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. For more information on our current supporting programs, visit the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities.

Current programs include EMU Bright Futures, SEMIS, Upward Bound and Family Empowerment Program.

Learn about our current projects.

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.

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

Ypsilanti Housing Commission Bike Share

We are so excited to announce that a pilot bike share program is coming to targeted residential areas of Ypsilanti, this summer! 

EMU Bright Futures Ideas to Action 

Social and Emotional Learning takes on a Design Mindset this June! Join EMU Bright Futures for a very special Ideas to Action Gathering June 28 and 29, hosted in collaboration with the Institute for Innovation in Education (iiE). Whether you come to one or both days, you can count on new connections, inspiration, skill-building opportunities and shared creative energy.

Designing for Social and Emotional Learning with iiE’s signature Design Mindset CardThursday, June 28.

Reflect and Serve: Friday, June 29 will be a full-day SEL experience focused on helping participants identify useful tools and strategies to better serve our youth and the communities in which we work.


Register for one or two-day passes.

Questions? Contact Lynn Malinoff at

Black Ypsilanti: 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 May 2018. 

Restorative Justice Conference

Engage @ EMU is planning to offer a one-day conference on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the EMU Student Center to discuss the elimination of the “Zero Tolerance” policy by the Michigan Department of Education and how this has affected school districts, as well as focus discussion around best practices regarding policies that have replaced Zero Tolerance during the 2017-2018 school year.  More information will follow.

If you are looking for more information, please contact Caroline Sanders, .


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