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The MCAC employs recent U-M graduates to work full-time in underserved schools across the state of Michigan to serve as college advisers providing college planning and preparation services to high school students and their parents. These advisers participate in an extensive training program that includes all aspects of the college preparation process. Advisers serve for terms of one to two years for which they receive a service stipend and education award to be used for student loan repayment or future graduate studies. Advisers provide one-on-one advising to students as well as school-wide programming and parent outreach. Examples of programming include assistance with application/essay writing, scholarship searching, financial aid, career exploration, goal setting, and academic planning. Data are collected in coordination with the National College Advising Corps to determine the effectiveness of the program.
Project Principal Investigator:
William Collins
Lead Institution:
University of Michigan Diversity, Equity& Inclusion & Academic Affairs
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On April 12, 2014, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center will host its second Breast Cancer Summit for the lay community. Breast cancer survivors, caregivers and members of the general public concerned about breast cancer and risk reduction will attend. We hope to attract 300-500 participants from cities within a 1 hour radius of Ann Arbor including Ypsilanti, Detroit, Flint, Lansing and Jackson. Topics will include updates on treatment options, risk reduction, research, survivorship, genetic risk and advocacy. The summit will be free for participants and will include workshops, vendor tables, a poster session, lunch and a mock tumor board. Evaluation methods include an event survey a count of event attendees as well as a count from each vendor on how many guests stopped and asked questions or read materials at their table. This program will increase attendee knowledge of breast cancer prevention, screening and treatment options and is expected to reach a large proportion of minority women as recruitment efforts will draw on email and postal publicity listings targeting communities of color in our area.
Project Principal Investigator:
Max Wicha
Lead Institution:
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
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All students deserve to participate in the arts. At a time when Flint schools are struggling with limited resources, a music outreach program can offer elementary school students and their teachers access to rich experiences in music education. For this reason, the University of Michigan-Flint (UM-Flint), Department of Music, is launching an Opera Outreach program to reach more than 3,000 kindergarten through fifth-grade students at seven elementary schools as well as 300 students and local residents at the Flint Public Library. Our 2015 pilot program will feature an opera by John Davies, which is set to the children’s story, “The Three Little Pigs”, and includes music by Mozart. The program is designed to promote literacy and convey an anti-bullying message as well as to introduce professional opera to elementary school children. For public school students, the program will provide learning engagement offering them the opportunity to work with UM-Flint music education students and perform with the singers onstage. For public school teachers, the program will provide teaching materials designed to deepen their students’ understanding and appreciation of opera as storytelling and music. For the wider Flint community, the Outreach program will offer residents and their families an opportunity to attend a free and educational opera performance at their public library. Finally, the program will prepare university students to become successful teaching artists. UM-Flint music students will gain experience working with elementary students in the classroom as well as gain experience performing professionally?offering them the opportunity to develop their stage, acting, and presentation skills.
