Louise Simmons is Recipient of 2009 Maria Miller Stewart Award

Louise Simmons, Ph.D. is the recipient of a 2009 Maria Miller Stewart Award “One Women Makes A Difference” from the CT Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF).  The Maria Miller Stewart Awards are awarded to women who are role models in their efforts to advance the cause of equality in Connecticut and who have a demonstrated history of commitment to issues affecting women and their families.

Louise Simmons with Alice Pritchard

and Dan Livingston

Dr. Simmons and four other recipients of the award were honored and celebrated for their achievements at an event on Tuesday, October 8, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell.

“CWEALF is one of the leading advocacy organizations for women and girls and so getting an award from them is a huge honor for me,” says Professor Simmons. “All of the other awardees remind me of how important our collective work is for this community.”

CWEALF’s announcement of the “One Women Makes A Difference” awards cited that Louise’s scholarship, organizing and advocacy efforts in the Greater Hartford community and in Connecticut is a testament to the exemplary standards of working for equity, social and economic justice, especially directed to vulnerable populations, women and girls. She has been a strong supporter of CWEALF and its mission. She has served as advisor and an informal mentor for many women students at UCONN School of Social Work, many of which have interned or worked at CWEALF over the years.

Dr. Simmons is an Associate Professor of Community Organization and the Director of the University of Connecticut, Urban Semester Program. She teaches courses in community organization, labor and social work, political advocacy, and theory and practice of social movements for community organization. Her areas of specialization include community organization, urban social movements, community-labor alliances, urban politics and policy issues, progressive political movements, and welfare policy.

“Dr. Simmons’ work embodies our mission to promote social and economic justice and human rights,” says School of Social Work Dean Salome Raheim.  “Her outstanding career achievements as an educator, advocate and activist make her an exceptional role model for social work students.  I am proud to be among her colleagues.”

Her research interests are in urban politics and policy; community organization; welfare policy economic rights and labor; collaborative research on the impact of welfare policy changes; labor and social work; and community-labor partnerships.

Dr. Simmons recently co-edited a book with Social Work Professor Scott Harding, Economic Justice, Labor and Community Practice. This was based on a special Issue of the Journal of Community Practice, an  interdisciplinary journal designed to provide a forum for community practice, including community organizing, planning, social administration, organizational development, community development and social change.  Dr. Simmons is among the team of editors of that journal.   She is on the editorial boards of the Labor Studies Journal; Journal of Urban Affairs, and Working USA.

Read more at http://www.cwealf.org/announcements/cwealf/cwealf-honors-2009-maria-miller-stewart-awardees