News from the Office of Metropolitan Impact: Jan. 2019


The Office of Metropolitan Impact hosted the fifth annual Engagement Day on Thursday; plus, learn more about the upcoming Poverty Simulations and Public Allies Metro Detroit's new newsletter.

Karen Holland at Engagement Day
Karen Holland at Engagement Day
Karen Holland shares information about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service during UM-Dearborn's fifth annual Engagement Day.

Engagement Day

The Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) hosted the campus’s fifth annual Engagement Day on Thursday, January 24, 2019, capping off the MLK Week of Celebration. Beginning with a Democracy Dialogue hosted by the Office for Student Engagement and flowing into table displays in the afternoon, the theme of this year’s Engagement Day was food security. 

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners participated in the Democracy Dialogue and shared their engaged work in table displays, while the inaugural Wolverine Leadership Cohort showcased their capstone presentations at Engagement Day in a new partnership. Wolverine Leadership is part of OSE’s Civic Action Plan, an initiative OMI has supported, in part by helping facilitate some of the Leadership Cohort’s trainings. The 2nd annual Daniel Little Metropolitan Vision Award was given to DeWayne Wells, executive director of Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan and a community partner with close ties to the university.

Poverty Simulation

A Poverty Simulation, co-hosted with the Office for Student Engagement, will take place on Friday, March 15, in Quad E of Fairlane Center North. We are currently seeking faculty who are interested in making this event a required part of their Winter 2019 course syllabus, helping ensure sufficient enrollment in the simulation. Although we typically achieve the requisite number of volunteersto run a successful simulation, the event can only succeed with the strong support of willing and eager participants. The simulation needs at least 22 volunteers and between 60 and 88 participants to run successfully.

Public Allies Metro Detroit

Public Allies Metro Detroit is an AmeriCorps program of OMI at UM-Dearborn. Through 5-month and 10-month apprenticeships, the program pairs community leaders with nonprofits throughout Metropolitan Detroit to build capacity in the areas of youth development, education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, arts programming, community health, and more.

The Handprint is a quarterly newsletter of Public Allies Metro Detroit. It aims to inform and excite about the ways Allies, Scholars, and Alumni impact individuals and organizations they serve. Each issue of The Handprint features program updates, upcoming events, insights on Ally and Scholar service, Alumni and Partner Spotlights, and more!  

Sign up to receive The Handprint today by emailing Maddie Drury, project coordinator, at

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