Friday, September 23, 2016

New Librarian for the College of Education, Health, and Human Services

DEARBORN, MI - The College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) is pleased with the arrival of a new librarian who will give support to faculty and students in their research activities and use of information resources.

Raya Samet
Her name is Raya Samet. She received her Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan with focus on K-12 Media, and has spent 5 years as a middle and high school librarian in Independent schools in both Ohio and Michigan. Her undergraduate degree is also from UM in Modern Middle East and North African Studies, and included assisting with multimedia work on the Building Islam in Detroit Project which has now toured the globe. She also spent a year studying at Tel Aviv University as part of their Overseas Students Program. She speaks fluent Hebrew and has studied Spanish and Arabic.

Raya is excited to provide deeper information literacy and research support for CEHHS, and looks forward to partnering with faculty and students. She also hopes to get involved with the Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity and its research and community outreach projects. Raya will split her time between her offices in the Mardigian Library and Fairlane Center South, but is always accessible for the needs of CEHHS students and faculty.

 "It's my job to make sure that you're connected to world-class information resources, and that you have all the tools that you need to do high-quality research", Raya said and she added, "I challenge you to ask me questions and bring me problems that you run into when you're trying to find books, articles, or use websites to find information. The library is here to support you, and I'm here to personalize that support so that you get what you need."
Mardigian Library
   Some of the services that Raya can offer include:
  •  Research guides -- collaborating with faculty to develop custom online research guides (LibGuides) as needed for classes and assignments.
  • In-class instruction --  instruction sessions that focus on information literacy topics (plagiarism, citing sources, etc), using the library, or using database resources.
  • Embedding into Canvas -- embedding into Canvas to answer questions and help with research and writing assignments.
  • Creating assignments - designing assignments that teach your students how to use information while learning course content.
  • Collection development -- purchasing books, journals, databases and other resources (as budget allows).
  • Workshops -- providing workshops for library/research related topics (e.g. using a citation management tool).
  • Curriculum Development -- assisting faculty with curriculum development, including help finding class readings and resources.
  • Consultations for one-on-one and small group research assistance -- meeting with students for more in-depth research help.
  Feel free to contact Raya with requests, questions, and just to say hello!
    - Email:
    - Phone: 313-593-4936
    - Office: 1223C Mardigian Library & FCS C6
    - Schedule a research consultation online:

Friday, September 16, 2016

CEHHS Welcomes Back Students

DEARBORN, MI - Imagine you are a freshman in college or a transfer student about to start classes at a university.  The expectations are new, the faces are new, the campus is new and you are filled with a mix of excitement and anxiety. “Just make it through the first week!” you tell yourself.  The College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) wants to ensure that students feel welcome and supported in their experience at UM-Dearborn every day, but especially during that unpredictable first week. 

Jonathan Larson, Academic Advisor and Tahnee Prokopow,
Director of Health Professions Advising
This year the CEHHS Office of Student Success (OSS) comprised of advisors and academic support staff, decided to ramp up their welcome back activities and meet students where they are.  The office set up a station for the first two days in the 2nd floor lobby of Fairlane Center South and offered students coffee, donuts, and pizza on their way to and from classes, as well as access to their Academic Advisors and a chance to play a “Spin to Win” game.  Additionally in the OSS, students were offered snacks labeled with funny sayings about getting through the first week of classes.

Students visiting the office during the first week of classes had an opportunity to visit the CEHHS Selfie Station and take a picture with a white board stating what they hoped to learn or accomplish this semester. 
Playing "Minute to Win It" at the
University Center

To kick off the first Monday classes, Academic Advisors Jonathan Larson and Lindsey Tarrant, set up on the University Center Stage to play “Minute to Win it” games and answer advising questions with students.

"The Welcome Week activities were a great way to connect and re-connect with students who attended UM-Dearborn last year, or who attended freshman or transfer orientation over the summer.  It was refreshing to see so many CEHHS students as they started Fall 2016", said Jonathan Larson.
The Office of Student Success organized the series of “welcome back” activities to ensure students have the opportunity to meet the staff that is available to support them and remind them to have a little fun during their first week of classes.

