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UMSI 2023 PHILANTHROPIC
IMPACT REPORT

Information changes everything.

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Thanks to your generosity, we created transformative opportunities for our students in 2022-2023. We leaned into UMSI's strong foundation to build its future.

100%

of unpaid and underpaid internships funded

*for students who applied for funding

$1,049,369

awarded in donor-funded scholarships

50

students supported by donor-funded scholarships

Dean’s message

I am delighted to share with you the results of an exciting year at UMSI. Here you will see the story of a school inspired to empower the next generation of information leaders. You’ll see stories about the ingenuity of students as they imagine new ways to tackle global and local challenges. And you’ll see how, with your help, we strive to make access to information studies available to everyone with a drive to pursue them, regardless of economic background. 

On top of all that we've achieved in the past year, I feel tremendous excitement about UMSI's plans for the year ahead. I invite you to join us in our mission to create and share knowledge so that people will use information — with technology — to build a better world.

Elizabeth Yakel stands in the NQ courtyard

Elizabeth Yakel (AMLS ’82, PhD ’97)
Interim Dean
C. Olivia Frost Collegiate Professor of Information

Equal opportunity to pursue dream internships

 

UMSI students pursued the internships they were most passionate about — without financial barriers. A generous gift from Carin Ehrenberg (AB ’88) and Roger Ehrenberg (BBA ’87), combined with existing internship funds, made it possible to fund 100% of the unpaid and underpaid internships of students who applied for this support in 2022, a year of record-breaking applications.

$124,900

Total funding awarded

56

Number of students funded

$2,230

Average funding awarded to each student

Empowering the next generation of information leaders

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74

Core faculty

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11,055

Living alumni

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95%

Recent graduate job satisfaction

Enrollment by program

441

BSI

642

MADS

90

MHI

621

MSI

149

PHD

3 students playing rock paper scissors outside. The trees behind them are yellow.

"The organization team did a great job at teaching us core leadership concepts and getting us to implement those concepts in relevant activities. I also got to work and connect with other driven students [who] I can collaborate with on a whole host of new projects." 

— Dushyanth Aluwihare (MSI ’24)

Creating and sharing knowledge

Two people take a selfie. One is holding the book Viral Justice.

Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want

Ruha Benjamin, PhD, researches at the intersection of race, technology and medicine. In her latest book, she examines the COVID-19 pandemic and amplified movements for racial justice. With support from the DEI Fund, UMSI co-sponsored a lecture by Benjamin and purchased copies of “Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want” for all students, faculty and staff as a community read.

Breaking new ground to build a better world

 

We began construction on UMSI’s future home — groundbreaking in more ways than one. The Leinweber Computer Science and Information Building will house classrooms, maker spaces and research labs in a five-level complex set to open in the summer of 2025. It will be the first large-scale building at the university to feature geothermal heating and cooling, as part of U-M’s continued progress toward carbon neutrality.

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A group of people dressed up and wearing hard hats.
A man speaking at a podium with a Block M on it.
A black and white photo of Johnnie O. Dent holding books and a bag standing outside of a brick building.

Building on a legacy

Valeda Dent, PhD (MILS ‘92, MSW ’95), established the Johnnie O. Dent Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of her mother, left, one of the first African American students to attend UMSI. The fund provides financial assistance to graduate students at UMSI, enabling them to effect change in ways that are meaningful to them.

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“Advocacy, access and engagement are tantamount to understanding and bettering a world that can be heartbreaking and spectacular at the same time. My mother would have loved all of that.”

— Valeda Dent, PhD (MILS ‘92, MSW ’95), UMSI advisory board member
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Your support shapes UMSI

$2,345,844

Total production*

$3,145,236

Dollars raised*

572

Donors

53

First-time donors

Fiscal year 2022: Numbers include all gifts made from July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.

*Total production includes all expectations committed to the school during the fiscal year, including pledges and unrealized bequests. Dollars raised represent the revenue received, including realized bequests and pledge payments from pledges established in previous years.

Priority fund accounts (dollars and donors)

UMSI Annual Fund
$946,962

350 donors

UMSI Graduate Scholarship Fund
$9,225

38 donors

UMSI Undergraduate Scholarship Fund
$8,175

18 donors

UMSI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund
$24,647

55 donors

How dollars were applied (percent, dollars, donors & gifts)

Student support
$938,629

177 donors
348 gifts

Discretionary support
$946,757

349 donors
635 gifts

Research support
$340,400

3 donors
6 gifts

Facilities
$340,000

2 donors
2 gifts

Programmatic support
$31,038

70 donors
208 gifts

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