Dean Sheldon R. Gelman, the Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, was recognized by the New York City Latino Social Work Task Force at its 7th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on March 10th, 2011, with a “Special Recognition Award for His Dedication and Leadership Over the Last 10 Years.” The award was presented by Maria Elena Girone, president and CEO of the Puerto Rican Family Institute, and Dr. Robert Schachter, executive director of the New York City Chapter of NASW. The Task Force goals are to address both the shortage of Latino social workers in New York City and the importance of preparing culturally and linguistically competent social work professionals to meet the needs of New York’s rapidly growing Latino community. Dean Gelman was introduced by Carmen Ortiz-Hendricks, associate dean at Wurzweiler, and Estaban Ramos, executive director of Fresh Youth Initiatives. Both Hendricks and Ramos, along with Dean Gelman, are members of the task force, which has raised more than $250,000 for scholarships to enable Latino social work students to complete their MSW education at six of the New York City schools of social work.


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