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CALENDAR ITEM: "From Welfare to Workfare" (Released 3/4/97)

by Renu Sehgal, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Josephine Nieves, the first person of Latin heritage to direct the largest-membership social work association in the world, will speak at the University of Connecticut's School of Social Work on going "From Welfare to Workfare."

Nieves, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers, will speak at the West Hartford campus's Harleigh Trecker Library auditorium, 1800 Asylum Ave., from 4 - 5:30 p.m. March 11 She is a former presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of Labor as head of the Office of Job Training Programs, which includes Job Corps, summer youth employment and programs for the economically disadvantaged. Nieves also was commissioner for the New York City Department of Employment and deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice.

She has received numerous awards for her work in social and economic justice, including the New York State Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Freedom and recognition from the New York Academy of Women Achievers. She is a founding member of several organizations, including the National Puerto Rican Forum.