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A Salute to Dr. Julio Morales

Dr. Julio Morales

A Salute to Dr. Julio Morales, our founder

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.

The Puerto Rican & Latin@ Studies Project honors all past faculty who have served full time in the PRLSP since its creation in 1978:

Dr. Lirio K. Negroni   1998-2016

Dr. Gregory Acevedo   1998-2000

Dr. Barbara Candales   1982-1990

Dr. Migdalia Reyes   1980-1997

Dr. Myrna Maldonado    1980-1982

Dr. Julio Morales    1978-2003