Macdonald M Metzger
- Education Program Specialist
- DirectCourse Quality Coordinator
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.