Dr. Lirio Negroni received the 2011 Women of Color Recognition Award from UConn Women’s Center for outstanding contributions to the University of Connecticut and for Excellence in Leadership, Achievement and Service. Dr. Negroni has been a leading force in advancing social work practice, education, and research focusing on issues related to improving the lives of Latino/a families and communities and other culturally diverse populations. She is a current member of the Advisory Board for the UConn Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, and she also served several years as Chair of the School of Social Work’s Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Project (PRLSP).
Lirio has been extensively involved in the development of curriculum focused on social work practice with women, children and families from under-served, oppressed, and diverse populations. She has played a role in developing the SSW’s Exchange Program with the University of Puerto Rico and the Travel Study course to Puerto Rico, which she coordinates and teaches. Lirio also founded the Latino Mental Health Network in Hartford and the Connecticut Citizens Coalition. As the faculty advisor to the Latin American Student Organization, Lirio provides leadership and serves as a role model to the students.