REPORT: Here’s How U-M is Banding Together to Fight Poverty Around the World


Nearly 3 billion people around the world live in poverty, including 1 billion children. They survive on less than $2.50 a day.

Addressing this huge issue requires support from government, healthcare, education, business, and more. Where better to find all of those sectors working with the best and brightest researchers, teachers, and students in the world than at the University of Michigan?

Poverty Solutions, launched by U-M President Mark Schlissel in 2016, is a university-wide effort to explore and test models to ease the effects of poverty and broadly share that knowledge, while working with community groups and supporting active-learning options for students.

A new report chronicles the first full year of Poverty Solutions, highlighting the local, global, and national impact of the U-M community effort.

Michigan Ross Dean Scott DeRue sits on the Poverty Solutions Deans’ Governing Board and last year at Ross, professors Noel Tichy and Michael Gordon launched a collaborative project with Focus: HOPE, a nationally-recognized civil and human rights organization in Detroit, that aims to promote economic self-sufficiency among low-income residents. The program provides small grants to people and families to help them address economic challenges.  

This Ross project was one of dozens across the university in 2017.

See the full report of the incredible new initiatives launched and how they are affecting people in our state, country, and across the globe.

Read the 2017 U-M Poverty Solutions Progress Report