The Detroit Community Based Research Program places students with community based organizations in Detroit to work on community driven research projects addressing issues such as urban development, environmental justice, food security, community assessment, and sustainability. As part of this program, students also live in the City of Detroit and attend weekly seminars aimed at developing practical skills for working in a community setting and conducting research. The ability to live and work in the City of Detroit with other program participants, while learning about community-based research and non-profit organizations from community leaders provides students with a highly active and unique learning experience. This in combination with the benefits gained by community partners in an urban center like Detroit makes for a powerful campus-community partnership. Follow us on Twitter for up-to-date program information!


The DCBRP is currently funded by the Ford Fund (Ford Community Corps grant), the University of Michigan Energy Institute, the Audrey and Ralph Goldberg Fund, and grants from the University of Michigan’s Transforming Learning for a Third Century Initiative.