News from the Office of Metropolitan Impact: Seed Grants, Concert of Colors, PAMD


Learn about the 2018 Seed Grant recipients and volunteer for Concert of Colors

Seed Grants

The Office of Metropolitan Impact (OMI) is excited to announce the 2018 Seed Grant awardees. Congratulations to:

  • Social Sciences Assistant Professor Joshua Akers, who was awarded a Community-Based Project Seed Grant focusing on air quality and environmental justice in southwest Detroit;
  • Sociology and Anthropology Assistant Professor Carmel Price and Health and Human Services Assistant Professor Natalie Sampson, who were awarded a Community-Based Research Seed Grant to examine the recurrent household flooding as a public health and social justice issue in Detroit; and
  • Education Professor Julie Taylor, who was awarded a Community-Based Research Seed Grant that will examine avatar creation and usage in education. 

We are excited to see the benefit these projects will provide to both the campus and the metropolitan community.  More information about OMI’s Seed Grant program is available on our website.

Concert of Colors

OMI is looking for volunteers for the 26th Annual Concert of Colors on July 14 and 15 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Volunteer tasks may include ushering, answering questions, assisting backstage, helping performers and having fun! To sign up for a volunteer, follow this link:

For questions, please contact

Public Allies Metro Detroit

Public Allies Metro Detroit (PAMD) is celebrating their 5th anniversary this year.  On August 9 at 6 p.m., PAMD will hold a Five Year Celebration at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. In addition to the traditional graduation of the year’s allies, the event will feature speeches and performances from allies and PAMD alumni. Please join us in celebrating PAMD! For more information, contact

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