June 2019 – Page 2 – Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program

Month: June 2019

I am finding it very difficult to write tonight and, honestly, focus all day, and I am not 100% sure why, but I believe it may be because the week has been so great, jam-packed with activities, the sun high in the sky, a combination of everything…I have to say life is pretty good right …

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Woodbridge Culture

Cultural cues can take many forms. From clothing to simple eye contact, culture varies among different populations. I have seen several cultural cues at my community site. First, from walking around the neighborhood as well as from surveying and census data the culture in Woodbridge is predominantly African American, however the influx of white people …

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Week 4: Culture

The culture at VEJ is very welcoming and the site itself is a very open space that invites people into the garden. My supervisor and the executive director of VEJ are both parents and bring their children to Hope House. Several kids from down the street always come down to the garden to help out …

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Week 4

Culture is something that’s difficult to put into words, but I know that I’ve observed it in order to fit in my workplace. I feel pretty at home and settled in at work. I feel like I can joke around and relax in a way that I might not be able to in a more …

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Week 4

As one of the youngest individuals at my placement, I knew coming in that age may be an issue. When it comes to deciding about the education of Detroit students, the conversation can get intense with all of the differing opinions and backgrounds. Being that I am the youngest, sometimes it felt as if I …

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Week 4

If I could think of the Green Garage in one word  it would be collaborative. There are over 50 businesses and about 110 people working here.Common practices include daily walks around the city, baked goods brought in to share placed on the common counter in the kitchen, and Friday brown bag lunches where people from …

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Week 3

At this point, I feel like I’m pretty settled in to my job at Brilliant Detroit and regular life at Wayne State. I’ve been making an effort to try different things in the city, and it’s been really fun– I went to Belle Isle last Friday, shopped at Eastern Market over the weekend, attended a …

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Week 3

Something I’ve observed from Brilliant Detroit is how essential team work is. There are many different parts that go into organizations and it’s rare to engage in a project that doesn’t need time and energy from multiple parties. While this can lead to frustration, delay, and miscommunication, this also forces us out of individualistic mentalities. …

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Week 3

I spend a large amount of my time inside my office called Green Garage. Green Garage is a sustainable and environment friendly work space. Many of the materials used to create the green garage are recycled and they run off a large percentage of reusable energy. Another thing that they do to be sustainable is …

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