Practical Community Learning Project

Students working in communities

The Practical Community Learning Project (PCLP) matches undergraduate and graduate Ford School students and community partners for a semester-long, policy-based, two credit independent study project.  Projects provide opportunities for dialogue, research and service through conducting program evaluations, policy research, grant writing, and other activities as jointly agreed upon with their community partners. View all previous projects. 

Interested in working on a project over the summer? Consider a PCLP fellowship, paid opportunities for Ford School undergraduate students to work with community partners in and around Detroit. 

Fall 2022 PCLP Projects

This fall, PCLP students are partnering on projects with Flint City Councilwoman Tonya Burns; UM-Flint Office of Economic Development; Detroit City Councilwoman Santiago-Romero; Planet Detroit; and the City of Hamtramck, MI’s Community and Economic Development Department. Students enrolled in the independent study work collaboratively in a hybrid capacity. Learn more here

At the end of this independent study, students will be better able to apply classroom learning to real-world community and public policy challenges, develop new perspectives through engagement with diverse community members, and make an impact on the community.

PCLP projects provide students with opportunities for dialogue, research, and service in their selected community. Students may conduct program evaluation, policy research, grant writing, and other activities as jointly agreed upon with their community partners. Please stay tuned to P3E news for future announcements. If you are interested in learning more about PCLP projects and fellowships, contact Community Engagement Manager DeAndre’ J. Calvert at

Peace and Justice in Detroit

Detroit police and community relations

Students partnered with Peace and Justice in Detroit to support the organization’s grassroots efforts to improve police and community relations in the City of Detroit.
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Michigan Food Security Council

Michigan Food Security Council research project

Students conducted an environmental scan of food assistance and food security policies.
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And more

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View more about previous projects from the Practical Community Learning Project.
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