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University of Michigan School of Information

Scott Tenbrink

D Scott TenBrink

Civic Engagement Program Manager and Adjunct Lecturer in Information, School of Information Email: Phone: 517/914-6605
Office: School of Information/105 S. State Street Staff Unit: Engaged Learning Office


I’m interested in building community and civic engagement. I manage the Citizen Interaction Design (CID) program, where I build partnerships with cities, and connect our students with them to create information tools that support 21st century citizenship.

I can help students find ways to build experience and apply your emerging skills to the challenges facing cities and the people who want to improve their communities. I believe that information skills are important beyond your career goals; you can apply them to improve your home, neighborhood, and community.

I have a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and 10 years of experience leading and collaborating in the nonprofit sector. I love riding my bike and traveling the world, but always return to the Great Lakes state.

Areas of Interest

civic technology, community engagement


B.S. Psychology, University of Michigan, 1995

Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan, 2005


An attendee of the fall 2021 Citizen Interaction Design class final presentation expo interacts with a diorama created by the UMSI student team that aided the Ann Arbor Compost Center. The diorama, made with printouts and toy cars, displays the students’ added wayfinding markers throughout the composting facility and the simplifications they made to the facility’s pickup/dropoff kiosk.
UMSI students partner with Michigan communities to solve real-world information problems

Students in the University of Michigan School of Information’s Citizen Interaction Design class collaborated with organizations in Ferndale and Ann Arbor to provide citizen-focused solutions for streamlining communications, facilitating interactions with technology and fighting misinformation. 


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Several "I Voted" stickers spread out on a table
Voting counts: How UMSI grad students answered the question ‘Did you get my ballot?’

UMSI graduate students worked this summer on a pilot project to streamline the absentee voting process at four municipalities in the state: Oxford Township, Ferndale, Bay City and Northville Township.

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