The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Ginsberg Is...Marianna Coulentianos, Graduate Academic Liaison

"When I started working at the Ginsberg Center in September 2017, I realized I was now a part of a community of people who approached community engagement from a much broader perspective than I had been able to wrap my head around. I was working with an interdisciplinary team of students who had all experienced community engagement in a different context."

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Institute for Community-Driven Practice

For over 20 years, the Ginsberg Center has worked with students, faculty, and communities to develop the skills for ethically connect campus and communities. We use a community-driven model of engagement created to generate sustainable impact. The Institute for Community-Driven Practice (CDP) is a training program, offered by the Ginsberg Center, designed for faculty and staff who support community-engaged practice and scholarship.

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Ginsberg Is...C.J. Mayer

Working with Ginsberg has taught me a lot. The team has allowed me to work on issues of interest to me and learn skills that I didn’t get in the classroom. This tangible work has complimented my classroom learning and helped me become a better community organizer.

C.J. Mayer

Ginsberg Is...Seanna Leath

Ginsberg is a “brave space” – a space for group learning and collaboration around a range of social justice issues and initiatives (Arao & Clemens, 2008). A space that is dedicated to pushing us beyond our comfort zone to make us better…better scholars…better community partners…better people. I am co-creating a skills-based curriculum on diversity, equity, and inclusion with a group of phenomenal and thoughtful women of color who bring their unique experiences and expertise to the table, and I am consistently blown away.

Seanna Latham

The Ford Motor Company Fund and U-M Ginsberg Center Partner for Intern and Community Support

Internships are a crucial component of a college student’s experience that provide opportunities to apply classroom learning in the real world. More internships than not go unpaid, making it hard for many students to participate, and putting those that don’t pursue internships at a disadvantage over many of their peers when it comes time to find their first job out of college.


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