"The arts are essentially collaborative. Whether you're writing a poem or making a movie, the creative process is essentially the same, even if the tools are different."
Andy Kirshner, associate professor in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, and producer-director of the film "Liberty's Secret: The 100% All-American Musical."
"In Indian philosophy, after age 50, it’s important to be giving back to your family, friends and society, and those who are deserving. And how do you give back to them? You have to get involved. This is a sustainable approach."
Sudhakar Reddy, sustainability coordinator at the Office of Campus Sustainability and founder of the Indo-American Eye Care Organization.
"The most valuable thing is seeing people come to understand the different perspectives and the challenges that we all have, and the ways that every single one of us is impacted by racism. It harms everyone."
Darlene Nichols, foundations and grants librarian at the University Library, and a facilitator of the dialogue series "RACE: Race and Conciliation Encounters"
"It's like wine — wherever the grapes are grown, how they're grown, how they're prepared, (cacao beans) acquire different flavors."
Julia Weinert, center manager of the Detroit Urban Research Center and part-time chocolatier.
"It's not enough just to say that people need to eat better and exercise more to be happier and healthier. It's often said that if public health is working, you don't see it or know that it exists."
Natalie Sampson, assistant professor of health and human services at UM-Dearbornand chair of the public health work group in the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative.
"Even a freezing day feels a little bit better when you're wearing a hand-knit sweater."
Liz Stover Rosenthal, associate programming manager at the University Musical Society and knitting enthusiast
"Knowing how energy is used in an environment allows you to make better decisions about what to invest in."
Prabal Dutta, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, whose work with small-scale technology earned him a spot on Popular Science's 2014 Brilliant Ten list.
"There are very few opportunities for people in prison — so this is a way that they can grow through their artwork, as people."
Jessica Bennett, administrative assistant senior at the Dean's Office of Rackham Graduate School, and volunteer with the Prison Creative Arts Project.
"Many of the most interesting writers in the social sciences actually are motivated by keen concerns about profound issues of human oppression and resistance and emancipation."
Howard Brick, U-M alummus and the Louis Evans Professor of History in LSA.
"Mindfulness teaches us to be present for all the ups and downs of life: the good and the bad, the beautiful and the challenging."
Denise Kozikowski, academic adviser at the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center and leader of meditation sessions.