organization provides teaching, coaching and research assistance for urban debate programs as well as debate education workshops for both students and teachers with a focus on research skills, argument construction and public speaking.
Dicks and Janes
Student a cappella group that performs music at assemblies for K-12 students.
Doors of Opportunity
Doors of Opportunity gives many intelligent and hard-working students the opportunity to observe a Big-10 university in action. DOPP organizes an all day field trip in which underprivileged high school students from the Metro Detroit Area tour campus, meeting with encouraging and helpful campus faculty who guide them in their search for higher education and help them realize that attending a competitive University away from home is possible.
Engineering K-12 Pipeline - Office of Engineering Outreach and Engagement
The UM Office of Engineering Outreach and Engagement partners with entities such as the Ypsilanti Public School District and Southfield Schools to develop lasting relationships and increase public understanding of STEM.
These efforts encourage and facilitate efforts of CoE
faculty, scholars, students and staff to motivate, prepare, educate, and support outstanding, qualified students from diverse backgrounds within the State of Michigan who
would benefit from entering the engineering field.
English 310: Discourse and Society: The Cody High School Project
ENGLISH 310 teaches students to use their creative skills and social commitments to facilitate the powerful expressiveness of high school and incarcerated youth. It is rooted in respect for the youths' abilities and voices, in excitement about an educational process that promotes creativity, and in imaginative collaboration with the school and facility faculty, staff, and administration. Working two to three hours a week in high schools: Cody, Henry Ford, Mumford, and Northwestern High Schools and the Detroit International Academy, or at youth facilities: Maxey, Boysville, Calumet and Lincoln Centers, Vista Maria, and Wolverine Human Services. Students assist youth in creating their own plays, photographs, music, writings, art, etc.
Ergonomics Job Analysis Software
The Center for Ergonomics develops, maintains and licenses computer software programs used to evaluate ergonomic requirements of workplace manual materials handing tasks. The programs are used to design tasks to prevent worker injuries and fatigue.
Field Placement in Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
The U-M School of Social Work's location makes field placements possible at over 475 agencies. In the field, students apply their classroom knowledge to real-world settings, such as child and family service agencies, government offices, hospitals, public schools, and community mental health centers in geographic areas ranging from urban to rural.
Good Neighborhoods Initiative (GNI)
In 2006, the Skillman Foundation launched its Good Neighborhoods community change initiative, a 10-year $100-million commitment to Detroit families in six neighborhoods in Detroit.
The University of Michigan School of Social Work provides technical assistance for this initiative, working closely with the foundation, residents, neighborhood stakeholders, and other partners involved in the change process.
This initiative provides a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about and become involved in a grass roots community change process.
Greek Philanthropy Organization
The mission of the organization is to provide community service opportunities for the Greek community. Previous projects include hosting games at the Ann Arbor YMCA kid's Halloween Party, running a Relay for Life team, volunteering at Ronald McDonald House, Soup Kitchens, SafeHouse, and the Ginsberg Center. Membership open to anyone in Panhel, IFC, MGC, or NPHC.
Health Management & Policy Summer Enrichment Program
The Summer Enrichment Program in Health Management and Policy (SEP) is an 8-week summer internship program for undergraduate students interested in the goal of eliminating racial, ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities.
The program, which is sponsored by the University of Michigan School of Public Health, has been placing students in health care organizations in Southeast Michigan and Flint, Michigan since 1986.
Over 400 students have participated in the SEP and most have then gone on to receive graduate training in public health, health management, medicine, dentistry, business, law, and other fields.
InnoWorks at Michigan (IW)
InnoWorks is an innovative science and engineering program designed by volunteer college undergraduates for middle-school and high-school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. They sponsor a summer program each year, free of charge, for nominated students from the Ann Arbor area to cultivate in them a passion for the science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEM2) fields in a hands-on environment.
