Human Development and Family Sciences
The Catalyst
February 2020
Dear HDFS community,

Welcome to spring semester and the year 2020! This month I would like to congratulate all of our Study Abroad leaders for organizing such meaningful experiences for our students. Norma Gaines-Hanks is just back from South Africa, Rena Hallam from Hawaii, and Stephanie Raible from Germany. Lynn Worden accompanied Stephanie on the trip to Berlin and Muenchen. I have only heard the most positive reports back from the varied participants. Due to the thoughtfulness and efforts of our highly dedicated faculty, we are truly educating global citizens. With much gratitude and best wishes for a fantastic semester for everyone!
Bahira Sherif Trask, HDFS department chair
Global Experiences
2020 marks the 12 th service-learning trip to South Africa for HDFS associate professor, Norma Gaines-Hanks; in that time she has lead over 300 students to what we know were “perspective changing” experiences. Of the 27 students who participated in 2020, 20 (or nearly 75%) were from HDFS: 19 Human Services; 1 ECE. In addition, there were three ETE students—making the group overwhelmingly from CEHD.
The program was split almost equally between Pretoria (in the north) and Cape Town (in the south west). Students completed five days each of service-learning placements in townships located near Pretoria and Cape Town. In addition to completing approximately 50 hours of service work over the course of four weeks, students also took two HDFS courses.
HDFS assistant professor, Stephanie Raible, led a study abroad winter session program in Berlin, Germany. The trip consisted of two city tours, three group cultural site visits, eight activities/talks/visits with seven social enterprises and one foundation, four class sessions, and a lot of fun in between. Despite the packed schedule, they remained in very good spirits and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience.
The students made good connections about the social entrepreneurship ecosystem, including what is unique to the German context and what is common territory with the experiences of social entrepreneurs in the States.
28 students accompanied by HDFS associate professor Rena Hallam and SOE professor Laura Eisenman studied in Hawaii in Winter 2020. The focus of this trip was to study the sociocultural context of Hawaii and to consider how culture influences education and services for children and adults with disabilities and their families.
Faculty and Student Spotlights
HDFS assistant professor, Roderick Carey, has a new blog on Black Boy Mattering that was recently featured in Voices in Education, the Blog of Harvard Education Publishing. Roderick has also been invited to deliver speeches, lectures, and conference research presentations locally, nationally, and internationally and has consulted with independent schools, summer camps, and such organizations as the Southern Poverty Law Center on issues related to race, justice, and education.

Most recently, his articles have been published in the Harvard Educational Review, American Journal of Education, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Education and Urban Society, Educational Administration Quarterly, Independent School, The Urban Review, and Urban Education.
Congratulations to HDFS assistant professor, Ann Aviles, who has been awarded a PPE Fellowship based on her partnership proposal with Yes,You Can! This project works to engage youth aged 14-21 residing in the Riverside community of Wilmington, DE in civic education. The UD Community Engagement Initiative through it's Partnership for Public Education awarded the competitive fellowship.
HDFS doctoral student, Kendell Daughtry’s research interest is centered around critical race theory, ethnic identity development, the continuation of racism and ethnic discrimination through systems (i.e. family, education, policy), its impact on individuals and families and how to combat it. His work You blind? What, you can’t see that?: The impact of colorblind attitude on young adults’ activist behavior against racial injustice and racism in the U.S. was recently published in the Journal of African American Studies. Kendell has conducted multiple original quantitative studies and is currently on a mixed-methods study with HDFS assistant professor Roderick Carey, examining how Black boys conceptualize how they matter in their worlds. His work also includes off the mainland projects and community programs in the Virgin Islands.
Program Highlights
The College of Education and Human Development offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs to advance the career aspirations of those interested in teaching or in advocating for children, families and vulnerable populations. We recognize the challenges that our social systems face in this new century and equip our students with the tools to address these challenges in novel and authoritative ways. 

CEHD offers four undergraduate programs:

For those interested in an advanced degree :
HDFS   offers an  M.S .  and  Ph.D .   program that prepares the next generation of scholars for positions as researchers, professors, or leaders in early childhood, human development, family studies, disability services, human services and related fields. We also offer an  M.A .  in Early Childhood Development & Programming for students interested in administering high quality early childhood programming.

CEHD’s   School of Education offers masters and doctoral programs as well, including several online M.Ed. programs .
Application deadlines fall throughout the year, so we invite you to begin your exploration now.
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