About Mike

522753_430275390334023_553693449_nAloha!  My name is Mike Spencer and I am a Native Hawaiian of mixed race born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  I moved away from Hawaii for graduate school and have been living on the continental US for 28 years. I am also the Fedele F. Fauri Collegiate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan and currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. I teach courses on diversity and social justice, intergroup dialogue, community organizing, and community development.
My research utilizes community-based participatory research (CBPR) and is in the area of health equity among populations of color.  My current research interest is in designing interventions for wellness in Native Hawaiian communities.

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