UDM is Urban

UDM: Ivory Tower or Yeast?

Is a university campus an ivory tower, where campus life is cut off from the life of the city around it? Or is it yeast in the rising dough of urban life? It's a good question. To some extent, universities must protect their boundaries: to ensure the safety of students and faculty and staff and visitors; to maintain an environment where serious research and teaching can go on without too much disruption. But too much emphasis on orderly campus life can quietly erode the university's reason for existence. Universities need to engage the world.

The Wide World:

A university by its nature opens to a wider world than its own on-campus culture. Research can be local in focus, as many of UDM's research projects are, but it is always global in nature, depending as it does on critical review by scholars in world wide disciplinary communities.

The World of Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan

It is no surprise that our student body reflects the demography of Southeast Michigan more than it does any single section of the metropolitan area. Nor is it a surprise that many of our programs focus on the challenges facing Metropolitan Detroit.

A UDM Advantage

Like any urban university, UDM has an advantage here. UDM lives in the city of Detroit. Our three campuses are within the city limits; our research, teaching and civic commitments extend to the outer reaches of Metropolitan Detroit. Our parking lots fill and empty day and night as students and faculty flow onto and back out from campus into the larger world. We are urban through and through. It is not possible to attend UDM and not realize that the world is bigger than you are, that not all people are like you. UDM's campus experience makes the increasingly diverse and global nature of life tangible and unavoidable. It might be possible to graduate from UDM and not encounter any of our urban oriented academic programs but it would not be easy.

Click on links to whichever make you curious.

External links to interesting Detroit websites:

  • Lennon Center
  • The Lennon Center mission is to provide nonjudgmental counseling, material assistance and counseling before, during and after pregnancy.

  • Transportation Riders United
  • The mission of Transportation Riders United (TRU) is to improve transportation access and mobility in Greater Detroit. Their purpose is to:

    • Inform and educate the public and officials about the importance of public transportation options.
    • Promote discourse on local, regional, and state developments relating to transportation.
    • Improve public transportation Promote alternatives to highway expansion.
  • Detroit Renaissance
  • Detroit Renaissance provides leadership to accelerate the economic transformation of Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Renaissance accomplishes this work through serving as a catalyst to develop growth strategies, advocate for those strategies and champion of specific initiatives that accelerate growth.

  • Model D Newsletter
  • Places to go and things to do in Detroit and various cool resources and activities in the “the D.”

  • UDM Feature: Remember the Titans: UDM Reaches Out to Its Neighbors

  • Downtown Detroit Partnership
  • DDP partners with the City of Detroit on public space maintenance programs, marketing activities and event support.  DDP also initiates information exchange, advocacy and networking opportunities on behalf of the downtown business community.  The leadership of the DDP engages business, government, and civic leaders in developing initiatives to strengthen downtown Detroit as the vibrant, diverse, and economically healthy urban core of Southeast Michigan.