Enrollment is open until January 15 at 8 a.m. for C-SED’s new course, ENGR X55: Finding Genuine Fieldwork Opportunities. This Winter 18 course will prepare you for one of four possible fieldwork projects in Summer 18. 

About the Class:

ENGR X55: Finding Genuine Fieldwork Opportunities (5 credits, Meeting Dates & Times TBA, 3360 GG Brown)

Students in this course will apply knowledge around socially engaged design to specific field site opportunities and prepare for field site immersion in the summer of  2018. Core topics include respectful community engagement, information gathering and identifying and communicating needs. Open to all majors and degree levels. Please submit your application by January 15 at 8 a.m. Click here to apply!

About the Fieldwork Sites:

The Detroit Institute of Arts (Summer 2018 – 4 to 6 weeks)

Through a partnership with Michigan Engaging Community through the Classroom (MECC), students will work on interviewing stakeholders and identifying needs and opportunities at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), a landmark, iconic institution in the city of Detroit.  The DIA wants to know how to “activate their campus” to make it more engaging to both urban and suburban stakeholders. Challenges already identified include addressing the underutilized formal entrance on Woodward Ave, improving way finding and signage, and looking into mobility issues. The team’s efforts will help shape a larger, regional community engagement strategy as well as the conceptual design stage of the project’s development. Ideal candidates will be studying Art & Design, Engineering, Architecture, and/or Museum Studies and have an interest in arts and/or urban planning.

Ecuador (Summer 2018 – 4 to 6 weeks)

Through a partnership with Nido de Vida, students will explore renewable energy options with a rural farming community in Ecuador. Selected students will be involved in information gathering and needs identification around the viability of various renewable energy options.  Ideal candidates will be passionate about environmental stewardship and sustainable community development, have experience in the design / study of renewable energy, able to ask for help and communicate needs, and eager to build relationships and have a cross-cultural experience.  Must be conversational in Spanish.

Dexter Schools (Summer 2018 – 4 to 6 weeks)

Through a partnership with Dexter Schools, students will work with 3rd and 4th grade classes at Wylie Elementary School to identify environmental and human impacts and needs related to the construction of a new school-building and the relocation of sports fields. Participants will meet with teachers, students, and school administrators to conduct a needs assessment alongside 3rd and 4th grade science classes. Ideal candidates will have experience engaging with children in an educational setting.

North Campus Sustainability (Summer 2018 – 4 to 6 weeks)

Students will identify needs and opportunities to increase the use of renewable energy on North Campus.  With new construction always underway on North Campus, there are ongoing opportunities to incorporate green building practices in addition to countless opportunities for retrofits and improving space utilization. This initiative contributes to the overall University of Michigan target to reach 25% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025. Ideal candidates will have some background and interest in sustainable energy.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get credit for socially engaged design field work and preparation. Click here to apply!