Event Co-Chairs, Donald J. Dew, MSW ’80 and Bessie Akuamoah, MSW ’81, Immediate Past Co-Chair, Miller Anderson, MSW ’84, and an enthusiastic Host Committee have planned a fun evening.
The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. You’ll catch up with old friends and make new ones at a reception featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a wine and beer bar in the East Terrace Room.
Then it’s on your way to the Illinois Room for coffee, dessert and a program featuring remarks from the recipient of the Social Justice Ally Award.
This year’s Social Justice Ally Award recipient is Benjamin S. Wolf, Legal Director of ACLU Illinois. Since 1984, Mr. Wolf has worked tirelessly to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community, freedom of speech and religion, victims of unlawful discrimination and police mistreatment, and children and adults in government custody.
Two alumni awards will also be presented:
The Jane Addams Rising Alumni Award will go to Laura Ng, MSW ’15, Executive Director of Traffick Free, Inc. This award recognizes an alumnus who, within 10 years of receiving her highest JACSW degree, is doing innovative work in her career, demonstrating influence within her field, and making a notable impact on the social work profession.
Ms. Ng has been Traffick Free’s executive director since its incorporation in 2011 as a not-for-profit organization. It provides the greater metropolitan area of Chicago with tools and sustainable programs to combat human trafficking and transform the lives of survivors and communities. In early 2017, after six years of research with providers and survivors from around the country, Traffick Free opened Chicago’s first emergency and overnight drop-in center for all adult females who have been victims of sex trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
The Jane Addams Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award will be presented to Joel L. Rubin, MSW ’83, ACSW, CAE, Executive Director of the Illinois NASW. This award is presented to an alumnus who has achieved outstanding success and national/international distinction in his chosen field of social work.
Mr. Rubin has been Executive Director of the 6,000 member Illinois Chapter of the NASW since 1999. Under his leadership, the chapter has advanced the legislative and policy agenda of the social work profession in Illinois by strengthening social work licensure, insurance reimbursement, confidentiality standards and safety, and by advocating for legislation that promotes human well-being and equitable funding in the human services sector.
Alumni present from our five-year anniversary classes, those whose graduation years end in 3 and 8, will also be acknowledged.
Donald J. Dew, MSW ‘80
Bessie Akuamoah, MSW ‘81
Immediate Past Chair
Miller Anderson, MSW ‘84
Fatimah Abidemi Abioye, MSW ‘17
Christina Bruhn, MSW ’96, PhD ‘03
Michael Burns, MSW ‘98
Lorri Glass, MSW ’80, PhD ‘08
Carol Goldbaum, PhD ‘88
Taneka Jennings, MSW ‘13
Annette Johnson, MSW ‘73
Hilda Ramos, MSW ‘98
Terry Solomon. MSW ‘77
Jacquelyn M. Bonavia, Director of Advancement
Dean Creasie Finney Hairston, PhD
What makes Jane Addams College of Social Work (JACSW) unique? You do! Our alumni share a passion ― to make a difference in the lives of the underserved. Your work contributes to making society a more just place for those marginalized by race, poverty, and social conditions. Collectively, our over 8,000 alumni are changing the world for the good one organization, policy, and person at a time.
We want to keep in touch with you and, if you choose, to share your story and accomplishments. Update your contact information so we can keep you informed about current happenings at the College, and let us know about your latest project, research, award, or new job.
At Jane Addams College of Social Work, we are proud of our alumni and the contributions they make to the field. It’s important to celebrate our accomplishments and expand our professional network. The JACSW annual Alumni Awards are newly established to honor a Distinguished Alumnus and a Rising Alumnus. The criteria and application for these awards are here.
Want to connect with colleagues and classmates? The JACSW annual Alumni Celebration is the place to be! Check back for information on the 2018 celebration and organize a table with your classmates and colleagues. And, watch your email for the quarterly editions of the JACSW Alumni & Friends e-newsletter.
Jacquelyn M. Bonavia, MA, CFRE
Director of Advancement
Jane Addams College of Social Work, MC 309
1040 West Harrison Street, Room 4018
Chicago, IL 60607-7134
Telephone: (312) 413-2305
Fax: (312) 996-1802