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Miriam A. Connolly

Field Faculty and LEO Lecturer III

Miriam A. Connolly

Miriam Connolly is a two time alumna of the University of Michigan. A native of Flint, she earned a BSW from U-M-Flint, and an MSW from the School of Social Work, with a concentration in Child Welfare and Interpersonal Practice. For 18 years, Connolly served children and their families in a wide variety of roles with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), including foster care specialist, foster care recruitment, licensing specialist, manager and DHHS liaison. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has provided mental health services in the non-profit sector in Flint and Washtenaw counties.

Prior to joining the Office of Field Education, Connolly served as director of the Blavin Scholars Program, supporting U-M students with experience in foster care and those with compromised support systems. A level II campus coach, Connolly coached Blavin Scholars, helping them to navigate and maximize their undergraduate experiences on campus and beyond. Her passion for ensuring college access and success for students with experience in foster care led to helping develop similar campus based support programs across the country.

Throughout her career, Connolly has been passionate about supporting the next generation of social workers. With over 22 years of experience as a field supervisor, she has guided numerous social work students in child welfare, clinical and higher education settings. Connolly currently serves as president of the U-M School of Social Work’s Alumni Board of Governors.

Prior to attending the University of Michigan, Connolly served her country in the United States Marine Corps.


Year Degree   School
2004 MSW Social Work & Helping Service University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1999 BSW University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Year Description
2019 Banks, R., Burke, J., & Connolly, M. (2019, January). Supporting Students with Foster Care experience at the University of Houston: Developing the Diamond Scholars Program. University of Houston Diamond Scholars Team, Ann Arbor, MI.
2019 Connolly, M., Crupper, V., & Fonville, S. (2019, June). Invisible Struggles: The Journey to Becoming a Supportive Adult for Students Experiencing Homelessness and/or Time in Foster Care. National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
2019 Burke, J. & Connolly, M. (2019, March). Fostering Well-Being on Campus: College Support Programs for Students Who Have Experienced Foster Care. Depression on College Campuses Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
2019 Connolly, M., Rossi, A., & Warde, K. (2019, July). Supporting Students Who Experience Foster Care or Homelessness in the Education to Career Pipeline. MCAN AdviseMI/MSU College Advising Corps Conference, Lansing, MI.

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