Dr. Julio Morales, Jr. was born in Vieques, Puerto Rico and grew up in New York City. He holds a baccalaureate degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York, a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from The Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University. Dr. Morales served on the faculty of Brooklyn College, Boston University and Smith College. For 25 years he was a professor at the University of Connecticut Graduate School of Social Work and held the position of Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. He initiated eight new courses, including courses for a curriculum in Puerto Rican/Latino Studies. He conceptualized and developed the Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Project to disseminate knowledge on Puerto Ricans/Latino/as and to recruit, retain, and graduate Puerto Rican/Latino/as students.