Category Archives: Family Social Science

FSoS alumnus benefits from deportation reprieve program

PerezDAfter years of living in the United States illegally, Daniel Perez, a former FSoS undergraduate student and current graduate student, has a green card after qualifying for a federal program that offers deportation reprieve for immigrants who entered the country as children.

Perez, who crossed the Mexican border when he was 15, qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), passed by the Obama administration in 2012.

According to an article in the Star Tribune, for those who qualify, DACA offers a temporary reprieve from deportation and a work permit. For some immigrants married to U.S. citizens, the program also allows government-approved travel abroad to nullify their initial illegal entry into the country and permit them to apply for a green card.

Perez’s wife, Kendra, a Canadian who is now a U.S. citizen, sponsored him.

Through DACA, Perez has been granted “advanced parole,” according to the Star Tribune. This means that a person with a pending immigration application has permission to  re-enter the country, as long as they had an educational, professional, or humanitarian reason to leave the country. Perez, who now works as a social worker in Minneapolis, was granted advance prole for a professional conference in Canada.

Now Perez and his wife are planning his first trip to Mexico since he and his family left in 2002. They will visit his grandparents and other family.

Perez will be eligible to apply for citizenship in 2018.

Read the Star Tribune Article here.

Diego Garcia-Huidobro named finalist in CEHD’s Three Minute Thesis Competition

GarciaHuidobroD2012FSoS doctoral candidate Diego Garcia-Huidobro has been named as a finalist in the inaugural CEHD Three Minute Thesis competition. Garcia-Huidobro is one of eight finalists, and the only finalist from FSoS.

Garcia-Huidobro will be competing for $500. The runner up and the people’s choice will receive prizes of $250 respectively.

Despite this being the first year that CEHD is participating in 3MT, over 200 universities across the world participate annually. The competition is intended to develop presentation, research, and academic communication skills, and to help students explain their work effectively to a general audience with no background in their field of study.

Judges for the CEHD competition are Dr. Keith Mayes, CLA professor; R.T. Rybak, former Minneapolis mayor and current executive director of Generation Next; and Margie Soran, executive director of the Soran Foundation.

The Three Minute Thesis competition will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, in the McNamara Alumni Center Heritage Gallery as part of CEHD Research Day.

Professor Krentzman quoted in White Bear Press article

Amy Krentzman, MSW PhD
Amy Krentzman, MSW, PhD Assistant Professor

Professor Amy Krentzman was recently quoted in the White Bear Press article “Mother’s letters gave addicted son a dose of reality“. Martha Wegner began writing letters to her son and posting them to a blog during a period when he was homeless due to drug addiction. The blog is now published in a book entitled, “Dear David: Dealing with My Son’s Addiction One Letter at a Time”. Now sober they look back as a family as to why the blog might have aided both mother and son. In the article Krentzman is referenced to explain a few reasons why the blog might have made such a positive influence: in addition to the expression of emotion that is a benefit of all therapeutic journaling, the blog  might have garnered Martha social support for her situation, might have helped other families struggling with addiction, and might have aided David in seeing the impact of his addiction on his family. Krentzman also explains that the public disclosure of recovery status is a growing trend embodied by the Faces and Voices of Recovery Movement.

Children of FSoS alumna named “Bell Museum Tiny Curators”

tinycuratorsThe children of FSoS alumna Anna Williams and CSE alumnus Nick Williams, Miller (age 9) and Maria (age 10), were each named an honorary “Bell Museum Tiny Curator” after they developed their own “Tiny Natural History Museum,” near their home in Minnetrista.

There were more than 100 objects on display at their museum, and being from a family of great U of M pride, the siblings decided to donate half of the money they earned to the U of M’s Bell Museum of Natural History.

On President’s Day, the Bell Museum hosted the Williams family for a special tour. Along with their honorary title, the Bell Museum also presented the fledgling scientists with magnifying loupes and U of M backpacks.

See the KARE 11 feature story.

Serido helps students and families make better decisions about financing higher education

Professor Joyce SeridoDepartment of Family Social Science associate Professor Joyce Serido teamed up with Extension educators across the state to create a pilot program that helps students and families make better choices about financing higher education.

The program began in January, and Serido will meet with Extension educators in February to fine tune the program to make it accessible to various groups statewide.

Read more about Serido’s work in Source Magazine.

Learn more about Serido’s research on her profile page.

Learn more about personal finance and financial education resources.

Walker’s article selected as best paper by FCSRJ

The Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal selected FSoS associate professor Susan Walker’s article “Family Educators’ Technology Use and Factors Influencing Technology Acceptance Attitudes” as the best paper in family and consumer sciences education published by the journal in 2015.

FCSRJ chose her article for the following reasons: the topic is original, the research design and methodology demonstrate high standards, and the article has the potential to make a lasting contribution to the theory and/or practice in family and consumer sciences.

Walker’s article is one of seven published by FCSRJ in 2015 to be recognized. The journal published a total of 28 articles in 2015.

Read the article here.

Learn more about Walker’s research on her profile page.

