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University of Michigan-Dearborn – Office of Metropolitan Impact

Organization Location

Dearborn, Michigan


Tracy S. Hall, Ph.D., Executive Director/OMI

Description of the Fellow’s Role

OMI has indicated two possible projects. Please indicate your preference in your cover letter:

Project 1

Youth Engagement Work in Detroit – Youth to College Connections

The Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) partners with various community organizations in Detroit to support and promote positive youth development, support attainment of a high school diploma or General Equivalency Degree (GED), develop career readiness, and create pathways to higher education for youth (primarily of color) between the ages of 16 and 24. This work is done through a Trauma Informed Care and Restorative Practices framework that we call Healing Centered Restorative Engagement (HCRE), which seeks to support the development of the whole student.

As part of a diverse team of faculty, staff, and community partners, the fellow will be involved in the following:

  • Researching best practice literature on trauma informed and restorative approaches for youth development.
  • Analyzing data collected from youth engagement workshops and programs to inform future initiatives.
  • Develop workshops, resources, and trainings for youth engagement programming.
  • Engage in strategic planning as it relates to youth engagement programming.
  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities to support on-going community work with youth, including, but not limited to, literature review and grant proposal research and pursuit of both government and foundation opportunities.

Project 2

The Metro Detroit Nature Network (MDN2) is a regional collective impact collaborative that has evolved over the past 2+ years to represent over 30 regional institutions committed to conservation issues, such as the Detroit Zoological Society, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, mParks, Detroit Audobon, Ducks Unlimited, Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy, Oakland Conservation District, and many, many more – see:

MDN2’s vision is that all people in the metropolitan Detroit region have access to and actively steward nature and promote ecosystem sustainability.

Some focus areas of the Network include creating career pathways for youth, citizen science, and issues related to sustainability. Working alongside MDN2 partners, the fellow will be involved in:

  • Compiling existing data on key environmental, economic, and societal indicators for southeast Michigan;
  • Performing a comprehensive and integrative assessment of the health of the region from a sustainability perspective;
  • Making recommendations for improvements consistent with adaptive management; and
  • Identifying funding sources for the Network.

Time Commitment and Stipend (i.e., schedule, days per week)

  • 2-4 days per week, 8-12 weeks
  • $2,240 – $6,720
  • Travel allowance: $350

About the Office of Metropolitan Impact

OMI supports and increases the local impact of the U-M-Dearborn campus in the Metro Detroit area by investing in collaborative projects and initiatives between community and university. Our work lifts up faculty, supports student success, and increases the positive impact of community and university relationships.

Visit the Office of Metropolitan Impact Website