Mission

University Partners Detroit Student Leadership Program Powered by Leadership Detroit

is an inter-institutional higher education leadership development initiative, in collaboration with Leadership Detroit, a program of the Detroit Regional Chamber. The mission of the initiative is to engage and inform a collective of leaders from across diverse higher educational institutions committed to a sustainable region.  Participating institutions include Lawrence Technological University, Marygrove College, Oakland Univeristy, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Windsor, and Wayne State University.

University Partners Overview - as seen on Detroit Public Television May 2012


Oakland University is the newest member of the University Partnership student leadership program.

Program Information

The University Partners Detroit Student Leadership program (UP) is an initiative of Lawrence Technological University, Marygrove College, Oakland Univeristy, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Windsor, and Wayne State University, and has been created to provide students the foundation needed for a lifelong commitment to social change and advocacy. Through the program students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, learn facilitation and communication skills, and establish a network of professionals in careers such as health care, education, arts and culture, business, and others.

Successful applicants of UP will be exposed to key issues that affect metropolitan Detroit (e.g. education, politics, and economics) and will learn to challenge and build upon current solutions to bring about positive, long term change in the community through informed leadership. In addition to learning about significant area issues at various locations across the region, participants will be introduced to leadership models and will create a leadership action plan as the culminating project of the eight month program (October - May).

Mentoring, provided by Leadership Detroit alumni, will engage program participants in a deeper understanding and practice of leadership skills. Students will learn much about their mentors' position, leadership style, and how one may become successful as a leader in Southeast Michigan.  The mentorship relationship will serve as an invaluable resource for participants throughout the program.