Professor Darlene Grant named national social worker of the year
Posted: July 27, 2006
Grant has been involved for several years with âTroop 1500: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars,â a project examining the relationships between incarcerated women and their children. The program has been featured in local and national media and in a PBS documentary.
âThrough Dr. Grantâs research into incarcerated women and their children, we are able to better understand how their relationships are forged and strengthened,â said Dr. Elizabeth Clark, NASW executive director. âShe goes to Gatesville prison once a month to visit with the mothers of these girls and serves as a role model to both.â
As a faculty member in social work, Grant has created a safe classroom environment for students âto explore their responsibility to address sensitive and controversial issues,â Clark said. âIt is with great honor that NASW recognizes Darlene Grant as 2006 Social Worker of the Year.â
The NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with 150,000 members. Its mission is to promote, develop and protect the practice of social work and social workers.
âDarlene is a gifted social worker who has acted as mentor and colleague to hundreds of emerging social workers,â said Dr. Barbara White, dean of the School of Social Work. âShe has made significant contributions to the profession by developing systems to address cultural diversity issues, social justice and recruitment of social work students of colorâa critical need in the social work field.
âWhile Darlene holds many titlesâprofessor, associate dean, Ph.D.âshe always goes by social worker first.â
In the Graduate School, Grant oversees recruitment and outreach with a goal of enhancing student diversity in more than 100 graduate degree programs. She also served as chairwoman of the universityâs 2004 Racial Respect and Fairness Committee.
The committee called for the creation of a âvice president for diversity and equityâ position, new programs and initiatives to enhance relationships between students and university police, and renewed emphasis on the recruitment of underrepresented students, faculty and staff.
For more information about Grant and the âTroop 1500: Girl Scouts Beyond Barsâ visit the 2004 feature story