Saturday Workshop Presenters

  1. Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL),
    Loyola of Chicago, Philip Nyden, Presenter
  2. Academy for Community-Engaged Faculty,
    Xavier University, Christine Anderson, Presenter
  3. Clinics teach students & commit UDM to the city:
    UDM Dentistry
    (Mary Hegener Parise and Laura Wright);
    Veterans Law
    (Margaret A. Costello) Presenters

Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL), Loyola of Chicago

Workshop description

A short introduction to CURL’s collaborative university-community research model will be provided. This will include an overview of: creating collaborative research teams (faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, community partners, and staff); developing community-engaged research projects, building partnerships with community-based organizations, using community-based participatory research approaches, identifying funding for projects, disseminating of research outcomes, and the politics of engaged research in academic environments.

In addition to this participants will be invited to discuss potential involvement in an emerging network of Jesuit college and university community-engaged research centers and faculty networks. As part of an initiative by the Jesuit Conference, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, and CURL to better utilize university research capacity in informing urban ministry, advocacy, and policy research to address urban and suburban poverty a new initiative, the Jesuit Research and Action Network is being created to facilitate this work. Combining efforts and knowledge will enable us to more effectively utilize limited resources in building on each other’s work, rather than just reproducing multiple, separated, first-steps toward the same goal. Participants will be invited to discuss JRAN development and their own involvement in setting up the network. A working conference for JRAN is tentative planned for summer 2012.

Phil Nyden

Phil NydenDr. Nyden is currently Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University Chicago ( Now in its fifteenth year, CURL is a non-traditional research center at that involves community partners in all stages of research from conceptualization and research design to data analysis and report dissemination. From 2004-2009 Nyden co-chaired the American Sociological Association Task Force on Public Sociology. Among his publications are: Public Sociology: Research, Action and Change (Pine Forge Press, forthcoming 2011); Building Community: Social Science in Action, (Pine Forge Press, 1997); and "Collaborative Research: Harnessing the Tensions Between Researcher and Practitioner" which appeared in The American Sociologist. He has done extensive research on what produces stable racially, ethnically, and economically diverse communities in the U.S. and is currently working on a follow-up to a 1998 national, nine-city study funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and published as a dedicated issue of HUD’s policy journal, Cityscape. Nyden is currently involved in activist researcher networks linking community-based research across regional and national boundaries. With colleagues at the University of Technology Sydney Shopfront (Australia) he co-edits a new journal, Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement (

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Academy for Community-Engaged Faculty, Xavier University,

Workshop Description


This spring, Xavier University will sponsor its third Academy for Community-Engaged Faculty, a faculty development program focused on course redesign and curriculum creation using principles of community-engaged scholarship. It is sponsored by the Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning with support from the President’s Office and the Office of the Provost/Academic Vice President. Application to the Academy is open to full-time faculty who receive a stipend for attending and for designing or revising a course to incorporate community engagement (service learning).

Faculty participating in the Academy become familiar with asset-based community development, partnership principles, and a range of possible community partners. We hope that courses developed by Academy participants will foster a learning environment that brings faculty, students, and community members together to connect academic knowledge and community knowledge to better understand social justice. Xavier sponsors many engagement opportunities through the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice, Academic Service Learning Semesters, and internships in various academic programs, and one role of the Eigel Center when it was created four years ago was to be a hub or convener for integrating engagement efforts. A new director to be hired this spring will have her/his own plans for realizing this integrative effort, but development of an academic base for engagement has been and will continue to be key to Eigel Center’s mission.

Xavier’s Academy for Community-Engaged Faculty emphasizes the positive academic as well as social outcomes of incorporating engagement into classes: improved critical thinking, better writing and higher GPA. We also seek to create healthy, respectful partnerships that recognize community strengths rather than ones built on a paternalistic response to deficiencies in our urban neighbors.

One of the strengths of the Academy is the range of courses and disciplines of its faculty: for example, physics, music, art, math, education, psychology, history, marketing, human resources, modern languages, and communication arts. This workshop will explore the strengths we gain for such breadth as well as some of the difficulties we encounter as our work grows.

Christine Anderson

Christine AndersonInterim Director,
Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning
Chair, Department of History
Co-Director, Xavier University Advocate Program

Anderson is a United States historian who teaches women’s and African-American history with a special emphasis on Cincinnati. She has received Xavier’s Community-Engaged Faculty Fellowship to do work on Cincinnati’s King Records and the Northern Civil Rights movement.

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UDM Dental Clinics (84,000 procedures for c. 14,000 patients)

Workshop Description

UDM School of Dentistry is located in the Corktown District of Detroit. Dental care is provided at the Corktown location in a 190 chair clinic and a 42 chair clinic located in Detroit Receiving Hospital University Health Center at the Detroit Medical Center. We are now providing approximately 84,000 procedures per year with over 14,000 active patients. Care at the dental school includes adult and pediatric dentistry, root canals, braces, crowns, extractions, biopsies, implant placement, implant restorations, gum treatment, gum surgery and gum grafting, removable and fixed tooth replacements. Patients have the option of choosing care in the dental student clinic, resident clinics and a faculty clinic.

