Sandra Turner-Handy, M.S.

Engagement Director, Michigan Environmental Council

A lifelong Detroiter, Sandra Turner-Handy is the mother of six children, 11 grand-children and one great-grandson. Sandra is a graduate of Wayne State University with a bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Science in Leadership Development and is completing a Doctorate of Education in Leadership Development. Sandra has worked in the political arena as a chief of staff for Representative and Senator Hansen Clarke. It is this position that has motivated her to work and engage in the areas of social and environmental justice in the City of Detroit. Sandra has found her niche in engagement of others to raise the quality of life for residents within the city. Sandra is the Engagement director for the MI Environmental Council, where she has worked for the past 12 years. Sandra currently sits on a number of boards and coalitions whose goals are to mitigate environmental impacts, improve Detroiters’ health and improve the built environment through practices and policy changes. Sandra enjoys reading, landscaping, writing, developing youth leaders and working on beautification projects in her community.

Sandra is speaking at

December 1, 2020
10:30 am - 11:30 am



In this session, participants will hear from community leaders and learn how to build community-academic research partnerships and negotiate budgets, intellectual property, and different organizational work styles.

We will focus on resources for community-based organizations in negotiating research partnerships; guidelines for researchers in approaching community-based organizations and consider key questions, such as: What are the benefits of research partnerships to community stakeholders? What are the experiences of community members who have already taken part of research?  How do you approach and build relationships with community-based organizations? 

  • Negotiating Research Partnerships, Asraa Alhawli, ACCESS, Advocacy Specialist & Research Coordinator ACCESS Community Health and Research Center 
  • The Role of Research in Advocating for Environmental Justice, Sandra Turner-Handy, CURES Community Advisory Board, Engagement Director, Michigan Environmental Council
  • Community Compensation from a Health Equity Lens, Rev Sarah Bailey, Flint Community Ethics Review Board
  • Community In-Reach: Leveraging Academic Connections for Community Protection, Dell Stubblefield, CURES CAB member, Hope Village 

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