Community Outreach - College of Business Administration


Service-Learning Promotes Outreach

All students in the College of Business Administration—undergraduates and MBAs alike—engage in service-learning, through which they utilize the skills developed in the classroom to benefit the community.  During academic year 2014-15, eight undergraduate classes and seven graduate classes, enrolling more than 260 students, incorporated service-learning.  The College of Business Administration annually awards a scholarship to the student deemed to have performed the most meaningful service-learning.

Faculty and Administrators Engage in Servant-Leadership

During the past two academic years, faculty, staff, and administrators from the College of Business Administration contributed to more than three dozen community service projects.  These include service to the Korean American Scholarship Foundation, Covenant House of Michigan, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, the Mass for Commerce, the Mercy Education Project, the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, Job Corps, the Homeless Action Network of Detroit, the Race Relations and Diversity Task Force of Birmingham, the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, the American Youth Soccer Organization, Business Professionals of America, the Oakland Literacy Council, and many others.

Students Provide Free Tax Assistance

Accounting students completed rigorous training conducted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and provided free income tax assistance to community residents with annual incomes below $52,000 through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program from February through April.  In the past two years, City Council of Detroit has bestowed its prestigious Spirit of Detroit Award and Award of Recognition on the College for its service with the VITA program.

Students Teach Financial Literacy

UDM students studying Finance provided Financial Literacy classes to Detroit-area public school students through Operation Hope’s “Banking on Our Future” program.  A recent study led by Associate Professor of Business Administration Omid Sabbaghi and published in the Journal of Business Ethics found that this service-learning project significantly increased finance students’ awareness of social justice issues and increased their leadership skills.

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 Kitchen at UDM, an organization that delivers surplus food from campus cafeterias to homeless shelters.  Several business majors have assumed leadership roles in the Campus Kitchen project.

College Plans Launch of Center for Social Entrepreneurship

The College of Business Administration is preparing to launch a new Center for Social Entrepreneurship during its centennial year, 2016-17.  The College hired Fr. Phil Cooke, S.J., to establish and direct the Center.  Experienced in empowering the marginalized in Guatemala, Chicago, Los Angeles, and elsewhere, Fr. Cooke is designing a Center focusing on new ventures that will benefit the poor and society as a whole.