Community Outreach - University Outreach
The University is participating in the Livernois Redevelopment Project, which is part of the 2010-2011 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 August, current enhancements to the Livernois Avenue between Seven and Eight Mile roads as well as the UDM and Marygrove campuses were reviewed by the Mayor of Detroit and the presidents of UDM and Marygrove College, among others.
White House Young America Series
In conjunction with the Millennium Momentum Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, the University hosted and helped to engage 150 young adults in a regional forum in May 2012. The forum was designed to connect young community, civic, non-profit and business leaders to discuss issues critical to young Americans and identify solutions to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Staff Aids St. Gregory Parish
UDM Libraries/IDS employees improved the holiday for many neighboring St. Gregory the Great parishioners through their generous support. The holiday donations included $515 in store gift cards, $494 in cash, and six boxes of socks, sweaters, hats, gloves, fleece pants, etc. In addition, personal items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, shaving cream, lotion, body wash, coloring books, notebooks, and pencils were given as stocking stuffers.
Honors Program Service Projects
The Honors Program sponsored two service projects in February 2012 with Gleaners Food Bank and Capuchin Kitchen. Volunteers worked at the Gleaners Food Bank assembling 40-pound boxes of food and consolidating boxes of donated food. At the second service project, volunteers prepared and served food at the Capuchin Kitchen in Detroit.
UDM is an active member of University Commons, a community organization in northwest Detroit comprised of neighborhood associations, Livernois Avenue businesses, Marygrove College and UDM. The organization works to improve the residential and business environment in the area.