October 22, 2013
The Michigan Union

Hosted by University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University

Michigan Union Address:

530 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


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About the Tri-Campus Provosts' Seminar:

The Tri-Campus Provosts’ Seminar was intended to initiate a multi-university collaboration between Wayne State, Michigan State and the U of M focused on civic engagement, engaged learning and community-based research as a part of forming a Community Engagement Consortium. The Provosts’ Seminar brought together administrators, faculty and potentially students from the three universities as well as leaders of community organizations with whom partnerships are already well established.  The Provosts' Seminar provided a venue for active and committed individuals to come together to improve their current collaborations and discuss what mechanisms are needed to progress civic engagement efforts  the state. The event took place at the Michigan Union in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

There were breakout sessions intended to enhance cross-fertilization among a number of separate yet parallel projects and initiatives among and between both institutions and community organizations. One breakout session provided participants with an opportunity to network and discuss best practices and challenges associated with current civic engagement efforts in Michigan.  The final breakout session included an active discussion intended to identify future steps for establishing a CEC. 

Since the event, a planning committee has reviewed the information exchanged during the event and the feedback provided from the participants to write up a summary report of the event.  This report will be available in January.  

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Introducing our Keynote Speaker Chancellor Nancy Cantor!

Nancy Cantor is the eleventh Chancellor and President of Syracuse University. Prior to her appointment at Syracuse, Cantor served as chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, prior to which she had been dean of its Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and vice provost for academic affairs; she also was professor of psychology and senior research scientist at the Institute for Social Research at Michigan. Previously, she had been chair of the department of psychology at Princeton University . An author of numerous books, chapters and scientific journal articles, Cantor holds an A.B. from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a member of the National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability. Cantor is the past chair of the board of directors of the American Association for Higher Education and former chair of the board of the American Council on Education. Among the boards of which she is a member are the American Institutes for Research, Say Yes to Education and the Future of Minority Studies. She is an Honorary Trustee of the American Psychological Foundation and was national co-chair of Imagining America's Tenure Team Initiative.

CLICK here to watch the Keynote Address! 

The Provosts' Seminar also featured five TED-like Talk Presenters!

TED-like talk presentations focused on student-centered engaged learning, cross-university community-based research, foundation resources, and community-based programs and research.  Following the TED-like talks participants had an opportunity to engage with these different topics discussing specific challenges and opportunities associated with collaborations taking place within their shared fields of interest.

Vincent Delgado

Academic Specialist for Civic Engagement, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, Michigan State University


A partner with the Global Workshop, LLC, and founding director of Lansing’s Refugee Development Center, Vincent Delgado has a decade of experience speaking and writing about international and refugee issues. For ten years he worked as a print journalist, covering conflict in Central America, labor in Mexico, and politics and local government in the United States. His work has appeared in major newspapers, travel magazines, and several Washington, D.C.-based political newsletters. The Colorado native is fluent in Spanish and has worked as an English as a Foreign Language instructor and an adjunct professor in political science. Vince regularly works with college students on international topics, maintains significant contacts with experts in the migration and humanitarian aid community, and is a frequent speaker on international topics. Vince is also the author of the documentary cookbook A Taste of Freedom: A Culinary Journey with America’s Refugees (2003), published by Global Workshop.

Click here to watch his Talk from the event!

Barbara Israel

Director, Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center, Professor, School of Public Health, U of M


Barbara A. Israel, MPH, DrPH, is a Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan. She received her graduate degrees in public health from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Israel has published widely in the areas of: the social and physical environmental determinants of health and health inequities; the relationship among stress, social support, control and physical and mental health; and community-based participatory research (CBPR). Dr. Israel has extensive experience conducting CBPR in collaboration with partners in diverse communities. Since 1995, she has worked together with academic and community partners to establish and maintain the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center. The Center involves multiple NIH and Foundation-funded basic etiologic research and intervention research projects aimed at increasing knowledge and addressing factors associated with health inequities in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Israel is actively involved in several of these CBPR projects examining and addressing, for example, the social and physical environmental determinants of cardiovascular disease, the environmental triggers of childhood asthma, access to food and physical activity spaces, and capacity building for and translating research findings into policy change.

Click here to watch her Talk from the event!

Jeff Mason

Executive Director of the University Research Corridor


Executive Director of Michigan's University Research Corridor (URC) in Lansing.  An alliance between Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University the URC works to transform, strengthen and diversify Michigan's economy by leveraging the intellectual capital of these three public research universities.  Prior to joining the URC, Mason was senior vice president and chief business development officer for the Michigan Development Corp., where he led a team responsible for the retention and expansion of existing Michigan businesses as well as the attraction of national and international companies.  In 2008, that team assisted businesses in creating or retaining over 105,000 jobs and more than $7.6 billion in private investment.  Previously, Mason headed up to the group working to grow Michigan's economy in the areas of technology transfer and commercialization, venture capital, entrepreneurship, and business development--focusing on the sectors that make up Gov. Granholm's 21st Century Jobs Fund, a 10-year fund to grow and diversify Michigan's economy. He also served as managing director of e-MEDC, creating an electronic business strategy offering economic development products and services, and worked to promote the state's tourism industry.  Mason received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State University.

Angela Reyes

Executive Director of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation


Angela Reyes is the  founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, a non-profit community-based organization, started in 1997.  In addition to founding this organization, Reyes developed nationally recognized model of integrated services focused on youth and families, including gang prevention and intervention, drop-out prevention, training in entrepreneurial skills and multi-media arts; support services for individuals transitioning out of prison such as case management, job readiness and placement, and tattoo removal; substance abuse, youth and family counseling; HIV counseling and testing; Adult Education classes and training in technology. She is also the founding board member of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center, established in 1995, which involves multiple funded research and intervention projects aimed at increasing knowledge and addressing factors associated with health disparities of residents in Detroit, Michigan. Actively involved in several community based participatory research (CBPR) projects examining and addressing social and physical environmental determinants of health, and capacity building for policy change.

Kelsey Skinner

Class of 2015, Candidate for Bachelor of Science in Psychology, WSU


Kelsey Skinner was born in a small Ohio town and moved to Michigan as a young kid. She grew up attending a small catholic school, moved back to ohio for a few years and later, when her family moved to Rochester, Michigan, she attended and graduated from Stony Creek High School in 2011. Kelsey is the oldest of three children and has two younger brothers, a first year student at Kettering University and a 3 year old brother. She now attends Wayne State University and is a psychology major who hopes to pursue a career in higher education. Her experiences in admissions, Greek life, and housing among many other university activities, have shaped her into the influential student leader she is today

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