The Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) builds strong community partnerships to enable the University to fully live its Metropolitan Vision, working to transform the life, economy, and culture of our metropolitan Detroit region Ė while deepening both learning, and teaching, at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. 


OMIís goal: Develop the volume, value and impact of mutually beneficial community partnerships for research, teaching, learning, and service and to enhance the metropolitan vision as a defining dimension of UM-Dearborn.     


OMI staff carry out the following range of activities:

         Assist faculty and staff in collaborating with nonprofit and community partners;

         Support project and programs that advance faculty research and student learning;

         Provide annual seed and grant funding that support community-based research; community engagement and related programming with community partners;

         Host the federally funded Public Allies Metro Detroit annual 10-month apprenticeship, an AmeriCorps program dedicated to fostering the professional development and leadership capacity of diverse young Detroiters committed to transforming the region;

         Raise the profile of community partnerships among campus and external constituents by publicly recognizing the work of engaged faulty, students, staff and community partners; and


         Engage in activities that contribute to making a positive impact on our region.