The Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
OAMI HomeAbout UsEventsProgramsStaffContact Us


Intellectual Minds Making a Difference photograph The purpose of Intellectual Minds Making a Difference (IMMAD) is to help eradicate the racial achievement gap in southeastern Michigan, to empower Detroit area high school students and nurture their desire for academic success.



CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: The IMMAD Mentee Application

To participate, please fill out the application, submit it via email or the US mail. Please see the application for more details and instructions.

IMMAD was founded in 2002 by undergraduate students at the University of Michigan and is planned and facilitated by current U-M undergraduate students. The program is primarily supported by funding and advisors in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives and the Office of Undergraduate

The goals of IMMAD are to:

  • Increase the high school graduation and college enrollment rates of students in the
    city of Detroit
  • Instill the importance of a unified community and create a sense of responsibility and
    pride in our high school and participants and college student mentors
  • Empower underrepresented high school and college students through the sharing
    and transfer of knowledgeIntellectual Minds Making a Difference photograph

IMMAD offers high school sophomores or juniors* a unique opportunity to learn and grow. The program offers eight months of free ACT preparation, workshops related to various aspects of college admissions and assistance in completing college applications to high school students in the Detroit area.

SPACE IS LIMITED. High school students who wish to participate MUST submit an online applicationto be considered for this program.

• The sessions run from September through early April.  

• The IMMAD program is FREE

• FREE Breakfast and lunch are provided for all participants

• There are 12 required sessions. Each session takes place on Saturdays
from 9AM-2PM.

• Sessions take place at the University of Michigan’s Detroit Center, near
downtown Detroit.**

• This is not a drop-in program-- attendance is mandatory and a strict attendance
policy will be enforced.  

• Applicants will be notified of their status in early September.


IMMAD’s detailed and cumulative ACT Preparatory Course for its participants is
unlike any other because it provides an in-depth look at the ACT from the eyes of

a mentor that took the testIntelletual Minds Making a Difference photographhis or herself only a short time ago.  An IMMAD
mentor develops a sense of trust with the high school participants. IMMAD understands and recognizes the endless possibilities of every student with a desire to succeed and attain academic success.


University of Michigan students who are interested in volunteering as mentors should e-mail


CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: The IMMAD Mentee Application


*Any high school sophomore or junior in southeast Michigan is eligible to apply.

**Transportation to and from sessions is not provided. Participants must arrange
their own transportation.

IMMAD Forms Administration