July 12, 2016

Engaged Learning



Neeraja Aravamudan, PhD, Interim Assistant Director for Engaged Learning, Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan

Lorraine Gutierrez, PhD, Chair of the Personality and Social Contexts Psychology Program; Arthur F Thurnau Professor Professor of Psychology; Professor of Social Work; Director of the Center for Community Learning; Lead Faculty, Detroit Initiative; University of Michigan

In this session, Neeraja Aravamudan and Lorraine Gutierrez will lead us in a discussion around community engaged research practices, in both generating research and sharing it back with the community.

Tuesday, July 19

12:30-2, Dearborn Room

This event is open to the public. Walk-ins welcome. RSVP preferred: shiras@umich.edu


Neeraja is the Interim Assistant Director for Engaged Learning and supports Faculty, Program Staff and GSIs who are interested in connecting courses and programs to community engaged learning. She enjoys collaborating and consulting with individuals to apply evidence-based approaches to address community needs through teaching and research. At the UofM, she also worked with CRLT as an Instructional Consultant, most recently co-leading the 2016 Rackahm-CRLT Preparing Future Faculty Seminar. Prior to joining the Ginsberg team, she was Associate Director of Northwestern University’s Searle Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning, where she led graduate student development efforts. In that role, she helped support graduate students from new TAs to future faculty by revamping the TA Fellows Program, co-teaching a Teaching with Technology course, and creating a Graduate Teaching Certificate Program.  In her free time, she enjoys participating in local theatre, volunteering at her childrens’ schools, and spending time with her family. 

Lorraine is the Chair of the Personality and Social Contexts Psychology Program, Arthur F Thurnau Professor Professor of Psychology, Professor of Social Work, Director of the Center for Community Learning, and the lead faculty person at the Detroit Initiative. Her research is focused on empowerment theory and practice, the experiences of women of color, and multicultural organizational and community change strategies. She coordinates the Detroit Initiative in Psychology: a program of scholarship, teaching and service with community based organizations in Detroit. Her work includes qualitative, quantitative, and community based research.