In times like this, institutions like UM-Flint have the opportunity and the obligation to be of service. Part of the central mission of the University of Michigan-Flint, as a regional comprehensive university, is to contribute to the wellbeing of our community. The University is working in partnership to identify needs and contribute to a greater education and awareness. In fact, the University’s faculty, staff, and students are involved in the water crisis at every level.
- The UM-Flint campus hosted the first large-scale community filter distribution in October, giving out 3,000 filters in a single day.
- UM-Flint’s GIS mapping center is the primary organization analyzing Flint’s water infrastructure and identifying problems.
- Public Health and Health Sciences is providing a course on the Flint water crisis free of charge to the community.
- Nursing faculty and students are committed to providing free lead screening until 100 percent of at-risk children are tested.
- Our expert health and safety staff, as well as faculty, serve on a number of community boards that have been leading voices in identifying, and now responding to, the water crisis.
- All three campuses of the University of Michigan are coming together to provide faculty expertise and U-M President Mark Schlissel has provided $100,000 in seed funding for university faculty research initiatives.