Faculty participate in selected teams to work with Focus: HOPE in Detroit community development initiative
Professors Margaret Dewar and Craig Borum, Assistant Professors Maria Arquero and Jen Maigret and Lecturer Eric Dueweke are participating in faculty-led research projects selected by the Graham Sustainability Institute to join Focus: HOPE, a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization, on a Detroit community development initiative. The university-funded projects will incorporate social, economic and environmental strategies to help develop a comprehensive plan for advancing the HOPE Village Initiative, a 100-block area immediately surrounding the Focus: HOPE campus straddling the cities of Detroit and Highland Park. Dueweke and Dewar's project is titled "Applied Research and Service by Urban Planning Students in the HOPE Village Initiative Area." Arquero, Maigret and Borum, worked with Robert Grese from School of Natural Resources and Environment; and College of Engineering faculty Lorelle Meadows and Aline Cotel on the project "Play & Grounds." Each of the six teams will receive funding for their projects over the next 18 months.
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