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Trina Shanks

Director, School of Social Work Community Engagement, Harold R. Johnson Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

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Patrick Meehan

Program Manager

Patrick Meehan has been working with vulnerable families and youth since 2006. As the inaugural Program Manager of the Center for Equitable Family and Community Well-Being, he oversees progress toward its strategic vision. He has successfully managed several research projects to completion, and has collected more than 7,000 exit surveys for Grow Detroit’s Young Talent since 2010.

Patrick received his PhD in Social Work and Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2019, and his MSW from the University of Michigan in 2011. He also received his BS in education from the University of Wisconsin in 2005.

Research interests include oppressive systems, poverty, child development, and community/political engagement.

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Dominique Crump

Program Assistant

Dominique Crump is a Detroit native who is passionate about equity across all sectors of social justice. She received her MSW degree in December 2019 and executes various parts of the team’s vision, such as creating and managing the Center’s small grant application. As a member of the Center’s team, she leverages her connections within the School of Social Work and her communities in both Wayne and Washtenaw counties to work toward the Center’s mission of achieving family and community well-being.

Before returning to school for her MSW, Dominique served as an English, Language Arts, and Reading Teacher, Recruiting Supervisor, and as a Client Service Manager for children on the Autism Spectrum and their families.

Dominique received her MSW from the University of Michigan in 2019 and her BA from the University of Michigan in 2014.

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Lucine Jarrah

Student Intern

Lucine Jarrah is a Student Intern at the Center for Equitable Family and Community Well-Being. She is passionate about transforming education by eradicating oppressive systems that hinder student achivement and success. During her time as an undergraduate student, Lucine worked on a variety of campaigns to promote educational equity and support student advocacy and leadership. She is also the founder of Cinema's Finest, an organization dedicated to youth empowerment through the arts. As a Student Intern, she hopes to play a role in advancing the centers mission to ensure a more equitable distribution of power and resources by empowering communities and reducing inequities.

Lucine is a graduate student pursuing her MSW degree at the University of Michigan. She received her BS in political science from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2020.


Ashley E. Cureton

Faculty Affiliate

Dr. Ashley E. Cureton is an incoming Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She was previously a Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow & Lecturer in the School of Education and the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. Ashley identifies as an international social work scholar who explores the social-emotional, linguistic, and academic development and experiences of refugee, migrant, and students of color and their families in the U.S. and abroad. By engaging in intervention and community-based participatory research, she is particularly interested in how displacement and exploitation impact their overall academic and social development, sense of belonging, and racial and cultural identities.

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