SEED Wayne founder Kami Pothukuchi recognized with Ford C3 Legacy Award

October 26, 2017. At an event to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Ford Motor Company’s College Community Challenge (C3) grant program, SEED Wayne and founder Kami Pothukuchi were recognized with a Ford C3 Legacy Award.

     In presenting the award, Mike Schmidt, Director for Education and Community Development, lauded SEED Wayne as exemplifying the program’s goals and aspirations. Noting SEED Wayne’s winning application in C3’s inaugural round in 2008, he said, “We see the C3 grants as providing seed money with the hope that the projects will go on to become self-sustaining.” Five projects each won $100,000 in that first round.

     SEED Wayne bagged another C3 grant in 2013 to finance the Student Advantage project at Wayne State University Farmers Market. In 2015, C3 funded tuition scholarships for students completing a SEED Wayne Fellowship. The Fellowship includes an internship with a community-based organization implemented under Pothukuchi’s supervision.

     Ford C3 applications are reviewed on four criteria: how the project builds student leadership, the extent to which it addresses an important community need, if it includes a sustainability dimension, and how it incorporates community partnerships.

     Founded in 2008, SEED Wayne is a campus-community collaborative to build sustainable food systems on the campus of Wayne State University and in Detroit area neighborhoods.

     After nine years of being operated by SEED Wayne, the Wayne State Farmers Market will be led jointly starting 2018 by the Center for Health and Community Impact and Office of Campus Sustainability. SEED Wayne’s campus engagement projects are based in the Office of Campus Sustainability. The SEED Wayne Fellowship is housed in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

     For information about SEED Wayne, write Kami Pothukuchi at or browse:

Pictured above: Mike Schmidt, Kami Pothukuchi, Farah Harb



Robin Boyle received the Charles Blessing Award

On September 19, 2013, Professor Robin Boyle was recognized with the Charles Blessing Award by the American Institute of Architects, Detroit, for his contributions to Urban Design and Planning (by a non-architect). Professor Boyle has just stepped down as Chair of the department.

With Professor Rayman Mohamed and Joseph Tangari (MUP, 2013), Boyle completed a study on adaptive reuse of historic industrial buildings in Detroit, commissioned by the UHaul Corporation. With Mohamed, Tangari, and T. J. Auer (MUP  candidate), he also secured a contract from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to undertake an assessment of the impacts of the Redevelopment Ready Communities Program. Finally, a paper he presented at the 2013 ACSP/AESOP Congress in Dublin, Ireland, on the evolution of city master plans in the context of shrinkage, will be published in a collection of essays on the changing quality of life in US cities.

Boyle has also continued his involvement with the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program. The first cohort of 29 Fellows completed their two-year assignments in 2013. A majority will remain in Detroit, most in permanent positions with the agencies that hired them in 2011. The list includes Matteo Passalacqua (MUP, 2010), Manager of “The Block,” the one-time Michigan High Technology Center located at Cass Park. A second cohort of 22 Fellows has been placed with key Detroit agencies, including the Detroit Future City Implementation Office, Data Driven Detroit, Detroit Downtown Partnership, Greening of Detroit, and the Grandmont Rosedale CDC.


George Galster inducted into the 2014 UAA Service Honor Roll

At the 2014 Urban Affairs Association (UAA) conference, Dr. George Galster was inducted into the 2014 UAA Service Honor Roll. The UAA Service Honor Roll recognize those members who have contributed outstanding service over the years to the association. Read presss release

Professor Galster and Erica Raleigh, from Data Driven Detroit, also received the Best 2013 Conference Paper award. (view press release)

The UAA is the international professional association for urban scholars, researchers and public service professionals.

Dr. Gaslter is a Distinguished Professor and the Clarence B. Hilberry Professor of Urban Affairs


Kami Pothukuchi received the 2013 Dr. Arthur L. Johnson Community Leadership Award

Dr. Kami Pothukuchi, Associate Professor and Chair, was one of three recipients of the 2013 Dr. Arthur L. Johnson Community Leadership Award. Wayne State University. She is the founding director of SEED Wayne, a campus-community collaborative dedicated to building sustainable food systems at WSU and in Detroit neighborhoods. SEED Wayne’s activities include three campus gardens, an annual 21-week farmers market, nutrition outreach, a healthy corner store initiative, and many classroom and field-based educational activities. Pothukuchi’s research examines how community food planning can advance public health, economic development, social justice and ecological sustainability. Her professional contributions have helped create the sub-field of food planning within community and regional planning.

This award recognizes the important role that public universities play in building sustainable and just food systems, going beyond typical roles in teaching and research. Professor Pothukuchi's work offers a model of campus leadership on sustainable food systems.

The awards, named after late civil rights leader and Wayne State administrator Arthur L. Johnson, honor individuals and organizations — nominated by the public — whose contributions positively affect the community.

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