Meet 2015 Community Hero Anthony Yamamoto

On April 10, the College of Health and Human Services will host the 2015 Community Heroes Awards to recognize the unsung heroes in our community whose actions, thoughts and words have had a transformative power in our region. Our heroes, who represent each of the seven departments and four centers within our college, put others before themselves to genuinely make a difference for the residents of our region. All month long, we will be highlighting our 11 honorees in our Community Heroes Series.

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Occupation: Director of Social Services and Interpreter Services at Valley Children’s Hospital

Nominated By: Department of Social Work Education

When Anthony Yamamoto was a budding undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, little did he realize a fateful series of events would be the catalyst to leading his near 40-year career as a licensed clinical social worker. It all started with one wrong call, sent to his phone from an individual who thought she was dialing the suicide hotline. And then Yamamoto received another and then one more. He soon realized he was receiving these calls because his number was one digit off from the local suicide hotline.

The calls would end up changing his perspective on life, and it wasn’t long before Yamamoto was volunteering to help answer calls for a suicide hotline, as a volunteer in Fresno. This was a defining moment in his life, as he realized he had the skill and foresight to help vulnerable individuals who were going through traumatic life experiences.

That experience led him to apply to various social work schools. Yamamoto would eventually receive a master’s degree in Social Welfare from UCLA in 1976 and receive the prestigious Outstanding Graduate Student award. He served the Los Angeles area for five years before returning to his hometown in Fresno County, where he has remained ever since.

Yamamoto has been with Valley Children’s Hospital for 17 years, serving as the clinical manager of social services and director of social services and child development center, before most recently becoming the director of social services and interpreter services in 2012.

It is Yamamoto’s passion for social justice that has served as the igniting force fueling his long career with Valley Children’s, where he has worked extensively in the areas of health care, mental health and child welfare.

“I have always enjoyed working with families and children,” says Yamamoto. “Being in this position, I really get to see the impact made on individuals. Making systemic change is a goal, and in order to make that happen, we have to ensure that families have access to quality care. That is especially important here in Fresno, which is one of the poorest communities in the Valley. We must remove barriers so that disparities in healthcare are not present for low-income families.”

His hard work has been widely recognized. In 2014, he was chosen as the Social Work Leader of the Year in Health Care by the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC). He has served the organization for six years, in various degrees and positions. The award recognizes an exceptional member of SSWLCH who develops and implements creative and innovative ways to improve the delivery of social work services.

Yamamoto also brings his wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom, where he has served as a professor at the collegiate level for over 20 years, teaching at Fresno State, Fresno City College and National University. He has taught in the areas of cultural diversity, clinical practice, psychopathology, Asian-American studies, and health management/administration.

Yamamoto truly cares about the future of social workers, having supervised graduate and undergraduate students since 1980 and associate social workers toward professional licensures since 1982. He has lent his support to Fresno State social work graduates, hiring many of the new young professionals to work at Valley Children’s.

His extensive professional experience, coupled with his vision and skills in inter-professional collaboration and advocacy, has resulted in many local, state and national leadership opportunities. Through his outstanding professional work and service to the community, Yamamoto truly exemplifies the core values of the social work profession. His tireless advocacy on behalf of hundreds of families and children in the Central Valley is a tough task to take on, but he feels it’s something he was always meant to do.

“Anyone who goes into the social work profession wants to contribute change and make a difference.”

The 2015 Community Heroes Awards will be held on April 10, 2015 at Fresno State. For more information on the event, contact Beth Wilkinson at 559.278.3603 or bwilkinson@csufresno.edu or click here.

In the News: School of Nursing Ranked Among Best in Nation (video)

Click to view video in its entirety/ Video courtesy of ABC30 Action News. March 25, 1015
Click to view video in its entirety/ Video courtesy of ABC30 Action News. March 25, 1015

Fresno State’s School of Nursing has been ranked among the best 25 nursing programs in the nation – this according to Nurse Journal’s 2015 Western Rankings for America’s Best Nursing Schools. Fresno State ranked No. 24 out of 442 other nursing programs nationwide.

A total of 18 nursing programs in the CSU, including Fresno State, were recognized for providing an affordable, quality education.

