Bruce is the Manager of Accounting and Finance for University Neighborhood Partners. He has a Master’s of accounting and has been with the U for over 13 years. Before coming to UNP he worked in the U of U’s Central Development Office as an accountant. Previously, he worked as a corporate accountant in property and nursing home management. He enjoys working with people and numbers to align organizational goals with budgeting and finances. He spends his free time staying current with accounting, volunteering for HC4YF, cooking from scratch, gardening, hiking, and rock climbing.
In her role as Administrative Program Coordinator, Jewel is often the front line for communications with the board, residents, and community partners. She provides a broad range of support that also includes general office management for the UNP “House”, event coordination and support, social media management, and other administrative functions.
Jewel has an Associate’s Degree in General Studies with an emphasis in Anthropology & Social Science, and completed the Venture Course in the Humanities through Utah Humanities and Westminster College. Jewel keeps a very busy schedule with her musician/son. She enjoys hiking, travel, reading, and describes herself as a movie junkie.
As the Partnership Director, Abdulkhaliq’s role is to connect partnerships across umbrella areas, build staff capacity to facilitate high-quality partnerships, and align partnership outcomes and indicators with UNP mission & evaluation. Abdulkhaliq is from Somalia and moved to Utah in 2003. He graduated from the University of Utah in 2012 with a Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) degree. He continued his education and received a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Utah in 2014. He is recently earned a second master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Utah. Abdulkhaliq has worked for UNP since 2006. He has presented at local, national, and international conferences and presented about bridging cultural gaps between systems and new arriving communities to decrease systemic barriers faced by new arriving populations. Abdulkhaliq is particularly interested in building connections and enriching the lives and values of people from all walks of life. He spends much of his time focusing on strengthening UNP’s partnership model as well as meeting with partners and stakeholders to build relationships and connections that will create sustainable partnerships, system level changes, and high quality partnerships and projects. Abdulkhaliq speaks Somali, English, and Swahili.
Paul Kuttner is Associate Director at University Neighborhood Partners, University of Utah. In this role, Paul builds university-community partnerships that promote educational equity, access, and justice for young people while producing valuable knowledge to advance scholarship and social change. A native of Boston, Paul earned his masters and doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to his doctoral studies, Paul worked as an educator, teaching theater, creative writing, and civic engagement in schools and community organizations across Chicago.
Paul is a qualitative researcher, committed to engaged scholarship conducted in partnership with youth, schools, and communities. Paul’s research focuses on the interconnections between educational institutions and communities that have been marginalized by the education system. Specific topics include family engagement, parent and youth organizing, university-community partnerships, and the role of culture in education and social change. Paul is a co-author, with Karen Mapp, of Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships, and a co-editor of Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline (HER, 2012). His work has been published in both academic and popular venues, including Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, and Curriculum Inquiry. He is a board member for Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts and a Cabinet member for the US Department of Arts and Culture. Paul blogs at culturalorganizing.org
Teresa works with west side Salt Lake City residents in different capacities. Her research interests are mental health, substance use and community practice. Her dissertation on recovery from intimate abuse among Latinas gave her insights on the protective and risk factors for Latino families in Utah. She has conducted impact and empowerment evaluation for the Westside Leadership Institute, and volunteered as an instructor for refugee nonprofit organizations and NAMI. She helps grow residents and organization capacity to respond to their own cultural and linguistic strengths and needs. As Associate Director at University Neighborhood Partners, her mission is to support the development of UNP’s community capacity and wellbeing, education pathways, and community leadership partnerships.
Teresa has great experience working in Mexico and Utah with neighborhood/refugee background and immigrant communities, individuals and families. She has an appointment as assistant professor/lecturer at the College of Social Work and works closely on Community Capacity and Wellbeing partnerships, in conjunction with URLEND, University of Utah Health, Latino Behavioral Health Services, Bilingual Radio Utah, and Hartland Community 4 Youth & Families. Teresa earned her PhD and MSW degrees from the University of Utah; her MBA degree from Lake Superior State University; and her BS in Economics at UNAM, Mexico. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Utah.