The University of Michigan School of Social Work Technical Assistance Center (TAC) has been supporting resident-led changemaking in Detroit neighborhoods for the last 9 years. In addition to other partners, the center works closely with the Skillman Foundation in support of its 10-year neighborhood development initiative. Typical activities of the center include community-campus partnership building, leadership development training, individual and organizational technical assistance, community based research and the implementation of pilot interventions.
The Center is dedicated to establishing and promoting socially just communities, and supports Detroit residents and stakeholders as they work to strengthen and improve their neighborhoods. Staff is guided by the belief that the assets and strengths in communities can be mobilized to affect power dynamics and characteristics of neighborhoods. Training, support and the infusion of university resources, if leveraged in a responsive and respectful way, have the power to magnify these inherent capabilities.
The U-M School of Social Work is a national leader in the areas of student-leader preparation, faculty research, innovative practice, and policy advocacy. The school prepares graduates to tackle complex social problems and improve the human condition. These unique orientations, along with the resource leverage of other renowned schools at the U-M, fuel the work of the TAC.
TAC work is supported by the Skillman Foundation under Grant #201400197.