About Government Relations

Vice President Cynthia H. Wilbanks oversees the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations.

University officials monitor federal and state legislation that impacts or involves higher education. Officials work with elected officials and government agencies in providing information and research findings that may assist their policy work.

We have offices in Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Washington, D.C.

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  • The University of Michigan School of Information and the City of Jackson, Michigan have embarked on a three-year Citizen Interaction Design initiative to engage citizens with government. Read more and watch video's here.

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  • The Detroit Center is the base of operations for many of U–M's Detroit–focused programs

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology outreach with FEMMES Saturday Science Capstones

Ann Marie Macara (far right) and students discuss the concept of mimicry as they compare the coral snake and the western ground snake. Credit: Christine Ton Nu

By Gail Kuhnlein Nov 24, 2014 On a recent Saturday on the campus of the University of Michigan, an educational outreach program called FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math Engineering and Science) held one of its biannual Saturday Science Capstone events.

Two of the activities involved faculty and students from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, among dozens of other volunteers and some 200 fourth – eighth grade students from Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit. The events took place mainly in the Chemistry Building, as well as in C.C. Little and the Kraus Natural Science Building. Read more

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Business Engagement Center (BEC)


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    The SPARK Business Accelerator speeds up the development of start-ups in the region with a variety of valuable services. It is designed to shorten the time required to attract capital, customers, or other resources.
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University Research Corridor (URC)

  • New Lightweight Metals Institute to be Headquartered in Detroit Read article
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U-M Health System / Health Insurance

Entrepreneurship + Innovation

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  • Computer Science with Soul: Engineering class invents new assistive technology for 13 year old. Video & article

Michigan Engineering
MconneX: Lectures On-Demand

  • View a series of videos by Professor Bryce C. Pilz, designed to assist entrepreneurs during their start up period. The series covers over 60 topics, including patents, copyrights and trademarks. The videos were designed to help guide startups through the important basic concepts of intellectual property.

The Center for Local,State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)

Alumni Advocacy

The Legislative Advocacy program promotes the value of public higher education to elected officials in the State of Michigan. Volunteers in the program communicate with officials on the State appropriation bill, as well as other non-budget issues as needed.

Wolverine Caucus

Next Caucus Event: Fits like a glove? The ACA in the Mitten
DATE: TWednesday, January 28, 2015,
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NOTE: Christman Building, 1st Floor
Featured speaker: Marianne Udow-Phillips,
Director of the UM Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation, and
John Ayanian director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at U-M and adjunct professor of internal medicine in the U-M Medical School.
View our 2013/14 Caucus Videos here
January Flyer

Check out previous Caucus Events on You Tube or your local cable station, here.

Energy Institute Blog

8/4/14 ANN ARBOR – The American shale gas boom has the potential to revitalize domestic manufacturing, and a new report from a University of Michigan-led panel recommends steps to make that happen in a responsible manner.

Includes The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute (MMPEI)