Community Outreach - College of Business Administration


Service-Learning Promotes Outreach

Thirteen sections of nine distinct graduate and undergraduate courses, enrolling some 240 business students, incorporated service-learning components during academic year 2013-14.  Students used the skills developed in these courses to simultaneously gain experience and provide needed services to community residents.

Students Provide Tax Assistance

Accounting students completed rigorous Internal Revenue Service (IRS) training and provided free income tax assistance to community residents with annual incomes below $52,000 through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in February and March 2014.  An unannounced site inspection by the IRS in the spring of 2014 found 100 percent compliance with federal quality standards. Thirteen student volunteers received letters of appreciation from the IRS.

 Students Teach Financial Literary

UDM students studying finance provided Financial Literacy classes to Detroit-area public high school students through “Operations HOPE’s Banking on our Future” program.

Business Students Help Fund Campus Kitchens

Freshman business majors taking “Business as a Profession” successfully created and executed business plans to raise several thousand dollars for Campus Kitchens, an organization that delivers surplus food from campus cafeterias to homeless shelters.

High School Students Discuss Super Bowl Ads

In February 2014, Marketing Professor Michael Bernacchi revealed to more than 200 Detroit-area high school students the results of a real-time, nationwide survey of students’ opinions regarding the effectiveness of Super Bowl ads; the event included the collection of canned goods for distribution to food banks.

Volunteer Outreach

  • Faculty and staff also volunteer their services at the following organizations:
  • America’s Marketing High School
  • Oakland County High School Global Trade Mission
  • Oakland Technical Schools Advisory Board
  • Our Lady of Fatima Church
  • Juvenile Assessment Center
  • Job Corps
  • MiJob Coalition
  • Mobilization of Disabled Youth leadership
  • Lions Clubs International
  • Greening of Detroit
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan
  • Yankee Air Museum
  • Board of Trustees, John Carroll University
  • Board of Trustees, Loyola University of New Orleans
  • Alpha Phi Omega (Student organization that does community service for disadvantaged)
  • Manresa Jesuit Retreat Center
  • Me’ot Chittim Committee
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Yad Ezra (Food Distribution Committee)
  • Shine the Light
  • Kimberly North Improvement Association
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
  • Operation HOPE—Banking on Our Future
  • Campus Kitchens
  • Annual Mass of Commerce
  • Russian American Association of Detroit
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Martha Ministries
  • Marycrest Heights Senior Center
  • Education Day at Chrysler/Fiat
  • Mercy Education Project