Community & Friends

EMU has a long history of collaboration with community members, non-profits, social enterprises and/or government entities to enhance the overall quality of life in our local area, region and internationally.

We work in partnership with the communities we serve and seek mutually beneficial outcomes for all institutions involved. For sustainability, we seek to build capacity with our partners.

Want to connect your organization or program to a course?
The Office of Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) works with faculty members to integrate community-based learning into courses and curriculum. The office also works with community organizations to identify possible collaborations with faculty and their courses and/or scholarly and creative activities.

Needing Research and Programmatic Support?
The Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities (ISCFC) provides research and service resources for community developments in areas of education, poverty and housing.

Current programs include EMU Bright Futures, SEMIS, Upward Bound and Hamilton Crossing’s Family Empowerment Program.

Recruit Volunteers
In collaboration with the United Way of Washtenaw County, EMU's VISION Volunteer Center and University of Michigan's Ginsberg Center are now offering Washtenaw County non-profit organizations one easy way to reach community and university volunteers. When you input an opportunity into United Way's Volunteer Washtenaw portal, your information will automatically be shared with EMU and UM's volunteer portals as well. Students are then able to search for local opportunities and organizations via their university's platform. For more information contact the VISION Volunteer Center at

Find Interns  
The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) helps to place prospective interns committed to working with non-profits.

Need Testing or Certifications?
EMU Testing Center is located in Halle Library on the main campus. The Center offers a number of industry certification exams including GED testing.

Pursue a CNP, a non-profit certification through the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance.

Connect. Cultivate. Collaborate.
Have an idea for a collaborative project? Interested in partnering but not sure where to start? Are you a part of a community organizations, government offices, faith-based organizations or individual interested in partnering with EMU? Fill out form below and share your ideas with us.

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Recent & Future Collaborations

Walk With a Stranger

Set for Fall 2017. Learn more.

Black Ypsi: Recorded & Remembered

An African American Heritage Signage Project funded through the Washtenaw County and Office of Economic Development and the CVB, this city and University collaborative project is set to launch in June 2017.

Y Trikes

An art and community building project provided community organizations, small businesses, EMU and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s office an opportunity to refurbish a trike for professional use. YTrikes were launched during the 2016 Fourth of July Parade after six months of refurbishing and designing. 

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