• Education Program Specialist
  • DirectCourse Quality Coordinator
Email
metz0171@umn.edu
Phone
+1 612-301-3439
Address
Institute on Community Integration
Rm 109E PtH [map]
150 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0226

Macdonald M. Metzger, M.S., DPA. is the Director of Outreach, Education, and Interdisciplinary Training at the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), University of Minnesota. In this role, Metzger provides strategic direction and leadership for ICI's outreach, education, and interdisciplinary training programs. He coordinates the direction and growth of education, interdisciplinary training, and outreach programs to meet ICI's strategic initiatives. He supports the implementation of interdisciplinary training programs such as the MNLEND Fellowship and the Disability Policy Certificate programs, including community outreach and engagement activities. He leads strategic action plans that promote the MNLEND fellowships and the selection of learners from diverse racial and ethnic communities. He also leads as a creative resource throughout ICI for diversity-related initiatives, activities, materials, advice, and counsel.

Metzger is also an alumnus of the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) Leadership Academy and a member of AUCD's Emerging Leader Community. Metzger is the founding President of the African Association of Disability and Self Advocacy Organizations (AADISAO). Prior to taking on a leadership role at ICI, Metzger served as a DirectCourse Quality Coordinator. In this role, he provided quality assurance for the DirectCourse curriculum from ICI's Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL). He was charged with overseeing the timely and quality production of online training materials, primarily for DirectCourse (the College of Direct Support; College of Frontline Supervision and Management, Person-Centered Counselling Curriculum; College of Recovery and Community Inclusion). He has extensive experience in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health needs in a person-centered environment. He is a trained person-centered planner. Metzger's international work includes support for the implementation of the RTC-CL DirectCourse and Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) training of volunteers and CBR facilitators in Zambia and Liberia. He is a MNLEND faculty mentor and leadership team member. Dr. Metzger was recently selected by the U.S. Department of State to participate in its Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Disability Employment (PFP-IDE) in Nairobi, Kenya and continues to serve as a virtual coach for PFP-IDE Fellows from East Africa. Metzger currently serves on the State of Minnesota’s HCBS Community Advisory Board and is Vice President of the National Association for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Needs (NADD) membership committee.

Projects

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DirectCourse

Offers a suite of competency-based, online curricula for professionals providing services to people with intellectual, developmental, physical, and psychiatric disabilities, and to older adults....

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Supporting the Full Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Kisangani

This project will collaborate with the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ministry of Social Affairs, Humanitarian Action & National Solidarity to work with local and regional government staff and…

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Developing and Engaging Training on Person-Centered and Family-Centered Approaches in Mental Health and Co-occurring Disorders

Addresses gaps in services and the fragmentation of service delivery for Minnesotans experiencing mental health conditions and/or substance abuse as the state moves these services towards community…

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Community-based Rehabilitation Approaches for Family Caregivers and People Who Support Adults and Children with Disabilities

Presents two-day trainings in Liberia that teach individuals with disabilities, family members, and community volunteers about community-based rehabilitation (CBR) methods and the rights of people…

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Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

Conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects related to community supports under its center grant and related project funding. The RTC-CL is…

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Kenya Inclusive Education for Economic Empowerment

This project will increase the capacity of Kenyan business owners with disabilities to do business with the United States and improve the business environment and climate for people with…