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Alumni and Friends

Hello! I'm Robby Griswold and I'm the Residential College's Communications and Outreach Coordinator (and RC Arts and Ideas alumnus, '07). The College hired me in part to beef up our alumni engagement efforts and it's an honor to help with this. 

We are collecting information from alumni who are interested in mentoring or engaging with current RC students. If you'd like to engage, please complete this questionnaire.

We have started sending a quarterly e-news to alumni and you can sign up for that at this link

We love to invite alumni back to East Quad, and we have started a list to send 3-4 invitations per semester for events. Sign up for that invitation list here

We've started an RC podcast. If you have any ideas for people or topics you'd like to have covered, please email me! I'm at and you're welcome to update the RC on your news, happenings, or requests.


The RC's Priority for Alumni Giving

Ten years ago, the inaugural cohort of the U-M Semester in Detroit (SiD) Program spent four transformative months living, learning, working and engaging with the city of Detroit. Since its original conception, SiD has been rooted in the unique community-based culture and pedagogy of the Residential College. SiD will celebrate its 10th anniversary the weekend of April 5-7 in Detroit. Alumni, friends and the general public are invited to this visionary celebration of the many Detroiters and community partners who have been central to the program’s success. Over 300 students have participated in the program since its founding, contributing over 45,000 hours of work and service to well over 50 Detroit community-based organizations. Many of our alumni continue to live and/or work in the city today, making this a true celebration of everyone’s efforts and contributions.

Thanks to retired RC/SiD faculty member, Lolita Hernandez, we were introduced to the great Detroit activist, General Gordon Baker, Jr. In our early years, “Gen” was often around: visiting our classes, coming to our Speaker Series events, and always sharing his infinite wisdom. Following his death, we chose to honor his legacy by establishing the General Gordon Baker, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund that awards an incoming SiD student every fall. If you would like to support the SiD program’s continued growth and development, we would greatly appreciate a gift to his fund by mailing a check to the RC for fund #798729 or by visiting and searching for the fund. And we hope to see you at our 10th Anniversary Events in Detroit - please see for more information.