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Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan

Joan and Sanford Weill hall
Suite 5100
735 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091


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Michael Spencer

Fedele F. Fauri Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work

Dr. Spencer’s research interest is in the area of community-based solutions for poverty alleviation and inequities in low-income, disenfranchised racial/ethnic communities. His previous work has been largely in the city of Detroit among African Americans and Latinos, but current research is moving toward work with Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities. Through CBPR, Dr. Spencer works in partnership with communities to develop interventions that promote wellbeing and community development. Although primarily focused on improving health, these interventions seek to address social determinants related to wellbeing, including economic, social, and psychological wellness. Interventions are culturally rooted, identity-based, and build on community strengths.

Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle; M.S.S.W. University of Texas, Austin; B.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa