PORTUGAL & AZORES
Migrant Model of Care
Immigrant- and Refugee-Run Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) —managed by and for migrants —are frequently small, informal, financially unstable, and thus often invisible to healthcare, housing and human services providers. Research demonstrates that Migrant-Run (Immigrant + Refugee) CBOs are undercounted and underfunded, generating civic inequalities compared to their counter partners.
This university-community partnership will document, examine and theorize about the activities of immigrant and refugee run organizations (IROs) in Metro Detroit, and move towards public impact and practice applications. This collaborative research aims to yield insights that rethink conventional approaches about social services and urban governance with immigrants and refugees within the specific urban context of Detroit.
Responding with ‘climate refugees’ in the Philippines
Climate-induced or environmental displacement as a global issue is anticipated only to intensify over time in tandem with climate change; practitioners and policymakers are developing responses and interventions. Social Work as a profession has taken on that challenge: to “create social responses to a changing environment” is one of the Grand Challenges of Social Work. In response to that call, this project seeks to examine local practices and traditionality-based models of intervention that address environmental displacement.
Legal Institutions & the Planning Process:
How does the Brazilian Judiciary Power manage disputes between the constitutional rights to housing and a healthy environment in São Paulo’s informal settlements? By contrast, how do planners in city government use the courts to advance and enforce their plans on litigation involving informality and the environment? What are the indicators of access to justice for informal dwellers? Using the city of São Paulo as a field site, Pimentel Walker and Arquero de Alarcón investigate how state agents within the Judiciary Power provide answers to a wicked problem of the Global South.
Missing migrants of the Mediterranean
Weiser Hall 5th Floor Art Gallery February 7, 2020–March 25, 2020
Missing Migrants of the Mediterranean shares the stories of Tunisia’s missing migrants and the voices of their families through works of data visualization created by students at the School of Information. The exhibition is part of a collaborative action research project by members of The School of Social Work, School of Information, Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Association La Terre Pour Tout.
"In front of the Sendai Station three months after the disasters. My grandson greeted me and carried my backpack. He has avoided direct impact of the disasters. However, when I think of the baggage of burden and responsibility to be shouldered by the next generation concerning nuclear energy plants and radiation, my heart aches and I feel like screaming."
Emi, June 2011
Miyagi Prefecture, JAPAN
This project addresses an important challenge facing our society today—how to promote social inclusion and justice in the era of increasing diversity and disparity. Using PhotoVoice, a participatory action research methodology , the project provides participants with a unique and challenging opportunity to engage in the examination, documentation, and dissemination of pressing social issues.
Our 3-country project team has been busy creating an interactive online PhotoVoice course in three languages (Portuguese, Spanish, and English). The purpose of this project is to identify and address practice and education challenges faced by social work students and practitioners in different countries and across social work systems and educational contexts.