As Detroit seeks to rebound from bankruptcy and other issues, U-M students are tirelessly using their research skills and enthusiasm to help the city’s nonprofit agencies.
These students participate in the Detroit Community Based Research Program, spending 10 weeks with organizations that focus on urban development, environmental justice, food security, community assessment and sustainability.
DCBRP started in 1998 and served all of Southeastern Michigan. In 2013, officials decided to shift the focus to Detroit. Twenty students live in the city and volunteer at 15 community partners.
U-M has maintained strong ties with Detroit, the school’s founding birthplace in 1817. From the health sciences, education and social work to admissions and alumni activities, the university has worked alongside Detroit residents to strengthen the community.