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Partners in International Education (PIE) Awards

The CSWE Commission on Global Social Work Education is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Partners in International Education (PIE) Awards program, honoring 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 U.S.-based nominees.

​The PIE Awards will be presented preceding the Hokenstad International Lecture at the 2019 CSWE Annual Program Meeting in Denver, Colorado. 

2019 PIE Awardees 

Mashura Akilova, Columbia University (Individual) 
Dr. Mashura Akilova has been a lecturer at the Columbia School of Social Work since 2010, where she has taught Social Welfare Policy, International Social Development Practice, and Advanced Generalist Practice & Programming. She has practical experience around the issues of school dropout prevention, child labor, inclusive education, and labor markets in domestic and international contexts.
2019_Student-Group-Award-Image.jpg Fresno State University Student Group (Student) 
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, and Sarah Carr

For more information about the PIE Awards, please e-mail Katherine Lord at

Previous Awardees

Year Individual Organization Student 2015–2017/Program 2004–2014
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 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 in Chagrin Falls, Ohio
2006 James Midgley, University of California–Berkeley BSW Mexico Consortium of the Minnesota/South Dakota Area Jane Adams College of Social Work–University of Illinois and University of Addis Ababa
2005 Richard Estes, University of Pennsylvania   Monmouth University School of Social Work
2004 Lynne Healy, University of Connecticut Council for International Exchange of Scholars George Warren Brown School of Social Work-Washington University