Critical to empowering students to engage in positive social change is our support of a range of student-led community engagement initiatives throughout the year which build student leadership skills, foster connections with student leaders and resources on campus, and provide guidance that encourages reflection, learning and growth. Students and student organizations join us through guided internships and fellowships as well as grants and scholarship experiences. Projects supported in 2015-16 include:
Family Reading Night: Emily Halling, Ginsberg Center Graduate Intern
Over the course of her MSW graduate internship, Emily Halling designed and implemented six Family Reading Night programs in collaboration with Avalon Housing in Ann Arbor and the Family Empowerment Program at Hamilton Crossing in Ypsilanti. As part of Ginsberg’s ongoing Literacy Initiatives, Family Readings Nights provide opportunities for UM students to facilitate interactive, themed reading opportunities with local families.
Ginsberg Center Literacy Fellow: Jesse Friedman, Seedfolks Book Club
Over the course of his fellowship, Jesse Friedman partnered with Ginsberg’s Literacy Initiatives to develop a comprehensive lesson plan guide for a ten session student-run book club focusing on the text Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman. The lessons are geared toward middle school readers and explore topics of social justice, identity, and community building. University of Michigan Student volunteers will be able to use this guide to facilitate a book club with one of Ginsberg's community partner sites next academic year.
Ginsberg Center Student Organization Engagement Fellow: Abby Madison, Mindful Philanthropy
Abby Madison worked closely with Ginsberg and the Office of Greek Life to explore ways Ginsberg can support Greek Life students engaging in issue-based philanthropy. Reflecting on personal experience as a student leader in the Greek community, Abby created a survey to gather key information around current service/philanthropy needs and best practices across chapters in all three Greek Councils. Based on the survey results and her research, Abby created a student guide that focuses on transformational (not transactional) giving, which has the potential to positively impact and enrich the experiences of both students and the community organizations with whom they partner.
Ginsberg Fellow: Community Engagement Allyhood Through Service, Coco Rosenberg
Ginsberg Fellow, Corine “Coco” Rosenberg, designed and led a social justice-oriented service-learning experience with Avalon Housing for a cohort of University of Michigan students as a way to expand the partnership between Ginsebrg and MESA’s Growing Allies Program. The mission of the Growing Allies cohort is to support U of M undergraduate students in their social justice ally development through exploring their identities, building community with one another, and cultivating campus leadership skills. Coco’s project included pre-service activities and preparation, day of activities to encourage intentional service, and post service reflections and partner evaluations.
Ginsberg Center Student Advisory Board
The Ginsberg Center Student Advisory Board provides feedback on Ginsberg Center programs, services and direction; voicing the needs and concerns of students as they relate to the work. This project showcases the Board’s valuable contributions during the 2015-2016 academic year and personal reflections from current members.
Ginsberg Center Student Initiative Grantees: First Alumni and Mentors Network at Michigan
The FIRST Alumni and Mentors Network at Michigan (FAMNM) is a student organization that seeks to inspire K-12 students to pursue STEM, business, & community outreach opportunities. One way FAMNM works towards its mission is by partnering with the Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach, as well as UM student organizations (SHPE, NSBE) to support local high school teams who wish to engage in national FIRST Robotics Competitions. In partnership with Ginsberg’s Student Initiative Grant, FAMNM organized a kickoff event to provide financial resources and technical building support/mentorship to over 400 students.
Ginsberg Center Alternative Breaks Fellow: Steven Frey, Reorientation Resources
Based on his previous alternative breaks experience and a reflection on his values around community engagement, Steven created reorientation resources for returning alternative breaks groups to promote their community engagement beyond their short-term service experience. Steven designed an eNewsletter and Google Calendar that featured a variety of issue-based campus and community resources to facilitate further engagement. These resources were then distributed to over 300 returning UM alternative break students.
Davis Projects for Peace Recipient: Jasmine Kipke
As a Davis Projects for Peace recipient, Jasmine Kipke, traveled to Western Uganda to work with Progressive Health Partnership (PHP), a global health organization that works in the local area around improving the maternal and neonatal health of women. Jasmine, in partnership with PHP and local community leaders, helped design a needs assessment and program for women with obstetric fistula in rural Kashongi and Kitura.
Ginsberg Center Social Media Engagement Fellow: Grace Wan
Grace Wan researched social media best practices of organizations that optimize engagement and created a survey to collect data on the current social media interactions between UM students and the Ginsberg Center. Grace’s efforts resulted in an organized compilation of research for the Ginsberg Center’s Outreach and Communications staff and a series of strategic recommendations for how the Ginsberg Center can develop a more effective and engaging social media presence with students moving forward.