Ginsberg Center supports your community-engaged efforts

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We are a community and civic engagement center with a mission to cultivate and steward equitable partnerships between communities and the University of Michigan in order to advance social change for the public good. Based upon this mission, our vision is for inclusive democracy; thriving, diverse communities; and equity and social justice.

Our work centers around translating our principles into action through: 

  • Partnerships: We cultivate an expansive network of community partners (nonprofits, local governments, and K-12 schools), surface community-identified priorities, and connect them with students, faculty, and staff who are invested in positive social change.
  • Preparation:  We prepare and support students and faculty and staff to create socially just community engagement experiences through advising, consulting, trainings and grants 
  • Pathways: We offer multiple pathways to civic engagement & community change to encourage the development of lifelong habits of civic learning. 

At Ginsberg (Our Blog)

Our blog shares emerging stories around Ginsberg's work at U-M and in the communities beyond. From profiles to match stories to announcements, you'll find a wealth of information below. 

New Ginsberg Building to have eco-friendly features, more space

Learn more about our exciting plans for our new, environmentally sustainable building on U-M’s Central Campus that will enhance our focus on community engagement and student learning. We'll be ready to move back in Spring of 2025--and you can watch the progress on the webcam!

Landscape architecture professor leads community-engaged charge in Detroit

After coming to the University of Michigan in 2020 to teach, Lisa DuRussel quickly found a community and a home with the Ginsberg Center. A landscape architect by trade, DuRussel, Assistant Professor of Practice in U-M’s School for Environment & Sustainability, teaches courses and seminars that cover topics including ecological design, planting design and community engagement.

Find volunteer opportunities related to your interests on our portal! 

Connect2Community is managed by the Ginsberg Center, in collaboration with the United Way of Washtenaw County and Eastern Michigan University.

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