2014 MA-Chapter Award Recipients Lifetime Achievement Dorothy Weitzman, MSW Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education Hugo Kamya, PhD, LICSW Beverly Ross Fliegel Award for Social Policy and Change Ellen Parker, MSW, MBA Public Citizen of the Year Jeanette Merren, MA Greatest Contribution to Social Work Practice Gregg Croteau, LCSW Emerging Leader Laurie Grant, LICSW
Special Award Presentations
will be made to the Social Work Departments of seven trauma hospitals in Massachusetts –
Boston Children’s Hospital Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston Medical Center Tufts Medical Center Massachusetts General Hospital Brigham & Women’s Hospital Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital – in recognition of their extraordinary service during the tragic events of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Dorothy Weitzman, MSW Dorothy Weitzman has had an outstanding career as a social work practitioner, community organizer, policy practitioner, social work educator, and tireless advocate for the needs of society’s most ignored members—those most In need of support, and for social welfare reform. Dorothy is acknowledged by colleagues as tireless in her service to social work students and as a persistent and effective advocate for important legislative initiatives. She is a community organizer for social justice for the incarcerated and their families. Dorothy, part-time faculty member at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work, is their faculty liaison to the Community Action Committee that engages students in social justice activities. Dorothy’s nearly twenty year involvement in fighting criminal justice injustices began with the shocking escalation in US incarceration and profound racial inequities. She was a founder and board member of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition from the mid-1990s through 2009. In 2010, the Coalition awarded her its Volunteer Service Award. Currently, she serves on two prison-focused committees, the Concord Prison Outreach Committee and the Middlesex Prison Coordinating Committee where she has been an Executive Board Member since 2002. Dorothy has a long relationship with the NASW-MA Chapter as a volunteer leader. She established and headed the Chapter’s Career Services Program from 1981-86 and produced the popular Social Work Yellow Pages with information on MA agencies that hired social workers. She co-founded, with Ros Winsor, the Criminal Justice Committee in 1996 and served as its Chair for nearly 15 years. And in the early 1990’s she started and chaired the Children’s Issues Committee. In recognition of her long and dedicated years of service, and her stellar work as a social worker, an educator, and advocate extraordinaire, we are proud to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dorothy Weitzman.
Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education
Hugo Kamya, PhD , LICSW Dr. Hugo Kamya is a full professor in the clinical practice sequence at Simmons College School of Social Work. He obtained a BA from the University of Nairobi, a Masters of Divinity from Harvard University, an MSW from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and the PhD from Boston University. He has used his degrees to integrate his interests in the areas of clinical practice, research, and social justice. He is a Founding member of the Boston Institute for Culturally Affirming Practices (BICAP). His research and teaching includes work in the areas of trauma, child mental health, and international practice. This is evident in Dr. Kamya’s focus on service to children living in HIV-affected families in Boston and in Uganda. He regularly takes students and colleagues to Uganda where they interact with and serve clients in HIV/AIDS clinics. Dr. Kamya’s work has expanded to include the impact of war on children and families in war conflict zones In 2003, the American Family Therapy Academy recognized his work with an award for Distinguished Contribution to Social and Economic Justice. In January 2014, Dr