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Skills Summary

Table of Professional Skills

Projects I’ve Completed

UChicago 125th Departmental Histories Project. (2015). Researched the legacy of the Department of Ecology & Evolution through in-depth interviews and archival data.
Products:
1) On Uncovering the Legacy of Ecology & Evolution at the University of Chicago
2) Faculty History
3) List of Publications about UChicago Ecology & Evolution (xlsx)

NO BAR$: Neighbors Organized for Bond Adjustment and Reduction Strategy (2014). Worked with a group to create a mock community organizing campaign for SSAD 481: Community Organizing, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Created an Online Youth Resource Portal (2012) for alumni of the UCAN Host Homes Program in Chicago, IL .

From the streets to stability: A Study of youth homelessness in the District of Columbia (pdf) (2011). Assisted in the development, implementation, and analysis of DC’s first survey of youth experiencing homelessness with DC Alliance of Youth Advocates in Washington, DC.

Conducted a Volunteer Improvement Program Needs Assessment* (2010) for Covenant House Washington, Washington, DC. (*Awaiting permission to share.)

Internship Opportunities Booklet (pdf) (2010). Drafted as an emergency staffing plan for Facilitating Leadership in Youth (FLY), Washington, DC.

Organized a Three-day College Tour (xls) (2008) of Philadelphia-area colleges and universities for students in the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC) Upward Bound, Silver Spring, MD.

Projects In-Progress

Jones, A.M. (In progress). “Exploring the Utility of Youth Participatory Action Research with LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness.”

Jones, A.M. (In progress). “Paradox of Invisibility: Stories of Marginalization from Youth Experiencing Homelessness.”

Race & Pedagogy Workshop Highlights

June 2016: Workshop on Racially Inclusive Syllabus & Course Design. University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, Chicago, IL.

December 2015 – April 2016: Three-part series: Race, Teaching, and Scholarship & Positionality as a Teaching Tool Parts I & II. University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Doctoral Teaching Workshop, Chicago, IL.

February 2016: Teaching and Encountering Race in the Classroom. UChicago Teach-in on Racism and Activism, Chicago, IL.

February 2016: What’s Going On? Finding a Shared Language for Transformation on Chicago’s South Side. University of Chicago Arts Incubator, Chicago, IL.

December 2015: Talking about “Race Talk”: A Discussion of Derald Wing Sue’s “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence. University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, Chicago, IL.

Conference Presentation, Workshop, & Guest Lecture Highlights

Jones, A.M. (August 2016). How Homeless Youth Navigate Multiple Marginalizations. Digital poster. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Was one of the first-ever digital poster presenters at ASA.

Das, A., Jones, A.M., Hoffman, C. (January 2015). Beyond Description: A Workshop on Moving from Description to Analysis in Qualitative Social Work Research. Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA.

Workshop featured noted social scholars: Deborah Padgett, PhD., Karen Staller, Ph.D., & Jane Gilgun, Ph.D.

Roulon, V., Jones, A.M., Bailes, J., Kennedy, A. (August 2015). Health Information Management: A Blueprint for the Public Good. American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Leadership Symposium, Chicago, IL.

I got to share my story about the difficulties navigating information management in the current healthcare context.

Networking for Youth Housing. (January 2010). Presented at Social Justice Camp DC, Washington, D.C.

(View more webinars from Social Justice Camp DC.)

Media Appearances

Butler, M. (December 2015). “Access to Health Information: It Takes a Village”. Journal of AHIMA.

HuffPost Live with Marc Lamont Hill. Guests: Maureen Evans Arthurs, Dr. Treva Lindsey, Amanda Michelle Jones, & Natalie Delia Deckard. (December 2014). “I’m A Black Woman… People Assume I’m A Prostitute“.

Fun Stuff!

Founder of Brown Girl Tarot, through which I provide tarot readings and run anonline learning & support community. I am also developing the Brown GirlTarot Library, which will host tarot decks with people of color in them, with a specific focus on decks created by the people who are members of the communities represented in the artwork.
Editorial Advisor to Ife Olatunji of Freedom Lover Films, Chronicles of the Summer documentary of three young Black girls living in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.

Coming Soon

Short-term (immediate – 1 year)

  1. Secure full-time employment with clinical supervision
  2. Earn my Trauma-Informed Expressive Art Therapy Certificate
    • Purpose: Add art therapy as a documented clinical skill

Mid-range (2–4 years)

  1. Pass the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) exam
    • Purpose: Become eligible to practice independently
  2. Apply for initial licensure
    • Purpose: Become eligible to practice independently
  3. Become a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist
    • Purpose: Become recognized as an art therapist
  4. Become an adjunct professor
    • Purpose: Train future social workers in clinical and community organizing skills

Long-term (5 years & beyond)

  1. Develop community-based emergency mental health crisis services rooted in transformative justice
    • Purpose: To provide mental health crisis services that do not involve the police
    • Note: I would love to be able to make this happen MUCH sooner!
  2. Establish an arts-based research & consulting practice focused on Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)
    • Purpose: Collaborate with young people to make art aimed at dismantling oppressive structures
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