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Trina Shanks

Director, Center for Equitable Family & Community Well-Being, Professor of Social Work, School 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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