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With Increased Attention, Human Trafficking Emerges from the Shadows


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HumanTraffickingCORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 22, 2015)—In an ambitious effort to raise awareness, improve understanding, and generate solutions to the emerging epidemic  of human trafficking in Miami, the School of Education and Human Development and a number of community partners are holding three forums on the UM campus, two of them this week, to address the problem.

Hosted by UM President Donna E. Shalala and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, the first forum, “Combating the ‘Glamour’ and Demand of Human Trafficking through Media, Education and Services,” will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27 at the Newman Alumni Center.

Alberto M. Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Orlando A. Prescott, administrative judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit’s Juvenile Division; and Deborah Baker-Egozi, president of the Miami chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, will join other community leaders, service providers, and local, state, and national law enforcement agencies in the effort Rundle began four years ago to find ways to more readily identify victims and prosecute perpetrators of the illicit trade in humans, often for the purpose of forced labor or commercial sex.

Attendees may RSVP by contacting Barbara Pacheco at 305-547-0749 or BarbaraPacheco@MiamiSAO.com but are welcome to just walk in.

The second forum, held in collaboration with the Miami-Dade County Human Trafficking Coalition and the Miami-Dade County Human Trafficking Collaborative Project, will follow on Friday, January 30, between 9 a.m. and noon at the BankUnited Center Hurricane 100 Room. Titled “Human Trafficking in Miami and Our Local Response Conference,” the event will focus on innovative, emerging service and advocacy practices and feature panel presentations and discussions with survivors of sex trafficking, along with leading service providers in the region.

Faculty, staff, and students who wish to attend the Friday forum may RSVP to Ivon Mesa, of Miami-Dade’s Community Action and Human Services Department, at MESAI@miamidade.gov.

The third forum, “Human Trafficking: Interrupting the Pathway to Victimization,” is being organized by The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment on Friday, May 1. At the all-day event at the Newman Alumni Center, leading experts will discuss the complexities of identifying, intervening with, and protecting human trafficking victims, as well as the research on therapeutic, legal, and social solutions. For more information or to register, visit http://www.melissainstitute.org/.

Miller School of Medicine student Juhi Jain addresses an audience of medical professionals and law enforcement personnel attending the "Human Trafficking: An Emerging Epidemic" symposium.

Miller School of Medicine student Juhi Jain addresses an audience of medical professionals and law enforcement personnel attending the “Human Trafficking: An Emerging Epidemic” symposium.

Students at the Miller School of Medicine are equally concerned by the illicit trade in humans and last week held a daylong symposium,  “Human Trafficking: An Emerging Epidemic,” at UM’s Student Activities Center aimed at educating physicians, nurses, social workers, and law enforcement about the growing problem.

As Juhi Jain, a fourth-year Miller School student who received a grant from the Arsht Ethics Initiatives to stage the conference explained, human trafficking does not discriminate. “It affects all ethnicities,” she said, noting that American citizens are just as likely as immigrants to be victims.

Jain first became aware of how serious the human trafficking problem is about two years ago, when some of her fellow Miller School students told her about two victims who showed up at the UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital emergency room for medical treatment. It was then that Jain consulted with two of her mentors—Panagiota “Pat” Caralis, M.D., J.D., professor of medicine, and Edwin Olsen, M.D., M.B.A., J.D., professor of clinical psychiatry—who persuaded her to do more research on the issue, specifically the medical and legal aspects of the problem and how to identify and aid victims.

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The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment Offers Dissertation Grants to Graduate Students


The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, a non-profit educational, research, and consultative organization, is offering up to three Belfer-Aptman Scholars Awards for Dissertation Research to graduate students who address issues of violence prevention and/or treatment. The awards of $2,000 each, one of which is designated for a University of Miami student, must be used to support expenses that are directly related to dissertation research (e.g., subject fees, computer time, equipment). It may not be used for tuition, personal travel, or personal expenses.

The application deadline for the next grant cycle is April 1, with the selection taking place May 15.

To be eligible for one of the awards, applicants can be in any academic discipline but must be in an accredited doctoral dissertation program and have their dissertation proposal approved by their dissertation committee prior to application to The Melissa Institute.

To apply, applicants must include the following information in their submission, which may not be submitted electronically:

  1. Title of the proposed thesis
  2. Brief 300- to 500-word abstract of proposed study
  3. Hypotheses to be tested and research design
  4. Description of subjects – number and how selected
  5. List of proposed measures
  6. Proposed data analyses
  7. Budget justification
  8. Proposed timeline for completion
  9. A curriculum vitae, including any scientific publications and presentations with a brief description of your career plan
  10. A letter of recommendation from your dissertation advisor.

All applications should be mailed to The Melissa Institute Belfer-Aptman Scholars Award for Dissertation Research, to the attention of Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., at 1507 Levante Avenue, suite 331, Coral Gables, FL 33146.

