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DCERP Summer Fellows

Through the Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program (DCERP), undergraduate students
from the U-M spend the summer working with a wide variety of Detroit non-profits on research and creative projects led by the organizations themselves. Fellows participating in this 9-week program are paid a stipend, provided housing in Detroit, and become part of an intentional learning community that shares a passion for social justice and making change. DCERP fellows attend program meetings and form small collaborative learning groups that delve into topics of mutual interest, such as getting to know the city, its culture and history through a social justice lens, community engagement, personal growth and professional development. The program culminates with a public showcase, during which DCERP fellows present about their projects and the insights they have gained.

 Liana Ysabel Bautista

Rising Senior

Program: Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience

DCERP Placement: Hope Village Revitilization Center:

A newly formed community development organization with programs in food security, sustainable housing and arts & culture.

Sharonda Chiangong

Rising Sophomore

Program: Pharmacy

DCERP Placement: Friends of Parkside:

A community-based organization for residents on Detroit's East side with programming such as youth development, sports, health initiatives, and food security.

Ruchita Coomar

Rising Sophomore

Major: Public Policy

DCERP Placement: Deadline Detroit:

An independent grassroots digital media organization that provides original content and commentary on Detroit-focused news.

Sarah Chung

Rising Junior

Major: Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience
Minor: Community Action and Social Change
Public Health/Social Work track

DCERP Placement: Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, which involves residents, community organizationns, government and other stakeholders to address air quality, blight, safe housing and other priority issues.

Madison Daminato

Rising Sophomore

Major: Biomedical Engineering

DCERP Placement: Southwest Detroit Community Justice Center

A non-profit that assists court-involved and at risk residents with a restorative approach, including opportunities for community service and access to social work services.

Le'Elle Davis

Rising Senior

Major: Psychology and Women's Studies

DCERP Placement: Downtown Detroit Partnership

Maintains and operates programs in Detroit's downtown parks.

Sasha Fraser

Rising Sophomore

Program: Biology, Health and Society

DCERP Placement: Detroit Food Academy - A non-profit that inspires young Detroiters through culinary arts and food entrepreneurship to become holistic leaders who are healthy, connected and powerful change agents in their communities.

Sean Gillikin

Rising Junior

Majors: History and Sociology

DCERP Placement: Nortown Community Development Corporation- Focuses on the revitalization of Northeast Detroit by promoting safe and affordable housing, historic preservation, greenway development, environmental improvements, and job opportunities for low/moderare income populations

Chloe Hale

Rising Junior

Major: Political Science and Social Theory and Practice

DCERP Placement: Soulardarity

Focuses on energy democracy in Highland Park and surrounding neighborhoods through education, organizing and community-owned clean energy.

Mackenzie Hewitt

Rising Senior

Major: Art & Design and Sociology
Subplan: Law, Justice and Social Change

DCERP Placement: ProsperUs -A place-based economic development strategy designed to empower and foster entrepreneurial success in low and moderate income, immigrant and minority populations.

Leslie Igbo

Rising Sophomore

Major: Cellular and Molecular Biology

DCERP Placement: Authority Health -an organization that strengthens the healthcare safety net through community-based primary care services, issues advocacy, health insurance enrollment and navigation, and a health data portal.

Madgean Joassaint

Rising Sophomore

Major: Sociology

DCERP Placement: Detroit Public Schools Community District

- Consists of 106 schools educating 50,000 children. It champions a whole-child approach that combimes academics with socio-emotional, extracurricular, and health services tailored to each individual student's needs.

Torisa Johnson

Rising Senior

Major: Sociology and African American Studies

DCERP Placement: FoodLab Detroit -A community of food entrepreneurs committed to making the possibility of good food in Detroit a sustainable reality. They design, build and maintain systems to grow a diverse ecosystem of triple-bottom-line food businesses as part of a good food movement that is accountable to all Detroiters.

Jasmine Mumpfield

Rising Sophomore

Major: Gender and Health
Minor: AfroAmerican and African Studies

DCERP Placement: Authority Health -an organization that strengthens the healthcare safety net through community-based primary care services, issues advocacy, health insurance enrollment and navigation, and a health data portal.

Angel Phillips

Rising Senior

Major: Economics

Minor: Intergroup Relations

DCERP Placement: Bridging Neighborhoods Program

Administers Home Swap and Environmental Mitigation community benefits programs for homes in the Delray neighborhood and near the expanded I-75 service drive in Southwest Detroit.

Grace Tate

Rising Junior

Major: Health & Human Sciences with a Public Health concentration

DCERP Placement: Chandler Park Conservancy

Offers educational, recreational and conservation opportunities at Chandler Park a 200-plus acre regional park in the City of Detroit. 

Blaine Teahan

Rising Senior

Major: Community and Global Public Health

DCERP Placement: Developing Despite Distance (3D)

An organization that helps young men in Detroit positively 'develop despite the distance' of their incarcerated parent.

Rakira Urquhart

Rising Sophomore 

Major: Public Health

DCERP Placement: Friends of Parkside

A community-based organization for residents of Detroit's East side with youth development, sports, health iniatives and food security programming.

Betsaida Valdivia

Rising Senior

Major: Political Sciences
Minor: Art and Design

DCERP Placement: EcoWorks

A non-profit that creates just, equitable, and inclusive solutions to climate change and other community sustainability challenges.

Diana Yassin

Rising Senior

Major: Secondary Education
Concentration: English and Political Science

DCERP Placement: Brilliant Detroit -creates early child and family centers in neighborhoods. It provides holistic services for kids 0-8 predicated on evidence-based programs around health, family support and education.