Youth participation, community organization, youth-led community change, and community-based participatory evaluation and research.
Amber Williams, MSW '16 is the program manager for the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) minor at the School of Social Work where she advises and facilitates student academic and co-curricular engagement. Williams' previous work emphasized student of color empowerment and self authorship through leadership in multicultural affairs and academic service learning. Her most recent work involves institutional leadership for diversity in an effort to create inclusive campus climate and culture for underrepresented popuations. She also is passionate about contemporary campus-based activism and the role of student leaders in the transformation of higher education policy and practice in relation to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Community service learning, especially how this pedagogy affects student outcomes; diversity, spirituality, and social work practice; the experiences of Filipino Americans, particularly in metropolitan Detroit.
Alice Mishkin, MSW' 13, is a lecturer with the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) undergraduate minor at the School of Social Work, where she teaches the senior capstone course and social justice mini-courses. Mishkin also teaches with the program on Intergroup Relations and the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies as a lecturer with the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Mishkin has worked in nonprofits committed to social justice and international human rights in New York, D.C., Tel Aviv, and currently serves as a lead organizer with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence. Her academic interests include community narratives, storytelling, memory and trauma in diaspora communities, particularly as they connect to ongoing occupation and conflict in Palestine and Israel.
Ashley Elliston MSW 18' is a Master's of Social Work student studying Management of Human Services and Aging Adults in Society. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish with a minor Community Action Social Change, and Intergroup Relations. Her past experiences and interests include anti-human trafficking efforts, domestic and sexual violence awareness and prevention, and social change through intergroup dialogue.Currently, Ashley serves as the first CASC Graduate Student Staff Assistant coordinating social justice programs, and advising the CASC student advisory board. She is passionate about the management of health services for the aging population, and looks forward to pursuing the philanthropic development of agencies that address Alzheimers and other forms of dementia that affect the aging population.
Raivynn Smith, BA ’17, is the Program Assistant for the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) minor. They are a senior, majoring in Psychology and minoring in CASC. Raivynn works to assist CASC in its social and digital media, administrative tasks and programming. Their interests include creating and improving resources that serve marginalized communities and connecting those communities with said resources through strategic outreach efforts. They are also passionate about the intersections of mental health/illness and college students of color and student activism. In the future they hope to work in higher education, particularly student affairs, to help new college students from diverse backgrounds better adapt and succeed in college.