The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Ginsberg Community Engagement Grant Helps IDC and Groundcover News Improve Distribution

From the Annual Report: The Ginsberg Center provides multiple forms of financial resources for student groups and organizations to engage in positive change through social justice education, leadership development, and meaningful service experiences with the community. In particular, our Community Engagement Grants allow us to deepen partnerships between student organizations and community organizations or agencies who are working together to address a community-identified need.

In A Unique Service Year, MAC-ASB Teams Adapt Support for Community Organizations

Providing student leadership education, guidance, and experience is a core part of the Ginsberg Center’s work and our work supporting the Michigan Active Citizens-Alternative Spring Break (MAC-ASB) program provides a clear example. Under normal circumstances, Ginsberg supports a wide variety of student teams as they plan, prepare for, and participate in trips all over the country (and beyond) to do hands-on service work with community organizations.

Ginsberg Match Provides Important Social Connections During Pandemic

From the Annual Report: Ginsberg Center’s partnership with the University of Michigan Public Design Corps (UM-PDC) offers a key example of how work shifted during this pandemic year. The summer program connects U-M students in Architecture, Urban Design, and Urban and Regional Planning with mission-driven organizations to tackle pressing economic, environmental, social, and spatial challenges that have been made more acute by the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis. Studentfaculty teams and community partners explore ways architecture, urban design, and planning tools can be used in community-focused, community-led projects

Ginsberg Center Grant Supports Community-Engaged Scholarship to Bolster Immigration Resources

From the Annual Report: Establishing and fostering long-term relationships with academic partners allows the Ginsberg Center to support them along a number of different pathways—including those that directly impact the work of community organizing and activism. Our relationship with Dr. Odessa Gonzalez Benson, Assistant Professor at the U-M School of Social Work and a member of the U-M Detroit School of Urban Studies Faculty Cluster, is one such example.

Dr. Odessa Gonzalez Benson standing outside.

America Reads Tutoring Goes Virtual and Discovers Unexpected Benefits

From the Annual Report: The Ginsberg Center’s literacy work–including America Reads and Readers & Best–is one of the most powerful ways we provide direct service to schools in our surrounding communities. This year, Ginsberg was faced with the challenge of taking this largely in-person, essential initiative online. Ginsberg not only adapted our approach but did so in a way that has allowed us to reach even more area students and help teachers provide students with more individualized attention during a particularly challenging school year.


America Reads tutors smiling on Zoom.


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