Wayne State University

Aim Higher


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 our Detroit. Programs are usually offered in the spring and fall.

The Next Detroit 101 will take place Tuesday April 25, 8AM-2PM - Registration will open on Thursday, March 16!

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.

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.