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 provides students with a highly engaged 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.
The DCBRP is generously funded by the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. The program receives additional support from the Ford Fund (Ford Community Corps grant), the University of Michigan Energy Institute, the Katherine Redlich-Horwitz Family Foundation, and the Audrey and Ralph Goldberg Fund.