Marygrove College Finds Vibrancy in Community Beyond Its Borders

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“The Michigan Catholic” recently published an article featuring Marygrove College. We have included an excerpt here, but if you would like to read the article in its entirety, click on the link below:

http://www.themichigancatholic.org/2016/07/marygrove-college-finds-vibrancy-community-beyond-borders/

The gates of Maryrove College are never closed, and were built 90 years ago “to keep the cows out.”

As such, they were never intended to keep the rest of the Immaculate Heart of Mary-sponsored school’s neighbors away.

That sentiment from Marygrove College president Elizabeth Burns, Ph.D., was shared during her address to alumni, faculty and friends at the President’s Gala on June 23 to highlight the need for Marygrove to be an active neighbor in its northwest Detroit neighborhood.

“Marygrove College was founded by brave, visionary women, who knew education of women was import to Detroit,” Burns said. “Engaged in teaching the liberal arts, Marygrove was all women until 1971, but was never a ‘finishing school.’ We taught the art of making a living with the liberal arts. The city of Detroit needs cultural innovations, with leaders who have bold visions, to provide for the people of Detroit.”

The gala served as an “open house” for the college to the community, showcasing how the school is working to collaborate with its neighbors both during the school year and over the summer.

Through the Marygrove Community Association, the college has long been a good neighbor to the surrounding area, which is bounded by Wyoming, Greenlawn and Puritan avenues and McNichols Road, a section of the Fitzgerald Neighborhood.

The college hosts the Marygrove Community Association garden, where people can grow vegetables and fruits, as well as a clothing closet for women in need. The MCA is also partnering with Talmer Bank and Trust to renovate three houses in the neighborhood and clean up vacant lots.

 

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