120229Academics020 - Copy“It has long been the practice here in the School of Nursing at Fresno State to deliver quality nursing education to the premiere students selected for entry to our baccalaureate program,” said Dr. F. Ndidi Griffin-Myers, chair in the School of Nursing. “The faculty are highly educated and current in practice within their chosen specialty areas. There has always been a collaborative, collegial and congenial relationship among faculty and students resulting in an overwhelmingly large number of students returning for advanced nursing education in our master’s and Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.  We are bold in our educational delivery and in our practice. Everyday our students are making a difference.”

150210Academics028The School of Nursing at Fresno State offers programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate level, preparing nurse leaders to meet the needs of the Central Valley region and beyond. Students are able to practice their clinical skills in on-campus state of the art nursing skills laboratories and mobile clinical sites, as well as gain theory and research-based knowledge through fully equipped classrooms and online courses.

NurseJournal.org, a social networking website for nurses and healthcare professionals, evaluated over 400 schools in five categories to determine the rankings. In addition to Fresno State, other California State University (CSU) nursing programs that made the top 25 on the list included Chico, San Marcos, Los Angeles, Fullerton and Long Beach.

“We want to help students choose the nursing program that is best for them,” said Beth Parker, Nurse Journal’s special projects coordinator. “The interactive table on our website is sorted by overall score, but you can click on the column headings to find the most affordable schools, or the most convenient—whichever metric matters most.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for all registered nursing will grow over 30 percent in the next decade, which is faster than average when compared to other occupations. The CSU graduates 44 percent of all health or medical related bachelor’s students and 37 percent of all master’s students in the state.

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Global Research Series: Honors Scholar Lilliana Toste Explores Fiji

Each month, we’ll be sharing the research and global adventures of one of our faculty members and/or students who have conducted research in his/her field of study, in our new blog series entitled: Global Research Series. This piece, written by Fresno State student Lilliana Toste, was recently published in the Richter Center Ambassadors blog. Lilliana, a junior majoring in Speech-Language Pathology, is in the College of Health and Human Services’ inaugural cohort of Honors Scholars.

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Fiji is a Life

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Lilliana Toste/ Photo Credit: fresnostaterca.com

Eyes flutter open. You see a cloud of white mesh all around. You feel thoroughly sticky and quite katakata (hot), but these are sensations you’ve come to embrace. You close your eyes once more, reflecting on your last memories before falling asleep: Fijian lullabies from the nearby community hall with the ocean gently singing along. Your stomach tells you that you drank too much grog last night, but you don’t care. Rays of light beckon you through the cracks in the door and wooden window shades, as the sun whispers, “come look.” So, snatching your sulu (wraparound skirt) and journal, you hop over sleeping girls and exit the little house to sparkling waves, white sand, sea breeze, and a glorious sunrise. You know in just a little while the village will wake up and you’ll hear friendly voices saying Yadra sia, good morning. What will the day hold?

Perhaps horseback riding, crafting with joyful children, dancing, sawing wood, nailing cabinets,  going to the sea, jumping off a rope swing, painting the community center, snorkeling, finding spidery starfish, whistling to hermit crabs, weaving mats, cracking open a coconut by means of machete, singing with a famous band, reflecting with a teammate, showering in a waterfall, napping in a hammock on the beach, hauling rocks from a river to make an irrigation trough, frying up some ro-ro (my favorite Fijian food) or delicious fresh fish, starting a spontaneous limbo game, eating the most succulent pineapple of your life from Balei’s garden, singing and praying in church, drinking round after round of grog (water strained through ground yaqona root which provides a tongue-numbing sensation and a deep calm), and gazing at a sky full of stars before climbing under your net to sleep.

“Fiji is a life.”

Singing “Fiji” with the band, Drodrolagi kei nautosolo./ Photo Credit: fresnostaterca.com
Singing “Fiji” with the band, Drodrolagi kei nautosolo./ Photo Credit: fresnostaterca.com

This brief song lyric, written by my friend Inoke from the band, embodies our experience on the Fiji Service-Learning Adventure 2015 all too well. Beyond the exciting activities that fellow Fresno State students, a few faculty, and I experienced in Naboutini, Fiji was an exhilarating embrace from the villagers and an immersion in their beautiful culture of patience, overwhelming love of neighbor, and kindheartedness. There was an absence of the anxieties of our materialistic, time-obsessed world, replaced by a genuine concern for the well-being of the community. I will never forget the new “life” and perspective these Fijians gave me during my time in the village.

