Whether you’re new to campus, returning, or navigating the University virtually right now, welcome! We’re here to support your community engagement efforts. Our engagement does not only happen in person; there are many ways to make a positive impact. As we wade through uncertainty, here are a few of ways UM students are moving forward:
Contribute to your local community
Are you local to Washtenaw County (the county Ann Arbor sits in)? If so, use and share our Connect2Community portal. A joint effort of the Ginsberg Center with the United Way of Washtenaw County and Eastern Michigan University, the portal is being updated in real time to ensure that community partners within Washtenaw and surrounding counties have access to a broad range of volunteers and support for their evolving needs related to COVID-19. There are also virtual options if you’d like to provide remote support.
If you’re currently away from Washtenaw County, check this COVID-19 volunteer portal for the State of Michigan, or look to your local United Way for community-based efforts.
Planning for your community-engaged student organizations
We get it: this isn’t how you likely thought the semester would go. With so many organizations planning for virtual community engagement, in line with the Center for Campus Involvement's guidelines for Registered Student Organizaions, we can provide virtual support for you that is informed by community partner feedback and requests as they also navigate this new environment. We have a few resources for you as you continue planning:
A guide to help you apply University policy and promising practices for community engagement to your organization’s plans
Virtual advising or consultation sessions with our staff. Sign up here!
Events for you to connect with other student organizations to collaborate or learn about what is working
Prepare for your community engagement
Whether you want a virtual workshop for your student group, or want to further explore best practices for community engagement, there are two ways to proceed:
Request a virtual workshop: Our staff can work with you to find a time that works for your team, and to learn more about your goals for a group session.
Check out the Community Engagement: Collaborating for Change online course. This free 5-module course can help you explore ethical and knowledgeable community engagement
As we continue to navigate the difficult impact of Covid-19 in our world, we’re proud of the UM students who are using their time, energy, and resources to address the dynamic changes in our communities. Let us know how we can support your important work. Thank you for your commitment to positive community impact.
The Ginsberg Center team