Michigan State University is integrally connected to Metropolitan Detroit through its strong connections and large numbers of alumni residing in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. MSU has long had a presence in Metropolitan Detroit through its many MSU Extension programs, arts and economic development initiatives, and partnerships in teaching and education, including long-term support of the Detroit Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP).
More recently, MSU’s presence in Detroit has been enhanced through its addition of the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s campuses in Detroit, Wayne County and Macomb County, and the MSU Detroit Center.
Located in the Brush Park Historic District along Detroit’s main thoroughfare, at 3408 Woodward Avenue, the MSU Detroit Center is very much in and of the community in which it sits. The facility is housed in a 22,000-square-foot 1912 Albert Kahn building that once housed a print shop. The Center is home to:
- Community Music School – Detroit
Providing music education and performance opportunities to all ages including MSU Jazz@CMS Detroit, early childhood music education, music therapy, and the New Horizons Band for adults of all skill levels
- College of Education Urban Educators Cohort Program
Preparing teaching interns for the unique social and economic challenges facing students and teachers in urban classrooms
Providing services and programs designed to engage students and parents interested in opportunities for higher education, particularly undergraduate freshman and transfer students
Fostering donor-centered relationships to secure private funding for initiatives by students, faculty and staff that serve to fulfill MSU’s global mission
- Governmental Affairs
Working with local, state and federal policy makers to ensure funding and policy initiatives represent community and university priorities
- University Outreach and Engagement
Developing and nurturing collaborative relationships between the University’s faculty and staff and its external constituents to forge collaborative partnerships for mutual benefit and learning, with an emphasis on research