Published on : December 2, 2008

For Immediate Release

Carrie Murdock deGuzman
1.703.519.2057, [email protected]

2008–2009 Minority Fellowship Programs Cohort

December 2, 2008 – ALEXANDRIA, VA––The Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE’s) Minority Fellowship Programs (MFP) are pleased to publicly recognize its 2008–2009 cohort of fellows. 

Representing 26 social work schools all over the United States, this new cohort has 25 fellows in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship Program funded by the United States Substance Abuse and Health Administration (SAMHSA) and 15 in the Underrepresented Mental Health Research Fellowship Program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Ten of the SAMHSA-funded program are returning fellows and 15 are new. In the NIMH-funded program, there are eight new fellows and seven who have returned.

“MFP serves as a conduit to doctoral programs and helps fill the gaps in ethnic diversity that have been identified in higher education,” said Jenny Jones, Minority Fellowship Programs Director. “By placing minority social work researchers in strategic positions, we can enhance the mental health services provided to people of color.”

The SAMSHSA new cohort consists of Cesar Abarca, Boston University; Carl Algood, Howard University; Dana Baynard, Ohio State University; Dirk Butler, University of Chicago; Jacqueline Dyer, Boston College; Carrie Elliott, University of Texas at Austin; Lydia Franco, Rutgers University; Maya Gibbons, University of Maryland; Marcella Hurtado, University of Utah; Isok Kim, University of Michigan; Antonette King, University of Michigan; Alvin Lee, Boston University; Nancy Lucero, University of Denver; Robin McKinney, Virginia Commonwealth University; Terrence Lewis, Boston University; Marcia Martinez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Anquenette Perkins, Jackson State University; Tina Peterson, University of Alabama; Anna Rosales, Boston University; Elithet Silva-Martinez, University of Iowa; Eusebius Small, University of Houston; Rhoda Smith, Loma Linda University; Venus Tsui, University of Houston; Theda Rose, Catholic University; and Nikki Wooten, University of Maryland.

The NIMH Program new cohort includes Ramona Beltran, University of Washington; Melissa Edmondson, University of Southern California; Antonio Garcia, University of Washington; Stella Gran-O'Donnell, University of Washington; Millie Harris, Ohio State University; Young Sook Kim, University of Tennessee; Kosta Kalogerogiannis, Columbia University; Sharon Parker, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Carol Peng, University of California at Berkeley; Marinilda Rivera-Diaz, University of Puerto Rico; Ebasa Sarka, University of Washington; Bushra Sabri, University of Iowa; Daniel Velez Ortiz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Yolanda Villarreal, University of Houston; and Tasanee Walsh, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The Minority Fellowship Programs provides mentorship and training to ethnic minority social work professionals, preparing them for leadership roles in mental health research and in the delivery of mental health services. The Minority Fellowship Programs accomplishes this by supporting students in completing their doctoral degrees in the field of social work.

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education.