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Giving to Sociology

2019 Department of Sociology Graduate

Whether you give a little or you give a lot, we have a place where your contribution will make a real difference. Our students are still the leaders and best, and we want to continue to provide the necessary resources that can help prepare them to achieve success during their time at Michigan.

Would you consider contributing to a fund to help students participate in experiential opportunities with NGOs and volunteer with non-for-profit entities? Perhaps you would rather support faculty cutting-edge research on complex entities or theoretical breakthroughs. Did you feel it was difficult to balance studies and family? We could use your help to provide more financial support to students who are less fortunate or whose funding was cut due to state funding cuts.

The Department benefits enormously from the generosity of University graduates, their parents, and other friends of Michigan Sociology.  Annual giving provides significant funds for student and faculty research.  We take great pride in the Department's distinctive endowments, which enable us to sustain undergraduate and graduate programs on par with the finest private institutions

No gift to the Department is too small, and each one contributes to maintaining the standard of excellence that is the Michigan Difference.  We thank each one of you - both for those who have already given and those who are considering doing so.  For more information on giving, please see below.

Your Gifts at Work

Project Community students at a A2 Public School site

"Being a part of Project Community was an incredible way to get to serve the people of the greater Ann Arbor community while also getting hands on experience. Thanks to the generous funding from U-M I was able to complete all of my programs very successfully!"

- Project Community Alum ('20)

"I enjoyed the SOUL program so much because it was a weekly reminder that you are not alone... you feel that you have a community, you have support, you belong, and that you're going to make it!"


- SOUL Alum ('21), Sociology Opportunities for Undergraduate Leadership Sociology’s Program for First-Generation College Students

"The Sociology major and department offers its share of opportunities to challenge ourselves as students, thinkers, and social beings. It's important that we continue to seek these opportunities to grow and challenge ourselves into the future."


- Department of Sociology Undergrad

2018 Project Community students collaborating with public schools
2013 Study Abroad Opportunity to South Africa

Areas of Need


Sociology Strategic Fund – 308214

The Sociology Strategic Fund provides discretionary funds to the Department Chair to improve the academic and programmatic opportunities in the department. The Department has historically dedicated all funds donated to the Strategic Fund to our undergraduate students, providing funding to assist in research projects, internships, study abroad, and co-curricular speakers and events.
The Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan is one of the premier sociology departments in the country. The undergraduate program and our renowned faculty aim to instruct students on the value of recognizing & understanding social differences and utilizing various methods to think critically & creatively about the world. Students can choose to either major in general Sociology, or may specialize in one of our professionalization sub-major: Law, Justice, & Social Change; Sociology of Health and Medicine; or Sociology and Social Work. Your donation helps our program continue its goals of providing exceptional support and learning opportunities for its students.


SOUL: Sociology Opportunities for Undergraduate Leadership Sociology’s Program for First-Generation College Students – 328705

In Sociology, more than ⅓ of our majors are the first in the family to go to college. We recognize that first-generation college students at the University of Michigan face unusual social, academic, and financial challenges. But we also find that such students possess a unique set of qualifications and capabilities: curiosity, conscientiousness, persistence, risk-taking – in a word, grit. These are the characteristics of leaders. In order to nurture those characteristics, the Department of Sociology has created a program designed to cultivate and support our first-generation leaders in Sociology: Sociology Opportunities for Undergraduate Leadership, or SOUL.

The Sociology Opportunities for Undergraduate Leadership (SOUL) program supports first-generation college students majoring in Sociology through paid RAships, a 2-semester course for participants, faculty mentors, peer mentors, access to the Leadership Lab through the Barger Leadership Institute, tutoring, & more. The goal of this program is to improve the retention of first-generation college students, provide students with intensive research opportunities with faculty members, and provide well-paid work opportunities that are academically related.

Your support for SOUL will help the program continue to grow and ensure that a greater number of first-generation students are afforded the tools and opportunities to flourish.


Project Community – 337646

Project Community (PC) is one of the longest-running learning programs in the country, designed to allow students to participate in community-engaged learning experiences through a sociological lens. The rich history of PC spans over six decades. Project Community’s first beginnings were influenced by John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech atop the steps of the Michigan Union that led to the establishment of the Peace Corps and his famous inaugural address in 1961 when JFK urged Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Students can gain new perspectives on social inequalities through their experiences with a variety of community sites, including elementary schools, afterschool programs, health clinics, correctional facilities, social services agencies, advocacy centers, and other nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan. We are passionate about helping students develop a critical consciousness of social inequalities and explore social change at the individual, community, and societal levels.

Project Community is dedicated to building mutually beneficial relationships between students and community members, promoting social justice both in the classroom and community, and fostering social action among undergraduate students during their time at U-M and beyond.

Your generous gift towards the Project Community fund will help support the program, provide life-changing experiences for UM students, and positively impact the Southeast Michigan community!