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Program in Practical Policy Engagement

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DeAndré J. Calvert

Community Engagement Manager
DeAndré helps connect students to non-profits, advocacy organizations, small businesses, and local government to foster engaged learning. He previously worked as a community leader in the city of Detroit in various positions including Dispatcher for…
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“More is more”

May 31, 2022
Michael S. Barr’s first term as dean By Laura K. Lee In October 2021, the Regents of the University of Michigan approved Provost Susan M. Collins’ recommendation to reappoint Michael S. Barr as Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of the Ford School for a...
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The Last Word

May 31, 2022
As part of the Practical Community Learning Project (PCLP), a semester-long independent policy-based community project in Detroit, community engagement manager DeAndré J. Calvert and a team of Ford School students worked on digital access with the...
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P3E mentors play a crucial role in student consulting course

Dec 7, 2021
Expert mentors are a distinguishing aspect of Professor Elisabeth Gerber’s Strategic Public Policy Consulting course. The consulting course gives graduate students the opportunity to help clients such as the Government Accountability Office (GAO),...
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Ford School research center websites get a fresh new look

Aug 27, 2021
Seven of the Ford School’s dynamic research centers have launched new websites. Building on the Ford School’s own modern web design and technical capabilities, the new websites convey the energy and innovation of each center. Participating research...
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Students highlight their practical policy engagements

Dec 17, 2020
Ford School students engaged in real problem-solving in the fall 2020 semester, tackling some of the most important issues facing Michigan. The undergraduate and graduate students participated in research and analysis projects as a part of the...
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Students support local organizations to improve equity

Aug 28, 2020
One element of the struggle for economic equity in Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) communities is the intentional denial of support networks that provide funding, customers, connections or other resources for businesses and...
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Lowering national debt is as easy as 1, 2, $4.95 billion!

Sep 24, 2019
The U.S. national debt has reached the highest levels in history outside of a war or recession. At current spending rates, the national debt will reach a record high by 2034. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid make up half of the federal...
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Liz Gerber recognized with Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize

Apr 26, 2019
The work of associate dean Liz Gerber is among five projects being honored with the 11th annual Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize for innovative approaches to improving student learning. The winning projects were chosen from among 47 nominations...
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An idea whose time has come: practical engagement

Mar 25, 2019
Philip Power, class of 1960, served on the University of Michigan Board of Regents from 1987 to 1999. Power, his parents, and his wife Kathy have supported the U-M Museum of Art, U-M Student Publications, the University Musical Society and the...
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Workshop series helps Ford students with communication skills

Feb 21, 2019
Even the best policies still need to be communicated well in order to be effective. But what’s the best way to tell a story and make it part of the public conversation?Getting Stuff Done: Communications Skills Series is aimed at helping Ford School...
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Greetings from the Dean – Feed January 30, 2019

Jan 30, 2019
The fall semester in Ann Arbor was a blur of activity, and the winter semester has started with a flurry of activity (and weather)! As 2018 drew to a close, so, too, did the University of Michigan’s Victors for Michigan campaign. Thanks to the...
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Students Learn & Explore Careers in Detroit

Nov 16, 2018
MPP students got the opportunity to explore careers in Detroit over fall break through a trip sponsored by Graduate Career Services. On Tuesday, October 16, around 25 Ford School students gathered at the U-M Detroit Center, at the southwest corner...
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Local leaders offer advice, experience

Oct 24, 2018
An event at the Ford School, “Women Leading Local Government,” spotlighted women around the state of Michigan who are leading communities and developing policies. The interactive seminar allowed graduate and professional students a chance to...