Intellectual Minds Making A Difference (IMMAD)
The purpose of IMMAD is to assist in the eradication of the academic achievement gap continuing to disempower students in the state of Michigan; they specifically focus on college preparation among Detroit Public School students, mainly for the ACT examination.
Jumpstart Ann Arbor trains and supports teams of UM students in their efforts to help at-risk or low-income children in preschool classrooms build language, literacy, social and initiative skills. Students are invited to participate in volunteer events that allow them to explore the world of early childhood education, participate in community service events geared toward pre-K children, and increase their awareness of the diverse communities in which they serve.
K-grams (Kids Programs)
The mission of K-grams is to establish a strong community of learning for a wide range of college and elementary students, educators, and families by developing positive relationships and experiences that extend beyond the classroom. Programs include: Pen Pal (For students who live in traditional residence halls); exchange letters monthly with an elementary student and BookMARK (a mentoring program open to any U-M student).
Kappa Delta Pi: Tau Epsilon Chapter
Kappa Delta Pi is an honor society of, about, and for educators. The Tau Epsilon Chapter is committed to providing learning and enhancement opportunities to University of Michigan students which include professional development opportunities (fall conference, speakers and mock interviews); community service projects (skelementary and Adopt-A-School); and social events (formal and movie night/coffee hour.
Latin American & Caribbean Studies - Outreach Programs
LACS sponsors or co-sponsors several public events, including brown bag lectures, round-tables, conferences, films, exhibits, and concerts involving scholars from a variety of disciplines, professionals, public figures, performers, and artists.
LACS also sponsors an average of 10-20 visits each year of varying length by Latin American scholars and artists-in-residence. A community outreach component – public readings, school visits, exhibits, receptions, etc. – is always included in each of these visits.
LACS is also a participant in the University of Michigan International Institute (II) centers collaboration on K-12 teacher training and community projects, OREC.
Mars Rover Design Project
The Mars Rover Design Project will provide student education and engineering experience by conducting research on pressurized Mars rovers and engaging in public outreach related to Mars and space exploration. The organization sponsors public outreach events related to Mars and space exploration, as well as events intended to increase interest in the education of these areas to pre-college-aged students.
Michigan Academic Competitions/UAC
MAC is one of the largest and most successful academic competition programs (i.e. Quizbowl) in the nation. They travel to national competitions and also organize intramural tournaments and host high school tournaments.
Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP)
MCSP brings together students and faculty who have a commitment to community service, social justice, and academic study. They engage in activities such as small courses, service projects, leadership opportunities, social programs, study groups and tutoring.
Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
The overall goal of the MI-LSAMP is to significantly increase the number of under-represented minority students earning baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields from the participating universities and prepare them for entry into graduate programs..
Michigan Mentorship Program
The University of Michigan offers a unique opportunity for undergraduates to help local "at risk" grade school students by acting as mentors. This program has been very successful. Young students experience personal gains in self-confidence, persistence, self-knowledge, support and friendship. The University of Michigan students gain valuable experiences that help them better understand theories of motivation, child development, and learning. In many cases the relationship goes beyond teaching to shaping an individual's perspective or outlook on life.
Michigan Reach Out
Michigan Reach Out is a mentoring program designed to pair university students with underprivileged K-12 students in the Ann Arbor area. Tutoring, meeting parents and teachers and being a positive influence are the primary activities of the organization. The organization also has career presentations, job shadowing opportunities, learning and communication workshops to help the mentors and the mentees. The main goal is provide a positive atmosphere for kids and give them a chance to succeed academically and socially.
Michigan Running Club (MRun)
The Michigan Running Club is a member of the National Intercollegiate Running Club Association. Through their outreach program, the Running Club has participated in Relay for Life, Run the Big Heart and the Big House race. They seeking to partner with organizations such as the YMCA to start a free running club for kids in the area, to teach them about healthy lifestyles, the benefits of being active, and the power of the heart to challenge itself. They participate in smaller volunteering opportunities like running with local middle school teams, and are looking for other ways to get involved in the community.
