Teens Create “Safe On-line and Off-line Spaces” to Discuss Dating and Sexual Violence

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What happens when high school students are given the chance to do something about dating and sexual violence in their community? When provided this chance by the Arts of Citizenship program, teens from the Plymouth-Canton Education Park (PCEP) formed a student-led group called “Safe On-line and Off-line Spaces” (SOS) and held a successful three-day awareness-raising […]

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Following the Human Narratives

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Nick is a second year sociocultural anthropology student researching what happens to vacant and abandoned buildings in Detroit. He asserts, “I want to know what happens when people take them apart; the lives of the scrappers and recyclers involved, how things make their way in the world when a building dies. I want to understand […]

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The Wild Idea of a Child Designed Playground

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Laura Amtower’s MFA thesis project lies at the nexus of child-centered design, participatory research and curriculum development. Working with students at Ann Arbor S.T.E.A.M. School and their art and design teacher Rachael Van Dyke, Laura recently spearheaded a major, year-long student-led design project: the redesign of the school’s playground. Continue reading at the Stamps School […]

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Emma Davis

Emma Davis

Riverbank Park in downtown Flint is a threatened but important part of Michigan’s modernist landscape architectural heritage. Long-term deferred park maintenance and low-flow river conditions have left the park’s canals dry and overgrown. Graduate student Emma Davis is developing Riverbank Park Dance Project, a free, original, community-based performance and dialogue about the park, to be […]

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Amanda Healy

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The Monroe Women’s History Project is a collaborative public history project that aims to develop archival holdings, public programming, and educational resources on the history of women in Monroe. Inspired by the literary contributions of one of Monroe’s most famous residents, Elizabeth Bacon Custer, the widow of General George Armstrong Custer, whose public relations work […]

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Trish Koman

Trish Koman

University of Michigan public health doctoral candidate Trish Koman and urban planning master’s candidate Frank Romo’s project Michigan Environmental Mapping Tool will characterize the extent and impact of cumulative exposures to environmental and social vulnerabilities in the state of Michigan. The project endeavors to create maps that will allow the public to understand the location, […]

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Patrick Cooper-McCann

Cooper-McCann’s dissertation project evaluates the impact that community organizations, nonprofits, businesses, and other levels of government have when they supplement or replace municipal expenditures on parks and recreation (e.g., by cutting the grass or fundraising for new play equipment) through a case study of Detroit. Such aid is often seen as marginal and routine, but […]

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Marcus White

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Marcus White’s Moving Voices project aims to use dance as a tool for understanding social impact and as a method for participants to feel empowered to tell their stories through movement. The program is comprised of dance workshops, group discussions, and community building exercises held at Community High School and facilitated by graduate and senior […]

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