U-M sophomore Laura Vicinanza recently used her analytic and research skills, sprinkled with Spanish dialogue, to give a voice to issues important to the Hispanic community in southwest Detroit.
Vicinanza spent her summer at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corp., helping the staff with programs designed to uplift the community. One project involved providing information to teach men to become better fathers. Another was meeting with other nonprofit agencies to learn what programs have been successful.
Vicinanza was one of 24 students that conducted research over the summer for Detroit nonprofits and public agencies as part of the Detroit Community Based Research Program, which is administered by the U-M Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.