The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Detroit partnership

Connect to Community is an online portal created and managed by the Ginsberg Center to connect University of Michigan students with communities around the world through volunteer experiences as well as internships, fellowships, and employment. Below, we have assembled resources and information that will assist both students and community organizations in the process of preparing for and engaging in service.

EXPLORE CONNECT TO COMMUNITY!


Resources for Students

► Training:

 If you participate in a Ginsberg Center program, you will receive training and support before engaging with communities, as well as participate in reflection and evaluation afterward. In addition, we offer a variety of workshops to help individuals prepare and think more deeply about this work. If you will be engaging in a community experience outside of a Ginsberg Center program, we encourage you to contact the organization's Volunteer Coordinator to discuss the depth and level of training offered to you before you begin your experience.

► Academic calendar: 

Please review the University's academic calendar before making volunteer commitments and consider your workload, exams, and breaks when establishing expectations with a community organization, and communicate these restrictions or conflicts with community groups as you develop a relationship. 

► Asset-Based Community Development:

We believe the most effective and sustainable approach to community engagement involves working with communities and identifying the strengths and assets of all parties involved. It involves assessing resources, skills, and experiences of communities and building a collective future around the issues that are important to community members. Students involved in Ginsberg Center programs are supported as they deepen their awareness of community engagement through this approach, however, due to the large number of community engagement opportunities offered across the University of Michigan campus, we are not able to make a unified statement on the approach to all community engagement efforts that take place at UM. 

►The Active Citizen Continuum

► Logistics:

  • Background checks: Community engagement often requires background checks. Background checks can take up to two weeks and require the submission of personal information. Please account for this additional time and plan accordingly.
  • Social media: Do not post photos or share personal information about the communities in which you are engaging.
  • You Represent the University of Michigan: While engaging with communities, you are a representative of our University, values, and culture. Please be respectful, mindful, and considerate of our communities during this engagement.

Resources for Community Partners

► Academic calendar: 

University of Michigan student volunteers could be limited in their ability to commit based on the University's Academic Calendar. We encourage you to speak with student volunteers about how classes, exams, and breaks might impact their commitment levels throughout the year.

► Student Development

► Asset-Based Community Development:

We believe the most effective and sustainable approach to community engagement involves working with communities and identifying the strengths and assets of all parties involved. It involves assessing resources, skills, and experiences of communities and building a collective future around the issues that are important to community members. Students involved in Ginsberg Center programs are supported as they deepen their awareness of community engagement through this approach, however, due to the large number of community engagement opportunities offered across the University of Michigan campus, we are not able to make a unified statement on the approach to all community engagement efforts that take place at UM. 

► Information about the Active Citizen Continuum 

 

Please contact us to suggest resources or information to add to this list.