Trinh Mai, LCSW, MSW, has been a member of the social work faculty at the University of Utah since 2006. As Special Assistant to the Dean on Community-based Research for the College of Social Work based at UNP Hartland Partnership Center from 2008-2011, Trinh built research and teaching collaborations between UofU faculty, students and west side residents that addressed pressing community needs. Trinh, a west side resident of immigrant background herself, is committed to supporting “integration and mutual respect” among long-time US residents and new Americans.
In collaboration with the Hartland Resident Committee and Rai Farelly, a doctoral student in Linguistics, Trinh helped implement and evaluate a series of cultural trainings and community workshops for local schools titled, Voices of New Americans: Bridging Communities and Schools. In 2010, Trinh was named the UNP Community Scholar in Residence. She served on the UNP Advisory Board, and continues to do engaged work in SLC and at the Thai-Burma border. Her scholarship has been published in journals, books, and many other outlets. She is currently the Associate Director of MSW Field Education and the Chair of the Global Social Work Concentration at the College of Social Work.
UNP supports community-engaged scholarship (CES) addressing topics across our partnership areas. The goal of CES is to simultaneously advance knowledge and address social issues through equitable, mutually-beneficial partnerships between scholars and communities. CES blurs the lines between research, teaching, and community engagement. It is rooted in a respect for locally-grounded knowledge and a commitment to scholarship serving the public good.
CES is an umbrella term for a diverse range of research and teaching methodologies. In the realm of research, CES includes approaches like action research, community-based participatory research, design research, and youth participatory action research. In the realm of teaching, CES can manifest as community-engaged learning, service learning, activist pedagogy, and critical pedagogy, among other approaches.
Check out our publications page for reports on the practice of CES, and a bibliography of scholarship that has emerged from UNP-supported partnerships.