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Core Skill: Collaboration

Collaboration is the intentional process of working effectively with others toward shared objectives (e.g., active listening, sharing responsibility, valuing, and learning from the contributions of team members). Collaboration also involves deeper commitments to communities where knowledge and public goods are co-created through mutually beneficial partnerships.

Rackham Resources

Rackham Program in Public Scholarship (RPPS)

The Rackham Program in Public Scholarship supports collaborative scholarly and creative endeavors that engage communities and co-create public goods. RPPS supports graduate students looking to deepen their public engagement and professional development through four core offerings: The Institute for Social Change, the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative, Public Scholarship Grants, and Public Engagement Fellowship internships at sites across southeast Michigan.

Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshops

Rackham sponsors interdisciplinary graduate-student and faculty groups to encourage exchange and collaboration among students and faculty who share intellectual interests but do not necessarily have an easily available forum in common because they have different academic affiliations.

For my dissertation, I conduct community-based participatory research in partnership with two tribal radio stations. I believe that a collaborative approach has made my project more successful academically and more relevant to the local communities, and that participatory research in particular can help equalize power dynamics between researchers and the communities who agree to participate.
Jana Wilbricht

Ph.D. Candidate, Communication Studies

Campus Resources

Humanities Collaboratory

Resources for U-M humanities scholars focused on collaboration, training, and public engagement.

Edward Ginsberg Center

Cultivates partnerships between communities and U-M to advance social change for the public good.

Upcoming Collaboration Events

Contact Professional Development and Engagement

1530 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Phone: (734) 647-4013
Fax: (734) 936-2848


Professional and Academic Development is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The office is closed Saturdays and Sundays and on the following holidays: Thanksgiving (Thursday and the following Friday), Christmas through New Year's, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4), and Labor Day.