For more information, contact the institute, which was established to honor the memory of Melissa Aptman, a Miami native who was murdered in May 1995, at 305-284-2930 or Info@MelissaInstitute.org.

 

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Dean Prilleltensky to Receive Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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Dean Prilleltensky to Receive Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award


Dean Issac Prilleltensky

Dean Issac Prilleltensky

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 4, 2014) — An international leader in applied psychology, Isaac Prilleltensky, Ph.D., dean and professor at the School of Education and Human Development, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention by the Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the American Psychological Association (APA). He will receive the award from the society’s Prevention Section at the APA’s annual meeting in Toronto next August.

“Throughout my career, I have focused on the prevention of psychosocial problems and the promotion of well-being in all its aspects,” said Prilleltensky, who is also the Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being. “I believe strongly in the need for social justice and building partnerships to address chronic problems like discrimination, child abuse, and poverty.”

Prilleltensky’s studies have been published in numerous professional journals including The Counseling Psychologist which dedicated a special issue to his work. He has published seven books and more than 120 articles and chapters.

Prilleltensky is currently leading an interdisciplinary team that includes his wife, Ora, a former professor at the School of Education and Human Development. The team is developing assessments and online interventions to promote the interpersonal, community, occupational, psychological, physical, and economic (I COPPE) aspects of well-being. Soon his team will launch an online program to promote wellness through fun and games.

A native of Argentina, Prilleltensky has lived and worked in Israel, Canada, Australia, and the United States. He speaks several languages and has given keynote addresses in 23 countries.

“I am very gratified to see the concepts of prevention, well-being, and social justice take root in academic institutions around the world,” Prilleltensky said.

Since becoming dean in 2006, Prilleltensky has expanded the school’s community partnerships and programs and launched new graduate and undergraduate courses related to human development. Under his leadership, the school established the Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center, renovated and expanded the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling, and provided a home on the UM campus to The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, a nonprofit organization.

In 2011 Prilleltensky received the “Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award” of the Community Psychology Division of APA, and the John Kalafat Award for the Practice of Community Psychology from the same division of APA. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the American Educational Research Association. In 2002 he was named a visiting fellow of the British Psychological Society.

 

 

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Business-Minded Youngsters Visit UM to Learn the Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success

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Business-Minded Youngsters Visit UM to Learn the Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success


By Robert C. Jones Jr. UM News

UM alumna Jacki Stanley gives advice to youngsters during the national launch of the Secret Millionaires Club ‘Grown Your Own Business Challenge.’

UM alumna Jacki Stanley gives advice to youngsters during the national launch of the Secret Millionaires Club ‘Grow Your Own Business Challenge.’

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 20, 2014) – Jacki Stanley, B.B.A. ’12, was only 12 years old when her father told her about the dream he had in which someone told him to start a new line of sneakers for girls. “We were vacationing in San Francisco,” Stanley recalled, “and one day at breakfast, Dad starts telling us about his dream and drawing these incredible pictures of shoes.” It wouldn’t be until Stanley’s junior year at the University of Miami that she would partner with her father in launching a brand of shoes that encourages girls to be creative. Today, colorful Bobbi-Toads sneakers are sold with toes embossed on their white toecaps, allowing the wearer to embellish them with nail polish, clean them off the next day, and start all over again with any design they choose. Read the full story

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UM Launches Two New Online Master’s Degree Programs


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UOnline_cmykCORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 26, 2014) – The University of Miami is now registering students for two new, fully online degree programs: a Master’s in Finance and a Master’s in Sport Administration. Both programs will begin classes in January 2015. The programs are among the University of Miami’s innovative efforts to respond to the evolving needs of today’s students and working professionals.

“Online learning is part of UM’s strategic plan to expand access to our renowned faculty and educational programs and the ’Canes family,” said Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM’s executive vice president and provost.

The Online Master’s in Finance program is designed for working professionals in the field, as well as those with other backgrounds. Offering access to the same renowned School of Business Administration faculty as the campus program, it focuses on real-world business challenges with two tracks of study: Corporate Finance and Financial Decision-Making. Students can complete this accelerated program in about 16 months and earn certificates in each track as they progress.

The Online Master’s in Sport Administration program, offered by the School of Education and Human Development, positions graduates for career advancement in a range of fields, from sport communications and law to professional athletics administration. Students can complete the practitioner-focused program online in 20 months, taking courses that cover leadership, globalization, sponsorships, marketing, fiscal management, and law.

To learn more about these programs, visit online.miami.edu or call 800-411-2290. For all of UM’s online offerings, visit the Division of Continuing and International Education website at www.continue.miami.edu.

UM will manage these online programs with support from Laureate Partners, a unit of Laureate Education that offers universities a customized approach to expand their reach online, on-ground, and around the world. Courses will begin in January, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

 

 

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