Radio Interviews


Hear Michelle discuss her new book, "Promise Nation," and the 10th anniversary of The Kalamazoo Promise with WMUK's Gordon Evans on WestSouthwest on WMUK-FM, November 9, 2015

Hear Michelle discuss the Kalamazoo Promise and President Obama's community college proposal with WMUK's Gordon Evans on WMUK-FM, January 19, 2015

Hear Michelle discuss the Kalamazoo Promise's seven-year track record with Stateside's Cynthia Canty on Michigan Radio, March 18, 2013

Hear Michelle(along with Ted Fishman, author of the recent New York Times Magazine article on the Promise) on Minnesota Public Radio's "The Daily Circuit" discussing whether a Promise-type program can boost a town's economy. Read The Daily Circuit's article and listen to the interview below.

, September 21, 2012

Hear Michelle and WMUK-FM's Gordan Evans discuss President Obama's visit to Kalamazoo and what it means for the Kalamazoo Promise, June 8, 2010. Audio source: WMUK. Copyright WMUK, 2010.

- Full interview (20 min. 31 sec.)

- On-air segment (3 min. 51 sec.)

Hear Michelle discuss the Kalamazoo Promise at the City Club of Cleveland, April 30, 2010.

- Full presentation (55 min. 34 sec.)

- Introduction & Kalamazoo Promise speech (30 min. 35 sec.)
- Questions & answers (21 min. 53 sec.)

Hear Michelle discuss her book, The Power of a Promise: Education and Economic Renewal in Kalamazoo, with WMUK-FM's Gordon Evans, April 17, 2009. Audio source: WMUK. Copyright WMUK, 2009.

- Full interview (38 min. 50 sec.)

- On-air segment #1 (4 min. 30 sec.)
- On-air segment #2 (4 min. 30 sec.)


Past Engagements

Washington, DC - White House Research Convening, January 20, 2016

Kalamazoo, MI - PromiseNet 2015, November 10-12, 2015

Kalamazoo, MI - Michigan Political Leadership Program, sponsored by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, Michigan State University, July 25, 2015

Washington, DC - "Promise Scholarships: A College Access Agenda," Alliance for Excellent Education Webinar, May 14, 2015

Chicago, IL – American Educational Researchers Association (AERA) 2015 Annual Meeting, April 19
Presentation: “The Evolution of the Promise Scholarship Movement: Replication, Reinvention, and Critical Design Choices"

New Haven, CT - PromiseNet 2014, November 19-21, 2014

Kalamazoo, MI - Michigan Political Leadership Program, sponsored by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, Michigan State University, July 26, 2014

Indianapolis, IN - Convening of Promise Researchers, Lumina Foundation, invitation only, October 11, 2013

Kalamazoo, MI - PromiseNet 2013, November 6-8, 2013

Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan, Office of the Provost, invited presentation, University of Michigan, August 1, 2013

Kalamazoo, MI - Michigan Political Leadership Program, sponsored by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, Michigan State University, July 26, 2013

Chicago, IL – Midwest Political Science Association National Conference, April 11, 2013
Presentation: “The Economic Development Impact of Place-Based Scholarship Programs: Initial Results from Kalamazoo, Michigan"

Richmond, VA – Presentation at “Looking Back, Moving Forward," A conference on race, class, opportunity and school boundaries in the Richmond region, March 13-14, 2013

Kalamazoo, MI – Presentation to Rotary Club of Kalamazoo, February 25, 2013, Radisson Plaza Hotel, 12 noon
Presentation: “Impact of the Kalamazoo Promise: Update from the Upjohn Institute"
MD – APPAM Fall Research Conference, November 10, 2012
Presentation: “The Effects of Universal Place-Based 'Promise' Scholarships On Academic and Economic Outcomes"(discussant)

Baltimore, MDPresentation to Baltimore Funders, November 8, 2012

Kalamazoo, MI - Michigan Political Leadership Program, sponsored by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, Michigan State University, July 20, 2012
Presentation: Promise Scholarship Programs: Building Assets for Community Change

Cleveland, OHFederal Reserve Bank of Cleveland 2012 Policy Summit, June 28-29, 2012
Location: Intercontinental Hotel and Conference Center
Presentation: Promise Scholarship Programs: Building Assets for Community Change

Debrecen, Hungary – "The Kalamazoo Promise: An Investment in Human, Social, and Economic Assets," Departmental Seminar, University of Debrecen, May 2, 2012

Newark, NJPresentation to Newark Funders, January 24, 2012
Location: New Jersey Historical Society

Washington, DC – APPAM Fall Research Conference, November 3-5, 2011
Location: Washington Marriott and Westin Grand Hotel

Kalamazoo, MI - Michigan Political Leadership Program, sponsored by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, Michigan State University, July 16, 2011, 1 pm
Location: Air Zoo
Presentation: Building Assets for Community Change

Pittsburgh, PAPromiseNet 2011, October 19-21, 2011, Renaissance Pittsburgh
Presentation: Economic Development Impact of Promise Programs