McGuire says the earlier gender is addressed with children, the better

Professor Jenifer McGuire In a MinnPost article, Department of Family Social Science associate professor Jenifer McGuire stressed the importance of an inclusive approach when it comes to gender, and said the sooner we can talk to children regarding gender, the better.

Read the article here.

Learn more about McGuire and her research interests here.

The key to effectively blending families? “Intentional parenting,” Doherty says in WSJ article.

Professor Bill DohertyIn a Wall Street Journal article, Department of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty discussed the necessity for having a plan when it comes to parenting children in blended families.

Read the article here.

Learn more about Doherty and his projects here. 

Harris shares coping strategies for children dealing with divorcing parents

HarrisSteve150In a US News and World Report article, Department of Family Social Science professor Steve Harris stressed the importance of preserving children’s mental health as parents divorce, and shared coping strategies for divorcing parents hoping to avoid long-term emotional effects on their children.

Read the article here. Also, read about the Minnesota Couples on the Brink project.

McGuire to deliver keynote speech at MCFR 2015 conference

McGuireJ2014150FSoS associate professor, Jenifer McGuire, will deliver the keynote address at the Minnesota Council on Family Relations’ (MCFR) fall 2015 conference. Her presentation is titled “Addressing Gender in School, Work, and Family.” The conference will be held at the New Brighton Community Center on December 4, 2015. Visit the MCFR website for more information.

Joyce Serido talks about college students and personal finance in MPR segment

Professor Joyce SeridoMPR featured FSoS Associate Professor Joyce Serido in a recent segment about college students and personal finance.

Listen to audio here.

Learn more about Serido and her work on family finances on her profile page.

CEHD students reach out to fellow undergrads to teach about Islam

Junior Anastasia Press smiles as first-year student Megan Abdirahman, right, helps her put on a hijab for “Hijab for a Day,” an event put on by the University Al-Madinah Cultural Center for Islam Awareness Week. The event was designed to demonstrate the importance of wearing the hijab for Muslim women.  Photo by Liam Doyle

Xiong helps to pass education bill funding outreach to Southeast Asian community

Professor Zha Blong XiongDepartment of Family Social Science professor Zha Blong Xiong worked with legislators and community members to get bill HF1930 to pass the Minnesota House Education Innovation Policy Committee.

Under the bill, funding will be provided for the Department of Education to create outreach programs that help Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee families to access early childhood care and education resources.

“We believe that family engagement efforts are needed to ensure the hardest to reach populations, like Southeast Asian population, are gaining access to these wonderful early child education resources to close the achievement gap,” Xiong said to the committee.

Learn more about the bill.

Learn more about professor Xiong’s research and outreach.

Professor McCulloch elected to NCFR Fellows Committee

Professor Jan McCullouch Congratulations to Department of Family Social Science professor Jan McCulloch who was just elected to the Fellows Committee for the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

The committee is elected by NCFR members for a three-year term, and recommends the honorary title of “NCFR Fellow” to the Board.

Learn more about the committee on the NCFR website.

Learn more about Dr. Jan McCulloch on her profile page.

Doherty comments on bill to take courts out of divorce proceedings

Professor Bill Doherty Department of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty spoke in support of  legislation that would make it possible to get divorced without going through the court system, in a Star Tribune article.

Read the article here.

Doherty pens op-ed piece calling for divorce reform

Professor Bill Doherty Department of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty co-wrote an opinion piece in the Star Tribune explaining the need for divorce reform.

A bill introduced during the Minnesota 2015 legislative session calls for “cooperative private divorces” that allows paperwork to be filed outside of court to dissolve a marriage.

Learn more about Bill Doherty on his profile page.

Read the opinion piece at the Star Tribune website.

Pauline Boss and Ambiguous Loss Theory featured on the anniversary of missing flight MH370

Pauline BossDepartment of Family Social Science professor emeritus Pauline Boss coined the term Ambiguous Loss Theory for her pioneering research into what we feel when a loved one disappears.

On the anniversary of the week Malaysian Airline Flight 370 went missing, Boss was interviewed in articles reflecting on the past year for loved ones of the missing, some of whom are looking for “some measure of meaning in the meaninglessness of ambiguous loss,” Boss said.

Read more in the following articles:

Salon: Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, one year later: “Nothing is certain, as everything is possible”

ABC News: As world Moves on, MH370 families find solace in each other

International Business Times: MH370 one year later: no closure for families as search effort continues to flounder

New York Daily News: ‘We cling on to the hope’: One year after MH370 disappeared, loved ones of 239 people on board haunted by unsolved mystery

Should you tell your children how much you make? Serido weighs in on WCCO.

Professor Joyce Serido Department of Family Social Science professor Joyce Serido talked about what to share with your kids when it comes to personal finances, on WCCO.

Watch the video at CBS Minnesota.

Learn more about Serido and her research on financial stress at her profile page.

Divorce: Would it be better outside of the courts?

Professor Bill Doherty MPR News’ Kerri Miller spoke with Department of Family Social Science Professor Bill Doherty about his Cooperative Private Divorce bill which was introduced in the Minnesota legislature as an alternative for couples to divorce outside of the courts.

Listen to the story audio at MPRNews.