U-M’s strong connection to Detroit—the city where the university got its start—continues to thrive at the Detroit Center, which celebrated 10 years of research, learning, and community engagement last month.
Just beyond a gleaming lobby that features a rotating gallery of local art, U-M’s Detroit Center has three large meeting rooms, named Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn, in honor of each university campus. The rooms are available to members of the U-M community, as well as local nonprofits and organizations. On any given day, they might contain an arts workshop for former prisoners, a writing course for both Michigan and Detroit Public School students, or a class that teaches community members how to rehabilitate homes.
“There are really outstanding collaborative efforts happening in Detroit,” says Mike Morland, the center’s communications director. “With the center serving as an active partner between the university and community, it’s both exciting and motivating to see the impact of these collaborations.”