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Practical Community Learning Project

Digital Access and Literacy in the Villages at Parkside

January 2022 - April 2022
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Alexia Carillo Villalobos (MPP ‘23), Devon Regal (BA ‘22)
Friends of Parkside (FOP) is a not-for-profit, community-based organization located on Detroit’s east side in the Villages at Parkside, a public housing complex. FOP has a 15-member board of directors consisting of Parkside residents and representatives from community-based organizations.This project focused on digital access in the Parkside community, specifically identifying residents’ ability to access resources and participate in programs that will enhance their ability to use less energy and save money. The deliverable was a participant pre-survey of the residents in the housing complex....
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Homeless Action Network of Detroit Housing Policy Research

January 2022 - April 2022
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Donovan Gayles (MPP ‘23), Anna Kelly (MPP ‘23)
The Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND)’s core mission is to provide leadership to address homelessness in Detroit. One part of executing this mission involves advocacy to promote policies that increase affordable housing stock. For their deliverable, the team created a memo presenting an analysis of federal, state and local legislation relevant to HAND’s interest in the creation and maintenance of affordable housing stock in Detroit. The memo offers a variety of advocacy options at the federal, state and local level. Options include advocating for federal legislation to create...
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Supporting Father Involvement in Michigan

January 2022 - April 2022
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Rene Rosas Escalona (MPP ‘23)
The Michigan Action Plan for Fatherhood Involvement was created to explore ways of expanding support for the involvement of fathers in parenting/custody arrangements and to guide the establishment of permanent structures for improving policies and programs that benefit fathers and their families. The project sought to understand 50/50 shared parenting legislation on the state level and ways the organization could advocate and support such initiatives. During the project, the student researcher considered questions such as: how do states define 50/50 shared parenting, are these pieces of...
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Michigan State Representative Kuppa Legal Immigrant Policy Advocacy

January 2022 - April 2022
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Jessica Williams (MPP ‘22)
State Representative Padma Kuppa has been working to pass H.R. 248 – a policy resolution in the state of Michigan that calls for the federal government to quickly enact legislation addressing the backlog in employment–based (EB) green cards, including, but not limited to, H.R. 3648 (the EAGLE Act). The goals of the project were: to research the landscape of EB green cards, including the national backlog and economic impact of the immigrant workforce; to document previous and proposed legislation on the national backlog at the state and federal levels; and to identify and engage with...
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Tobacco Policy in Schools

September 2021 - December 2021
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Sharon C. Espinosa (MPP ‘23), Karina Zanyk McLean (MPP ‘23)
This team of students partnered with the American Heart Association Department of Health Strategies to help develop recommendations for schools to use in developing tobacco policies. The team researched current school policies throughout Michigan and the U.S. to identify best practices of reducing tobacco usage among student populations. The students were encouraged to identify policies that use a lesser or non-punitive approach in terms of punishing offenders within a student body. In addition, the team used their findings to craft policy recommendations for revising current...
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Business and Building Owner Resource Connections

September 2021 - December 2021
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Chelsea Gaylord (MPP ‘23), Lily Israel (BA ‘23), Ramsay Ritchie (MPP ‘23)
The Hamtramck Practical Community Learning Project (PCLP) team had three specific objectives: design a one-page resource guide informed by research and merchant focus groups; develop a database of small business resources from local, state, and federal partners; and assist the Hamtramck Community and Economic Department (CED) team in facilitating a city-wide merchant meeting. These objectives were successfully completed by the student team over a three-step effort involving analysis, resource development and design, and resource implementation. The team assisted in the planning and execution...
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Landlord Engagement and Best Practices

September 2021 - December 2021
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Mira Bader (BA ‘23), Lukas Hagen (MPP ‘23), Anna Kelly (MPP ‘23), Steve Knutson (MPP ‘23)
The Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND) is developing a coordinated approach to engage with landlords to rent to people experiencing homelessness in Detroit to ease coordination and communication by consolidating housing resources into one system-wide database. The researchers’ role focused on investigating housing databases and best practices, compiling contacts and resources for use in the database, conducting case studies of successful landlord engagement in comparable cities, and compiling a report of the findings. Their report provides HAND with the necessary information to...
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Scan of Cybersecurity Training Programs

September 2021 - December 2021
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Jasmine Kaltenbach (BA ‘21), Rachel McGivern (MPA ‘22)
The University of Michigan-Flint Office of Economic Development received a Cybersecurity Training Center designation and is interested in pursuing and implementing cybersecurity training in North Flint. The team recommended a cybersecurity training program, CyberStart America, and identified a community center, Berston Field House, to gauge community interest and discuss implementing this program. They also worked with Berston Field House to create a survey to be used to understand community interest, which can also be used as supporting documentation for future grant proposals by...
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AHA Tobacco in School Elimination

