Laura Vicinanza is using her analytic and research skills, sprinkled with Spanish dialogue, to give a voice to issues of importance to the Hispanic community in southwest Detroit.

The University of Michigan sophomore is spending her summer at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corp., helping the staff with programs designed to uplift the community. One project involves providing information to teach men to become better fathers. Another is meeting with other nonprofit agencies to learn what programs have been successful, she said.

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