Project Principal Investigator:
Brian Di Blassio
Lead Institution:
University of Michigan Flint College of Arts and Sciences
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Super Science Friday is a multi-disciplinary, hands-on event that brings more than 600 middle school youth to the University of Michigan-Flint campus for experiential learning opportunities related to science. Middle school is a critical period in the development of young people, a time when many, often begin to lag in their mastery of science concepts. Studies have shown that field trips are an important resource that can boost interest and drive. The excitement of the day and change in teaching and learning style can be a catalyst for greater enthusiasm to achieve. In December, all middle schools, public and parochial, from throughout Genesee County were contacted alerting them of the upcoming 8th Annual Super Science Friday Program and offering them an opportunity to express interest in being part of the program. The names of all schools who indicated an interest were placed on a master list and planning proceeded for the event. Afterwards, there was a determination of the number of schools who could be accommodated based on the number of presenters available. In the end, there were 21 middle schools and 650 students from throughout Genesee County who were invited to be a part of Super Science Friday that was to be held on May 2, 2014. (In the end, one school also participated from Saginaw County.) On Super Science Friday, upon arrival at the event, the student groups were assigned UM-Flint student guides and ambassadors for the day. All of the participants received a complimentary welcome packet including SSF programs, nametags, backpacks and other items. They were then provided with campus tours by their student ambassadors and information about the campus. There were over 80 UM-Flint students who volunteered to serve as campus ambassadors for the visiting groups. Exposure to science is not the only benefit for students who attend Super Science Friday. Students also benefit from spending time on a college campus. The more often students come to UM-Flint the more likely it is that they will see themselves as, and aspire to become, a college student. We all know that a college degree is becoming a baseline predictor of a person?s ability to secure a well-paying job with health benefits. We need to continue to inspire young people to set a bachelor?s degree as a minimum goal after high school to maximize their personal achievement. In 2015, Super Science Friday plans to grow the number of students attending, through increased participation by UM-Flint faculty and student organizations in presenting experiential learning opportunities for the students (Last year the university was undergoing renovation in the science building which had an impact on the number of opportunities we were able to present. In spite of that, participation remained steady due to creativity on the part of faculty and staff). The goal is to increase the outreach from this day-long event into the community through the schools that participate. Along with the experiential learning that ranges from DNA to geospatial technology to acousto-electric musicology, the participants end the day with a lunch and an engaging presenter who relates their expertise to science. For the last two years Keith Fields has presented his magic act, which uses scientific principles to amaze and entertain. This year, an attempt was made to collect additional data for future planning from all participants including students, teacher/chaperones, and the faculty presenters. The goal was to be able to better assess the program and to better plan for the future of SSF 2015 based on this additional input from all parties. Presenters were provided with feedback about their individual presentations based on student and chaperone evaluations. Requests for suggestions as to possible program format changes, future topic possibilities and any other suggestions about the program were also sought from the presenters and are being incorporated i
Project Principal Investigator:
Vahid Lotfi
Lead Institution:
University of Michigan- Flint Office of the Provost
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The MCAC employs recent U-M graduates to work full-time in underserved schools across the state of Michigan to serve as college advisers providing college planning and preparation services to high school students and their parents. These advisers participate in an extensive training program that includes all aspects of the college preparation process. Advisers serve for terms of one to two years for which they receive a service stipend and education award to be used for student loan repayment or future graduate studies. Advisers provide one-on-one advising to students as well as school-wide programming and parent outreach. Examples of programming include assistance with application/essay writing, scholarship searching, financial aid, career exploration, goal setting, and academic planning. Data are collected in coordination with the National College Advising Corps to determine the effectiveness of the program.
Project Principal Investigator:
William Collins
Lead Institution:
University of Michigan Diverity, Equity & Inclusion & Academic Affairs
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To provide University of Michigan-Flint students with a volunteer service experience during Spring Break-March 3-7, 2014. For the first several years, UM-Flint students volunteered out of town for survivors of Hurricane Katrina and on other large cities in the US and Canada. Upon reflection, the student organizers and University Outreach staff discussed the fact that our own city has been through an economic disaster and there are many opportunities to help people in our own community. So the Alternative Spring Break was established with a volunteer board of students who each select a non-profit volunteer site. Students throughout the UM-Flint campus are eligible to volunteer. Monday through Thursday students volunteer in Flint and then Friday is a day of reflection and a tour to Detroit to see and understand how similar many of the challenges are that our cities are facing, and to have a little bit of fun.
Project Principal Investigator:
Jacob Blumner
Lead Institution:
University of Michigan- Flint; Office of Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
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The UM-Flint Office of University Outreach and Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching will partner to offer UM-Flint faculty a series of workshops on civic engagement curriculum mapping. The workshops will prepare departments across our campus in scaffolding service-learning, civic engagement and other high impact educational practices across the curriculum. As a result, over time, hundreds of students will benefit from community-engaged learning experiences throughout their academic careers, preparing them to value service and civic engagement as future professionals.
