Wayne State University

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Programs

The Detroit Orientation Institute offers a variety of experiences for both new and long-time Detroiters:

Detroit 101

In-depth, half-day excursions for groups of approximately 30 people. Tours led by the Detroit Experience Factory feature visits to several Detroit neighborhoods and institutions, and conversations with community leaders along the way. Each tour will conclude with lunch and a group dialogue featuring local change makers who are driving progress in Detroit. Programs are usually offered in the spring (April) and fall (October).


Detroit Dialogues

2-hour topic-specific lunchtime conversations for groups of 10-15 people in a Detroit restaurant or catered venue. Conversations are led by moderators well versed in the topic and include additional subject matter experts and practitioners.

In 2017, the Detroit Orientation Instititute's Detroit Dialogue series is partnering with Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward. This multi-year project led by the Detroit Historical Society brings together diverse voices and communities around the effects of an historic crisis to find their place in the present and inspire the future. Dialogues will help link the efforts commemorating the civic unrest of July 1967 with broader themes that still impact our region. Featured guests will include historians, Detroit '67 key partners and exhibit organizers, contributors to the exhibit and oral histories, and residents that lived through the events of 1967.

Past Detroit Dialogues have covered topics ranging from Regional Transit (October 2016), Arts & Culture (September 2016), Water & Our Region (July 2016), Spaces for Everyone (March 2016), the Home Rule City Act (July 2015), to Education (February 2015).


Dig Deeper

An in-depth study of Detroit and its surrounding communities for cohorts of 20-25 people over the course of consecutive days. Eligibility for Dig Deeper is based on a participant's completion of Immerse Detroit or a Detroit Dialogue, and will include:

  • Introductory presentations or experiences to orient each topic.
  • Short guided tours that connect topics to specific communities.
  • Dialogues and meals in metropolitan Detroit communities that include practitioners, residents and subject matter experts.