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Valerie Holton

National Yang-Ming University
Editor, Metropolitan University journal
Dr. Holton is an active scholar and teacher, a licensed clinical social worker and a professional consultant to universities and organizations. Valerie serves as editor of CUMU's Metropolitan Universities journal (MUJ), a quarterly, peer-reviewed outlet for scholarship on cutting-edge issues in higher education. In 2018 she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Social Work at National Taiwan University. There she taught an interdisciplinary graduate course on community-engaged research (CEnR) in the Taiwan context. Her Fulbright research examined the social and economic responsibilities and impacts of higher education institutions in Taiwan.As principal of Holton Consulting, LLC, she has provided technical assistance to human service organizations and state agencies in the areas of strategic planning, board development, and program design and evaluation. She works with higher education institutions across the United States in designing programs, policies and infrastructure needed to enhance, assess, and demonstrate their impact. She is especially interested in helping universities and community organizations to identify and create strategies for sustainable and mutually- beneficial partnerships.Valerie has over twenty years of experience in the non-profit community as a service provider, administrator and board member. She has worked directly with people living in poverty and experiencing homelessness. Seeing the power of community-based organizations to address these critical issues sparked her interest in how universities define and embrace their social and economic responsibilities within their communities. Based on this, Valerie was named the inaugural director of community-engaged research at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), one of the largest public, urban research institutions in the United States. She helped VCU to enhance its CEnR activity and infrastructure, and taught graduate courses using collaborative learning strategies that prepare students to conduct rigorous community- engaged research.