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Partners in International Education Awards

The CSWE Commission on Global Social Work Education is pleased to announce the recipients of the 16th annual Partners in International Education (PIE) Awards that honor the contribution of social work faculty members, social work students (BSW, MSW, or PhD), and organizations as partners in advancing education for international social work. The PIE Awards are given in recognition of conceptual, curricular, and programmatic innovations in education for international social work. Priority is given to nominees based in the United States.

​The PIE Awards presentation will precede the Hokenstad International Lecture at the 2021 CSWE Annual Program Meeting in Orlando, FL.

2021 Awardees

  The 2021 Individual award is presented to Robin S. Mama, PhD, of Monmouth University.
The 2021 Organization award is presented to The American Place, Hartford Public Library.

Eligible Recipients

Up to three awards are given annually- one for each of the following categories of contributors to education for international social work.

1. Social work faculty member (current members of the Commission on Global Education and those who are within a year of completing their term on this Commission are not eligible to apply for the award).

2. Social work students or student group (BSW, MSW, or PhD level) (social work graduates within 2 years of graduation, relative to the timing of the APM conference, are eligible to apply).

3. Local (APM host city), national, or international organizations.


Award recipients receive an engraved plaque honoring their contributions to the advancement of education for international social work. Awards are presented jointly by the chair of the CSWE Commission on Global Social Work Education and the chair of the PIE Awards Committee. There is no financial support associated with this award.

Nomination Process

Letters of nomination for PIE award candidates must include the following:

1. The name and contact information for each nominee

2. The nominator’s rationale for the nomination (with a clear statement concerning the innovations made by the nominee in advancing education for international social work)

3. Documentation in support of the nomination (e.g., a current curriculum vitae and copies of selected publications for individual nominees; or, in the case of organizational nominees, copies of relevant stories concerning the nominee organization in the public media, as well as a detailed description of the activities engaged in by the nominee that contribute to the advancement of education for international social work)

4. Other materials that nominators believe would be helpful to the PIE Awards Committee in reviewing the merits of nominees. Please limit submission materials to 6 pages, excluding CVs (for individuals)

Nominations are open to individuals, students, and organizations located either within or outside the United States. Preference will be given to nominations that have a demonstrable link to the advancement of education for international social work in the United States. Letters of nomination must be submitted in electronic form only. Nominations for the PIE Awards are currently closed.

Previous Awardees

Year Individual Organization Student 2015–2017/Program 2004–2014
2020 Martha Bragin,
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York
California State University, Fullerton Department of Social Work/Universidad Tecnológica de Chile (INACAP) CSUF/INACAP Service-Learning Program Julie Wright, California State University, Fresno, School of Social Work
2019 Mashura Akilova, Columbia University   Fresno State University Student Group 
Ewan Duarte, Cynthia Reyes, Carina Garsilazo, Mariah Torres, Miryam Ayala, Jessica Camarillo, Marissa Carrillo, Lourdes Nungaray, Phong Moua, Romylyn Teale, Alejandra Rodriguez Perez, James Borunda, Christine Andrew, Romyna Teale, Lourdes Nungaray Quezada, and Sarah Carr
2018 Shirley Gatenio Gabel, Fordham University Hispanic Family Counseling Sherise Truman, University of Connecticut
2017 David Engstrom, San Diego State University Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation Carlos A. Reyes-Ruiz, University of Southern California
2016 María Vidal de Haymes, Loyola University, Chicago Brittany’s Hope Patricia Talisse, Fordham University
2015 Julia M. Watkins, Southeast Europe Academic Women’s Leadership Initiative Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Bonita B. Sharma, University of Texas-Arlington
2014 Susan Mapp, Elizabethtown College  Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, Refugee Services University of Connecticut, Center for International Social Work Studies  
2013 Uma A. Segal, University of Missouri–St. Louis Buckner International University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work
2012 Rich Furman, University of Washington Books for Africa University of Washington/Royal University of Phnom Penh (program)
2011 Patricia Lager American International Health Alliance The Catholic University of America, National Catholic School of Social Service
2010 Frank Raymond Society for Haitian Arts, Culture, and Social Support  Florida State University, College of Social Work
2009 M. C. "Terry" Hokenstad University of Ljubljana’s International Doctoral Studies PRONI Center for Social Work Education 
2008 Fred Ahearn, Catholic University of America   Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
2007 Doreen Elliot and Nazneen Mayadas, University of Texas-Arlington   Council on International Programs, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
2006 James Midgley, University of California–Berkeley BSW Mexico Consortium of the Minnesota/South Dakota Area University of Illinois and University of Addis Ababa, Jane Addams College of Social Work
2005 Richard Estes, University of Pennsylvania   Monmouth University School of Social Work
2004 Lynne Healy, University of Connecticut Council for International Exchange of Scholars Washington University, George Warren Brown School of Social Work