Community Outreach - University Outreach
The University is participating in the Livernois Redevelopment Project, which began as part of the Urban Land Institute Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use Fellowship Program. The Livernois Project is coordinated by the city of Detroit and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation to encourage development along the Livernois corridor between the Lodge Freeway and Eight Mile Road. In 2013, Detroit Collaborative Design Center staff and students designed a pop-up retail space on Livernois Avenue of Fashion to generate new retail in the area.
UDM Partners with GM and Students to Improve Detroit
This summer, UDM partnered with General Motors and the United Way for the GM Student Corps program, which hired 110 Detroit-area high school students as paid summer interns to work with 60 GM retirees and 11 UDM student leaders on improvement projects around the city.
Together they refurbished eight Detroit- area parks, planted 425 trees, shrubs, and flowers, laid 392 yards of mulch, applied 223 gallons of paint, disposed of 205 bags and 29 dumpsters of plant overgrowth and refuse, distributed 30,000 pounds of food via local hunger organizations.
UDM Economics Instructor and former GM employee Mike DiGiovanni acted as a coordinator of the project, and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Jason Roche directed four additional UDM students in producing a documentary video about it, Powering a Positive Change.
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 grade 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.