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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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Florence Alexander

Program Assistant and Lead for Partner Outreach

Florence Alexander’s (she, her, hers) passion and inspiration in community organizing, policy, and evaluation work, stems from her family, friends, and home community of Saginaw, Michigan.

Florence studied Social Policy and Evaluation with a concentration in Community and Social Systems and graduated with her MSW in December 2019 from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She was a 2020 Electoral Justice Project Fellow with the Movement for Black Lives. Florence is excited about building opportunities for youth engagement to create, build ideas, futures, and artistry they’re passionate about.

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