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2023 ENGAGE Small Grant Recipients Announced

July 18, 2023

In 2018, ENGAGE launched the Small Grants Program to encourage faculty to build partnerships with Detroit community-based organizations and to support resident-led efforts to strengthen Detroit neighborhoods. These awards are supported by the Office of the Provost and are part of the School of Social Work’s strategic effort to connect Detroit engagement efforts and increase impact in the city. ENGAGE partners with the Ford School’s Detroit Urban Research Center in the administration of the small grants program.

Here are this year’s grant recipients:

1) It's not just me! Black young adults' views of what it takes to live on the right side of the law: An intersectional-CBPR study

Faculty Member: Associate Professor Camille Quinn (Michael Kloc, research assistant)

Community Partner: Rai LaNier, Executive Director, MI Liberation

2) Neighborhood Initiatives Examining Organizational Impact: A Quality Team Project

Faculty Member: Associate Professor Katie Richards-Shuster

Community Partner: Alexandra Bolin, Impact and Improvement Coordinator, United Project 

3) Community-led Storytelling in Detroit

Faculty Member: Lecturer Maureen Okasinski

Community Partner: Erik Howard, Executive Director, Inside Southwest Detroit

4)  D-Boy Dads: Exploring Fatherhood in Detroit

Faculty Member: Professor Rich Tolman

Community Partners: Sam Donald, Director Detroit Musix; Marcus Hille, Parent Think Tank; Willie Bell, Director: Family Assistance for Renaissance Men; John Miles, Children’s Center, Fatherhood Coordinator; Bomani Gray: Metro Detroit Father Policy Group

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