The trip did require, admittedly, quite a bit of endurance and perseverance against the heat, humidity, unfriendly insects and adjustments to a new way of life (diet, etc.). But I quickly found unfaltering joy amidst any slight discomfort, and proceeded to create incredible bonds with teammates and villagers alike.

Snorkeling  Fun! / Photo Credit: fresnostaterca.com
Snorkeling Fun! / Photo Credit: fresnostaterca.com

It was incredible to discover that the most beautiful things on earth to one person can be commonplace to another. My breath was stolen at the wonders we saw while snorkeling, but our friend Jim just nonchalantly handed me sea cucumbers and bright blue starfish and couldn’t begin to fathom my wonder at his backyard coral reef. Also, Mere, our Fijian mother, must have thought we were overly dramatic during our cool, refreshing waterfall showers. The once-in-a-lifetime experience for us was her washing machine. She looked so beautiful, perched on a rock, scrubbing and rinsing her many sulus.

The lesson I took from my experience that I am bringing to Fresno is this: kindness must be a culture rather than a series of acts. The vastly different culture of Fiji stole my heart and broadened my perspective. From here forward in all aspects of my life and especially when serving others, I plan to be more intentional with my words and deeds and willing to make new connections.

The villagers showered me with love and incredible generosity and changed my life, but the question remains: how did I impact them? I brought guitar strings, water colors, crayons, and construction paper with some donations I was given beforehand, and they were received with gratitude. Many beautiful memories came from using these supplies. However, I feel like our team’s presence and willingness to serve meant the most. I loved the villagers back to my best ability. I loved their home, culture, music, lighthearted personalities, and traditions, and I carry that love in my heart still.

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Little Timoce was always watching and learning with those beautiful dark eyes. He’d get so joyful whenever I acknowledged him! ~ Lilliana /Photo Credit: fresnorca.com

My Fiji experience has developed my heart for international service and broadened my worldview in the best way. I look forward to giving more love and employing the lessons I learned in future service endeavors.

Interested in international service? Check out Madventurer–we had smooth sailing with this incredible, inspiring organization. Also, for students, keep an eye on the Division of Continuing and Global Education for upcoming opportunities, or contact the Richter Center to answer any questions regarding volunteering, community engagement, and service-learning.

Life is short; the world is a vast place. How will you step outside your comfort zone to share your time and talents? What need do you see here at home that you can fill? Would you consider international service?

Please learn more about the fantastic work of the Fresno State Richter Center Ambassadors by following their BLOG.

Photo Credit: Fresno State Richter Center Ambassadors, fresnostaterca.com
Photo Credit: Fresno State Richter Center Ambassadors, fresnostaterca.com

Lilliana Toste is in her second year of promoting service as a Richter Center Ambassador, and her first year as a Reflection Facilitator. In addition to being in the CHHS Honors Scholars program, Lilliana is also involved with the Smittcamp Family Honors College. She is also a leader of the Newman Catholic Student Association, student assistant in the Associate Dean’s Office of the Kremen School, and a member of the National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (NSSLHA).

Meet 2015 Community Hero Brenna Hughes

On April 10, the College of Health and Human Services will host the 2015 Community Heroes Awards to recognize the unsung heroes in our community whose actions, thoughts and words have had a transformative power in our region. Our heroes, who represent each of the seven departments and four centers within our college, put others before themselves to genuinely make a difference for the residents of our region. All month long, we will be highlighting our 11 honorees in our Community Heroes Series.

_R2G4736Name: Brenna Hughes

Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist at Community Regional Medical Center

Nominated By: Central California Sports Sciences Institute

Each year, children of all ages in the Central Valley experience a concussion from playing some type of sport. Some children are diagnosed, while others go untreated, as signs of concussion are sometimes unrecognizable until weeks later. Being able to find a solution to this growing problem affecting young athletes all over the region is something that Speech-Language Pathologist Brenna Hughes is most passionate about.