Michigan Youth and Community Program
The Michigan Youth and Community Program enables young people to create community change, especially in economically disinvested and racially segregated areas. We work with young people and adult allies to build capacity and create change through research, evaluation, teaching, and training. We collaborate with community partners, formulate best practices, facilitate training workshops, and publish practical workbooks and scholarly papers. We work in the South Bronx, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Mississippi Delta, Appalachia, Albuquerque, East Oakland, and other areas. In Michigan, we work in the rural Upper Peninsula, small towns, and suburbs and neighborhoods of metropolitan Detroit.
Migrant Worker Outreach and Education Program (ELI 390)
An experiential learning program for undergraduates to explore the culture and social issues and language needs of migrant families in Southeastern Michigan. Students teach English classes and provide health care and safety information for the migrant workers and their families at the farms during the summer months.
The Mortar Board engages in a variety of service projects focusing on literacy and diversity. They also sponsor the PROFS lecture series and have internal social and planning committees.
MREACH (Michigan Ross School of Business Enriching Academics in Collaboration with High Schools)
MREACH brings Detroit and other Southeast Michigan high school students (urban and rural) to the Ross School of Business for a series of action-based learning experiences introducing the young people to basic theories of business disciplines, with a special emphasis on accounting as the fundamental building block. In addition, MREACH will offer students insight into the college planning process and business careers.
Multicultural Engineering Programs Office (MEPO)
The Multicultural Engineering Programs Office has broadened its mission to help all students reach their academic potential while adapting to an ever-changing, culturally diverse world by intentionally creating opportunities for students to connect across cultures and backgrounds. MEPO recognizes that a diverse, multicultural environment strengthens ALL students and enhances the College of Engineering's ability to educate individuals who can act, adapt and lead. The continued excellence of the engineering profession depends on it.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
NSBE has several K-12 Outreach Programs. Programs target the Ypsilanti School District and include ACT Prep/College Prep (TORCH), Freshman academic success program (FASP), and after school tutoring.
NNIN: National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network Education program
The University Michigan NNIN has developed and conducted several activities in the area of Education and Outreach covering Pre-college K-12 activities, as well as both undergraduate and graduate college activities. For example, "NanoCamp" is a one day camp held for middle and high school students during the Spring and Summer.
The NNIN conducts microfabrication technology, microelectronics and nanotechnology experiences for middle school students.
NNIN also conducts workshops dedicated to K-12 teachers, including a 1-day event with classroom and hands-on activities.
Occupational Health & Safety Continuing Education
Faculty, staff and researchers organize and conduct occupational health and safety training programs and seminars. A wide range of programs are offered for health and safety professionals. Some awareness seminars are conducted for prospective students.
Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI)
The Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, in collaboration with University units, departments, and community agencies, provide opportunities for middle school and high school students to begin preparation for higher education through several pre-college programs. The overall mission of all OAMI pre-college programs is to foster the desire and perseverance to attend college, with the help of University Student Leaders.
OMIS- Organization of Microbiology and Immunology Students
OMIS works with the community through volunteer and fundraising efforts, particularly in the field of science in the Detroit area. OMIS organizes student run symposiums related to the fields of Microbiology and Immunology. OMIS also organizes volunteer work and fund-raising for Detroit Community High School.
Operation: Educate Children (OEC)
The purpose of this group is to provide an educational opportunity to underprivileged children worldwide by financially supporting UNICEF and similar organizations. This group will also provide members a chance to participate in community service, leadership, and event planning.
Outreach in the Performing Arts at the UM School of Music
Outreach in the Performing Arts at the University of Michigan School of Music organizes performances by student musicians at schools, hospitals, and retirement centers. the program encourages education through community outreach.
Outreach in the Performing Arts encourages students to be engaged with the University, Ann Arbor, and surrounding communities. The program provides students with resources and support while they learn from the experience of live performances and interaction with community audiences.
Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program
The Piano Pedagogy Laboratory Program (PPLP) was founded in November, 1983 with a dual purpose: to provide teacher-training for the University of Michigan students enrolled in the Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance degree, and to provide piano lessons to pre-college age students from the community. Since that time, the PPLP has grown from two beginning classes with a total enrollment of 13 students, to 11 classes with an enrollment of approximately 85 students. All students enrolled in the PPLP receive a unique combination of group and private lesson study during the school year, as well as frequent performing opportunities in departmental recitals, master-classes and in special local events.
Pre-College Initiative (PCI) Program
The Pre-College Initiative (PCI) Program is the National Society of Black Engineers' effort to promote college, academics, technology and leadership to pre-college students. The primary focus is to encourage students in grade 6-12 to develop interest and skills in math and science.
Prison Creative Arts Project
The Prison Creative Arts Project's mission is to collaborate with incarcerated adults, incarcerated youth, urban youth and the formerly incarcerated to strengthen our community through creative expression.
Project Community - Sociology 389
One of the nation's oldest continuously-running service-learning courses. Each year approximately 500 students combine academic learning with meaningful service in the community. In their first four program areas, examples of community work for students include: teaching a creative writing class in prison, tutoring at a local school, being a "femtor" for a teenage girl or volunteering in a hospital. The fifth program area was developed to help students become more effective organizers for social justice.
Project Lighthouse is a pre-college program at Osborn High School in Detroit primarily designed to encourage first-generation, low-income Asian- American students to aspire to higher education. U-M mentors conduct six sessions at the high school and a campus tour at the University of Michigan concludes the program.
Project Outreach - Psychology 211
College students participating in Project Outreach work with preschool and school-age children in a variety of settings. These placements offer hands-on experiences with a diverse group of children and the lecture series explores a variety of topics that influence child development. The placement sites vary in terms of the populations they serve, including “at-risk” children and children with special needs.
Psychology 305 - Practicum in Psychology
Psychology 305 allows college students to serve the community while acquiring experience working in a variety of settings. Settings and activities in which students participate may include the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center, the Pound House Children's Center and the Michigan Mentorship Program.
Residential College Community Theater Collaborative (The RC CTC)
Based in the University of Michigan’s Residential College, the Residential College Community Theater Collaborative (The RC CTC) was founded in 2006 as an alliance of community-based arts partnerships sponsored by the RC, some having lasted six years.The RC CTC serves the university and the community by training undergraduates to use the arts for social justice, by using arts to expand university knowledge from the community, and by encouraging arts-based learning for college students of today and tomorrow.At the core of the RC CTC are several partnerships between the RC and many exemplary community-based organizations throughout the Detroit Metropolitan Area.
Residential College Community Theater Collaborative (The RC CTC)
Based in the University of Michigan’s Residential College, the Residential College Community Theater Collaborative (The RC CTC) was founded in 2006 as an alliance of community-based arts partnerships sponsored by the RC, some having lasted six years.
The RC CTC serves the university and the community by training undergraduates to use the arts for social justice, by using arts to expand university knowledge from the community, and by encouraging arts-based learning for college students of today and tomorrow.
At the core of the RC CTC are several partnerships between the RC and many exemplary community-based organizations throughout the Detroit Metropolitan Area
Semester in Detroit
The Semester in Detroit, based in the Residential College and the Ginsberg Center, allows Michigan undergraduates to spend a semester in residence in Detroit, while earning credit towards their degree.
SERVE/Alternative Spring Break
SERVE is a student-run program at the University of Michigan that works to provide students with opportunities to address serious social issues through community service, leadership training, social justice education and social action. Student leadership teams and committees work together to plan and implement all of our programs as well as to determine our directions and priorities.
Online exploration of influences affecting air quality across the United States.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority seeks to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public Service, leadership development, and education of youth are the hallmark of the organization's programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
SHPE was founded in 1974 to provide role models for the Hispanic community. SHPE goal is to promote scholarship, outreach, and national pride through out campus and community activity for the enhancement of technical Hispanic students.
