5. Developing Effective Regional Leadership

Effective leadership is essential to the continued progress of the greater Detroit region. In addition to finding the leaders of the future, it is crucial to unlock the potential for leadership already present in many of our citizens.

The university created the Institute for Local Government (IFLG) in 2004. The IFLG provides courses for members of school boards and city councils, including workshops on issues ranging from health-care policy to “Dealing with Hate,” as well as how-to classes on running for office. The IFLG provides leaders with the preparation they need to do the civic work they have chosen. Significantly, the program has begun to form common experience networks across municipal boundaries not often crossed in metropolitan Detroit.

UM-Dearborn has also launched a major initiative to grow civic engagement on the part of our students. This effort is proving to be a useful vehicle for teaching our students about the importance of getting involved in their communities, and how to best facilitate positive change.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is helping to improve the quality of life throughout the region by providing communities with the effective leadership needed to create a better tomorrow.

"University of Michigan-Dearborn will develop the next generation of leaders from our region--critical thinkers and doers with the skills, knowledge, and passion they will need to meet the challenges of our region and our future."

-Chancellor Daniel Little