Gary Bailey, MSW, ACSW and Lyudmila Harutyunyan, Ph.D. will each be recognized with Doctor of Humane Letters degrees at the School of Social Work’s Recognition Ceremony.
Bailey, a professor at Simmons College, is an internationally recognized leader, scholar, and educator in social work, diversity, human rights, and related fields. He has spoken at the SSW on various topics over the past several years and will deliver the keynote address at the School’s Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 11.
Dr. Harutyunyan, known as the “mother of Armenian social work,” is a highly regarded researcher and educator whose work has taken her around the world. She also is a former member of the Congress of the People’s Deputies in the Soviet Union. Harutyunyan is regarded as a particularly courageous scholar, often writing about important social topics in countries that discouraged discussions about the issues or denied they were occurring.
UConn Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Mun Choi announced that Dr. Salome Raheim has been appointed to serve a second, five-year term as Dean of the School of Social Work. During her tenure, Dean Raheim has developed or expanded an impressive array of research and outreach programs.
Salome Raheim, PhD, ACSW Dean and Professor, UConn School of Social Work
Among these are the Title IV-A DSS project, public engagement initiatives through partnerships with the City of Hartford, globalization programs with developing countries, as well as various healthcare disparities initiatives, including the Bioscience CT Health Disparities Institute. Dean Raheim is recognized as a leader who consistently demonstrates integrity, honesty, and high standards. She is also recognized for being an effective representative of the University and for establishing strong positive relationships and interactions with external stakeholders.
In response to her appointment, Dr. Raheim remarked, “My first term as Dean has been a delightful journey of working collaboratively with the School of Social Work and University community, as well as external partners, to advance our mission. I am proud of our collective accomplishments in teaching, research and public engagement. Looking forward, UConn’s faculty hiring initiative and our planned move to Hartford present significant opportunities to build on our successes. This is an exciting time to be Dean of this School.”
The evaluation committee was comprised of faculty from across the University and chaired by Dr. John Salamone:
John Salamone (BOT Distinguished Professor of Psychology), Chair
Edna Comer (Associate Professor, School of Social Work)
Nina Heller (Associate Professor, School of Social Work)
Lirio Negroni (Associate Professor, School of Social Work)
Ronald Sabatelli (Professor and Department Head, Human Development & Family Studies)
Richard Schwab (Professor of Educational Leadership and Emeritus Dean, Neag School of Education)
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This is a free event – cash bar will be available.
The UConn School of Social Work Alumni Board of Directors invites all SSW grads to attend Alumni Connect on Friday, April 26 at the Wood-n-Tap Bar & Grill in Hartford, CT. This is a free event – we’ll provide the food, you provide the good company. A cash bar will be available. This is a great chance to re-connect with colleagues and meet other SSW alumni. Bring your business cards for networking opportunities and SSW give-a-ways!