May 2021 - June 2021
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Arron McDonald (BA ‘22), Brenna Goss (BA ‘22)
Two fellows were charged with researching current school policies throughout Michigan and the U.S. to identify best practices of reducing tobacco usage among student populations. The fellows were encouraged to identify policies that use a lesser or non-punitive approach in punishing offenders within a student body. Fellows used their findings to craft policy recommendations for current policies that could be adapted and provided research for the development of non-smoking/vaping social...
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Michigan Parenting Time Guideline – Accessibility and Usability Evaluation

May 2021 - June 2021
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Brenna Healy (BA ‘22), Gerald Sill (BA ‘22)
The fellows provided technical assistance to design the survey methodology for the State of the Court Administrative Office Friend of the Court Bureau’s Guideline revision project. Separate surveys were created for two distinct audiences of the Guideline users:  parents who have an existing custody, parenting time, and child support case; and legal/court professionals who work with parents to determine a parenting time schedule. The parents survey, in particular, explored the impact of a change in parenting time on payment of a child support...
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UM-Flint Office of Economic Development, Scan of Cybersecurity Training Programs

May 2021 - May 2021
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Molly Ryan (BA ‘22)
A PCLP fellow studied both the local cybersecurity training ecosystem and best practices in communities with demographics similar to Flint. Topics of interest included available types of training, cost, and delivery methods for high school students. Through virtual interviews with local stakeholders, the fellow learned if there was a demand for this type of training, and documented challenges and opportunities in communities that have been able to implement cybersecurity training programs. The research findings will be used to help inform UM-Flint’s Office of Economic Development, as well as...
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2nd House District Water Infrastructure Funding

January 2021 - April 2021
The students developed a water infrastructure asset map that identifies stakeholders, agencies, and updates at every level of government that impact the area. Final deliverables also included information about funding opportunities for infrastructure repair from philanthropy and federal...
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Livonia Police Data Analysis

January 2021 - April 2021
This project involved an examination of diversity, equity, and inclusion policing issues in the city of Livonia, Michigan.  The student team examined the correlation between race and interactions with police in Livonia using criminal justice data, census information, and other available...
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Michigan Food Security Council Research Project

January 2021 - April 2021
COVID-19 has highlighted issues across Michigan’s food assistance programs. In order to better understand and rectify these inequalities, the Michigan Food Security Council’s Food Security Policy Workgroup and the Ford School conducted an environmental scan of food assistance and food security policies, and also completed a literature review that describes the effectiveness and requirements of various food...
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Michigan’s Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration

January 2021 - April 2021
The project involved research and writing policy recommendations related to Michigan’s Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration to build the power of individuals and families to challenge the root causes of poverty, advance justice, and promote human development through neighborhood-driven community organizing and civic...
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Detroit Police and Community Relations

September 2020 - December 2020
Five 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.  The students reviewed the Detroit Police Department’s policies and provided recommendations that included  the use of more intensive de-escalation and trauma training for both police officers and...
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Oakland County Schools DEI Research Project

September 2020 - December 2020
This project examined the connection between schools and the juvenile justice system that creates barriers to diversity, equity, and...
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Oakland County Schools DEI Research Project

July 2020 - August 2020
Summer fellows evaluated and challenged the barriers to equity faced by students in the Oakland County School District. Using data primarily from government and research institutions, the fellows analyzed discrepancies in schools based on factors such as race, income, and school budget, and made policy recommendations to the...
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Agrihood in Detroit with MUFI

June 2020 - July 2020
Students partnered with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative to create a toolkit to assist with grant applications, brought together knowledge on “agrihoods,” and collected information to improve property maintenance code...
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COVID-19 and Nursing Home Policies

June 2020 - December 2020
The research fellow worked with the office of State Representative Kevin Coleman and conducted a 50 state feasibility study of nursing home responses to the COVID-19...
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Detroit Renovation Workforce Ecosystem

January 2020 - April 2020
The student documented the existing pathways for locally-based renovation contractors to take advantage of economic opportunity in...
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Environment and Climate Policy Mapping

January 2020 - April 2020
Students supported the development of a Climate Health Agenda for the eastside of Detroit through policy research, working with government departments at various levels, and utilization of project management...
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Strategic Planning Consultancy with ACCESS

January 2020 - April 2020
The student provided ACCESS with strategic planning support, including qualitative program evaluation (survey design and implementation, focus groups), agency-wide theory of change model, etc., to help streamline internal...
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Detroit: Bee City USA

September 2019 - December 2019
The students worked with Detroit Hives to establish Detroit as an office Bee City.  They prepared the official application to Bee City USA and laid the groundwork for the passage of a Detroit City Council...
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Policy Research of the Virginia Park Neighborhood’s Community Development

June 2019 - July 2019
During this projects, students supported the organization’s effort to prepare for grassroots-driven community and economic development.  They researched the development of the Virginia Park neighborhood by analyzing data sets and surveys spanning from 1976 to present day in order to address the needs of residents and outline a plan for future...
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“People’s Bills” 51% workforce and water affordability

January 2019 - December 2019
Six Ford School students conducted relevant policy research, engaged with the community, and provided recommendations to aid on legislative initiatives that addressed workforce development and water security for Detroit...