“I think one of the most simple but helpful ways we were able to support students this week was showing them to their classrooms", said Lindsey Tarrant. "Fairlane Center South can be a maize to those not familiar with it and you could just see the stress on faces when students came up the stairwell.

Lindsey Tarrant, Academic Advisor receives students
in the second floor lobby of Fairlane Center South

Being out in the lobby afforded us, as staff, to be able to introduce ourselves, walk students to their first class, and relieve any of their worries of being late.” 
In addition to the activities, the CEHHS Office of Student Success remained open an extra hour to be available to students needing to add or drop classes, set up advising appointments, and to help students find their way to their 6:00p classes. 

The main goal of these activities was to give a warm reception to all students and make them feel at home. Though the Welcome Week is over, all CEHHS staff is still here to support students.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services is pleased to welcome all UM-Dearborn students, new and returning, and wishes them success in this Fall 2016 semester!

Contact the CEHHS Office of Student Success:
Fairlane Center South, 262
313 - 593- 5090
Visit the Office of Student Success webpage. 
 For Academic Advising schedule your appointment online.
CEHHS Office of Student Success Team (from left to right):
Jonathan Larson, Carolyn Williams, Lindsey Tarrant,
Elizabeth Morden, Judy Garfield and Joann Otlewski

Friday, September 9, 2016

CEHHS Faculty on International Endeavors

 Dearborn, MI - Two faculty members of the UM-Dearborn College of Education, Health, and Human Services traveled internationally this summer to conduct research or teach. Dr. Kim Killu traveled to East Africa as visiting lecturer and Dr. Dara Hill went to Germany for research. 
Dr. Kim Killu traveled this summer to Tanzania
as visiting lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam.

  “Karibu sana!” were the warm words of welcome Dr. Kim Killu, professor of special education, heard frequently this summer during her five week tour of East Africa.  In addition to having opportunities to meet and speak with governmental leaders and advocates for individuals with disabilities in Kenya and Tanzania, she also had the opportunity to work closely with faculty, staff, and students as a visiting lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Dr. Killu taught classes on concepts and strategies in special education and applied behavior analysis, worked with masters and doctoral students on the development of their theses and dissertations, and met with university faculty and administrators on ways to develop a collaborative relationship between the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the University of Dar es Salaam.  The School of Education at the University of Dar es Salaam is especially interested in establishing a relationship with CEHHS on research collaboration, program and course development, and a student exchange program.
Dr. Killu with students, faculty, and administrators at the University of Dar es Salaam

 “I was struck by not only how welcoming, interested, gracious, and engaged everyone in the university community was during my visit, but also by the lack of current research, knowledge, and information within a university setting.   There is a sincere interest to develop a relationship with us, because the opportunity to make a profound difference in the lives of so many people is there” said Dr. Killu.

Dr. Dara Hill
Another faculty member who also traveled abroad on a research endeavor is Dr. Dara Hill, associate professor of reading and language arts, who spent three weeks this summer in the Baden-Wuerttemberg region in Germany. Dr. Hill wanted to investigate the phenomenon of high performing immigrant youth in a German college preparatory school (locally known as Gymnasium). More specifically, she wanted to investigate teachers' perspectives and expectations for the students, in a region where the current body of research informs that few immigrant youth make it to the Gymnasium, and instead struggle in low performing schools, and thus experience limited opportunities in school and society. Out of 1300 students in this school, there are 140 immigrant students representing 23 nations including Turkey, Vietnam, Pakistan, the US, and India. Hill mentioned that "Although this might seem small, it's significant--30 years ago when I attended school with my cousin in Gymnasium, there were no immigrant students, with the exception of me, and I was just visiting!". 
Preparatory School in Germany

 For her research, she interviewed seven teachers and the headmaster seeking to identify the perspectives and identities of participants who represented caring and culturally responsive teachers of immigrant youth. Preliminary findings include teachers whose experiences and identities led them to overwhelmingly maintain high expectations for immigrant youth who were well assimilated into school and society.  During the time of the study, Syrian refugees emerged in the community, but not in the school context.  Participants indicated an uncertain future in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis and encouraged Hill to return in a few years to examine the school landscape as the school demography changes.

