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University of Michigan School of Information

Jennifer Chizek

Jennifer Chizek

Design and Innovation Program Manager Email: Phone: 734/647-1146
Office: School of Information/777 N University, Suite 200 Staff Unit: Engaged Learning Office


I am interested in the ways that design and innovation can be applied to a multitude of contexts, from community engagement projects to startups. I manage the Design Clinic program, which matches student teams with mentors and clients to help solve real-world information challenges. I also lead advising on innovation and entrepreneurship and enjoy working with students to explore the ways that design, creative problem-solving, and user-centric methods lead to positive impact and social change.

I have nearly a decade of experience in international development, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa, and have run social impact programs in Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa.

Areas of Interest

Design, innovation, entrepreneurship, international development


MA in African Studies