The city of Detroit has always held a special place in my heart. Although I grew up in the suburbs, it is the city that I owe my life to. My parents immigrated to the United States, and it is Detroit that gave them the opportunity for a new life. Coming to the University of Michigan, I wanted to further grow my relationship with the city. My first involvement with the Detroit Partnership was my Freshman year, when I participated in DP Day. After hearing about the mission of DP, I was eager to fully join the organization. I then tutored and mentored my Sophomore year at Priest Elementary-Middle School, and I continued to become more involved with DP by joining the Education team my Junior year. I am passionate about educating both myself and students at the University about Detroit, service-learning, and social justice! This year, I am extremely grateful to serve this organization as Executive Director, and I hope to continue to grow and learn with everyone!
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. This year, I look forward to building off of last year’s momentum to make OneStopShop and DP Day even greater successes.
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.
Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, I had been exposed early on to the stark socioeconomic differences between the city and its surrounding neighborhoods. I attended school in Southfield, MI, just one mile north of Detroit, but the unspoken barrier across 8 Mile troubled me and left me with many questions. Along my path to answering these questions, I joined the Detroit Partnership, first as a volunteer, then a program coordinator, then Southwest Community Director, and now Director of Education! I have valued the opportunity to build lasting connections between the University of Michigan and the city of Detroit. My particular passion for alleviating health disparities has shaped my experience in the city. Involvement with the DP has come to mean much more than just service work to me, but rather a collaborative way to learn about and work towards social justice with fellow students and inspirational community leaders.
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 Sophomore 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.
Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, I had been exposed early on to the stark socioeconomic differences between the city and its surrounding neighborhoods. I attended school in Southfield, MI, just one mile north of Detroit, but the unspoken barrier across 8 mile troubled me and left me with many questions. Along my path to answering these questions, I joined the Detroit Partnership, first as a volunteer and then program coordinator. I have valued the opportunity to build lasting connections between the University of Michigan and the city of Detroit. My particular passion for alleviating health disparities has shaped my experience in the city. Involvement with the DP has come to mean much more than just service work to me, but rather a collaborative way to learn about and work towards social justice with fellow students and inspirational community leaders.
Hi my name is Callie Bartkowiak and I am currently a junior 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 Brightmoor Community Director!