For Faculty

For Faculty

Our process brings together the university’s multi-disciplinary water network to focus on co-producing new knowledge about water with end-users.

The Water@Michigan Collaborative is based on the principle that our society will not fully benefit from all the values of the Great Lakes and their water resources until those benefits are equitably available and accessible to all, and every community has a voice in the decisions affecting them. We seek ways for interested members of the campus community to partner with BIPOC community representatives and co-produce the knowledge that responds to the community’s identified needs. 

By joining the Water@Michigan Collaborative, U-M faculty, researchers, and students gain access to the following resources:

New community connections

The Water@Michigan Collaborative will be hosting several Listening Sessions with interested community partners to discuss their water priorities. After this initial relationship-building and priority identification, our goal is to formalize 1-3 community and faculty partnerships.

To see more information about the Listening Sessions, visit our Annual Event page. This be will be updated as we finalize the schedule.

Learn More

If you are interested in joining one of the listening sessions, enter your details in the Sign-Up box in the left-hand navigation, or contact Ashley Stoltenberg (

To learn more about the commitment between communities and their faculty partners and potential projects, view our faculty-facing Opportunity Guide.

See the Guide

Building on current connections

Several of our Steering Committee members are active in the type of community-engaged work that aligns with the mission of the W@M Collaborative. To learn more about their work, check out our Who We Are page or skim the example projects in our Opportunity Guide. Visit the Our Process page to see how the Water@Michigan Collaborative is connected to other initiatives and partnerships on campus.

Potential funding opportunities

  • The Water@Michigan Collaborative has a small amount of seed funding available to support community partners and students. Sign up for our mailing list on the left to stay up-to-date on our next Listening Session, or reach out directly to Ashley Stoltenberg (
  • The Detroit River Story Lab is offering course development grants for up to $2,500. Check out the call here.
  • The Ginsberg Center's community-driven partnership or collaborative engagement grants up to $2,500. Check out the call here.
  • LSA Community-Engaged Course Development Grants offer up to $1,500 to support new and ongoing community-engaged courses. Check out the call here.
  • Check back for information on internal funding opportunities soon!