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: Denise Guillot, Academic Advisor, LSA & Kerri Wakefield, Director, Engineering Advising Center

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.

For more information and to get involved, write to

Council on Civic Engagement

Sponsor:  Office of the Provost

Chair:  Valeria Bertacco, Vice Provost for Engaged Learning

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:  Judith Pennywell, Ed.D, Director, International Center

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.

Detroit Advisory Group

Sponsor:  Office of the Provost

Interim Chair:  Valeria Bertacco, Vice Provost for Engaged Learning

The Detroit Advisory Group is charged with supporting U-M’s mission of research, education, and service in partnership with Detroit communities.

Specifically, this group:

  • advises University leadership on Detroit-related matters, emphasizing strategic direction, engagement, programming, and infrastructure, and including providing strategic guidance for the Detroit Center and Rackham Detroit;
  • facilitates outreach and focus events to seek input from U-M partners and other stakeholders in Detroit;
  • advises on specific events, workshops, and other work to build coordination and coherence in U-M Detroit engagement, including the annual research and teaching conference um3detroit; and
  • enhances both internal and external transparency, fosters collaboration, and promotes best practices in alignment with the principles for community and civic engagement.

International Education Network

Sponsor:  Office of the Provost

Convener: Asinda Sirignano, Provost Office- International Engagement Project Manager

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.

Sponsor: MLEAD, Student Life

The Leadership Collaborative is a community of university faculty and staff dedicated to advancing leadership learning and removing institutional barriers for students who seek to develop and progress as leaders. Through monthly meetings, the group works to share best practices, collaborate on annual programs and events, and increase cross-campus communication to enhance leadership learning opportunities at U-M.

For more information and to get involved, email

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

Co-Chairs: Catalina Ormsby, Associate Director, & Marissa Taylor, Program Manager

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.

Military Officer Education Programs

The University of Michigan, in cooperation with the armed services of the United States, provides an opportunity for eligible male and female students to earn a commission from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force upon completion of the degree and commissioning requirements. This opportunity is available through enrollment in the Military Officer Education Program (MOEP), which is known nationally as the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).

All three officer education programs (Army, Navy, and Air Force) offer four- and two-year program options, financial benefits and scholarship opportunities. Minor variations, however, do exist among the programs and students should consult the specific information under the applicable program.