"I would say the biggest take away for me was the welcoming atmosphere where the students were proud of their heritage and were embraced by their teachers, against the grain of the literature that suggested otherwise.  So it was an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to have access to the school site.", said Dr. Hill.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

VSA Art Work on Display in CEHHS

Art work created by students during the 2015 VSA Festival

  The sounds of singing, drumming and laughter of children could be heard throughout the University Center, as the Very Special Arts (VSA) returned for their annual festival in early May of this year.

VSA Festival Chair, Jody Conrad Stark, states “Since 2013, UM-Dearborn staff and student volunteers have embraced our vision ‘to create an inclusive society where persons with disabilities participate in, learn through, excel in and enjoy the arts’ and have provided a welcoming environment for our 150 participants.”

Special Education instructors bring their students to the
VSA Festival for a day of arts experiences
Entering its 25th year, the VSA Festival is an annual event where “Special Education Instructors throughout Southeast Michigan (as far as Kalamazoo) bring their students for a day of arts experiences and performances” states Stark.    The festival, which was proudly supported by the Office of the Chancellor and the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, consisted of music, dance, theatre performances, as well as experiential art activities such as drumming, make and take artwork and mural painting.

Visitors to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) will notice new art placed in the recently remodeled student study spaces (former phone booth areas).  The art work is the creation of students attending the 2015 VSA Festival and displays the beauty and imagination of the students.

Jonathan Larson, CEHHS Advisor, states “Being the VSA onsite liaison for the past 4 years has been a rewarding and highly motivational experience.  The artwork CEHHS displayed has created several exciting conversations with CEHHS students, faculty and staff regarding the festival and the creativity of the student participants.”
The art work displayed in CEHHS student study areas
showcases and highlights the artistic achievements
and talents of youth with disabilities
The College of Education, Health, and Human Services looks forward to supporting the 2017 Festival, being held on May 12, 2017 in the University Center.

Monday, August 8, 2016

CEHHS Faculty, Alumni and Students at the 2016 NCPEA Annual Summer Conference

Detroit, MI - The College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) was well represented at the 70th Annual Summer Conference of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) held from July 30 to August 2, 2016 at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI.  The theme of the conference was Opportunities and Challenges of Urban Education.
Janine Janosky and Bonnie Beyer with
Barbara Klocko,MAPEA President and
Conference Coordinator

Dr. Bonnie Beyer, Professor of Educational Administration in CEHHS, was instrumental in conference development as part of the combined NCPEA/MAPEA Conference Planning Committee which was co-sponsored by the Michigan Association of Professors of Educational Administration (MAPEA). In addition to conference planning, Beyer made a presentation entitled, Every Student Succeeds Act: Implications for Urban Education.
Dean Janosky received an award from
James Berry, NCPEA Executive Director
Featured speaker was Dr. Janine Janosky, Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS), who presented the 2016 Walter Cocking Lecture entitled Convergence of Education and Health for Urban Education. Dean Janosky shared her vision for building a fair and just society that focuses on helping all children tap into their full potential. Her lecture inspired others into identifying interdisciplinary approaches in pedagogy, practice and resource development, to achieve a collective mission.

Truman Hudson, Jr. and Janine Janosky
Two graduates of CEHHS, Dr. Truman Hudson, Jr. (Ed. D, 2013), LEO Lecturer of Multiculturalism in CEHHS, and Dr. Ricardo Martin (MAEL, 2009), Principal of Durfee Elementary Middle School in Detroit,
participated as panelists in a plenary session entitled Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Education along with Romulus Durant, Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools.  They shared lessons from the field and highlighted the need for teacher training and professional development programs to provide educators with the tools and training necessary for ensuring student achievement. Hudson highlighted the importance to embed student-centered pedagogy that embraces diversity.

Another CEHHS LEO Lecturer, Lina Jawad, was also a participant in the conference presenting her paper titled Examining early college programs through the lens of college readiness, in which she talked about how students at one dual credit program perceive their college readiness.
Also, two currrent Doctor of Education students were involved in this event. Ismael Eltayuddin and Crystal Kassab Jabiro participated in the development of a series of videos available on You Tube which are part of a research project sponsored by NCPEA and UCEA to be addressed by the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) at their annual conference to be held in Detroit in Summer 2017.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Beyond Picasso! Art Therapy in an inclusive summer camp at the Early Childhood Education Center

Dearborn, MI - The Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) and Beaumont’s Center for Exceptional Families (CEF) program hosted their second annual Inclusive Art Camp titled “Beyond Picasso!  Integrating Art Therapy into Summer Camp”. 

