State Outreach

The Office of State Outreach within the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations provides a direct line of communication between the University of Michigan and Michigan communities.

Their goal is to increase awareness of University of Michigan resources for research and service that would be of benefit to Michigan communities. To accomplish this, they regularly travel the state to establish and maintain personal contact with communites and local government leaders.

In addition to bringing the resources of the University to communities throughout the state, State Outreach also assists in arranging community group visits to campus.

State Outreach manages:

The annual faculty tour of the state, the Michigan Road Scholar Tour:
The Michigan Road Scholar Tour for faculty at the University of Michigan is a five-day traveling seminar on the State of Michigan. This educational tour exposes participants to the state's economy, government and politics, culture, educational systems, health and social issues, history, and geography.

An on-line directory of U-M's many outreach initiatives in the state, the Michigan Outreach Directory:
This directory is designed to help Michigan residents find information about the University of Michigan's many outreach projects and services that can benefit their lives and their communities.

Michigan Impact Newsletter link View the most recent issue of the Michigan Impact Newsletter:
This newsletter, from President Mark Schlissel, shows the economic impact made by the University of Michigan in communities across our state.

State Issues Conferences:
The State Outreach Office, in collaboration with U-M schools and colleges and various community or state organizations, organizes one-day conferences on issues impacting the state and its citizens. Presenters include both community practitioners and university faculty.

Who to contact:

Jo-Anne Perkins of Cascade Engineering talks to scholars

Michigan Road Scholars (MRS) complete 2016 cycle through State

Jo-Anne Perkins, of Cascade Engineering in Grand Rapids, explains the manufacture of trash and recycling bins to the Road Scholars. (Photo by Dana Sitzler) The 15th annual Michigan Road Scholars trek around Michigan ended on Friday, and the scholars agree it was a wise investment of time and resources. “The pace was exhausting, but well worth it,” said Bob Grese, professor of natural resources in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, and director of the Nichols Arboretum. “I appreciate this opportunity to see some of my students’ hometowns. Michigan is really remarkable. Every region is distinct from the others. This will help me appreciate the unique personalities and perspectives my students bring to the classroom.”
“Every year, our scholars identify potential community/academic collaborations in which their expertise can make a solid contribution to current and future initiatives,” said MRS coordinator Dana Sitzler. “It happened again this year, maybe even more than in previous years.”