A home with a history of educational innovation

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is the home institution for the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS Coalition). The SEMIS Coalition is supported by the College of Education, a place with a rich history of community engagement, and by Engage@EMU.

A united effort towards transformative education

SEMIS Coalition engages university partners, faculty and students to better link community scholarship with high-quality education. Each year, undergraduate, graduate and PhD candidates engage with the SEMIS Coalition to put their studies into practice.

Eastern Michigan University History

“By the early 20th Century, the school also recognized the benefit of community engagement and was a national leader in developing partnerships with local schools, community organizations, and other prominent institutions of learning. Always anticipating what can be in the ever-changing social, economic, and educational landscapes, the school’s leaders cultivated opportunities and shaped teacher training, policy, and higher education across the state and quickly established an enduring national and global reputation.” Read more: https://www.emich.edu/coe/about/history/index.php

“The power of the SEMIS Coalition lies in inspiration and support. It’s cool to hear about the projects and ideas that other educators and community members are implementing.”
Rachel Robinson

Student, Eastern Michigan University

Fun Facts!

The Michigan State Normal School, that what eventually would be become The College of Education, was established in 1849 – only the 6th like it’s kind in the whole United States!

H.P. Jacob’s Daughter’s trained in the Music School at EMU and would go on to become musicians and music teachers themselves.

Forest Avenue used to run through the middle of EMU’s campus.

In 1991 the College Of Education initiates the Urban Teacher Program. It is the first program in the state designed to prepare teachers to teach in urban schools.



Opportunities for EMU faculty and students

If you’re a current EMU student or faculty member looking to practice transformative education within our local schools and communities, we invite you contact SEMIS with proposals and to see what current opportunities are available.