Kalamazoo, MI"The Kalamazoo Promise: Progress and Challenges," Kiwanis Club of Kalamazoo, May 18, 2011, 12 noon, Radisson Plaza Hotel

Allendale, MI – "The Kalamazoo Promise: Avenues for Research," Political Science Department Brown Bag Seminar, Grand Valley State University, April 20, 2011, 11 am

Kalamazoo, MI"Can Universal Scholarship Programs Reduce Inequality? Lessons from Kalamazoo," Brown Bag Seminar at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, March 9, 2011, 1:30 pm

Kalamazoo, MI – "The Kalamazoo Promise at Five: Progress and Challenges," Third Thursday at Friendship Village, February 17, 2011

Allendale, MI“Can Universal Scholarship Programs Reduce Inequality? Lessons from Kalamazoo,” Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration at Grand Valley State University, January 24, 2011

Kalamazoo, MI - "The Kalamazoo Promise at Five: Progress and Challenges," Kalamazoo Area Labor Management Committee, November 17, 2010

Washington, DC – College Board Forum, October 27-29, 2010
Location: Washington Hilton
Presentation: "Community Transformation Through Place-Based Scholarships" (with Janice Brown and Brandy Johnson)

Michigan Political Leadership Program, sponsored by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, Michigan State University, July 17, 2010, 9 am
Location: Radisson Plaza Hotel
Presentation: Building Assets for Community Change

Frankfort, MIFrankfort Rotary Club, July 14, 2010, 12 noon
Location: Betsie Bay Inn
Presentation: The Kalamazoo Promise: Progress and Challenges

PromiseNet 2010, Kalamazoo, June 16-18, 2010

PEAK, June 2, 2010, 12 noon, The Park Club

Cleveland, OHThe City Club of Cleveland, April 30, 2010, 12:30 pm

Chicago, IL – Midwest Political Science Association National Conference, April 23, 2010
Presentation: Can Universal, Place-Based Scholarships Reduce Inequality? Lessons from Kalamazoo, Michigan

Battle Creek, MI - W.K. Kellogg Foundation Board of Trustees, April 14, 2010 -- members and invitees only

Gull Lake Area Rotary Club, January 7, 2010, 7:30 am
Location: Richland Area Community Center

Allendale, MI – Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society), November 17, 2009, 2:30 pm
Location: 114 Lake Michigan Hall, Grand Valley State University
Presentation: Building Assets for Community Change

Ann Arbor, MIMichigan Pre-College and Youth Outreach Conference, University of Michigan, November 15-16, 2009
Presentation: The Kalamazoo Promise and the Path to College Readiness
Presentation: Universal, Place-Based Scholarship Programs: A New Model for College Access (with Shelley Strickland)

Hadassah General Meeting, November 1, 12:30 pm, Food Dance
Presentation: The Kalamazoo Promise: Progress and Challenges

Whites Road/Edgemoor/Bronson Boulevard Neighborhood, October 29, 2009, 7 pm
Location: Grace Christian Reformed Church
Presentation: The Kalamazoo Promise: Progress and Challenges

Rotary Club of Kalamazoo, MI, October 26, 2009, 12 noon
Location: Radisson Plaza Hotel
Presentation: Building Assets for Community Change

New York, NYCollege Board Forum 2009, “Education and the American Future,” October 21-23, 2009
Presentation: A Scholarship Model for a New Century (with Shelley Strickland)

Arcadia Neighborhood Association, MI, October 19, 2009, 7 pm
Location: Arcadia Elementary School Gymnasium
Presentation: The Kalamazoo Promise: Progress and Challenges

Kalamazoo Community Foundation, "Lunch and Learn" session, October 14, 2009, 12 noon
Presentation: The Kalamazoo Promise and its Potential Impact on Inequality

Western Michigan University, October 7, 2009, 3:30 pm
Presentation: Building Assets for Community Change

Detroit, MI – National meeting of lead program officers, October 2, 2009 – invitees only

Kalamazoo Public Library, September 30, 2009, 7 pm -- Read about this event in the Kalamazoo Gazette
Presentation: The Kalamazoo Promise: Reflections, Results, Directions

Denver, CO – PromiseNet 2009, June 25, 2009
Presentation: The Economic Development Impact of Promise-type Programs (with Dr. Janice Brown)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – LASA 2009, June 11, 2009

Perugia, Italy – University of Perugia, May 6, 2009
Presentation: The Kalamazoo Promise: An Investment in Human, Economic, and Social Capital

Lansing, MI – 14th Annual Governor’s Education Summit, April 28, 2009
Presentation: “Changing a Community's College Culture with a Promise: The Transformative Impact of the Kalamazoo Promise and the Potential for Promise Zones”

“Reflections on the Kalamazoo Promise,” Kalamazoo College, April 15, 2009

Chicago, IL – Midwest Political Science Association annual conference, April 2, 2009
Presentation: The Kalamazoo Promise and the Diffusion of a Private Policy Innovation