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Sheri Parks, Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming
slp@umd.edu 

Sheri Parks, Ph.D. is Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming for the College or Arts and Humanities and an associate professor of American Studies, where she studies public aesthetics in regards to families, cultures and social activism. She is the author of "Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture," published by Ballantine/Random House and the expanded paperback, "Fierce Angels: Living with a Legacy from the Sacred Dark Feminine." A longtime public radio personality, she is also the Cultural Critic for Midday with Dan Rodricks on WYPR-NPR, Baltimore.

Cara Kennedy, Grants Development Coordinator
ckenned3@umd.edu

Cara Kennedy holds B.A. degrees in Psychology and French from Augustana College, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University. Her research has focused on the design and evaluation of preventive interventions for children and families, both in the United States and in Haiti, and on the mental health impact of child servitude in Haiti. Prior to coming to the College of Arts and Humanities, she worked as a grant writer for a nonprofit organization working in Haiti. As Grants Development Coordinator she is responsible for supporting faculty to identify and secure resources for their research and scholarship.

Ashley Richerson Miller, Coordinator
arichers@umd.edu 

Ashley holds B.S. degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance from William Jewell College, and a M.Ed. in Community Arts, Integrated Arts specialization from Lesley University. Her professional interests include interdisciplinary and arts-integrated education, curriculum development, and community arts programming. Prior to coming to the College of Arts and Humanities, she worked as a musician, educator and administrator in schools, nonprofits and higher education. Ashley is responsible for coordinating administrative operations and programming for the center.