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Giving Opportunities

 

Digital Studies Institute Strategic Fund (336485) GIVE NOW!

The strategic fund is critical to the Institute’s ability to pursue new opportunities and supplement whenever gaps appear. Contributions of all sizes to the DSI Strategic Fund will help to support crucial activities such as undergraduate and graduate needs; new technology; activities that enrich our curriculum; faculty recruitment and research; public programming bringing speakers to Ann Arbor and distribution UM research beyond the campus walls, and other initiatives that support our academic mission.

 

Additional Giving Opportunities:

Digital Studies Undergraduate Initiative Support Fund

The DSI is the first in the nation to explicitly foreground digital inequality, social justice, and the role of race, ethnicity, and gender in our digital lives. We provide a unique liberal arts approach to understanding the digital environment that surrounds us. Students apply skills and methods learned from the humanities, social sciences, and media production disciplines to challenge business as usual in the technology industries. Gifts to the Digital Studies Undergraduate Initiative Support Fund provide resources for undergraduates to direct their passions, drive, and desire to use digital platforms in the classroom and to develop projects that prioritize service to the community for social good.

Digital Studies Games for Change Collective Fund

Gifts of all sizes to this fund will provide scholarships and support public events (interactive exhibitions, presentations, and game-focused programs) for students creating so-called “serious games” on social justice, the environment, the public good, and racial and gender discrimination. It will also connect them with local and campus gaming organizations in esports (School of information), development (School of Engineering), and more general student game organizations (WolverineSoft). This fund will build access for those who are underrepresented in the field to become game designers and add new voices and perspectives to gaming culture.

Michigan Digital Justice Internships

The DSI will provide undergraduate internships to work with local tech firms to bring insights from ethnic, race, feminist and disability studies into digital practice.  Students can earn credit for this internship through the DSI program under guidance of DSI faculty, but funding is necessary to make these opportunities open to all students regardless of their financial situation.   A gift of $3,000 will fund one student’s summer internship experience. 

Digital Studies Institute Public Programming Outreach Fund

The DSI excels at presenting timely discussions of emergent topics relevant to the field. Support for the DSI Public Outreach Fund would make it possible to bring in leading thinkers, to respond swiftly to important issues, to enhance the Michigan student experience, and to enhance the research culture for all faculty and scholars on campus. These events include popular lecturers, panel discussions, and events that promote cultural understanding for students, the U-M community, and residents of our region. Support at the $5,000 level could fund a public panel on an emergent topic, while a gift of $20,000 could bring a special guest to campus for a series of community-wide programming and classroom meetings with students, or $30,000 could provide the resources needed to hold a conference. Gifts to endow events could be recognized with a naming opportunity.

Digital Studies Graduate Fellowship

This fellowship will provide tuition and living expenses for a doctoral student working on a digital studies dissertation project. It will also provide funding for research travel and equipment expenses. Support will enhance junior scholars’ dissertation work and build the University of Michigan’s profile as an outstanding place for digital studies research.  A gift of $1M would endow a named graduate fellowship in perpetuity, while a gift of $55,000 would fully support a graduate student for one year (stipend, tuition, benefits, research fund)

 

Donate online to the DSI Strategic Fund HERE

Donate by Mail:

You may make donations by mail:

Digital Studies Institute

University of Michigan

G333 Mason Hall

419 South State Street

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1045

Please make your check payable to the University of Michigan and specify which fund you are supporting.

Questions?  Contact the U-M Digital Studies Institute at umdsi.info@umich.edu

Additional Giving Opportunities

To discuss these or other giving opportunities, including bequests, estate, or planned gifts, please contact Gail Flynn (LSA Advancement; gailf@umich.edu; 734-615-6370).