Dr. Shirley Huisman joined the Columbia College faculty in 2014 and is the bachelor's in social work Program Director. She graduated with her undergraduate degree from Dordt College and earned her MSW from Syracuse University. She began her career in community mental health, and soon intertwined her mental health practice with teaching in higher education. She works from a trauma informed perspective in both her professional practice and in higher education, where she teaches, writes curriculum, and manages the BSW program. She brings her students and the community together in her classes, and has partnered with organizations such as Everyblackgirl, Black Lives Matter, Sowing Seeds Into The Midlands, College Place United Methodist Church, and the Eau Clair Community Council. She has been instrumental in the inception and development of Columbia College's Master's degree in Trauma Informed Education, where she teaches on mental health in children, adolescents, and teens.