To promote educational outreach at U-M, the Faculty S.O.S. Fellowship provides financial and consulting support to faculty interested in advancing their educational outreach activities within the state of Michigan.
CEO supports faculty-led efforts with K-12 students and educators by working with faculty to share their initiatives on campus and inspire them to make educational outreach a core component of their role as U-M faculty. We also provide a safe and collaborative space for faculty to build their community and networks with other U-M faculty and K-12 school partners.
CEO will announce the next call for proposals. Click below to be added to the interest list.
CEO is uniquely positioned within U-M’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to develop the university’s outreach capacity and promote collaboration and coordination of campus-wide outreach efforts in the state of Michigan. We are dedicated to advancing faculty outreach in order to expand opportunities and improve educational outcomes for students in under-served communities or schools to attract a diverse student body to U-M and support college readiness.
Through the Faculty S.O.S Fellows Program faculty (and teams of faculty) may receive up to $10,000 to support their educational outreach efforts. The Faculty S.O.S. funds may be used for programming, graduate student support, or materials/supplies that advance educational outreach activities for under-served communities or schools.
To be considered for the first round of decisions, applications for the Faculty SOS Fellowship must be received by late March 2021. Selected Fellows will be notified by the beginning of April. Other awards will be provided on a rolling basis until all funds are allocated.
All faculty at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor are eligible to apply including Tenured and Tenured-track faculty, Lecturers, Research Faculty, Curatorial Faculty and Clinical Faculty. Please see our current and past Faculty SOS Fellows and project descriptions below.
Applications will be available during the winter semester of this academic year.
The Math Corps is a six-week Math Summer Camp for middle school students and high school students from Detroit, based at Wayne State. The program is absolutely phenomenal: among the students who attend, 80-90% of them graduate from high school, which is considerably greater than the graduation rate for students attending Detroit Public Schools. We started a Math Corps site at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Our program is for middle school and high school students from Ypsilanti. Closely following the “kids teaching kids” model, and the educational and mentoring practices of the Math Corps in Detroit, we ran a pilot program for four weeks in Summer 2019, with 40 middle school students and 20 high school students attending.
Michigan Quadcopter Quidditch is an aerospace outreach event that encourages students in grades 4-10 to pursue a career in aerospace engineering through the use of a pop-culture inspired activity. The event, that is aimed towards low-privileged schools in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, brings students to the University of Michigan campus for a half-day, during which they learn how to fly a quadcopter, play in the quadcopter quidditch house cup, tour labs in the UM Aerospace department, and have lunch with current UM Aerospace students. During the quidditch portion of the event, students are sorted into houses, learn how to fly a quadcopter, and play: hoops are set up on both sides of a quidditch pitch in the department’s atrium; students compete in teams of three; each quadcopter through a hoop scores ten points.
The Traveling Music Technology Course aims to bring a modern music technology education, one which is informed by recent trends in consumer electronics, to middle and high school students. Harnessing the potential of mobile computers and the music software developed for these devices, the project will implement a traveling music technology course that aims to give students a practice-based understanding of fundamental audio production techniques. As a result of this course, the students will not only be able to use music technology as a form of artistic expression, but also embark upon a path to technological expertise that might shape their career prospects. The course will cover music technology concepts in a way that is independent of specific tools so as to allow the students to apply their knowledge to many platforms and situations.
Constructing a Pathway into Teaching. UM School of Education and Ann Arbor Public Schools will collaborate on the development of a structured pathway into the professional career of teaching for Huron High School students. This equity-based initiative will create opportunities to recruit, educate, and support culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse Huron students, into K-12 teaching careers. This initiative will be part of newly developing “Career Related Programs” in the International Baccalaureate Program that are options for all students at Huron. Building on our 9-year university/school partnership, the Mitchell Scarlett Teaching and Learning Collaborative (MSTLC), the Office of Education Outreach funding will support the participation of community members, teachers, and university graduate students and faculty in the development of the curriculum in the first year of this multi-year teacher pathway program.
University-Community Collaborations in Schools will provide a visible support and partnership to K-12 students in Washtenaw and Wayne County. Students and families will explore various career and higher education opportunities in their communities. A facilitated interactive demonstration to support participants in experiencing various “paths” to careers will be utilized to provide exposure to necessary steps and resources to reach various destinations. This collaborative partnership between Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan, Detroit Public Schools Community District and Ypsilanti Community Schools aims to provide visible support and partnership to K-12 students in Washtenaw and Wayne County. Students that are not typically engaged in college preparatory programming will be selected to participate in mentoring to support effective engagement with community and university stakeholders to promote access to higher education.
