MPP Activities

In 2013-14, the Michigan Partners Project grant hosted numerous events supporting collaboration between Southeastern Michigan organizations, researchers and activists, as well as increased focus on a unified agenda for addressing women's poverty through policy.  These activities included networking opportunities for MPP partners and trainings on the current state of programs, policies and research on women’s economic security.

In 2015 through June 2016, MPP educated general audiences about the importance of paid sick leave and shared with academic audiences best practices for supporting college students who are raising children.  We were privileged to work with three Detroit-area women who had successfully exited poverty and were able to share their engaging, policy-relevant stories on these topics.  Although the MPP grant has ended, the spokeswomen are still available to speak on these policy topics.  For more information, please click here.

In addition, MPP collaborated with a number of different partners to support a diverse array of training opportunities and summits.  These events helped individuals increase their knowlege base, network and skills to better advocate for women's economic security.  Many of these activities were either free or low cost.   See a few of our highlights below!

Presentations to Colleges regarding Best Practices in Supporting Students with Children, May - June 2016

MPP Spokeswomen Nyeeyah Waldron & Rita Fields, along with CEW staff member Beth Sullivan, presented best practice workshops for Michigan's American College Personnel Association Equity & Inclusion Summit and the Michigan Women's Network of the American Council on Education annual conference. 




Download the report "Helping Students with Children Graduate"     


Equal Pay Day Issues & Advocacy Training, followed by Rally on the Capitol Steps, April 12, Lansing.
Organized by and co-sponsored with the Michigan Equal Pay Day Coalition.

In the morning, over 100 attendees heard updates on Michigan equal pay bills and Phyllis Lipkin described new federal actions to make salary information more accessible.  

"Heroes Narrative" messaging training was provided by Marissa Luna, from Engage Michigan. Download her "Heroes' Narrative" PowerPoint presentation.




After lunch, the rally featured legislators supporting pay equity and MPP Spokeswoman Kindra Speech highlighting the importance of paid sick days for Michigan women. 


  Presentation on the Benefits of Paid Sick Leave for Working Moms, April 9th, Jackson

MPP Spokeswoman Nyeeyah Waldron talked to community members in Jackson county about the benefits of paid sick leave for workers, families and businesses.




Download the "Access to Paid Sick Days" research brief
upon which her presentation was based.


Wellstone Action Advocacy Training Workshops, April 1 & 2, 2016. Hosted by UM-Dearborn Women's Resource Center and co-sponsored by the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan.

Trainers from Wellstone Action, one of the progressive movement’s largest centers for citizen leadership development, led workshops focused on essential organizing skills such as one-on-ones to effectively engage people, power mapping, and lobbying legislators.  Over sixty people registered for the trainings!



MPP Spokeswoman Rita Fields and MPP Coordinator Ebony Reddock contributed to panel discussions during this dynamic event!  Download the booklet "State of Black Women in Michigan: Voices from the Movement," which reflects many of the topics discussed at this daylong summit, organized by Danielle Atkinson of Mothering Justice.


Early Childhood Summit: Shifting Mindsets,  June 3-5, 2015
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant

This summit engaged a diverse range of perspectives including parents, business leaders, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners focusing on early childhood issues and expanding knowledge networks.  It focused on key policy issues and how Michigan is responding and adjusting policy through public, private, philanthropic, and community-based strategies.  A report created in response to the summit, as well as speaker presentation materials, are available at:

Equal Pay Day Issues Briefing & Rally at the State Capitol, Lansing, April 14, 2015

MPP Spokeswoman Kindra Speech addresses the audience, surrounded by Michigan legislators supportive of equal pay for women.





MPP Spokeswoman Rita Fields (left) talks with pleased audience member after her testimony. 








October 13, 2014: Policy Advocacy 101 Training, Sheraton Detroit Novi, Novi, MI

MPP arranged for trainers from the Detroit Community Academic Urban Research Center to speak about differences between policy and programmatic solutions to community problems. Trainers helped workshop attendees think about strategies for achieving policy change and communicating with policy makers about actions needed.  The training agenda is here.  Additional information about community resources is available at