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Five alumni honored with SSW Distinguished Alumni Awards

December 19, 2014

Five School of Social Work alumni were presented Distinguished Alumni Awards at the SSW All Class Reunion Lunch on Friday, October 31, 2014. 

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes School of Social Work alumni whose achievements exemplify the values of the School of Social Work and who have made an exceptional impact on the profession, the community and/or Social Work education.

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2014 Recipients:

Larry Davis (MSW'73, PhD'77)

Dr. Larry Davis was honored for his perpetual dedication to the impact of race, gender and class issues on society. He is currently Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh in addition to being the director and founder of the Center on Race and Social Problems. Davis has received research funding from the National Science foundation, the National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Mental Health.


Amy Good (MSW'80)

Amy (Amanda) Good was selected as a recipient for her commitment to community involvement as a model for overcoming obstacles and achieving success, in particular targeting high-risk females and impoverished youth. She has served as CEO for Alternatives for Girls in Detroit since 1988, transforming the once volunteer-led project to a full-service agency, serving homeless and vulnerable females. In 2012, she was an adjunct course instructor at the U-M SSW during her Eugene Miller Fellowship.


Milton J. Robinson (MSW'66)

Dr. Milton Robinson was honored for his prominent career as a researcher, educator and practitioner in the civil rights, juvenile justice and international education sectors. In 2011, Robinson was inducted into the World Association for Cooperative Education Hall of Fame and in 2012, he was honored with the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award. He continues to create a more equitable society for youth in emerging nations of the Caribbean, in particular developing engineering-related competition for elementary, middle and high school students.


Rosemary Sarri (PhD'62)

Dr. Rosemary Sarri was honored for her work on public policy issues on gender studies, deviant behavior, executive leadership, social policy, and families and children in poverty. She has a remarkable history with SSW, from a junior faculty member in the 60s to her current position as a professor emerita, which has helped her become the world-renowned expert in areas of child/family welfare policy and juvenile/criminal justice systems. Sarri has received numerous awards including the Council on Social Work Education’s Significant Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Association of Social Workers’ Presidential Award for Research, and the U-M Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award.


Robert Steger (MSW'68)

Robert Steger was commended for his continuous efforts to promote the health and well-being of U.S. service members, veterans and military families, thus guiding thousands of active and retired military members toward gaining control over their lives. During his distinguished 43-year Army career as an officer and a social worker, he has fought for improved services for the military community.

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