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Taubman College Pathways Program

Taubman College offers opportunities for undergraduate students and recent grads across the country to learn about urban planning, architecture, urban design and Taubman College.

What is the Taubman College Pathways program?

The Taubman College Pathways program seeks to create avenues to diversify the Taubman College community and the fields of architecture and urban planning. Geared towards those exploring graduate education, the program provides an opportunity for career exploration and learning more about Taubman College’s academic offerings in an intimate setting. Our goal is to expand the diversity of our College and disciplines in as many ways as possible, including but not limited to socioeconomic status, educational experiences, race/ethnicity, etc. This is one of multiple pathways and mentoring programs Taubman College offers at every stage, from high school through entry into the profession and beyond.

Who should participate in the Taubman College Pathways program?

Current non-University of Michigan Ann Arbor undergraduate students and college graduates who identify as first-generation or have experienced low socio-economic status (at any point in their life--examples include but are not limited to receiving free or reduced lunch, financial aid, SNAP or housing benefits--see application for more details) are eligible to apply. DACAmented/Undocumented applicants are also eligible. We are particularly interested in students who want to explore attending Taubman College as graduate students.

What happens during the Pathways Program?

During the Pathways Program, participants will have an opportunity to learn about Taubman College and the fields of architecture and urban planning. They will also have an opportunity to learn about Detroit and how students engage in that community as part of their Taubman education. Participants will virtually attend classes, meet professors, current students, and student organizations as well as student support staff including Admissions; Student Affairs; Career and Professional Development; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and others. In addition, participants will be matched with a current student mentor who will guide them and support them throughout the program.

In terms of time commitment, participants attend 10 weekly sessions, an opening and closing event, 1-2 class sessions, and at least 3 mentorship meetings.  

When is the Pathways Program? 

This year, the Pathways Program will transition into an extended virtual experience from October to December 2021.

What are the benefits* of participating in Taubman College Pathways?

During the program, participants:

  • Learn more about graduate programs and the fields of architecture, urban planning, and urban design
  • Recieve resume support
  • Explore networking and professional development opportunities
  • Are paired with current student mentors
  • Develop lasting connections with fellow participants and Taubman College affiliates

After the program concludes, participants have access to:

  • Application assistance for Taubman College academic programs
  • Guidance throughout the financial aid and scholarship application process at Taubman College
  • Support in applying to Rackham’s Summer Research Opportunity Program
  • Receiving a $200 stipend for attending the program (must attend at least 80% of program activities)
  • If admitted to Taubman College, participants will receive support through the Taubman College Pathways Scholarship Fund (up to $10,000)

*These benefits are subject to change.

What does it cost?

The virtual program is completely free to participants. Participants who complete the program (participating in 80% of program activities) will be eligible to receive a stipend.

How do I apply?

Complete the participant application by Sunday, September 12, 2021, 11:59 PM ET. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within two weeks.

Taubman College students can apply to serve as student coordinators or volunteers. Student Coordinators should review the job descriptions for the Program Lead Coordinator and Program Coordinator (2 positions available) and apply to one or both by Sunday, August 15, 2021, 11:59 pm ET

Volunteers, please share your interest in being part of the program by completing this brief form by Monday, September 6, 2021, 11:59pm ET.

I have more questions!

If you have more questions, let us know! The TCP team is here to help. Send your questions to taubmancollegepathways@umich.edu

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