Through her professional practice and personal interest, she recognized a need for Fresno to have a coordinated plan addressing the management of sports-related concussions. This led to her spearheading the development of the Central Valley Concussion Consortium in 2013 to improve appropriate resources for pediatric concussion patients in the region.

Later that same year, Hughes played a substantial role in organizing the first-ever Central Valley Concussion Symposium which focused on brain injury education and awareness, with an emphasis on youth sports. The symposium seeks to increase concussion awareness and education for young athletes, parents, teachers, coaches and medical professionals.

Hughes took a multidisciplinary approach to the problem by bringing in various specialties from neuropsychology, neurology, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, athletic training, general practice physicians, emergency department physicians, nursing, as well as members of the local athletic community. Nearly 200 practitioners attended the inaugural symposium.

Since 2012, Hughes has led a team of 15 speech-language pathologists in the Acute Care Rehabilitation Department at Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno. The team assesses and rehabilitates adult and pediatric patients with cognitive-communicative, voice, and swallowing disorders. Her expertise in this area helps her in her quest to provide education on mild traumatic injury and concussions in youth.

Hughes is credited with developing the stroke swallow screening tool now being implemented hospital-wide, to meet Joint Commission requirements to become a stroke center of excellence. She even developed a traumatic brain injury screening program in 2009, which has led to her department screening and/or evaluating 95 to 100 percent of admitted trauma patients who meet mild traumatic brain injury criteria.

In addition to her work with the Concussion Consortium, Hughes has also served on the Pediatric Trauma Audit Committee at Community Regional, the Sports Injury Prevention Committee at Valley Children’s Hospital and collaborated with the Wells Fargo Play It Safe Program to advocate for best practices in concussion management.

Sharing her professional expertise and knowledge is something Hughes strives for, having guest lectured on the topic of mild traumatic brain injury at Fresno State, Community Medical Centers’ Health Quest educational series and for the California Speech-Language & Hearing Association Hot Topics dinner series at Valley Children’s.

Hughes graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders. After graduating from SDSU, she moved to Spain and taught English for about a year, becoming fluent in Spanish and traveling around Europe. Following that, she moved closer to home to Merced and started graduate school at Fresno State, where she obtained her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2006.

The extraordinary effort and foresight Hughes brings to the table, coupled with her passion for educating others on concussion management, is what truly makes her a Community Hero.

The 2015 Community Heroes Awards will be held on April 10, 2015 at Fresno State. For more information on the event, contact Beth Wilkinson at 559.278.3603 or bwilkinson@csufresno.edu or click here.

Visit from Japanese University provides global collaboration for Physical Therapy Department

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Students from Fresno and Japan collaborate in the Gait, Balance, and Mobility Clinic.

Last week, the Department of Physical Therapy welcomed some familiar friends and colleagues from Japan’s Niigata Health and Welfare University (NUHW). Their cross global visit is part of longtime collaborative partnership between the two universities, which has existed since 2007. Every year, faculty and students from the University visit Fresno State in order to collaborate on research and enhance academic and educational opportunities.

Fresno State is just one of eight other universities around the world that NUHW visits yearly. Their University offers a four year bachelor’s degree in physical therapy, as well as various other disciplines common to the College of Health and Human Services.

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Dr. Marcia Thompson hosted students in her neurosciences lab.

Dr. Masayoshi Kubo, physical therapy faculty from NUHW, brought 11 physical therapy students and one doctoral student, Dr. Matsuaki Edama, who are specializing in anatomy and sports medicine. The goal of the visit was to engage NUHW’s second year PT students with Doctoral of Physical Therapy students at Fresno State. It was quite the eye opener for many of the Japanese students, who have never traveled outside of the U.S.

They were treated to a week of informative and educational activities, including visits to our onsite clinics: the Musculoskeletal Care Clinic with Dr. Paul Ullucci and the Gait, Balance, and Mobility Clinic with Toni Tyner. They also participated in a variety of courses with Fresno State faculty and students, including: Anatomy with Dr. Robert Martin; Gait and Biomechanics with Dr. Bhupinder Singh; Orthopedics with Dr. Jenna Sawdon-Bea; and Electrotherapy with Dr. Cheryl Hickey; Nuerosciences with Drs. Monica Rivera and Marcia Thompson; and Foundations with Drs. Gary Lentell and Deborah Walker.

