At Ginsberg: Our Blog

Our blog shares emerging stories around Ginsberg's work at U-M and in communities beyond campus. From profiles to match stories to announcements, you'll find a wealth of information below.

New Ginsberg Building to have eco-friendly features, more space

Learn more about our exciting plans for our new, environmentally sustainable building on U-M’s Central Campus that will enhance our focus on community engagement and student learning. We'll be ready to move back in Spring of 2025--and you can watch the progress on the webcam!

Ginsberg Center welcomes new Graduate Consultants

The Ginsberg Center recently welcomed three new Graduate Consultants to our team. Graduate Consultants are PhD students who help broaden the Center’s capacity to support our academic and community partners, allowing us to sustain invaluable partnerships across U-M’s campus and in Washtenaw County. These students also learn and apply best practices, cultivate their leadership skills, and form relationships with other students, academic, and community partners.

Ginsberg Center names three Graduate Impact Award winners

The Ginsberg Center is proud to announce the winners of our Graduate Impact Awards. These awards recognize graduate student employees whose work makes a substantial impact in advancing the Center’s mission and for their dedication to community-engaged work.

Ginsberg Center hosts winter Student Grant Showcase

On April 4, the Ginsberg Center hosted its winter Student Grant Showcase which featured the work of several community-engaged student organizations. The Center awarded over $15,000 of grant funds this academic year across 21 student organization initiatives. These grants include both alternative break grants and community engagement grants supported by donor funds from Bill & Inger Ginsberg, as well as Delta Delta Delta Ann Arbor Area Alumnae Chapter which supports our grants for fraternities and sororities.

Student Organization Spotlight: Detroit Partnership gears up for annual DP Day

The Detroit Partnership, a student organization sponsored by the Ginsberg Center, is gearing up for its annual DP Day, a single day of service that hosts hundreds of student volunteers across various spaces on campus and allocates them across community partner sites throughout the city of Detroit. Detroit Partnership is approaching almost 25 years of celebrating DP Day and is looking to get more students involved.

Turn Up Turnout breaks Dinners for Democracy attendance record

Turn Up Turnout (TUT), a student organization sponsored by the Ginsberg Center, recently broke their in-person event attendance record at their recurring event series Dinners for Democracy. Dinners for Democracy are nonpartisan presentations and small group discussions on topics that are important and relevant to students. TUT broke their attendance record on Jan. 16 during their "How to Be a Good Follower of Local Politics" event, which saw over 30 attendants.

Landscape architecture professor leads community-engaged charge in Detroit

After coming to the University of Michigan in 2020 to teach, Lisa DuRussel quickly found a community and a home with the Ginsberg Center. A landscape architect by trade, DuRussel, Assistant Professor of Practice in U-M’s School for Environment & Sustainability, teaches courses and seminars that cover topics including ecological design, planting design and community engagement.

Congratulations, Class of 2023 Ginsberg Graduates!

The Ginsberg Center team is thrilled to congratulate our graduating students, and wish them the very best on the next leg of their journeys. The dedicated engagement of undergraduate and graduate students shapes the way we build partnerships, educate the campus community, and live our mission every day.

Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning Receives IARSCLE'S Publication of the Year Award

In recognition of exemplary contributions through research on service-learning and community engagement, IARSLCE honors those whose research contributes significantly to understanding and advancing community engagement, across all approaches and all educational sectors. The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, published by the Edward Ginsberg Center, received IARSLCE's 2022 Publication of the Year Award. 

Changing the Juvenile Justice System through data analytics

The Michigan Center for Youth Justice (MCYJ) works to advance equitable youth justice policies and practices that protect young people. MCYJ contacted Ginsberg with the goal of gathering and analyzing data on how a new policy related to restraint use has has impacted juvenile centers. Ginsberg’s Community Technical Assistance Collaborative and STATCOM supported this request.

Ginsberg Community Engagement Grant Helps IDC and Groundcover News Improve Distribution

From 2021 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.