The University Record, March 6, 2000

6 groups receive funding for community service projects

By Jill Siegelbaum
News and Information Services

Six programs will receive funding from the Student and Faculty Initiatives Fund of the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning. Each program will receive approximately $2,000.

The Center created the fund after receiving donations from two individuals who requested that the funds go to aid community service and learning.

“We were looking for projects that would have a real impact on student learning and on community improvement,” says Jeff Howard, assistant director at the Ginsberg Center. “These groups are making genuine contributions to improving the quality of life in the community as well as to learning on campus.”

The funded programs are:

  • Documentary Works, a student organization that conducts poetry workshops for young people in Chicago’s Robert Taylor housing project. Its members plan to create a video detailing growing up in public housing, to be viewed on the U-M campus.

  • School of Art and Design Lecturer Janie Paul’s “Art in Prison” course, which gives students the opportunity to teach art to prisoners, both for therapeutic and post-release preparatory reasons.

  • Student Artist Outreach Program, which brings art into the community through a variety of methods, including musical performances in the University Hospital cancer ward and after-school art classes in local schools.

  • ProCEED, a group from the College of Engineering dedicated to incorporating community service into mechanical engineering course offerings. The funding will launch ProCEED II, which will introduce community service opportunities into other engineering departments.

  • The Public Health Student Association, for a trip to North Carolina to assist hurricane and flood relief and to document the work in a multi-media presentation that will be shown on campus.

  • Michael Spencer, assistant professor of social work, to support community-based research by him and his students on the mental health of inner city children in the Head Start program.