May 28, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Child Advocacy Studies

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265 Maxwell Hall
Jodi Saunders, Program Director


Sarah Collins, Instructor; BA, Marquette University; MSW, Dominican University; 2013 -
Jodi Saunders, Program Director; BA, MA, PhD, Michigan State University; 2015 -
Zachary Strassburger, Assistant Professor; BA, Wesleyan University; JD, Yale Law School; 2014 -


The Child Advocacy Studies curriculum focuses on experiential, interdisciplinary, ethical, and culturally sensitive content that provides professionals working with children a common knowledge base for responding to child maltreatment. This program focuses on developing students’ understanding of the numerous factors that lead to child maltreatment and existing responses to child maltreatment. The goal is to prepare students to work effectively within systems and institutions that respond to these incidents. Students will learn about the various disciplinary responses to child maltreatment and develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the most effective responses. Students completing the courses in this program will be better equipped to carry out the work of agencies and systems (health care, criminal justice, and social services) as they advocate on behalf of the needs of children.



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