Month: October 2011

One of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut

Dean Salome Raheim has been named as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut for 2011 by the state conference of the NAACP. Dr. Raheim and the other awardees will be honored during a December 10th luncheon at the NAACPs 46th Annual State Convention at the Hilton Hotel in Hartford. Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory will be the keynote speaker.

Salome Raheim, Ph.D., ACSW, Dean and Professor

Dr. Salome Raheim arrived in Connecticut in July, 2008 to become Dean and Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and is co-Chair of the Provost’s Commission on Institutional Diversity. Prior to her arrival in Connecticut, Dr. Raheim served as Senior Associate to the President of the University of Iowa. As an academic leader, scholar and educator, she works to promote social and economic justice, human rights, and the improvement of human well being. For over thirty years, Dr. Raheim has helped hundreds of students to pursue their dreams of making a difference in the world.

As a scholar, Dr. Raheim has explored economic empowerment through self-employment and increasing individual and organizational cultural competence to promote diversity, inclusion and equity and improve the quality and effectiveness of services. She has written numerous publications and served as Principal Investigator on studies funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crimes and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

Dr. Raheim is passionate about creating more just organizations and communities. Her passion has taken her across the United States and to four continents to provide training and consultation to schools, universities, human services organizations and businesses on how to create welcoming, inclusive and equitable environments. She is a collaborator on an on-going international project designed to assist educators, community workers and therapists to address issues of privilege and dominance (see The Privilege Project).

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Raheim grew up with her grandmother and two sisters in the inner city, where poverty and school dropout rates were high. A first generation high school graduate, she earned the Bachelor of Social Work degree from Bowie State University, a historically Black institution, the Master of Social Work degree from the Catholic University of America and the PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. Dr. Raheim was selected as the 2007 Council on Social Work Education Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecturer for her work and commitment to social and economic justice.

Winners Announced for the UConn Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement

The 2011 winners for the Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement were announced on October 10th. The School of Social Work is proud to have winners in three categories:

Program:  Puerto Rican & Latin@ Studies Project

Graduate Student:  Nicole Fink

Alumni:  Robin McHaelen MSW ‘94

The Puerto Rican & Latin@ Studies Project (PRLSP) is the recipient in the Program Category for its contributions to public engagement through education and training, student recruitment, retention and mentorship, advances in Latin@ scholarship and research and partnerships. The mission of PRLSP is to prepare social workers to competently serve diverse Latin@ communities, and to advocate and promote change that safeguards and enhances the quality of life for Latin@ individuals, families and communities on local, regional, and national levels. This is significant because the Latin@ population is the nation’s largest and fastest growing ethnic group. The project strives for excellence in higher education by advancing knowledge about the strengths, challenges, and needs of diverse Latin@ groups in different public arenas. Click here to read more about the Puerto Rican & Latin@ Studies Project

Nicole Fink, advanced year Community Organization student is the recipient in the Graduate Student Category for her leadership on academic and community service. Nicole has demonstrated sustained leadership and effort in working on behalf of the Asian American community at UConn as an undergraduate student, as a Master’s student at the School of Social Work and as a citizen of the State of Connecticut. Through her ongoing efforts to develop and strengthen community at the School of Social Work, Nicole has distinguished herself as a leader. She serves as co-chair of the School’s Disaster Response Committee, is a key participant in the Student Organization, and was instrumental in creating, Building Bridges, a peer-to-peer mentoring program for students. To read more about Nicole Fink on the national level, click here.

In the Alumni Category, Robin McHaelen MSW ’94 is the recipient for her contributions to public engagement through her sustained and exemplary leadership working tirelessly to promote social and economic justice and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) youth, adults, families and communities. Her efforts have had a national, statewide and local impact and have enabled many citizens, organizations and communities to benefit from her efforts and accomplishments. Robin is the founder and Executive Director of True Colors, Inc., an organization that works to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed. Click here to read more about Robin McHaelen.

Galvanizing Social Workers to Action: SSW Grad Named Director of Political Advocacy at NASW/CT

Christine Limone MSW ’96 has been named Director of Political Advocacy at the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW/CT). In her new role she is responsible for the organization’s advocacy functions in both the legislative and electoral arenas. After graduating from UConn with a concentration in community organization, Chris worked at Laurel House in Stamford, a clubhouse model mental health organization, as Advocacy Program Coordinator.

Christine Limone, MSW '96
Director of Political Advocacy at the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW/CT)
She was then promoted to Membership Coordinator and later to Clubhouse Program Coordinator. While at Laurel House, Chris made connections with many legislators including then Mayor, now Connecticut Governor, Dannel Malloy.

One of her first priorities as NASW/CT’s Director of Political Advocacy is galvanizing social workers to political action. She is also looking forward to working with UConn SSW students, faculty and alumni to incorporate the political process in enhancing the lives of the populations served by the social work profession.

Dr. Lynne Healy Co-Edits Handbook of International Social Work: Human Rights, Development, and the Global Profession

Global knowledge is increasingly essential for all aspects of social work. Co-edited by Lynne Healy and Rosemary Link (Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Simpson College, Iowa), this handbook is the first major reference text to provide a solid foundation of knowledge for students and researchers. The extensive 73 chapter, 560 page handbook systematically maps the keys issues, organizations, competences, training and research needs, and ethical guidelines central to international social work practice today. The handbook emphasizes the linkages among social work, development, and human rights practice and provides in-depth country case studies and policy examples.

Angelina Yuen, PhD, Professor and Vice President, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and President, International Association of Schools of Social Work states, “This is a monumental masterpiece that is destined to become a classic text for students, scholars, and practitioners interested in international social work across the globe. It is comprehensive, analytical, and thought-provoking, and is able to capture the dynamic interplay between global issues and local practice in a most powerful and captivating manner.

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