Pharmacy Science Engagement Tool Kits. The College of Pharmacy has a strategic objective to promote the profession of pharmacy to undergraduate and high school students, who may not be aware of the breadth of opportunities available in this career path. We plan to engage with over 100 high schools in Michigan that are part of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) program by providing them with a Pharmacy Science Engagement Tool Kit. This Tool Kit will help students learn about pharmacy through educational materials and includes instructions for participation in HOSA pharmacy competitions for scholarships. Students and faculty will also conduct visits to some of the participating schools to build relationships with high school advisors and demonstrate the Tool Kit in person. We believe that fostering relationships with students and advisors through this Tool Kit will contribute to a more robust pipeline of students interested in pharmacy as a career.
Creative Counsel brings together two groups of students who have a lot to teach each other: law students here at the University of Michigan and homeless teenagers in Ypsilanti. With the help of the S.O.S. grant, the project will develop an interactive, multi-sequence workshop designed to teach the teenagers in particular one of the most important skills they can learn as they try to transition from high school to college: creative problem-solving. It will also produce a set of print and digital resources that can be used by these and other groups long after the grant period ends.
InPACT program. Classroom-based interventions implemented in schools have the greatest potential to establish life-long physical activity habits at an early age yet, lower rates of implementation have been observed in low-income schools. InPACT (Interrupting Prolonged sitting with ACTivity), a theory- and evidence-based intervention was developed with implementation supports to enable teachers in low-income schools to successfully implement in-class activity breaks. With funding from the Center of Education Outreach, we will develop teacher training videos to expand the reach of the program. These videos will include instructional content and testimonials from teachers who successfully implemented InPACT in their classrooms. It is our hope that by including strategies and methods used by previous InPACT teachers, these videos will become a valuable resource for teachers across the state seeking to enhance movement and learning in their classrooms. Resources already available on our website include: teacher training manuals, classroom floor plans, activity videos, and parent education.
Inspire-ME will be a part of the UM WISE Girls in Science and Engineering (WISE GISE) Camp organized by UM Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). The camp aims to inspire younger generations into STEM field through various focus projects including chemistry, engineering survey, biomedical engineering, human genetics, and physics. Aligned with Prof. Tol’s research program at UM, she is committed to develop a Mechanical Engineering module for the WISE GISE Camp. Inspire-ME will teach vibration, acoustic and wave propagation concepts to 7th and 8th grade students through demonstrations and hands-on activities. WISE is open to all students and all are welcome to apply.
MPulse summer program. Each summer, the MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes bring approximately 250 eligible young people to the Ann Arbor campus to pursue excellence in music performance, music technology, musical theatre, theatre, and dance. Sessions are designed for students who are considering studying these areas in college and would like to gain exposure to the rigorous training provided by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD). Participants hail from Michigan, across the U.S., and around the globe.
Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit (SYD) involves high school-age young people in efforts to increase dialogues, challenge discrimination, and create changes in schools and communities. The program includes a campus residential retreat and community action projects. This year, we devoted one day of our campus retreat to a special pre-college “pilot project” organized around college access. Specifically, we believe that when young people in our programs realize that college offers opportunities to engage in civil rights and social justice issues, this will affect their decision to apply to college. The pre-college day included sessions on “college access” and “civil rights,” on how to prepare an application that draws upon their diversity experiences and social commitments, and a campus tour given through civil rights and social justice lens. We framed admissions as an effort to strengthen access to higher education, and financial aid as part of the larger struggle to make college more unaffordable to low-income and minority students of color.
Professor Lorraine Gutiérrez has a joint appointment with the School of Social Work (SSW) and Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan and is a faculty associate in American Culture. She also is a member of the SSW Community Organization Learning Community. Her teaching and scholarship focuses on multicultural praxis in communities, organizations and higher education. She brings to her work community-based practice and research in multiethnic communities in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and Seattle. Current projects include identifying strategies for multicultural community-based research and practice, multicultural education for social work practice, and identifying effective methods for learning about social justice. Her contributions to undergraduate education have been recognized by the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship. She is currently an editor or the Journal of Community Practice.
D-RISE is a 7-week summer program that provides a handful of rising seniors from Detroit’s Cass Technical High School the opportunity to conduct research at U-M in the summer. Each student is paired with a graduate student mentor. Graduate student mentors work with students to develop a research project and provide mentorship. Through D-RISE, Lehnert seeks to promote the culture of inquiry that is foundational to science and to develop students’ analytical thinking skills. For Lehnert, the “essential paradigm of science is that you can only learn by doing” and through this immersive research experience he hopes students are able to find the subject more engaging.