Growing up in Canton, MI, I had many ties to Detroit. Both my parents had worked there, my older sister attended Wayne State, and I volunteered with many organizations in the city, as well as interning at the RenCen after my freshman year. After volunteering at DP Day 2015, I was lucky enough to join the Major Events team as a Logistics Coordinator in 2015-16, and led Major Events as the director in 2016-17. This year, I look forward to building off of last year’s momentum to promote the Detroit Partnership's mission on campus and to continue forming new relationships with community partners in Detroit.
I am a senior majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Philosophy, and I have been on the Detroit Partnership planning team for the past two years. Growing up in Novi, MI with my parents working in downtown Detroit, I was in the city often from an early age. Attending a high school in Detroit also furthered my interests in learning more about the city. Through many volunteering opportunities in high school, I had the opportunity to get involved with many great programs such as Focus: Hope, Meals on Wheels, and Generation of Promise. I wanted to continue this involvement even during my time at the University of Michigan. After volunteering through DP Day 2014, I knew the Detroit Partnership was the perfect opportunity for me to continue my commitment to the city. Having spent the past two years on the Major Events team, I am thrilled to be next year’s Major Events director. Building on last year’s success while fine-tuning some details, I am excited to work with my team to continue improving DP Day 2018 and our other major events throughout the year!
I grew up in Northville, Michigan which is about 30 minutes away from Detroit. I was blessed to grow up in an affluent area and have had a lot of privilege in my life; however, I always tried to remain cognizant of my family’s roots in America. In 1987, my parents immigrated from India to Detroit with very little money and with a 1 year old daughter. In Detroit, they were given opportunities to earn their way through their post-graduate degrees, find jobs in the city, and lay the foundation for where my family is today. This city has done so much for my family, so when I came to college and heard about DP my natural inclination was to join and work side by side with the people of Detroit so that the opportunities that were there for my parents can be afforded to every citizen of Detroit. From having the chance to volunteer at Michigan Technical Academy my freshman year to my time on the finance team my sophomore year, I can definitely say joining DP was a great decision and I look forward to being a part of this organization’s future.
I am a Senior within the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, planning on applying to the University of Michigan School of Social Work in order to further my love for social justice and community action. I am majoring in Gender and Heath, as well as Anthropology, and minoring in CASC. I grew up in Northern Michigan, about four hours away from Ann Arbor and Detroit. Yet when I arrived on campus my freshman year, I immediately became interested in the dynamic between Ann Arbor and Detroit, through friends on campus and within Detroit. The city was often talked about through extremes or stereotypes, and it soon became a passion of mine to help form better and more understanding connections between myself and the two cities. I got involved with the Detroit Partnership my Freshman year of college, hoping to become involved in an organization within the city that was helping foster positive relationships through volunteer work. I am continuously learning more and more about the city of Detroit--through friends and my own research, and I hope to continue fostering a deep interest in the history, politics, and lived experiences of people in Detroit as the Internal Team Director.
I was born in Fujian Province, China and came to the United States when I was two years old. I grew up the sunny Miami, Florida supported by a loving family and friends. Currently, I am a junior BFA student at the Stamps School of Art and Design and pursuing a minor in Chinese language. I got involved in the Detroit Partnership because I wanted to give back for all the opportunities that I have been afforded throughout my childhood. Detroit interests me because of its rich history as an epicenter of the American auto industry, music, and the arts. As the External Director, I want to continue building University of Michigan’s partnership with the city of Detroit and promote our great serve-learning programs.
I am a Junior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts majoring in Political Science with a Minor in Urban Studies. As a lifelong Michigander, the City of Detroit has always been a place of contention and has been shrouded in mystery throughout my upbringing in East Lansing, MI - a small suburb over an hour and a half from the city limits of the Motor City. I joined the Detroit Partnership as a way to learn more and work with community organizations in Detroit to build bridges between the University and Detroit. I participated in the Semester in Detroit program during the fall semester of 2016, and spent the time living and working with a community nonprofit in the city. I look forward to building more connections to the East Side of Detroit, and growing the weekly programs side of the Detroit Partnership!
I was born in Seoul, South Korea but my parents decided to move the United States when I was about 1 year old (mainly for educational opportunities). Since then, I have been very blessed with amazing opportunities that has helped me to be a first generation college student. Now, I call Fairfield, CT my hometown and I am here in Ann Arbor double majoring in Neuroscience and Spanish with hopes on medical school! My freshman year, I participated in DP Day and knew that I wanted to get more involved in the city that is so close to the place I call hoMe for nine months out of the year. I was the VC for two programs: Unified and Detroit Innovation Academy, and found myself wanting to get more involved. As the School Programs Director, I want to share the opportunities that I've had to the students in Detroit by supporting the VCs at schools around the city and hopefully inspiring these students to take advantage of any and all opportunities that are given to them.
Born and bred in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I could not wait to attend a university in a different state and educate myself on its local culture. I found the Detroit Partnership, an organization that prides itself on education and acceptance, winter of my freshman year. After being a weekly volunteer at a middle school in Detroit, I realized how dedicated I am to this organization and wanted to be further involved. I was a volunteer coordinator during my sophomore year in the Brightmoor community and have now assumed the position of AYA director. Now, as a self-proclaimed Michigander, I hope to help other students expand their knowledge of Detroit as well.
Hi my name is Callie Bartkowiak and I am currently a senior at the University of Michigan. I am double majoring in Spanish and Bio Molecular Science and I hope to pursue a degree in the medical field. I grew up in Traverse City, a small, northern Michigan town situated right on the water. I have been a part of Detroit Partnership for almost two years now and I have been on the Planning Team for a year. I was previously a Volunteer Coordinator and I loved being able to travel to Detroit each week and work with kids. I love interacting and getting to know others which is what drew me to DP. The planning team is a great group of people to do this with and I look forward to meeting all of our new Planning Team members as the After School Director!