Tahira  Hassanein Khalid

Tahira Hassanein Khalid

Part-time faculty


Tahira Hassanein Khalid


Hassanein Khalid has been a social justice activist, program developer, and advocate. She worked for the Department of Human Services until she was appointed as Special Assistant for Governor William Milliken working to address the issues which lead to the riots of 1960s. She continued her work with Governor James Blanchard until she returned to human services work. She completed her graduate degree at the University of Michigan which led to her work with pregnant incarcerated women in several various criminal justice arenas to address the issues of trauma to their families and children born to this stigmatized population. She continues her work in the health arena which includes many years with the Wayne State University School of Medicine which was awarded a premier federal grant to eradicate the social and health determinants which cause Detroit to have one of the highest rates of infant mortality and morbidity in the nation among African American babies. She has been a primary clinician in treating people of African American, Arab, African, and Indo Pakistani heritage to deal with their various social traumas. She has worked to develop a transitional housing initiative for women of these cultures who are homeless. She has helped to build a social services agency, Muslim Family Services, designed to meet the need of Americans and immigrants facing the inability to provide the necessities for themselves and their families. MFS has also operated as an empowerment tool for those seeking assistance. She is currently a Coordinator with the Sister Friends Project, an initiative to reduce the high rates of infant mortality and morbidity among African American babies in the City of Detroit by providing their mothers with crucial social supports. Tahira’s life and professional work has been to support the vulnerable populations of our society, and to assist in the development of projects for their protection and empowerment.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A. Political Science, Wayne State University
  • M.S.W. Social Work, University of Michigan
  • Licensed Social Worker, (MSW) Micro, Macro, State of Michigan

Teaching Interests

  • Social work methods of practice
  • Impact of oppression on human development
  • Impact of incarceration on individuals and families
  • Cultural diversity competency
  • Infant and Maternal morbidity and mortality
  • Islam in America
  • Criminal/legal system and behavioral health
  • Impact of violence and trauma on individuals and society
  • Social determinants of health and well being
  • Stigmatized populations

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical social work with concentration in individual and family therapy
  • Delivery of therapeutic intervention within cross cultural contexts
  • Development of cultural diversity competency
  • Health disparities, and domestic violence
  • Maternal and infant mortality and morbidity

Courses Taught

  • Social Work Methods SW 7040
  • Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice SW 3110