Huong Nguyen is a sophomore in the school of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Growing up in the city of Lansing, Michigan, she has always been interested in community impact. She and her family experienced firsthand the powerful impact that help and support can make in difficult times when they moved to the U.S. from [...]

This summer, I had the privilege of teaching a group of teenage girls in Humjibre, Ghana for three weeks. The organization I volunteered through is the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI). Their aim is to enable community members to improve their children’s health and education. By having these focuses, GHEI seeks to improve the [...]

  • Aug 5, 2013
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The roots of our connection to Brightmoor began with our initial reflections regarding the importance of college access in communities across the state of Michigan.  When we decided to research the benefits of having a college degree at multiple levels of analysis, we began by examining the decision-making process that Michigan students and families go [...]

By Kelly Finzer On Wednesday, April 10th, Gina Gallagher, Dr. Burkhardt, and I joined with some outstanding high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Baldwin High School for dinner at Ann Arbor favorite, Pizza House.  These students were on a tour of nine colleges in Southeastern Michigan, gathering information and ideas about the different types [...]

By John Burkhardt Last week I was in Fort Worth, Texas visiting with an individual who has directed some of his wealth to support colleges and university students in their efforts to learn about the role of philanthropy in U.S. society.  His foundation has provided $100,000 to allow UM students in our ED 769 class [...]

We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to our funders, and their generosity and support of our work. Below is a list of our previous funders. For more information on specific funded projects, please visit our Funded Projects page. To view our current funders, visit the Current Funding Partners page. Previous Funders American College Personnel Association American [...]

In spring of 2012, the National Forum was invited to partner with Focus: HOPE to create a research project about education attainment and culture in the community.  Focus: HOPE is a civil rights organization founded in 1968 that serves the community in the HOPE Village neighborhood of Detroit.  For over forty years, Focus: HOPE has [...]

Over the past couple years, the National Forum has partnered with leaders of the Brightmoor community, a neighborhood in the northwest region of Detroit, to promote and establish a college access network for Brightmoor youth and adults.  Assisting in this task is Raquel K. Welch-Johnson, an AmeriCorps member within the Mentor Michigan College Coaching Corps [...]

Throughout life we are all tasked with dilemmas regarding our reasoning for existence.  Discovering your life’s purpose isn’t always easy, and getting some insight as to your purpose can certainly help you get some focus and clarity on your path.  No matter what culture, race, religion, or gender, we all have had that one time [...]

  • Jul 18, 2011
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