Youth participation, community organization, youth-led community change, and community-based participatory evaluation and research.
Community service learning, especially how this pedagogy affects student outcomes; diversity, spirituality, and social work practice; the experiences of Filipino Americans, particularly in metropolitan Detroit.
Sandra L. Momper, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, completed her MSW and PhD at the University of Pittsburgh.
She has 20 years of mental health experience with American Indian and African American families as well as community organizing experience. Her aim is to reduce health disparities, provide culturally appropriate interventions for AI/ANs and impact policy changes regarding funding opportunities for physical and mental health and substance abuse treatment for AI/AN youth and families. She is the 2015 recipient of the University of Michigan Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award.
She is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Her dissertation research on Maternal Gambling, Parenting in the Home Environment, and Child Outcomes in Native American Families was funded by the NIMH. She moved to Michigan in 2006 for a NIDA funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center (UMSARC) where she studied substance abuse from a multidisciplinary perspective. While at UMSARC she received funds from the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network to conduct a study entitled Potential Association of Tobacco Use and Gambling among Native American Populations. UMSARC and the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis School of Social Work Research and Training Center funded a study entitled OxyContin Use and Abuse on a Great Lakes Indian Reservation: Prevalence and Treatment Barriers. In 2008 she received a NIDA funded Diversity Supplement and was an investigator on a study of Ecologic Stressors, PTSD, and Drug Use in Detroit. Since 2007 she has been active at American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeast Michigan, Inc. (AIHFS). She was the Co-PI and Evaluator for AIHFS’ Circles of Care Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant, the Inter-tribal Council of Michigan’s Systems of Care Expansion Planning SAMHSA grant, and AIHFS’ Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention SAMHSA grant. She is presently the Co-PI and Evaluator for the Expansion of Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families SAMHSA grant in collaboration with AIHFS and the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority entitled When We Work Together, Then We Are Wise “Pii Maamwinokiyaang, Miidash Nibwaakaayaang.” She also is the Co-PI and Evaluator for AIHFS’ second GLS SAMHSA grant entitled “Manidookewigashkibjigan” Sacred Bundle: R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Project. Her research interests include gambling, substance abuse, PTSD, suicide, mental health, and health disparities among rural and urban American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth and families.
Nourel-Hoda Eidy LSA '20 is the undergraduate program assistant for the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) minor at the School of Social Work. She intends on majoring in Community and Global Public Health, in hopes to work on health initiatives for undocumented and refugee communities. Her past experiences include being an Intergroup Relations facilitator for youth dialogue and coordinating an outreach program for high school seniors who are interested in attending UM. Her current efforts include overseeing a body of undergraduates with underserved identities, who are striving towards a greater mastery of leadership development through community organization. Her role within the minor is to aid CASC student programs, recruitment efforts, and multidisciplinary mission
Hailey Whitaker, MSW '19 is a current Master of Social Work (MSW) student focusing on community organizing with children, youth and families in society. She graduated in 2015 from Taylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Studio Art. Hailey has experience in student development, the juvenile justice system, and human rights organizations. Her most recent work was in Manila, Philippines, working with survivors of commercial sex trafficking and cybersex trafficking. She had the privilege of working alongside women survivor-advocates in forming the survivor-led, All-STAR (Standing Together Advocating Rights) movement. She is passionate about community organizing, leadership development, the arts and women's empowerment. She looks forward to continuing her work in the Philippines, and practicing social work globally with families. Hailey will serve as the program assistant supporting both the outreach and advisory board.
Violeta Donawa, MSW '19, is a U-M Master of Social Work student studying interpersonal practice with a focus on mental health. As a native Detroiter, she is passionate about co-creating spaces of liberation and healing for marginalized communities. Her organizing background includes empowering youth to create change in Detroit public schools, offering grassroots health and healing services that aim to reduce racial harm, and building international relationships that amplify support across borders. She has also played integral roles in higher education as an advocate for bias incident reporting measures. Much of her activism began as an undergraduate Sociology major at Wayne State University, and she looks forward to supporting a new cohort of student activists here at U-M in her capacity as CASC Graduate Student Assistant.
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