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National Association of Social Workers in Palm Beach County Names FAU Professor “Social Worker of the Year”

BOCA RATON, FL (January 23, 2007) Dr. Cecilia Campoverde, an associate professor of social work in the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs, has been recently named “Social Worker of the Year” by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Palm Beach County Unit.  

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 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.

Campoverde also has been nominated for “Florida State Social Worker of the Year,” an honor that will be decided in February and awarded at the Florida State NASW conference in March.

              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


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