Dr. Shanks’ research interests include the impact of poverty and wealth on child well-being; asset-building policy and practice across the life cycle; and community and economic development. As Director of the Center for Equitable Family and Community Well-Being, she continues ongoing research and intentionally seeks and responds to new opportunities that will empower families and communities to thrive.
Since 2018, she has overseen the School’s strategic goal of community engagement and leads the evolving ENGAGE team that promotes, coordinates and facilitates greater impact in community and social justice. Shanks also serves as faculty advisor to the New Leaders in African-Centered Social Work Program. She has also been a research investigator for the Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship, and Downpayment (SEED) demonstration program and consults with several other child savings account initiatives, including one started in Lansing Public Schools.
As a faculty affiliated with the Technical Assistance Center funded by the Skillman Foundation, over a ten-year period Trina Shanks was actively engaged in six Detroit communities as part of the Good Neighborhoods program. She also has conducted multiple evaluations of Detroit’s Summer Youth Employment Program—Grow Detroit’s Young Talent.
From 2010 to 2012 Shanks was appointed by Michigan Governor Granholm to serve two years on the State Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity. She is currently one of the national network co-leads for the Social Work Grand Challenge: Reversing Extreme Economic Inequality and a non-resident fellow at the Urban Institute.
Shanks earned a PhD in Social Work from Washington University and an M.S. in Comparative Social Research from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.
Child well-being, asset building, 529 college education plans, SEED, Rhodes scholar, economic development
|(734) firstname.lastname@example.org||3712 SSWB||University of Michigan|
School of Social Work
1080 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
|2003||PhD||Social Work||Washington University, St. Louis, MO|
|2000||MSW||Social Work||Washington University, St. Louis, MO|
|1996||MPh||Comparative Social Research||University of Oxford, Oxford, England|
|1992||BS||Business Administration||John M. Olin School of Business, St. Louis, MO|
|Social Work Grand Challenges|
|Reducing Extreme Economic Inequality|
|Center for Equitable Family & Community Well-Being|
|111661-U065878 - Microsimulation Analysis of Policy Changes in Michigan||Shanks, Trina (PI)
|School of Social Work Detroit Employment Equity Learning Community||Shanks, Trina
|Detroit Housing Counseling Efficacy and Best Practices||Shanks, Trina (PI)
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Detroit Housing Counseling Efficacy and Best Practices
January 2021 - January 2022
The specific aims of the Detroit Housing Counseling and Best Practices project are 1) to better understand the state of first time homebuyer housing finance in Detroit, specifically for those receiving HUD certified education, and 2) to convene an assembly of funders, public institutions, and the 16 HUD certified housing counseling agencies in Detroit to identify best practices that make housing counseling and finance available to those who need it. The research team will make use of three data sources. First, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has been made of HUD to obtain 5 years of reports for each of the 16 Detroit agencies, from 2014-2019. This data includes the number of people who participated in counseling services, the types of services provided, their demographic characteristics, and more. Second, the research team will use Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data of Wayne County from 2007 to 2017 to catalog all mortgage applications in that time, and corroborate records from the HUD certified counseling agencies. Finally, the research team will make use of data from the National Survey of Mortgage Originations to determine how Detroit compares with national trends. Using this data, the research team will deliver a report on the state of homeownership and housing counseling in Detroit in order to convene an assembly of funders, public institutions, and all 16 HUD certified housing counseling agencies. The purpose of this assembly will be to identify best practices in housing counseling that agencies can scale, institutions can support, and funders can get behind. Medium to long-term, the partnership established through this project can serve as a model for the homebuying process, including identifying education gaps and potential wraparound services that anticipate challenges for homebuyers.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106