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McNair Scholar 2012Tierra Howard

Tierra Howard is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Youth Studies with a minor in African and African American Studies. Her research interests revolve around the empowerment of African American youth and different methods of achieving that in the form of counseling. Ms. Howard aspires to attain a M.Ed. in School Counseling.

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I dream to be that person whom youth admire the most and refer to as the person who never gave up on them. My dream is to change their lives as they continue to change mine.

Research project

Youth Work as a Contested Terrain:  Perspectives from Youth Workers in African American Communities - Pilot Study

Abstract: Researchers have found that youth services focused on African American youth often create iatrogenic effects; services seeking to help often create unintentional problems. This qualitative pilot study talked to youth workers, using a purposeful sample and a semi-structured guide, interviewees were asked to teach about their work with African American youth in the Twin Cities. Extensive notes were taken and analyzed for themes both within each interview and then across all interviews. Findings indicate an individual focus to practice and a tendency to work in decontextualized ways. Social justice youth development theory is used to read the findings from the study. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Ross VeLure Roholt is currently an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota - College of Education and Human Development, where he is an instructor in the Youth Studies department. Dr. VeLure Roholt attended the University of MN where he received his BA degree in International Relations/Political Science. After accomplishing his BA, he furthered his education at the University of MN receiving a MSW degree in Social Work and a Ph.D. in Education. Dr. Roholt is very much invested in the lives, wellbeing and politics of young people. His research interest includes youth civic engagement and participatory youth work.