Journal of Family Strengths
Faculty and graduate students in collaboration with Children at Risk and the Texas Medical Center serve as writers, reviewers, and special issue editors for the Journal of Family Strengths, a peer-reviewed, online journal dedicated to expanding our knowledge and practices in professions and services dedicated to the preservation of families and communities. Journal of Family Strengths.
Harris County Sheriff's Office Re-Entry Project
Senior seminar students in our Criminal Justice program work with representatives from the Harris County Sheriff's Office in a re-entry project designed to prepare incarcerated individuals for a successful return to the community and reduce recidivism. Students in the program learn to provide face-to-face support of inmates, publish a guide book of resources in the community, examine the research on re-entry and recidivism, and prepare a documentary film about the project. Read Story in UHD Skyline News.
House of Tiny Treasures Family Literacy Project Sponsored by Union Pacific Railroad
Students and faculty in the Department of Urban Education have provided Family Literacy Events at the House of Tiny Treasures for the children (ages 1-6) and their families since the Fall 2006. These events include interactive readings and response activities led by students who are teacher candidates in the Urban Education Program. Research projects have included studies of the naturalistic literacy practices within the family and the perceptions of participants regarding the relationship between teacher candidates and the parents with an emphasis on their perceptions of efficacy and articulation of advocacy within the teacher/parent interaction. Read Story in UHD Skyline News.
House of Tiny Treasures Mosaic Project
During a study of victimology, Criminal Justice students and faculty worked with the young students at the House of Tiny Treasures school for homeless children. The project included visiting the Orange Show Exhibit and working with local artists to create mosaics form a collage of found objects. Following a study of the growth in skill and creativity exhibited through the preliminary drawings and mosaics, there are plans to display the mosaics at the House of Tiny Treasures and in the College of Public Service.
African-American Library at the Gregory School Oral History Transcription Project
In the first of what we hope will be a collaboration involving multiple layered projects, students in Urban Education are currently working with the oral history librarian at the African-American Library at the Gregory School in the historic Fourth Ward of Houston. The UHD students are learning to use transcription software and abbreviated note-taking to transcribe video-taped interviews of Fourth Ward residents and graduates of the Gregory School. There are plans to expand the project to include middle and high school students participating in the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program in interviewing the residents of the Fifth Ward.
Citizenship Month Literacy Project with Harmony Public Schools and select HISD Sites
Middle and high school teachers from Harmony Public Schools and teachers from select sites serving immigrant and refugee populations in HISD are working with UHD's Leigh Van Horn. The teachers collaborate with Van Horn in the design of curriculum that will engage students in thinking about citizenry and in writing poetry that reflects their experiences and thinking on the topic. Select authors have the opportunity to share their poems during the opening celebration of Citizenship Month in Houston.