Lauren Whitmer (PhD student, Social Work and Anthropology) was selected as a fellow of the U.S. Department of Education’s Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program to conduct 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Lambayeque, Peru. She will examine how women in violent relationships make decisions about help-seeking and how potential helpers (friends, family, social service providers) make decisions about what kinds of help to offer/withhold.
Shelby Andersen-Holt and Breanna Ostrander (MSW students) along with mentor Professor Larry Gant received a grant from the Graham Sustainability Institute for The Belding Community Youth Food Collaborative project. The project uses youth empowerment and community engagement models to develop knowledge of and infrastructure for sustainable horticultural practices and nutritious eating in a rural setting.
Ed-Dee Williams (PhD student) and Assistant Professor Jamie Mitchell’s article, “Characterizing Mobility Limitations Among Older African American Men” was published in the Journal of the National Medical Association.
Mary Mattson (MSW student) and Assistant Professor Mathieu Despard received a grant from the U-M Graham Sustainability Institute for their project, ''Driving Hope'', which seeks to empower vulnerable families and individuals in Washtenaw County by providing low cost automotive maintenance and advice. The project works with local non-profits and auto mechanics who understand the important role of transportation in maintaining employment and independence.
Kunal Namballa, Gabrielle Fitzsimmons, and Joshua Horning (MSW students) along with mentor Julie Cushman (LEO lecturer) and the Critical Intersectionality Learning Community received an Innovation Grant from the U-M Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to create an experiential learning game, “Power: A Game of Positionality and Intersectionality” which can be used in courses and other settings.
For the second year in a row, U-M will issue the Made at Michigan annual report, a compilation of annual entrepreneurship highlights with a special focus on graduate and undergraduate student ventures created over the course of the year.
The magazine-style publication shines a bright spotlight on nearly 60 student ventures over a broad range of disciplines, including for-profits, social ventures and innovative new products and services with market potential. It also recognizes the programs, schools and colleges dedicated to supporting U-M’s student entrepreneurs and innovators.
U-M SSW has students involved with three of the projects featured in this year’s Made at Michigan report:
Min Hee Kim, Angie Perone (PhD students) and Professor Ruth Dunkle's article, "Caregiver stressors and depressive symptoms among older husbands and wives in the United States" was published in the Journal of Women and Aging.
Sara Stein, Abigail Williams-Butler, Analidis Ochoa-Bendana, Oto Alves da Silva, Ronke Olawale, and Joyce Lee (PhD students) received grants, the Bobbe and Jon Bridge Award for Research/Travel to support research expenses and conference travel. The Bobbe and Jon Bridge Award for Engaged Scholarship supports Rackham graduate students who are conducting original research focused on child welfare.
On Friday, December 5, 2014, the Curtis Center Program Evaluation Group convened a panel to talk with the University and the community about the delicate dance between evaluation and philanthropy. In total, over 70 people were in attendance, including students and faculty from the School of Social Work, members of the University community, representatives from foundations, consumers of evaluation, and professional evaluators. The conversation was facilitated and moderated by John Tropman, PhD, Professor of Social work. Panelists included Harlene Appelman, Executive Director of Covenant Foundation; Rob Collier, President & CEO of Council on Michigan Foundations; Jane Fran Morgan, JFM Consulting; and Pam Smith, President and United Way of Wasthenaw County.
The School of Social Work Alumni Board of Governors is accepting nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes School of Social Work alumni whose achievements exemplify the values of the School of Social Work and who have made an exceptional impact on the profession, the community and/or Social Work education. Nominations are due September 5, 2014.
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