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Institute for Social Change

The Institute for Social Change (ISC) is a cohort-based spring program that allows students to explore the conceptual and practical dimensions of public scholarship—the diverse ways we can create and circulate knowledge for and with publics and communities. The program introduces graduate students to an array of publicly engaged scholarship, pedagogy, and practices focused on social change and university-community partnerships.

The Institute for Social Change is taking a pause in 2022. Look for the program to return in May 2023.

In its place this year, look for one to two stand alone Rackham Public Scholarship events and workshops in May 2022. They will have open registration, no application required, and be announced in Rackham’s events calendar and in the Rackham Student Newsletter.

Application Information

The Institute for Social Change will return in May 2023.

Learning Goals

The Institute for Social Change aims to support your professional and academic development by helping you:

  1. Acquire working knowledge of key concepts and promising practices in public scholarship by exploring the practical, ethical, and theoretical dimensions of publicly engaged work in diverse professional, community, and organizational contexts
  2. Connect with peers in a supportive and collaborative space to imagine possibilities for connecting your scholarly and/or intellectual interests to community needs and the greater public good
  3. Increase confidence in applying scholarly expertise and skills to collaborate with community partners
  4. Become more familiar with the resources and support available for graduate students in public scholarship at the University of Michigan and beyond

Contact the Program in Public Scholarship

1530 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070


The Program in Public Scholarship is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.