This camp was for children aged 4-6 who attended from July 11 through July 22, 2016.  The purpose of this inclusive camp program was to reach out to children with special needs who were not part of the regular school session and integrate them into a classroom with their typically developing peers.  Seong Hong, faculty director of Early Childhood Center mentioned that this camp is unique. "There are many summer camp programs around", said Dr. Hong, "however, the access to quality summer camp programs that are designed to address the inclusive experience for both children with and without special needs are rare".

Ten children enrolled in the camp this year, 6 with special needs and 4 were typically developing. The camp was staffed by early childhood educators, an art studio teacher, a speech language therapist and an occupational therapist.  The curriculum was designed by ECEC teachers with assistance from CEF staff to set goals for the children with special needs.  The teachers were able to integrate the goals for the children into the regular day at camp.

Catherine Stone, an Early Childhood Educator who has been a lead teacher at ECEC for 9 years and organizer of the camp for the second year, referred to how inspirational is this project. "I love participating in this camp because it's a great example of how children of all backgrounds and abilities can come together and work collaboratively without noticing or caring about each others differences", she said, "The children worked so hard together this year on a collaborative mural and each child, no matter their ability, played an important role in the creation of that mural.  It was inspiring to see the friendships between children form so quickly."

A culminating event was held the last day of camp at ECEC to showcase their efforts throughout the camp.  Parents, family members, therapists, ECEC faculty and the Dean of CEHHS, Janine Janosky, along with Dr. Susan Youngs and Michelle Teklinski from CEF celebrated the children’s camp success.  The children showcased art they had worked on individually as well as the collaborative mural that will be hung at the ECEC/CEF hallway.

"I really liked that they had a very diverse group of children involved" and "I really liked that my daughter was in an environment she loved and was excited to come in each and every day" were some of the comments that could be heard from parents who attended the event.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity (CDSE) partners with Samaritan Center

As a part of its mission to eliminate disparities and promote equity in education and health, the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS), through its Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity (CDSE), recently partnered with Samaritan Center.

Located in East Detroit, Samaritan Center is a one-stop resource location that serves more than 1,500 southeastern Michigan residents daily and houses more than 80 community services.

Through the partnership, CDSE evaluated Samaritan Center services with hopes of expanding the service menu, improving their community outreach and highlighting the center as a model for other communities.

“Twenty percent of the people went to four or more partner organizations. That tells you they are meeting their mission of being a one-stop resource,” said Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity Program Manager Jennifer Teller, who conducted the work with CEHHS Dean Janine Janosky, Associate Dean Laura Reynolds and Public Ally Amanda Ford. “And visitors had thoughtful ideas of what else they’d like to see at the Center and were happy to share them. For example, one young man said the Samaritan Center is a safe place in a challenged neighborhood and suggested a park for children.”

Earlier this month, the team presented their findings to the Samaritan Center. Teller said the partnership was a success and the CDSE will continue to seek out and work with community organizations.

Jennifer Teller, program manager in CEHHS and
Br. Francis Boylan, CSC pose with children at the
Samaritan Center (Photo by Kathleen Malicke)
“It was satisfying to see that the Samaritan Center visitors and partners were all on the same page. They were appreciative of our work,” she said. “Research is an important endeavor as many people are out there helping others in need. We worked hard to assist them in fulfilling their mission by determining the impact of the Samaritan Center.”

Samaritan Center Executive Director Mark Owens said, “Samarian Center has been fortunate to find a partner with University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services to work with us to better serve the thousands of Detroit residents who visit Samaritan Center and 87 partner agencies. The professionalism, the attention to detail and responses to our questions have been excellent and we look forward to a long-term relationship.”

About the Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity
The College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) formed the Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity in 2015 in order to continue CEHHS’ emphasis on scholarship, diverse health and human services experiences, and effective instructional and leadership practice. The Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity aims to reduce disparities for a movement to equity in education, health, and human services focused upon policies, systems, and environments. To learn more about the Center visit