Making an Impact

Office of Professional and Community Engagement 

The Office of Professional and Community Engagement (OPCE), launched in 2017, is an initiative to facilitate transformational, high-quality engaged learning experiences for all UMSI students with local and global community partners.

From organizing data for non-profits in southeast Michigan to working with human rights lawyers in India, students will help solve challenging information problems while gaining hands-on experience in their fields of interest, and learning how to work productively with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.  Through the programs and services offered by OPCE, students engage in information and technology-related projects and action-based learning as a significant part of their studies.

The OPCE works with a wide range of community partners from all industry types and sectors, ranging from Fortune 500 tech companies to grassroots social services non-profits and to cultural and heritage industries in a variety of project-based opportunities.  Community partners can engage with UMSI students as a means to amplify the impact of their information systems and to increase their internal knowledge of appropriate and novel information practices.

 

OPCE Staff:

Kelly Kowatch, Director, Office of Professional and Community Engagement, kkowatch@umich.edu

Dan Cameron, Global Engagement Coordinator, dcam@umich.edu

Komal Doshi, Design, Innovation, and Engaged Learning Program Manager, kanand@umich.edu

Haley Phillips, Graduate Intern, hphill@umich.edu

Alissa Talley-Pixley, Career Development and Engaged Learning Coordinator, alissat@umich.edu

Scott TenBrink, Manager, Citizen Interaction Design, dstb@umich.edu