Society of Physics Students
SPS is for anyone with an interest in Physics. SPS is available to do outreach at local schools for physics or math classes (i.e. demos, talking about majoring in physics or science etc.)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is an educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and be recognized for their contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders. Outreach consists of school visits and girl scout engineering days.
The SolarDrones student team provides an opportunity for students to design, build and test a solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) while learning valuable engineering skills and participating in cutting-edge research.
Student Astronomical Society
The purpose of the SAS is to educate students and the public about astronomy, bring together undergraduate astronomy majors, professors, and research opportunities, and further the interest of individuals who are not astronomy majors.
Towards this end, SAS holds regular meetings, offers public observing nights, sponsors lectures, provides tutoring in Astronomy classes, and participates in Inreach/Outreach programs for local primary and secondary school students.
Student Michigan Education Association
Organization for pre-teachers and those interested in education. The organization participates in education/K-12 based events, e.g. Kids Fair, Bryant Science Night, tutoring, and many more related activities.
Students for Educational Equality
Students for Educational Equality is a registered 501c3 in the State of Michigan. Through leveraging the passion of motivated, inspired college students, we aim to expose the students to the great opportunity that college offers. The ACT course, our keystone program, has been in place at Lincoln each year since 2008. Since 2008, we have expanded to multiple other schools in Michigan, and served over 200 students. Our organization continues to grow in size and activity. In Fall 2010, we started a mentorship program to help students with limited resources work through the admissions process.
Students Helping Others Choose Knowledgeably
SHOCK is an original theatre troupe comprised of fifteen first through fourth-year UM Students dedicated to education Ann Arbor youth on the dangers of drugs and drug abuse. Using humorous and age appropriate skits, the troupe has been performing in AAPS fifth grade classrooms since the fall of 2001.
The National Society of Black Engineers Pre-College Initiative Program
The Pre-College Initiative program aims to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields while creating a pipeline of academic success for students in grades K-12 to attend college.
Ypsilanti students are able to participate in current programs such as ACT Pro, Academic Success Program (ASP), and NSBE Junior. Students receive everything from ACT prep to leadership development.
Truth, Honor, Respect, Education and Development of Self (THREADS)
Works to address particular developmental issues for boys in adolescence associated with the transition from elementary to middle school in a way that fosters continued academic and self-growth. The program matches undergraduate men with middle school boys in a weekly discussion format. THREADS aims to cultivate an environment in which boys and mentors can talk about and strategize around issues that effect boys' identity with school, future goals, and behavior. The program incorporates the mentors' interests, experience and/or expertise with the boys' interests.
UMentorFIRST strives to supply the Huron High School Robotics Team with college mentors who can advise and assist students with the FIRST Robotics Competition.
Washtenaw County American Red Cross Club
The organization strives to create and staff volunteer opportunities for the American Red Cross. The aim of the youth service committee in particular is to create awareness about health related issues and also to provide opportunities for the youth in the community to become involved.
Working to Educate Readers by Encouraging Active Development (We Read)
We Read promotes reading among elementary students and helps authors and illustrators find a venue for their works to be seen. This organization has student authors and illustrators write children's books, publish them, and distribute them to elementary schools. Books are donated to schools and then used to promote citizenship and a love for reading.
Young Peoples' Project-Michigan, Soc. 389.603
Students in this seminar will be placed in pairs in one of several local high schools where they will promote math literacy in classrooms and/or after-school programs. The approach to this work is inspired and informed by the Young Peoples' Project (YPP) component of Bob Moses' Algebra Project, a unique synthesis of four elements: an experiential approach to math learning; a liberationist classroom pedagogy; the use of college-age students as trainers, and high school students as facilitators for middle school student math workshops and activities; and an organizing approach to building student, parent, teacher and community commitment to improving the quality of math education.
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