Bridging the latest academic research with on-the-ground programs

The Institute for Social Progress works with educational institutions, organizations, community groups and other key stakeholders to advance research in key areas of education equity, civic participation and related topics. We then use research and engagement with our affiliates and community members to produce on-the-ground programs that help move the needle towards greater educational equity in metro Detroit and across the nation.

Some of our programs and research are represented below. Please contact us to find out more about our work.


Led by the Ford Foundation, Time Magazine, AARP and national partners, Opportunity Nation is a national coalition of business leaders, nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, grassroots organizations and others to support a nonpartisan/bipartisan agenda to enhance opportunity and economic mobility in America.


In its sixteenth year, the MCMEEP program is an American Studies-based educational curriculum informed by American Studies programs in place at leading universities across the United States, including Yale, New York University and University of California, Berkeley.

Through the program, high school students are able to earn college credit while exploring how American experience and identity are produced by language, representations and the construction of cultural discourse through popular media.

Students are recommended by their high school counselor, approved by their high school principal and endorsed by their parent(s) or guardian(s) and must be in the 11th or 12th grade.