Community Outreach - College of Liberal Arts and Education

Gesù Elementary is home to a new little library

UDM Students and Faculty Spread Love of Reading 

RX for Reading Detroit is a non-profit literacy initiative that works to expand access to high-quality children’s books and support families in reading with their children. Program volunteers have distributed more than 15,000 children’s books to kids in our community, built 15 RX for Reading Libraries in low-income health, dental, and WIC clinics, and read with more than 150 children.

Camp Promotes STEM Careers

camp infinityThe College of Liberal Arts & Education co-hosted Camp Infinity for the fifth year in July 2015. Camp Infinity introduced girls, in 5th through 8th grades, to computer and Internet technologies through hands-on activities. Campers in grades 5 and 6 studied video game design concepts and designed their own web page. Campers in grades 7 and 8 learned robotics and HTML web design. In addition, students participated in mini-sessions that highlighted programming skills and real world uses of technology. Campers also met with women who work in information technology fields and explored career options in technology.

Counseling Clinic Assists with Free Services

The UDM Counseling Clinic serves approximately 300 individuals per year, including assessment and treatment, at no cost. It is now the largest no-cost mental health clinic in Southeastern Michigan and serves many individuals who would not otherwise have access to mental health treatment.

Psychology Clinic Provides Needed Services

The Psychology Clinic offers psychological assessment, educational assessment, couples treatment, parent guidance and psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults to residents of the Detroit Metro area. Fees are based on gross household income. In 2014-2015 the clinic received 285 requests for service and supervised doctoral students in clinical psychology, who provided approximately 1,300 hours of psychological services.

Education Partners with Area Schools

UDM’s Education Department partners with several Detroit schools for student teacher placements and field experiences; special education undergraduate students tutor Loyola High School students and serve as aides to teachers in the classroom.

Economic Symposium

UDM’s Department of Economics annually hosts an Economic Symposium. Open to members of the community, this event offers a unique series of perspectives on various aspects of the economy.

College Supports Community Engagement

The College of Liberal Arts & Education continued its tradition of active engagement with the Detroit community: Education professor Isaiah McKinnon is on leave to serve as deputy mayor for the City of Detroit.

The Theatre Company Performed Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

The Theatre Company performed” Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” at two elementary schools as part of a community outreach initiative.

More than $1.5 Million in Grants to Enhance Graduate Education and Community Wellbeing

UDM's Counseling Program has been awarded a grant of $50,000 by the Flinn Foundation to support the project, "Program Evaluation of the Emotional Skills Building Curriculum".

As part of a $700,000 grant from the Health Services and Resources Administration, UDM’s Counseling Program has provided enhanced training and preparation to master's-level students to pursue careers specializing in the treatment of at- and high-risk adolescents.  The three-year project (2014-2017) will train more than 40 graduate-level counselors to specifically work with youth with the most complex needs in Detroit and Southeast Michigan.

As part of a $780,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Counseling program will lead a three-year project (2015-2018) to train more than 1,000 dentists, psychologists, physicians' assistants, nurses and counselors working in Detroit and across Southeast Michigan in the assessment of addiction and treatment referral.