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Community Outreach - College of Liberal Arts and Education

Gesù Elementary is home to a new little libraryUDM 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. Directed by University of Detroit Mercy faculty and staffed with undergraduate and graduate student volunteers, RX for Reading distributes approximately 500 new and gently used children's books a month through their community partners, including low-income health and dental clinics, homeless shelters, and Head Start programs. UDM students also partner with local elementary and Head Start classrooms to model a lifelong love of reading. Visit the RX for Reading Detroit website for more information about their mission, how to get involved, or how to donate books or money: http://rxreading.org/

Camp Promotes STEM Careers

CLAE co-hosted Camp Infinity, a summer camp to interest middle-school age girls in STEM careers, on the McNichols Campus in July 2014. The camp was sponsored by the Michigan Council of Women in Technology and funded by General Motors.

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Counseling Clinic Assists with Free Services

The 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 reduced cost assessment and therapy for educational, psychological and emotional issues to children, adolescents and adults, totaling approximately 250-300 clients.

Education Partners with Area Schools

The 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.

Psychology Summer Enrichment Program

The Doctoral Program was awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the Health Career Opportunities Program (HCOP) to provide an educational experience for economically and educationally disadvantaged undergraduates. The grant assisted these students in developing skills to apply for and be accepted into graduate school in a behavioral health profession.

Economic Symposium

More than 100 people attended "The State of the Economy" Symposium at the Macomb University Center in April 2014. The event offered a series of unique perspectives on various aspects of the economy.

CLAE Hosts First Sports Journalism Conference

The Communication Studies Department hosted its first sports journalism conferences for high school students to highlight careers in sports communication. Students had a rare opportunity to speak with experts in the field, including Tom Leyden, Channel 7 sports anchor; Lynn Henning, The Detroit News Tigers beat reporter; Joanne Gherstner, former espnW editor; Perry Farrell, Detroit Free Press sports reporter, and Michael Happy, Fox Sports Detroit.

Original Multimedia Play Brings Awareness and Inspiration about Slavery

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Theatre Company held the world premiere of the multimedia docudrama production, Jordan Anderson Writes a Letter, by UDM Performing Arts Professor Arthur J. Beer. Based on actual events, this original play followed the life a slave, freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, who fled with his family from Ohio to Tennessee to bring home a lesson in compassion, defiance and dignity. This production was sponsored by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment of the Arts, Michigan’s Humanities Council, the National Humanities Endowment, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Chrysler Group LLC. The play ran for an impressive number of engagements, including a run at The Wright Museum and a special performance for the Underground Rail Road Conference.

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 of the City of Detroit.