Stacey Violante Cote MSW ’00, JD ’01 Named 40 Under 40 by Connecticut Magazine

March 21, 2012 by  
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Stacey Violante Cote MSW ’00, JD ’01 Named 40 Under 40 by Connecticut Magazine

Stacey Cote, now director of the Teen Legal Advocacy Clinic at The Center for Children’s Advocacy in Hartford, has been with the center for 10 years. She advocates for teens struggling against tremendous odds—neglect, abuse, homelessness—helping to improve their lives. She is also the lead attorney for the Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Project, where she […]

Study Shows Domestic Violence Survivors Appreciate Support, But More Services Needed

March 7, 2012 by  
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Study Shows Domestic Violence Survivors Appreciate Support, But More Services Needed

A recent study conducted by a UConn faculty member and colleague has found that more than 75 percent of domestic violence survivors who use a range of support services are pleased with the services provided. But, says Eleanor Lyon, professor emerita of social work, more can be done. “Victims of domestic violence have complex needs,” […]

Kelsey Nepote MSW ’11 Senior Governance Associate at NASW

March 7, 2012 by  
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Kelsey Nepote MSW ’11 Senior Governance Associate at NASW

Kelsey Nepote MSW ’11 a policy practice graduate, was recently hired as the Senior Governance Associate at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in Washington, DC. In this position, Kelsey works closely with the national Board of Directors, President, Executive Director, and National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (NCNLI) performing a variety of […]

Dr. Lisa Werkmeister Rozas Receives 2012 Women of Color Recognition Award

March 6, 2012 by  
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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, […]

Breaking Barriers, Giving Back

March 6, 2012 by  
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Breaking Barriers, Giving Back

Rollin Williams grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during a time of racial turmoil in the city. Despite this, it remains a place of happy memories for him, where the bright, ambitious boy became a violin soloist in his high school orchestra, valedictorian of his senior class and the Oklahoma state typewriting champion. He left Tulsa […]

Amos Smith MSW ‘79 President and CEO of Community Action Agency of New Haven

February 24, 2012 by  
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Amos Smith MSW ‘79 President and CEO of Community Action Agency of New Haven

The Community Action Agency of New Haven (CAANH) is one of the largest non-profit social service agencies in the New Haven area. Its programs and services include weatherization and energy assistance, medical transportation, financial education and asset development, and a youth program. Amos arrived at CAANH in 2006 and since then has established the agency […]

Sarah Petela MSW ’11 Featured in NASW News Article

February 24, 2012 by  
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Sarah Petela MSW ’11 Featured in NASW News Article

Sarah Petela, Project Coordinator for the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness was featured in “Recession Fallout, Social Workers Face New Challenges” in the February 2012 issue of NASW News. Sarah says, “Advocacy is key…Social workers should play a lead role in getting out there in the community and building relationships with civic leaders. If not […]

Jennifer Vendetti MSW ’07 Coordinates a Resource for First-Time Parents

February 24, 2012 by  
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Jennifer Vendetti MSW ’07 Coordinates a Resource for First-Time Parents

The Connections program offers first-time families perinatal and parenting support through phone contact, group programming and home visitation. The program is a link to the Nurturing Families Network, a statewide program created by the Children’s Trust Fund with the goal of reducing parenting stress, parent-child conflict, and parental social isolation by offering free resources and […]

Dr. Catherine Medina Elected Vice Chair

February 21, 2012 by  
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Dr. Catherine Medina Elected Vice Chair

Dr. Catherine Medina was recently elected Vice Chair of the Connecticut Commission on Health Equity (CHE). In this role she will provide leadership within the Commission to collaborate with community based agencies to design and evaluate health equity models that address key social and physical determinants associated with health disparities. Since 1981, Dr. Medina has […]

Karen Futoma MSW ’90 Named Director of Newington Department of Human Services

February 13, 2012 by  
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Karen Futoma MSW ’90 Named Director of Newington Department of Human Services

Karen Futoma has worked for Newington town human services for the past 27 years. She grew up in Newington, CT and volunteered at the VA Hospital when she was in high school. Her interest in social work began at a young age. Karen received her master’s degree in social work from the UConn School of […]