Leading The Way
Examining the Challenges, Successes, and Outcomes of the Mother-Daughter Project
By: SuEllenHamkins, MD & Kimberly Huisman, PhD
SuEllen Hamkins, MD, is a psychiatrist and author. Her passion is helping people cultivate their values and strengths in the face of difficulties and has centered on three main areas: narrative psychiatry, college student mental health and mother-daughter relationships. She is Assistant Director of theCenter for Counseling and Psychological Health at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Hamkins regularly presents her work at professional conferences and for parents. From 1997 through 2007, she co-created The Mother-Daughter Project, a grassroots initiative that explored how to best support the wellbeing of adolescent girls, mothers, and mother-daughter relationships, co-authoring the resulting book, The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds, and Thrive Through Adolescence (Penguin, 2007). Learn more about her here.
Kim Huisman, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Maine, Department of Sociology. Her areas of interest include immigration, race and ethnicity, gender, and domestic violence. Kim currently teaches Introduction to Sociology; Social Inequality; Immigration, Women & Society; and Deviance & Social Control. Her research interests include immigration, gender, race and ethnicity. Her current research project, the Somali Narrative Project (SNP), established in August 2004, is a collaborative, interdisciplinary project that is driven by a commitment to engaged scholarship that enhances cultural and intercultural understanding. SNP includes four faculty members, several students, and Somali community members. The goal of SNP is to document the immigration experiences of Somalis in Maine and to use the narratives in a variety of ways to foster dialogue and understanding about religion, race, and immigration in Maine . For example, SNP developed a reader’s theater script that combines existing texts and interviews with Somalis in Maine to tell the stories of Somali history, culture, and immigration. The performance is organized chronologically around several themes (Colonial Somalia, Somali Civil War, Traditional Poetry, Diasporas: Europe, Canada, U.S., and Maine), and is being performed in a variety of venues around the state. Learn more about her here.