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FAU Professor Named 'Social Worker of the Year'

BOCA RATON, FL (March 14, 2007)  Dr. Cecilia Campoverde, an associate professor of social work in the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs, was named “Social Worker of the Year” for the state of Florida by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Florida Chapter.  

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 four years, Campoverde assisted the women of El Triunfo, along with their families, in establishing life survival skills and ways to take care of basic needs, find employment and work through crisis.

“In doing ‘action research’ with a specific community such as El Triunfo, I act as a vehicle to facilitate their own identification of needs, to explore feasible and pragmatic goals and objectives, to plan effective management procedures, and to established their own outcome evaluation,” said Campoverde.  “In essence, this is a teaching/learning process that is ongoing; one that is tangible and that makes for real societal change. This model of building sustainable communities may be viable to other communities in other places of the world.”

             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 and serves as a consultant for the Latin American Immigrant and Refugee Organization, Inc. and the Guatemalan Maya Quetzal Organization, Inc. Active in several community organizations, Campoverde’s research and service interests are in the area of immigration and disabilities.

“This award honors your accomplishments and leadership in education, your dedication to serving the global community, and your commitment to advancing the social work profession,” said Jacquelyn Nash, NASW president of the Florida chapter.

The Florida State NASW conference will take place in June, where Campoverde will receive the honorary award.  

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

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