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Cultural, Social Events, and Volunteer Opportunities


Meet our cultural and social events student staff

Lindsey Nate
Lindsey Miller
Graduate Student
School of Social Work
Nate Gire
Graduate Student
Ford School of Public Policy


Great Lakes Crossing Outlets Shopping Trip

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
Date Location Time
Sat, Apr 12 Auburn Hill, Michigan 9:30am - 6:30pm

Cost: $20/person for round trip transportation. NO REFUNDS. You will need to bring money for food and shopping. Students, scholars, friends, and families are welcome. Same price for all, regardless of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: In order to reserve your spot for this trip, you must pay in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (MUTO). Ask for the International Center’s Great Lakes Crossing Outlets shopping trip. Cash or credit cards accepted. When purchasing the tickets, you must present a valid UMID and provide a phone number (in case of emergency during the trip). Limited space is available and each person is allowed to purchase up to two tickets.

Meeting location and time: Participants may choose to board the bus from either Central Campus or North Campus at one of the locations designated below. Upon our return, participants may choose to be dropped off at Central or North Campus locations.

Pick-up/Drop-off Location Meeting Time
Central Campus: outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street 9:30am
North Campus: outside the Pierpont Commons on Murfin Avenue 9:50am

**Please Note: The bus will depart the North Campus location at 10:00 AM for the Outlets. 

Event Description: Great Lakes Crossing Outletsis the market’s dominant retail outlet and entertainment destination, attracting people throughout the Midwest and Canada. There are over 185 manufacturer’s outlets and traditional retail stores. The enclosed shopping center is home to Michigan’s largest food court (1,000 seats). Everyone will receive “Passport to Shopping” which offers great discounts on name-brand merchandise, fabulous food and entertainment at certain stores and restaurants.

Questions: contact Nate Gire at

Ongoing Opportunities

Coffee Hour

Date Time Location
Fri, Jan 17 3:30-5pm

International Center Conference Room

Fri, Feb 21 3:30-5pm
Tue, Mar 25 3:30-5pm
Fri, Apr 18 3:30-5pm

Description: Join us at the Coffee Hour to socialize with other students/scholars. Students, scholars, and families are all welcome to attend.

Questions: contact Nate Gire at

Community Service at Delonis Shelter

community service

Volunteers will prepare and serve food at the Delonis Homeless Shelter. This is an opportunity to see a different aspect of American life than what you are exposed to at U-M.

These will take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month all term. There will be two shifts and four or five people are needed for each shift. Shift One is from 2:30 to about 6:00 p.m., and Shift Two is from 4:30 to around 8:00 p.m. Shift One participants will prepare food and Shift Two participants will serve food. Volunteers will meet at the Ecumenical Center and International Residence on Church Street and drive downtown to the Delonis Shelter. Afterwards, we will come back to ECIR for dinner and discussion.

Service Dates: January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13 and December 11.

Registration Deadline: Six business days prior to each service date. If you would like to participate, please contact ECIR's Volunteer Coordinators at In your email, please include:

* Your name

* Shift preference (first or second)

* Your phone number

* Whether you have a car and could help with transportation, including the number of passengers you can accommodate.

This opportunity is co-sponsored by the U-M International Center and the Ecumenical Center and International Residence.

For a map to ECIR, please see

See Shelter Association of Washtenaw County for more information about the Delonis Homeless Shelter.

English Conversation Group for International Scholars

english conversation group

This series is designed to meet the needs of international scholars at U-M. Each session features a different topic and you can attend as many of the sessions as you want. The group will practice conversational English and discuss U.S. customs related to informal social interactions in a university setting. Open to international scholars only.



Date Time Topic Location
Wed, Apr 23 3:30-5pm Preparing and Delivering a Presentation

Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) Conference Room (Room 4016, 4th floor of the Michigan Union)

Thur, May 29 3:30-5pm TBD
Thur, Jun 26 3:30-5pm TBD


Last reviewed: 04/14