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  • CARSS Celebrates Detroit-Based Partners at the DIA!

    On the evening of May 22nd, every seat in the Crystal Gallery room was filled, as partners, participants, and community and business leaders came to the Detroit Institute of Arts to learn more about CARSS Detroit-based projects. Representatives from each CARSS-sponsored team gave presentations about their progress and answered audience questions.

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  • Addressing Trauma in the Democratic Republic Congo

    The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced multiple devastating wars and conflicts during its post-colonial era, with an estimated 5 million conflicted-related deaths in the past decade. Eastern DRC is now classified as the global region suffering the most sustained burden of internecine warfare, with extraordinary high rates of sexual violence towards women.

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  • CARSS research helping reshape Detroit

    University of Michigan urban planning professor Margaret Dewar added insight to an Oct. 23 Reuters article on the work community organizations are doing to help revitalize parts of Detroit.  Dewar has worked with community groups in Detroit to fight blight in neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosures. She also leads a CARSS sponsored project to evaluate those efforts, one of five current CARSS projects based in Detroit. The others take on issues that include health, urban planning, education, workforce development and poverty.

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  • Evolving projects

    Big change requires bold aspirations. CARSS works to get outside what we think we know about social problems and find better approaches and solutions.

    Launched projects

    We didn't launch CARSS just to talk about problems facing society. Our projects develop new solutions for longstanding challenges, like reforming schools and making cities more accessible.

    Based at the University of Michigan, CARSS is a small center committed to big ideas. We bring together leading scholars, business people, policy makers and practice professionals to take on the world's most pressing problems.