Community Outreach - University Outreach
UDM launches Live6 Alliance
In August 2015, UDM initiated the development of the Live6 Alliance, a community revitalization project to strengthen the Livernois Avenue and McNichols Road commercial corridor in northwest Detroit. The organization will build on neighborhood revitalization strategies already being implemented in the Livernois corridor.
University of Detroit Mercy is a key member of the organization along with The Kresge Foundation, the Detroit Corridor Initiative, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and other area neighborhood associations. UDM and Kresge have committed a total of $700,000 to fund the first two years of the Live6 Alliance's work.
Live6 Partners on Community Development Workshop
The Van Dusen Urban Leadership Forum hosted urban planner Theaster Gates and many community members for a development workshop, in partnership with the Live6 Alliance, in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on UDM's McNichols Campus, Oct. 9. Assistant Professor of Architecture Tadd Heidgerken worked with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center to organize a walk through the neighborhoods near the McNichols Campus, followed by a planning workshop and discussion in a nearby community building currently scheduled for rehabilitation.
Livernois Streetscape construction update
With the addition of beautiful flowers and grass on the median landscape along Livernois Avenue, Phase I of the Livernois Streetscape project has been completed. Phase I of the 2.8-mile infrastructure initiative included additional landscaping and median and sidewalk improvements on Livernois Avenue from the Lodge Freeway to Eight Mile Road.
UDM Partners with GM and Students to Improve Detroit
One hundred thirty-eight paid high school interns, representing 13 schools,
refurbished 11 schools and eight parks in their communities, painting, pulling weeds, spreading mulch, rebuilding broken benches, constructing a gazebo, planting vegetables and much more. They also took part in weekly life skills training sessions, toured GM facilities and businesses, and explored career and college opportunities. Fifty-five retired GM employees served as program mentors and volunteers. Thirteen UDM students were also hired as GM summer interns to provide additional guidance and project support.
Library Preserves Community Documents
The Palmer Woods Association papers, historical records, photographs, board minutes and memorabilia of the homes and residents were donated to the University archives. In helping to preserve the history of Detroit communities, this is the second neighborhood collection housed in the archives, the first being the Fitzgerald neighborhood paper.
UDM Hosts Safety Street for Children
Each October, University of Detroit Mercy students host "Safety Street," a fun and safe "trick or treating" environment for neighborhood school children and their families. The free event is held on the Friday before Halloween in the Student Center on the McNichols Campus. Approximately 400 neighborhood children from grades K-5 attend the free event, dressed in their favorite costumes. UDM students, also in Halloween attire, distribute candy, offer free face painting and hold a best costume contest for the children during the event.