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Barry N. Checkoway

Arthur Dunham Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, and Professor of Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Barry N. Checkoway

Professor Barry Checkoway is an internationally-recognized scholar and practitioner on youth empowerment, neighborhood development, and community change. His projects and publications draw on work with grassroots groups, community agencies, and government programs in the South Bronx, Detroit, Mississippi Delta, central Appalachia; and in South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, with support from the World Health Organization, Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation and other institutions.

He worked with the White House in 1990 to launch AmeriCorps, then served as founding director of the Michigan Neighborhood AmeriCorps Program, Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, Michigan Youth and Community Program, and Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity.

Research Interests/Focus

Community organization, community development, neighborhood development, community-based policy advocacy, participatory research, youth empowerment, evaluation


Year Degree   School
1977 PhD History University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
1971 MA History University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
1969 BA Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


Youth Civil Rights Academy
Year Description
2016 Checkoway, B. N. (2016). From marginal to organized in Arab-American communities. National Network for Arab American Communities, Dearborn, MI.
2016 Checkoway, B. N. (2016, May). Reimagining American colleges and universities for culturally-responsive teaching, learning and the well-being of students. National Conference of Bringing Theory to Practice, Ann Arbor, MI.
2015 Checkoway, B. N. (2015). Preparing a new generation of civil rights leaders. State Conference on Civil Rights, Lansing, MI.
2015 Checkoway, B. N. (2015). Strengthening civil engagement for psycholosocial well-being. National Seminar of the Engelhard Foundation, New York, NY.

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