It’s always a wonderful thing to be able to announce growth as the Foundation advances its mission. This time, our team has growth with the addition of a new member – Erica Raglin, who is stepping into the newly created role of Alumni Development Specialist.

We recognize that DPS alumni feel a strong connection to their schools and also to the students of Detroit. So, we are beginning the process of reaching out to alumni encouraging them to get back in touch and get involved with the Foundation. Erica will be coordinating those efforts. One of her priorities will be raising awareness of the Foundation among alumni, wherever they are now living.

A DPS graduate herself, Erica previously served as Community Outreach Coordinator at the Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She worked as the liaison between the community and Wayne State University (WSU). She played a key role in organizing the WSU HELP Clinic, a free clinic that provided health screenings to the community. Previously she worked at The Skillman Foundation and at the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University.

Please join me in welcoming Erica. We will keep you updated on our new alumni outreach in the coming months.

We are pleased that DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts has made alumni connection a priority and plans to support these efforts. This week, we learned that Roy is going to continue for another year as Emergency Manager. We thank Roy for his continued commitment and believe that positive change, in order for it to really be effective, takes time. We look forward to working with Roy and his team for at least another year.