Dr. Lisa Werkmeister Rozas Receives 2012 Women of Color Recognition Award
Dr. Werkmeister Rozas has received the 2012 Women of Color Recognition Award from UConn Women’s Center for outstanding contributions to the University and for Excellence in Leadership, Achievement and Service. She is widely recognized for her expertise on cultural competence, pedagogy and diversity, and health disparities.
Her research primarily focuses on issues of race, racism, discrimination, power and privilege, issues of identity and their effects on individuals and society; the effects of racism and discrimination on access to health and mental health care, cultural competence/systems of service delivery, and cross-racial dialogue.
Dr. Werkmeister Rozas is well-regarded as an educator, researcher, and scholar and has numerous appointments and memberships on national, state, local and professional committees. She is the current Chair of the Council on Social Work Education’s Council on Racial and Ethnic Diversity and a member of the Commission on Diversity and Social and Economic Justice. She serves on the Advisory Board of the UConn Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the State of CT Judicial System, Parent Education Programming Committee, and CLARO (Connecticut Latinas/Latinos Achieving Rights and Opportunity). She is a member of the CT Anti-Racist Alliance and Connecticut Latinas/Latinos Achieving Rights and Opportunity; and a reviewer for the Journal of Equity and Excellence in Education.
As a committed and caring educator, Dr. Werkmeister Rozas is dedicated to growing the number of social work educators of color and encourages promising students of color to pursue their doctoral degree. She assists in the recruitment, retention, and mentorship of Latin@ students and works closely with Latin@ students through the SSW Latin American Student Organization.