Office of Urban Leadership Wraps Up Mentoring Experience in Cody-Rouge

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The Office of Urban Leadership (OUL) is challenging Marygrove College students to be BOLD and have a positive impact on the lives of youth in the city of Detroit. The OUL is currently partnering with several nonprofit organizations as well as an elementary school in the Cody-Rouge Neighborhood to mentor youth in after school programs.  Fourteen Marygrove College students and two staff members from the OUL volunteered time at Dixon Educational Learning Academy and Developing KIDS to develop positive relationships with K-12 youth. Within the 2013-14 academic year, students spent 136 hours mentoring in community and staff volunteered 36 hours for a total of 172 mentoring hours.

In reflecting upon their mentoring experience Marygrove mentors had this to say:

  • “I learned I love working with children and would like to have them be my focus area after I graduate.”
  • ”Yes, I do see the connection & impact of this type of experience. I do see myself as an urban leader as life goes outside the books and other school related things.”
  • “I learned to adapt to the different children as each one learns in their own way and at a different pace.”
  • “Because I lived in this area I know what these kids are exposed to. It was great for them to see someone who comes from the same place, to be in college.”

This type of civic engagement for the college continues our commitment to developing our students as Urban Leaders while also promoting a positive impact on the city of Detroit.  The OUL trains and certifies all of our Marygrove Student Mentors as College Positive Volunteers, who will be able to promote educational skills and college readiness to K-12 students. This exciting and engaging opportunity has allowed our Student Mentors to be responsible for leadership tasks such as serving as role models within our communities as well as assisting in the classrooms with tutoring and skills building.

The OUL has found that these experiences have not only had a profound impact on our students but have also had a positive influence on the K-12 youth we have had the wonderful opportunity to engage.  The OUL continues to develop new opportunities for our students to carry out the three C’s within the mission of the college:  Competence, Compassion, and Commitment.  We continue to identify   community partnerships enabling our students to have a BOLD impact in our community while remaining committed to educational excellence and social justice. 

Marygrove BOLD Partnership with Cody Rouge Community

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An excerpt from: The Community Connections-Marygrove College Partnership: A Powerful Collaboration

Last May, after Day Two of Creating Space X, I had the honor of joining a self-organized dinner.  Among the group were Brenda Price, the director of Marygrove College’s Office of Urban Leadership Initiatives and who also oversees the Building Our Leadership in Detroit (BOLD) and Lisa Leverette, the Program Manager at the Detroit Community Connections Grant Program. That night, it became clear that Lisa and Brenda had amazing insights into many of the systemic social problems of their city. Also present were Dawn Wilson and Darnell Adams, who are both on the grant review panel for the Community Connections Small Grants Program.  Over dinner folks helped to paint a holistic picture that transcended the typical media characterizations  of Detroit with an unparalleled richness. So deep was their collective knowledge, so compelling, that all the non-Michiganians at the table (which included Tides Client Specialist Bella Celnik, LLC Chief Board Member and Independent Consultant Eugene Kim, and I) left committed to visit Detroit. As the night ended, Brenda and Lisa made a commitment to work together when they returned to Michigan. Now, seven months later, I reconnected with Brenda and Lisa to hear more about their collaboration.

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Announcement from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation:

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has a long history of supporting emerging and existing leaders. Fellowships have, over the years, been one of our most effective tools for realizing the belief that leadership is a critical tool for individual development, community-grounded leadership and broader societal change. It is with great pride that we announce the WKKF Community Leadership Network, a new program that constitutes a renewed commitment to leadership development.

This fellowship is rooted in WKKF’s mission of supporting vulnerable children and their families, with a focus on racial equity and community and civic engagement. In alignment with our grantmaking strategies, a total of 100 fellows will be equitably selected from our U.S. priority places—Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans—and will do their work there. Another 20 fellows will be selected from outside the priority places and will function as a national cohort whose work will focus on racial healing and equity.

Marygrove’s BOLD microsite a resource for its urban leadership initiative

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 Office of Urban Leadership encourages campus community involvement 

DETROIT, Nov. 19, 2013 — Marygrove College today announced the addition of their BOLD microsite as an information resource for the College’s urban leadership initiative. BOLD, which stands for Building Our Leadership in Detroit, is a three-year, W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded effort for Marygrove College to develop an urban leadership curriculum, and a cornerstone in the building of the College’s strategic vision of fostering urban leadership. 

The urban leadership vision, which was inspired and championed by current Marygrove President Dr. David J. Fike, focuses the College on strengthening its understanding and expertise on contemporary urban issues, as well as its understanding and capacity to develop leaders. It commits the College to invest in faculty development to enhance the intellectual capital of the institution, and to support mechanisms (curricular and co-curricular) that utilize intellectual capital to develop its students to be leaders in urban areas. A key component of the BOLD initiative is the establishment of the Office of Urban Leadership (OUL). The OUL helps ensure facilitation, planning, and implementation of an integrated portfolio to advance urban leadership both internal and external to the campus.  

The Office of Urban Leadership is encouraging involvement in urban leadership initiatives and believes that the microsite will serve as a place where people can go to become informed about the urban leadership vision, find opportunities to engage, and be inspired to share their own stories of how they are helping to make a difference in our community.

To visit the BOLD site, go to

Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marygrove College

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DETROIT, Jan. 28, 2014— Marygrove College today announced that Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed will become Marygrove College’s next Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective April 1, 2014. Dr. El-Sayed is currently the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan.

Having served in higher education for more than 25 years, Dr. El-Sayed brings exceptionally relevant experience to Marygrove and the Academic Affairs Division. Her leadership experience includes service as Kettering’s Chief Accreditation Officer, its Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and its Founding Chair of the Planning and Assessment Council. She also oversees the Registrar’s Office, the Academic Success Center, the Library, the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, the Center for Culminating Undergraduate Experiences and the Cooperative & Experiential Education Department. She has led many initiatives at Kettering, such as: development of enriched First Year Experience, Supplemental Instruction, Culminating Experience, and Experiential Learning curricula; a review of Graduate, and International Programs to enhance student support and oversight; development of a self-study on Faculty Compensation, Student Retention and in preparation for Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reaccreditation, among others.

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