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Civic Engagement

Now more than ever before, citizenship is dependent on access to, and participation in, the creation of information. Information tools help citizens engage with their community in constructive and effective ways. Information tools also help local governments to better enable and support citizen interaction. Through a variety of civic-oriented programs, UMSI students are partnered with Michigan communities to create information tools for twenty-first century citizens.

Fall 2021 – Winter 2022 |  Civic Engagement Opportunities

SI 350: UX Field Research in the Public Sector

Public Sector User Research

Proposal open date: June 1
Proposal close date: March 1
Project timeline: May
Project duration: 3 weeks 
Number of projects needed: 4-8

SI 350: UX Field Research in the Public Sector Syllabus


SI 538: Citizen Interaction Design

Citizen Interaction Design

Proposal open date: June 1
Proposal close date: August 2
Project timeline: September-December 
Project duration: 15 weeks 
Number of projects needed: 5-8

SI 538: Citizen Interaction Design Syllabus


Civic User Testing (CUT) Group

Citizen-Based Research Volunteering

Proposal open date: June 1
Proposal close date: Clients accepted on a rolling basis
Project timeline: Clients accepted on a rolling basis
Project duration: 3 weeks 
Number of projects needed: 3
Note: This program runs in both the fall and winter semester. Projects are being recruited for both terms.