Graduate and Professional Student Opportunities

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Graduate and professional students across campus incorporate community needs and priorities into their disciplinary work, professional goals, and personal interests. Whether you are looking for support on your research projects, developing new initiatives, building your evaluation and assessment skills, or wanting to engage with Ginsberg Center programs, take a look at these opportunities:

The Ginsberg Center offers a leadership development opportunity for University of Michigan doctoral students and candidates called the Ginsberg Graduate Consultant Program (formerly Graduate Academic Liaisons). Graduate Consultants deepen their knowledge and application of community-engaged scholarship, education, and practice, and provide perspectives on their home departments and fields.

For more information check out our website.

The Ginsberg Center partners with the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship offers this semester-long community-engaged learning graduate training program that promotes excellence in undergraduate teaching and graduate student professional development. The Community Engaged Course Design Workshop (formerly known as Engaged Pedagogy Initiative) counts towards LSA's training requirements for graduate students serving as instructors of record. For more information on the Workshop and how to apply, check out the program website.

In collaboration with schools, community centers and other partners, the Ginsberg Center offers opportunities for the University of Michigan community to support literacy development, with an intentional focus on academically vulnerable students. Our programs include Readers & Best, America Reads, and Family Literacy Nights at the Ginsberg Center. Visit our Literacy Initiatives page to learn more about these initiatives and ways to get involved.

We work to empower students with the resources they need to engage in the democratic process by advocating for voter registration, educating yourself and participating in the Big Ten Voting Challenge.

Voter Registration

TurboVote is a quick, customizable registration tool. Users can use TurboVote to start the registration process in any of the 50 states, update existing voter registration, request an absentee ballot, or receive election day reminders. 

Educate Yourself 

Visit our Democratic Engagement resources page to for actions like contacting your representative, knowing your voter guidlines for Michigan, and more. 

Big Ten Voting Challenge

U-M is leading the Big Ten Voting Challenge.  Two winners are celebrated after each major election: the campus with the greatest overall turnout, and the campus with the greatest growth in turnout.

The Community Technical Assistance Collaborative (CTAC) is a community-university partnership convened to serve a universal need identified by community partners around data and evaluation. Graduate students have the opportunity to advance educational goals in evaluation and assessment while contributing to a community-driven project. Check out our website for more information on how to get involved.

The Ginsberg Center offers field placement and paid opportunities for master’s level students seeking to learn more about community organizing, service-learning and civic engagement in a post-secondary education setting. Students will have diverse experiences working with students, staff, faculty, and community members. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact us at [email protected].

The Ginsberg Center Student Advisory Board voices the needs, concerns, and ideas of students as they relate to the mission and work of the Ginsberg Center. Through monthly meetings, the Board provides input to Ginsberg Center staff regarding programs, initiatives, and direction of the Center. Throughout their time on the Board, members remain active on campus, promote the ideals of the Ginsberg Center, and represent Ginsberg at the university and beyond. For more information on how to get involved click here.

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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.  

- Seanna Leath, Ph.D. '19