Strengthen our Global Competitiveness


Educating the Workforce on Pandemic Preparedness

As Ebola exploded into national and international news coverage, the need for global pandemic preparedness was also making headlines. It highlighted a lack of resources at the source of the pandemic and also galvanized attention on the global consequences. In recognition of our past experience in this area, the University of Minnesota has been selected […]


Refugee Mental Health: The Importance of Culture & System-Level Support

Refugees face what we call a triple trauma paradigm, making the transition into our society that much harder. They experience stress when forced to leave their countries (pre-migration), stress in their actual relocation (flight) and stress in adjusting to life in a different country (post-migration). There are several phases that make life difficult for refugees—and I have become involved in the mission to provide mental health support at the system level so refugees can obtain the care they need to connect to our community as productive members.


Improving Mental Health for Families Affected by War Trauma

I have been working with vivo (Victim’s Voice) for more than 12 years. Our mission is to overcome and prevent traumatic stress and its consequences within the individual and the family, as well as the community, safeguarding the rights and dignity of people affected by violence and conflict. vivo developed Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) as […]


A Mission to Make A Difference

My goal has always been to make a difference in someone’s life—and I share that goal with the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). It’s in everything we do, and it’s the academic mission behind our Vision 2020 program. This mission starts with the power of ideas. It then comes to […]


Transnational Students & Youth Citizenship in America

For the past few years, I have been interested in several intersecting areas—one, demographic projections that tell us the U.S. will not be a white-majority country in the next three decades; two, the rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment that characterizes our political discourse, and three, the idea that schools are an important site to cultivate […]