Doctoral Student Awarded Scholarship

The Association of Latina and Latino Social Work Educators (ALLSWE) recently awarded a scholarship to UConn SSW PhD student, Reinaldo Rojas. The scholarship is given annually to Latina/o doctoral, graduate, or undergraduate students who “demonstrate leadership in the social work context and aspire to a career of excellence.”

Reinaldo Rojas, MSW ’02

Reinaldo received the scholarship at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council of Social Work Education during the ALLSWE Meeting.

Reinaldo earned his MSW degree from the UConn School of Social Work in 2002. He began his doctoral studies in 2008 and is currently working on his dissertation on types of urban and community development and the impact it has on the socioeconomic status of residents, particularly in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford.

Reinaldo recently completed a research project with Dr. Cristina Wilson, to gain a better understanding of the important role that fathers play in Puerto Rican family life, including father involvement, parenting practices, and the relationship between the father and child. The results have been submitted for publication and Reinaldo also presented on the findings at the recent CSWE APM in Tampa, Florida.

Currently, Reinaldo holds a Visiting Lecturer position with the Urban and Community Studies program at the UConn Storrs Campus and is the coordinator of the UConn Urban Semester program.