I am Caitlin Kozak and I grew up in the lovely city of Novi, about 40 minutes from Detroit, for my entire life. My early days were spent shopping at 12 Oaks mall and trying to understand why I wasn’t able to take my cat, Smokey Joe, for a walk.
Now, I am a Junior in the Program in the Environment major and Community Action and Social Change minor at the University of Michigan hoping to pursue a graduate degree in Urban Planning eventually. Until that time, I can be found serving delicious morsels at the Original Cottage Inn when not in Detroit and stirring the pot on any dance floor I encounter.
For my internship, I’m working with Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative whose sole project focuses on the Conner Creek Greenway, a nine mile non-motorized path stretching from 8 mile along Conner to the Detroit River on Detroit’s Eastside. I love my work there, and believe the impact our organization has on the community is something that can’t be measured.
In my spare time, I enjoy watching and playing sports, especially volleyball and basketball, being in the great outdoors, pretending I’m a meteorologist, interpretive dance, and consuming as much of the excellent food in Detroit as I possibly can. I also have a fondness for architecture and motown music which I am lucky enough to find all around me in this city.
Lovely meeting you all!