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Alumni Spotlight: Lisa Davis

Lisa Davis fell into a job she loves through a summer internship after her Master’s degree at U-M. “I applied to an internship pool and they placed me with this office.  I had no idea what I was getting into and didn’t know anything about working for the government.  It really just sounded like a good way to spend the summer,” she says.  Little did Lisa know that she would evolve that summer opportunity into a meaningful career.  Since 2007, Lisa has served as an Operations Research Analyst for the Department of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Alumni Spotlight: Roz Abrams

“For me, graduate school was one of the most important aspects of my life and success.” Some alumni find that sentiment centers on academic achievement or incredible mentoring from faculty. For Roz Abrams, celebrated television broadcaster and award winning journalist, her primary takeaway from graduate school revolved around failure. She candidly shares, “I had a situation that happened in graduate school that shaped me consciously and unconsciously. I realize it set me up for greater things.”

Learning with Detroit: Place, Politics, and Pedagogies

Teaching initiatives in Detroit are often framed as opportunities for strengthening our institution’s connection with the city, for moving curricular revisions onto a more critical and equitable terrain, and for building skills that are necessary for engaging with people and forms of knowledge across race, gender, class, and place-based difference. Might these initiatives also promote a sustained reflection of our disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to community-based learning, an understanding of our individual and collective capacities to support community engaged pursuits in higher education? What are the lived histories, contributions, and legacies of pedagogical innovations in the context of Detroit’s everyday life?

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