UMSI campaign: Impact

“A generous gift from The Founders Fund has allowed me to launch a three-year project utilizing social and other media for collective action in Jackson, Michigan. Our goal is to implement new information tools that help inform citizens, help them become engaged in local issues and get their feedback to policymakers in effective ways. We believe these efforts could revolutionize local citizenship.”
- Associate Professor Cliff Lampe

In 2012 and 2013, UMSI held the first-ever competition of its kind among its faculty: compete for funding, provided by supporters like you, to create a project that would have an immediate impact on a local area.

The winner was Cliff Lampe, who walked away with an award from our donor-created Founders Fund and a plan: develop a project that would link the citizens of Jackson, Michigan, and their government in ways they had never been before.

The Citizen Interaction Design project officially launched early in 2013 as a partnership with the City of Jackson. The project team is working with the city to identify priorities, such as a blight status system that would allow residents to let the city know about properties that are in need of attention.

This project would literally not have happened without supporters like you.

But that’s just the beginning of UMSI’s commitment to putting its research and teaching to use in the world. Every year, almost 150 students loan themselves out over spring break to solve information-related problems for non-profit organizations in four cities: Detroit, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. We have the highest participation rate of any voluntary alternative spring break program on campus.

Our Global Information Engagement Program, a project funded in part by the U-M Office of the Provost and in part by our corporate partners, takes cutting-edge information research and students and put them on the ground in countries where they can put their expertise to work.

Your support can help with projects that reach into communities from right next door to around the globe, providing new outcomes in everything from archives to health through technology and information. You can help fund new ways of learning, new types of teaching, and new opportunities for both students and the organizations where they work.

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