Community outreach and service are a major focus of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry's mission to “develop socially and ethically sensitive dental professionals”. Dental students and graduate students are involved in health fairs, oral cancer screenings, prevention programs in schools and nursing homes.

The dental school has multiple partnerships -- e.g., Henry Ford Hospital and St. John Providence Health school based programs, Michigan Dental Program (for those living with HIV/AIDS), Salvation Army/Harbor Light, the Veterans Administration homeless initiative. Students rotate to Federally Qualified Health Centers in Hamilton (near Flint), Kalamazoo and at the Detroit Health Department in the Herman Keifer building. Free care has been provided at large events for adult and children (e.g., “Give Kids a Smile”, MiDOOR, and “60 Braces for 60 years”). The community projects are numerous and varied with the goal to fill unmet needs with quality patient care under direct faculty supervision while educating dental students. The clinics provide students with experiences helping patients from a broad array of cultures with high levels of poverty and consequent lack of good dental care.

The workshop will focus on a few of these community projects and present the Veterans Homeless program for homeless veterans. School of Dentistry website:

Mary Hegener Parise BSN, DDS

Mary PariseDr. Parise earned her DDS from the University of Michigan and completed a General Practice Residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Allen Park. Prior to dental school, Dr. Parise received her BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) from Mercy College of Detroit and worked for the Visiting Nurse Association in the Detroit central office. She has taught in clinical education at UDM since 1995. Parise is currently Program Director for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program. She is also assigned as lead in Quality Improvement at the School of Dentistry. Dr. Parise practices as a general dentist one day a week in the faculty practice clinic at the Corktown campus. She has served as Interim Assistant Dean for Clinic Administration, Interim Chairperson of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Director of Predoctoral Patient Care-University Health Center at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Group Practice Administrator for the fourth year dental students at the UDM Outer Drive campus.

Laura E. Wright

  • Laura E. Wright
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of Detroit Mercy; Associates of Arts & Science, Highland Park Community College. 

  • Employment: Community Outreach Coordinator, University of Detroit Mercy; Financial Services Assistant, University of Detroit Mercy (1998-2009); Shift Manager, Operations Center, Comerica Bank (1995-1998); Municipal Bonds Investor (1985-1998)
  • Current Organizations: Members at Large Board member- Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, Advisory board member of Harbor Light Salvation Army, Advisory board member of Health Alliance Plan Women’s Health group. Committee member of Wayne County Asset Group
  • Awards: University of Detroit Mercy Commitment to Excellence, Spirit of Detroit Award, Wayne State Physicians Omari Award, Girl Scout Thanks II Badge award

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UDM Veterans Law Clinic

Workshop Description

The Veterans Law Clinic was founded to address the legal needs of veterans attempting to obtain disability benefits, and to educate law students in an emerging area of the law. Michigan ranks in the bottom 20% of states in federal healthcare spending per veteran, and the bottom 10% among states in the percentage of veterans receiving disability compensation. There are over 900,000 veterans in Michigan; fewer than 10 percent receive disability benefits.

UD-M Law is the only law school in the country with a Mobile Law Office (a 27-foot recreational vehicle converted to offices for interviewing and counseling veterans). The clinic provides representation to individuals whose income meets the requirement of 200% (or less) of the federal poverty guideline. While basic information and advice may be provided, individuals who do not meet the income requirement are referred to members of the private bar and other non-attorney representatives. Many of the veterans served by the clinic are homeless, or living in transitional housing. The Mobile Law Office allows Clinic students and supervising attorneys to conduct outreach to the veterans where it would otherwise be impossible.

The workshop will also focus on the Clinic as a model for integrating academic education and training of students with community service, In this model, the Clinic provides training for private attorneys to handle veterans’ matters on a pro bono basis. The Clinic also partners with state and local Bar associations, legal services agencies, and corporations to provide legal services to veterans. Additionally, the Clinic is a resource for the VA and veterans’ organizations, and helps assess a veteran’s need for other services, and making appropriate referrals.

Participants will be invited to discuss ways of expanding the Veterans Law Clinic model to other urban settings and to discuss other models for academic and community service integration, allowing students to obtain academic knowledge and credits, while providing critical services to targeted populations in the community.
Additional information on the Veterans Law Clinic and Project Salute can be obtained at

Margaret A.Costello

Margaret A. CostelloAssistant clinical professor of law, Peggy Costello was instrumental in establishing the highly acclaimed Veterans Law Clinic and Project Salute at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2007. She has taught law students in the clinic and presented numerous training seminars in Michigan veterans benefits law (and throughout the U.S.). An experienced litigator and mediator, Ms. Costello practiced in the Detroit office of Dykema for more than 20 years; she is a past chair of that firm’s Pro Bono Committee and Diversity Committee. A licensed psychologist, she received her B.S. degree from Penn State University and her J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from Detroit College of Law; she holds graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and Southern Illinois University. She has repeatedly been named a “Michigan Super Lawyer,” and is a past recipient of the State Bar of Michigan’s John W. Cummiskey award for her pro bono service.

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