Campus Councils

U-M faculty and staff are committed to advancing the public good in communities in the state of Michigan, across the country, and around the world.

The following councils, networks, and working groups provide platforms for collaboration and coordination around important topics related to civic engagement and engaged learning and scholarship. They are chaired by respected campus leaders and meet regularly throughout the academic year.

Advising Council at U-M

Sponsor:  Office of the Provost

Co-Chairs: Mark Collyer, Associate Director, Engineering Advising Center, College of Engineering; Jeni Olney, Academic Program Manager, Innovate Blue, Ross School of Business; and Timothy Webb, Coordinator of Advising Programs and Professional Development, Newnan Academic Advising Center, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

The Advising Council at the University of Michigan (ACUM) was formed in 2014 and addresses key advising needs for nearly 500 advisors across campus. Through robust programming, an enhanced network, and an active committee structure, the ACUM strives to provide opportunities for professional growth in the profession of academic advising as well as opportunity gaps in advising across campus. By leveraging expertise and knowledge from across the university, the ACUM helps improve the quality of advising, the sharing of knowledge and resources, and reduces the duplication of work across units.

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Council on Civic Engagement

Sponsor:  Office of the Provost

Chair:  Nick Tobier, Edward R. Ginsberg Senior Counselor to the Provost on Civic Engagement, and Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design

Civic engagement at the University of Michigan prepares students, faculty, and staff to work collaboratively through practice, teaching, and research towards these same goals for full participation in a complex, democratic, and just society. We engage with communities around the world to build mutual understanding, to improve the quality of life, and to affect systemic change through developing and integrating the combination of knowledge, skills, values, reflection and motivation to provoke inquiry and affect meaningful change through shared commitment, open communication, partnership, and reciprocity.

The Council on Civic Engagement (CCE) is an open cross-campus committee of faculty and staff. Our work is in sharing best practices, and increasing communication to foster opportunities in campus-community partnership, emerging research, and initiatives. As a Council, our principles proclaim: fostering the integration of professional and public concerns into resulting civic impact, systemic change and an equitable and just society requires the integration of active participation in communities and understanding of implicit biases, confronting unequal access to power and privilege, and recognizing the needs and assets of all parties.

Council on Global Engagement

Sponsor:  Office of the Provost

Chair:  Katie Lopez, Assistant Director of the Office of Global Activities, School of Social Work

Global engagement is core to the educational mission of the University of Michigan. The scope and excellence of our international learning opportunities are U-M differentiators, and we are dedicated to helping all of our students experience the wider world through academic and co-curricular programs abroad. Equally important is the cultural and intellectual diversity that our international students and scholars bring to the U-M campus. The U-M continually seeks new ways to both expand education abroad capacity and to create a campus culture that helps students from all backgrounds learn from one another. The Council on Global Engagement (CGE) helps the University build greater cohesion, innovation, and quality in these efforts.

International Education Network

Sponsor:  Office of the Provost

The International Education Network is a community of practitioners open to all U-M faculty and staff who work on international programs: education abroad, international student and scholar services, or global academic programs. Members range from faculty advisors for international programs to professional advising staff to global librarians and English as a Second Language instructors. The Network meets once per month to share best practices and ideas.

Roundtable on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Sponsor:  Office of the Provost

Co-Chairs: Mark Clague, Associate Dean of Academic & Student Affairs, and Associate Professor of Musicology and Entrepreneurship & Leadership, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; and Kelly Sexton, Associate Vice President for Research – Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships, Office of Technology Transfer

Through the entrepreneurial work of our students and faculty, and in collaboration with partners in southeast Michigan and across the world, we seek to promote the economic, social, and intellectual development of our society and contribute to the public good. The U-M entrepreneurial ecosystem is vibrant, distributed, locally-tailored, and growing. Entrepreneurship is intrinsically an interdisciplinary activity and extends to every discipline at U-M.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Roundtable serves as a platform to convene groups throughout the ecosystem to share ideas, communicate opportunity, and disrupt barriers to collaboration.

University Outreach Council

Sponsor:  Center for Educational Outreach

Established in 2008 by the Center for Educational Outreach, the University Outreach Council (UOC) consists of U-M faculty and staff representing schools, colleges and units involved in educational outreach and engagement initiatives. Through once-monthly meetings, annual programs and events, and ongoing networking, this community at U-M shares best practices about educational outreach and engagement, offers expertise and guidance to promote educational outreach and engagement, and enhances collaboration and coordination of educational outreach across campus.