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UDM is Urban

What does "urban" mean for UDM?

Imagine that UDM had the magic to lift up its entire 75-acre McNichols campus — its buildings, its faculty and staff, students and programs — and replant it in .  .  .  .  maybe, Wixom. Imagine that this magic landed the McNichols campus with no transit damage to laboratories, classrooms, residence halls, etc. — how would it be different?

This is not an idle question; it points to the influence of place on everything we do. This thought experiment suggests that if we kept everything the same, except the neighborhood, everything would be radically changed anyway. How would the move to Wixom influence the ethnic and economic make-up of the student body? How would it affect fundraising? How would we write our recruitment advertisements for students? .....

On Sep. 1, 2015, the just-launched "Live6 Alliance" announced its original three stakeholders: The Kresge Foundation, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and University of Detroit Mercy. Why was this press conference held on UDM's campus? Because people are comparing Live6 to the early stages of the Midtown Detroit development c. 10 years ago. Live6's key stakeholders see unmistakeable evidence of an extraordinary rebirth of the vitality of its part of the city.

Make no mistake, the University still educates its students to be street-smart and city-alert. We recognize that cities can be dangerous. Our 21 clinics not only train students in our professional graduate programs to work, under faculty supervision, with real people, the clinics also open our students to urban violence and concentrated poverty. By doing so, UDM says, "no graduate should leave UDM unaware of the tensions of U.S. urban life today." We have worked on this for many years and are proud of it. 

However, with our engagement in the transformation of northwest Detroit, we are adding a second educational commitment. We do not just care for and about the wounds of urban violence, we are not just a field hospital, we are also a midwife clinic, assisting in this great rebirth.

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