Social Impact Challenge at Ross Aims to Improve Detroit Neighborhoods


UPDATE 2/27/14 - The Social Impact Challenge for 2014 has concluded. You can read a recap of the event on the Nonprofit and Public Management Center's website.

Ross' focus on making a positive difference in the world is about to get another boost, as teams of grad students from throughout the University of Michigan will work on strengthening Detroit’s neighborhoods as the focus of the Nonprofit and Public Management Center’s 2014 Social Impact Challenge.

Social Impact Challenge 2013 video
2013 Social Impact Challenge

One team will win $2,500 for its efforts. And the public is welcome at a special event at Ross to see the results.

The challenge offers an exciting opportunity for Ross to share its commitment to making a positive difference and crossing boundaries with the broader university community:  The competition is open to all U-M grad students, and the three- or four-person teams are required to be multidisciplinary.

The annual Social Impact Challenge presents “an opportunity for graduate students to collaborate on solving real issues for an organization that delivers social impact.” This year’s partner is Detroit Future City, an organization leading the way to revitalize Detroit. The challenge will address equitable growth in Detroit neighborhoods, with teams creating possible solutions to a particular problem.

Finalist teams will present their recommendations to a panel of judges in a free, public session from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Colloquium at Ross. The winning team earns a $2,500 cash prize. Ken Cockrel Jr., executive director of the Detroit Future City Implementation Office and former Detroit mayor, will deliver a keynote address at the event, which also includes a networking reception. RSVP online

The NPM is a partnership of the Ross School of Business, U-M School of Social Work, and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Teams may register online until 9 a.m. Feb. 12. For more information, email or visit the NPM website.

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