Dr. Catherine Medina is the recipient of the faculty/staff award from the UConn Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center (PRLACC) for advancing the role and contributions of Latinos at UConn and the community.
Dr. Catherine Medina
Dr. Medina is a distinguished leader in social work education, who has made outstanding contributions to enhancing the lives of Latinos at UConn, in the State of Connecticut and nationally. She is widely recognized for her expertise on mental health and health services for Latin@ children and adolescents, social work practice with abused and neglected children, provision of culturally competent services, and social work practice with Latin@ individuals, families and communities. She is an active scholar involved in advising/mentoring, and recruiting and retaining of Latin@ in social work and other education programs. Dr. Medina’s professional accomplishments have focused on efforts to create positive social change and enhance the quality of life for people of color, with a focus on Latin@s, through education, research, professional service and public engagement.

Dean Salome Raheim stated in her nomination letter, “Dr. Medina is an educator of extraordinary ability and dedication who enriches our School and its graduate students, the profession and the population it serves. Her knowledge and commitment to be an outstanding teacher, leader, and scholar, with a focus on Latin@ populations and communities, has served to motivate our students to become champions of issues that affect Latin@ communities through social work practice and political advocacy.”