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Certificate in Poverty Solutions, Action & Engagement

Community Action Social Change (CASC) Minor students build knowledge, skills, and experiences in community action and social change while developing and implementing strategies that help address inequality and alleviate poverty.

The certificate is co-sponsored by the School of Social Work’s CASC Minor program--open to all undergraduate students at U-M--and Poverty Solutions, a presidential initiative that seeks to leverage the intellectual assets and academic scope of the university toward preventing and alleviating poverty. 

Students in the certificate program will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend Poverty Solutions’ events and activities
  • Develop connections with Poverty Solutions faculty and staff on issues related to economic inequality
  • Engage in experiential learning with Poverty Solutions partner organizations and communities through social action
  • Participate in Poverty Solutions research, steering committees, small grant opportunities, and other student driven activities

Who can join

Students must be declared CASC Minor students in order to enroll in the Poverty Solutions Certificate Program. To learn more, sign up for an advising appointment with the CASC Minor Academic Advisor, or email cascminor@umich.edu.

Declare

Complete the CASC Minor declaration form, and express your interest in the certificate program. If you are a declared CASC Minor student, sign up for an advising appointment to learn more.

Requirements to complete the certificate program

  • Declare the CASC Minor program
  • Complete all CASC Minor course requirements
  • Select at least six credits of classes from a subgroup of CASC courses that focus specifically on poverty solutions-related content. Certificate eligible courses may be from any combination of the Context, Diversity or Action categories. View the Certificate in Poverty Solutions, Action & Engagement course offerings list.
  • Attend one Poverty Solutions-CASC Certificate meet-and-greet, hosted by Poverty Solutions

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