STORIES OF IMPACT

Kohn gift establishes two new social policy professorships at the Ford School

The Karl and Martha Kohn Professorship of Social Policy will advance societal equity and inclusion in the United States. The Arlene Susan Kohn Professorship of...
Published 9.18.2020

U-M Students at SJTU

When visa application centers closed worldwide earlier this year in response to COVID-19, many international students were left wondering if they would receive...
Published 9.16.2020

Finding Purpose with Vic Strecher

Imagine a pill you could take that would increase your happiness, longevity, and quality of sleep. And on top of that, it would decrease your susceptibility to COVID-19, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and depression. The side effects? More friends and better sex… you’d start taking it immediately, right? According to Vic Strecher, this medicine exists—but it’s not a pill. And it’s also not something your doctor can prescribe. The medicine is living a more purposeful life. And philanthropy, as it turns out, is one way you can become more purposeful.
Published 9.4.2020

Nursing a passion to serve

Neal Hautz grew up in rural Boyne City, Michigan. From a young age, he learned the importance of service and community.
Published 8.28.2020

The Prison Creative Arts Project: Celebrating the 25th Annual Art Exhibition (Virtually)

Thirty years ago, U-M faculty member Buzz Alexander founded PCAP to bring those impacted by the justice system and the University of Michigan community into artistic and educational collaboration. In partnership with U-M students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers, PCAP fosters the creation of original works in theater, writing, music, visual art, and photography. The year-round programming reaches 26 adult Michigan correctional facilities, a federal correctional facility, several youth facilities, the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, and a public housing community.
Published 8.21.2020

Taking the Lead

Interning at Nike has been a dream opportunity for Michigan Engineering's Kori Maxie to merge her love of sports and science. It’s an experience she’s unquestionably earned, but one that couldn’t have been made a reality without scholarship support.
Published 8.7.2020

Stephen Ross & Jeff Blau Give $6M to Launch Diversity Initiatives at Michigan Ross

ANN ARBOR--- Stephen M. Ross and Jeff T. Blau have committed $6 million to help the University of Michigan Ross School of Business further its commitment to...
Published 8.6.2020

Winning Together: A Conversation with Brandi Hudson

Brandi Hudson (AB ’01) was one of Michigan's great track and field athletes. Now she is a mother, wife, vice president, philanthropist, and among the university’s most engaged alumni. Earlier this year, Leaders & Best had the opportunity to sit down (virtually) with Hudson for a special conversation. We talked about breaking Big Ten records, navigating medical sales during a global pandemic, changing the landscape of Michigan fundraising, and more.
Published 7.27.2020

An Advocate for All

Carmelita Perrien Naccarato grew up listening to her mother tell stories. As a correctional clinical psychologist, many of her mother’s tales described the myriad of physical and mental health challenges her clients faced navigating America’s prison system. From a young age, Carmelita grappled with questions of justice and well-being.
Published 7.15.2020

What It Meant to Me: Chris Armstrong

In “What It Meant to Me,” Leaders & Best invites some of U-M’s most revered alumni to tell their Michigan stories. Chris Armstrong is a graduate of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). Here, he reflects on his maize and blue heritage, the controversy surrounding his student body presidency, and the enduring impact of U-M’s Spectrum Center.
Published 7.15.2020

How U-M helped thousands receive COVID-19 stimulus checks

For some people, these checks arrived swiftly and required zero paperwork. But for others, receiving stimulus money was a more complicated process. Consequently, as March turned to April, many still had not received their checks. That’s when U-M’s Poverty Solutions stepped in.
Published 7.2.2020

From the Marines to Michigan

Raised in a military family, United States Marine Corps veteran Paul Tabisz imagined a career in the armed services from an early age.
Published 6.30.2020