Human Development and Family Sciences
The Catalyst
September 2019
Dear HDFS community,

Welcome back to fall semester. I am delighted to hear from so many faculty and students about their global adventures this summer! Their activities included research, teaching and service in China, England, Greece and Ireland.
 
Pictured above are several HDFS faculty members including Norma Gaines-Hanks, myself, Chrissy Vitsilaki - the Rector of the University of the Aegan Rhodes Greece and professors Barbara Settles and Martha Buell. In July, we attended an international symposium, Families Amidst Global and Local Processes: Economic, Political and Cultural Change,  organized by Chrissy Vitsilaki, colleagues from the Committee on Family Research of the International Sociological Association and myself. This symposium built on the enthusiastic, committed collaborations we have with our partnership universities in Greece and was a great success!
 
I wish everyone a fabulous academic year and look forward to the many exciting initiatives that we are all working on!

 
Sincerely,
Bahira Sherif Trask, HDFS department chair
Faculty and Student Spotlights
HDFS faculty, (pictured from left to right), Valerie Earnshaw and Mellissa Gordon, visited London in June to meet with colleagues at King’s College London. They learned about efforts to measure and intervene in stigma associated with mental illness in the United Kingdom, and networked with local stakeholders working to improve mental health among children, youth, and families. They are now applying what they learned to their work in Delaware. 
For the month of June, HDFS assistant professor, Bridgette Johnson was invited by our partnership institution, Nanjing Xiaozhuang University, to present a series of workshops on inclusive classrooms and working with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Bridgette visited a variety of pre-schools and kindergartens and learned about the Chinese Early Care system.

This visit further expands the formal collaboration between HDFS and the Early Care department at NXU. It also allowed Bridgette to improve her Chinese!
Bahira Sherif Trask was invited to be the Keynote Speaker for the biennial UNESCO conference,  Changing Families, Changing Policy, Changing Practice: Family Support Now and in the Future, in Galway, Ireland. Her talk was entitled “Global Transformations in Families: Implications for Policies and Programming.”
HDFS assistant professor, Roderick Carey's current interdisciplinary research serves to make sense of the school experiences of black and Latino adolescent boys and young men in urban contexts.

Roderick recently wrote an article for the American Journal of Education's blog, "AJE Forum." The blog piece was based on his article, "Am I Smart Enough? Will I Make Friends? And, Can I Even Afford It?"
In June, HDFS Ph.D. students Di Liu, Laura Cutler, Susan Lewis and Danielle Riser attended the Diversity in Organizations, Communities, & Nations International Conference in Patras, Greece where they presented on how families of children with disabilities navigate various systems designed to support the unique needs of their children.The students even got to spend some time with our colleagues from the University of Patras!
Alumni in the News
2019 Human Services graduate, Samantha Leonard, has published her first book. Groomed, Shining a Light on the Unheard Narrative of Childhood Sexual Assault.

Samantha was also the 2019 Catherine Bieber Scholarship recipient for Academic Achievement and Leadership in HDFS. Samantha will be attending Yeshiva University in the fall, pursuing a Masters in Social Work degree.
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