Project Principal Investigator:
Douglas Knerr
Lead Institution:
University of Michigan- Flint Office of the Provost
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The purpose of this NCIN project is to increase the number of nurses and the level of diversity in the nursing workforce in Flint and the surrounding area by providing scholarship, mentorship and leadership development activities to underrepresented (minority)/economically disadvantaged (UED) ABSN students. The objectives of the project are (1) to recruit UED prospective students from the UMF campus (senior students in undergraduate programs other than nursing); community (professional/educational organizations, African American churches, UAW Locals) and media (2) to provide scholarships to alleviate the financial burden that prevent or delay UED students from completing their degree; and (3) to provide mentorship and leadership development activities (programs customized and developed using the RWJF NCIN Toolkits) that will enable completion of their ABSN Degree and NCLEX-RN success. The ABSN program has been expanded from 32 admissions to 40, largely due to support received from RWJF. UMF has demonstrated a firm commitment to diversity and enhancement of UED and minority students. The University’s Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives (EOI) has developed and implemented several pre-and post-matriculation programs and services to enhance the enrollment, progression, retention, and graduation of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The DON will continue to partner with the EOI, the Academic Advising and Career Center, Office of Student Development, Women’s Educational Center, and Office of Financial Aid, to recruit and sustain UED students. UMF ranks #1 and #2 of public universities in Michigan with the highest number of disadvantaged students. Economic concerns of our students increase pressure to work, or drop out which is detrimental to their education. Therefore, we are requesting 20 scholarships to be awarded to the UED students who have been accepted into the UMF ABSN program to help support them financially during this process.
Project Principal Investigator:
Melva Craft-Blacksheare
Lead Institution:
University of Michigan – Flint; School of Health Professions and Studies
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The transformation from a manufacturing economy to one based heavily on services and technology has resulted in the depopulation and impoverishment of communities that have depended primarily on their industrial bases. Consequent blight and neglect, coupled with a lack of opportunities for youth with high school educations or less, have resulted in elevated rates of youth violence in many affected cities. The Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MI-YVPC) will study the effects of improving vacant properties on violence, property crimes and intentional injuries among youth in Flint, MI, Youngstown, OH and Camden, NJ. We will compare a community and youth-engaged approach to maintaining and improving vacant properties to similar maintenance implemented by contractors from outside the neighborhoods. We will assign properties to receive community-engaged or professional maintenance and compare the effects of these two conditions to vacant lots that are unimproved. We will also conduct a three-phased implementation study that will involve documenting the development of greening activities in Camden, NJ, and survey over 100 communities nationwide who have implemented greening programs about their experiences and lessons learned in creating their programs and engaging youth in the process. The aims of the Center are to: 1) implement and evaluate community-level strategies in Flint and Youngstown and analyze the relationship between changes in the physical environment and 10-24 year old youth violence; 2) test alternative approaches to greening, contrasting professional maintenance with youth engagement through intergenerational collaboration in Flint and Youngstown on police incidents, youth intentional injury, parcel assessment of nearby properties, and resident survey responses; 3) document the process of community readiness and capacity needs for implementation of a greening program in Camden, NJ; 4) identify lessons learned that facilitate or hinder development of community and youth engaged greening programs, and disseminate the results of our research to local, state, and national audiences through a wide variety of venues, including a freely available implementation guide. The MI-YVPC is a partnership among the University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, the Center for Community Progress, and land banks, economic development organizations, health departments, hospitals, police departments and community-based organizations in each city.
Project Principal Investigator:
Marc Zimmerman
Lead Institution:
University of Michigan School of Public Health
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In the 2014-15 academic year, Dr. May developed an outreach program to address several programmatic goals: 1. To increase the number of performances for artistically talented UM-Flint students in the Department of Music; 2. To create an opportunity for school children to experience an opera performance in their local schools; 3. To grow a greater appreciation among children, university students and the community for opera performances. 4. To create an opportunity for students to participate in service based learning in our community through musical performance
Project Principal Investigator:
Brian Di Blassio
Lead Institution:
University of Michigan- Flint College of Arts and Sciences