UMass Boston’s Amy Cook Focuses on School-Family-Community Partnerships and Curricula
Amy Cook, assistant professor of counseling and school psychology in the College of Education and Human Development, has been recognized by the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).
Cook, in her fifth year at UMass Boston, received IARSLCE’s early career recognition award for 2017. The honor is given to faculty members whose early work has demonstrated broad and deep impact on service learning and community engagement.
“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to learn from my research partners and particularly from the parents, educators, and students, who have taught me what community-engaged research really means—to be embedded within the local community to promote collaborative growth. I hope that our research partnerships continue to be mutually beneficial and facilitate transformative change,” Cook said.
Cook’s research interests focus on reducing racial and ethnic inequalities in education and promoting equity, access, and positive youth development. Her research aims to promote educational justice and access in two key areas: school-family-community partnerships and culturally sustainable curricula to expand community-engaged research and practice in school counseling. Every spring, she works alongside high school students in Boston Public Schools, assisting them with college and career transition.
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