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Barry N. Checkoway

Arthur Dunham Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Professor of Urban Planning

Barry Checkoway is the Arthur Dunham Collegiate Professor of Social at U-M’s School of Social Work and a professor of urban planning at U-M’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He is an internationally-recognized scholar and practitioner on youth empowerment, neighborhood development, and community change. His projects and publications draw on work with grassroots groups, community agencies, and government programs in the South Bronx, Detroit, Mississippi Delta, central Appalachia; and in South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, with support from the World Health Organization, Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, and other institutions.

He worked with the White House in 1990 to launch AmeriCorps, then served as founding director of the Michigan Neighborhood AmeriCorps Program, Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, Michigan Youth and Community Program, and Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity.

PhD University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; MA University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; BA Wesleyan University.

Faculty Projects

  • Youth Voice in Poverty Solutions The project: Young people should participate in institutions and decisions that affect their lives, but youth are not usually involved when adults make anti-poverty policy decisions. The purpose of the project is to amplify the voices of young people in community-based strategies against poverty. The process: Researchers worked with adult advisers at several schools and […]