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Allison Nadelhaft
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National Association of Social Workers Names FAU Professor National Social Worker of the Year

BOCA RATON, FL (October 1, 2007) Dr. Cecilia Campoverde, an associate professor of social work in Florida Atlantic University’s College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs, was recently named National Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  She was selected from among the prestigious nominees of social workers from across the country.   Campoverde is the first to be selected from the state of Florida.

“I believe that the role of social work is to work for social justice and social change. My work with the Guatemalan Project does just that,” said Campoverde. “The project has engaged the local government and people to change the structure of their town and laws which have changed people’s lives. We have created opportunities for economic and educational development.  The NASW award acknowledges that work, and for that, I am grateful and humbled.”

Campoverde was honored for her work in a voluntary position as director of the Guatemalan Project, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt public foundation she founded in 1992 to assist in the development of sustainable micro-enterprises for low income women in Guatemala, specifically the village of El Triunfo.  For the past seven years, Campoverde has assisted the women of El Triunfo, along with their families, to establish life survival skills, ways to take care of basic needs, find employment and crisis intervention.

Her most recent effort, the Lepa House Project, targeted families in need of housing in El Triunfo. Monies raised from various Guatemalan Project events went toward the construction of 41 houses by the people of El Triunfo, growing the community from 120 to 232 families.

“Dr. Campoverde’s social work education and training allow for a comprehensive understanding of underserved people in Guatemala,” said Dr. Elizabeth Clark, NASW executive director.   “Her work to empower and sustain impoverished communities is a testament to her dedication to social justice.”

Campoverde also has been named Social Worker of the Year for Palm Beach County and Florida State Social Worker of the Year this year.

          Campoverde earned her master’s degree in social work in community organization from Adelphi University in New York. She also earned a master’s in education and a Ph.D. in research and evaluation from Hofstra University in New York. Along with being a mental health counselor, Campoverde also co-founded the Latin American Immigrant and Refugee Organization, Inc. and the Guatemalan Maya Quetzal Organization, Inc. She serves as a consultant for those organizations and is active in several other community organizations. Campoverde’s research and service interests are in the area of immigration and disabilities.

            For more information on Dr. Cecilia Campoverde or the Guatemalan Project, Inc., call 561-297-3247 or e-mail campover@fau.edu.

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University has eight international partners and serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on six campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline.  Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges:  the Barry Kaye College of Business, the  Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Colleges of  Education, Engineering & Computer Science, Architecture and Urban & Public Affairs.

About the National Association of Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, D.C., is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with 150,000 members.   It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers.   NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.

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