Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition


Eastern Michigan University
203 Boone Hall
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Ph. 734-709-8044


Ethan Lowenstein


The mission of the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS) is to facilitate school-community partnerships that develop students as citizen-stewards of healthy ecological/social systems in their local communities and the Great Lakes region. To date, the work of SEMIS has focused specifically on schools and communities in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties. 

The hub’s core strategies include sustained professional development (including intensive institutes, whole-school communities of practice, and on-site curriculum coaching), a strength-based approach to networking and community partnerships, and the use of EcoJustice as a framework for place-based stewardship education. 

The SEMIS awards small grants to participating schools to support students’ community-based stewardship efforts and their subsequent sharing of their efforts with the public.

The hub and its partners also carry out a number of collaborative activities, including co-writing grants and the co-planning/co-facilitation of SEMIS professional development efforts.