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NUHW visitors treated to pizza and bowling.

In addition, Kubo and Edama got the opportunity to demonstrate their skill set and discuss collaborative research with our DPT students and faculty. However, it wasn’t all labs and lectures during their trip! The NUHW group also got to participate in the E.D.G.E. high ropes course and were treated to an evening of pizza and bowling in the University Student Union, hosted by the Organization for Physical Therapy Students.

“Three of our faculty have had opportunities to visit NUHW in the past (two times in 2007 and 2012) and our hope is to take a group of DPT students from Fresno State to Japan by Summer 2016,” said Dr. Peggy Trueblood, chair in the Department of Physical Therapy at Fresno State.

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Faculty and students from Fresno State and NUHW.

Thank you to Dr. Peggy Trueblood and the faculty from the Department of Physical Therapy for providing photos and information.

Meet 2015 Community Hero Victor Hugo Manriquez

On April 10, the College of Health and Human Services will host the 2015 Community Heroes Awards to recognize the unsung heroes in our community whose actions, thoughts and words have had a transformative power in our region. Our heroes, who represent each of the seven departments and four centers within our college, put others before themselves to genuinely make a difference for the residents of our region. All month long, we will be highlighting our 11 honorees in our Community Heroes Series.

Victor Hugo Manriquez_2Name: Victor Hugo Manriquez

Occupation: Elementary School Physical Education Teacher for Sanger Unified School District

Nominated By: The Department of Kinesiology

There were many instances in Victor Hugo Manriquez’s early life that have played a substantial role in shaping him into the person he is today – an educator for youth and a motivator for his community. It is a role he holds in high regard and with deep seeded pride.

Manriquez grew up in a poor, predominantly Spanish-speaking household. In elementary school, he was placed in a classroom for students with mental disabilities and special needs, due to the challenges he faced with speaking English. Even at a young age, Manriquez was aware that he was a victim of discrimination due to his economically and socially disadvantaged background. At just 7-years-old, he learned the concept of empathy through his experience. He says it was a great lesson for him on acceptance and respect for all of mankind and today, he is striving to help his students learn that same concept.

As a result, he created the Trucha Camp Physical Education Program, which is the primary physical education program implemented in Sanger Unified School District. As an elementary school physical education teacher, Manriquez wanted to provide a way to empower all students regardless of race, socioeconomic status or abilities.

Since 2001, Trucha Camp has been educating children in the community in fitness and health, as well as teaching ways to develop self-responsibility through character development. A core concept of the program is that it brings the outdoors to Sanger, by providing a camping experience at the school to allow students the opportunity to learn about fishing, hiking and orienteering.

This not only meets the state standards for the Sanger Unified School District’s physical education framework, but it also teaches students lessons that can be instilled in them for life, through the program namesake. Trucha translated into English means ‘trout’, which is the state fish of California. Manriquez’s lesson explains that the trout has to do what is good, right and true, in order to survive. Those three words represent the foundation for Trucha Camp.

Manriquez’s passion for teaching began when he was a young counselor of recreation (and later director) at 4-H summer camps, which gave him the opportunity to educate, inform, and enlighten young people. He credits the late Anita Hill, who was the camp cook in the Ceres 4-H Program, for showing him that love could exist amongst a multiracial society. Manriquez got his start in 4-H as a youth, where Hill would drive him to various 4-H meetings and camps. The kindness she showed motivated him to continue with 4-H into his adult years, taking several leadership positions along the way.

He would go on to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2000 from Fresno State and later returned to his alma mater a decade later to obtain his master’s degree in 2010. He is currently in the process of obtaining his doctoral degree and hopes to one day teach the core concepts embedded in Trucha Camp to other educators.

Manriquez was also instrumental in forming the Los Tennis Shoes Fitness Club, which encourages students and their families to walk or run before school. To celebrate their steps and miles achieved each day, they are treated to a healthy breakfast of champions in the school cafeteria. One year, they even logged over 100 miles and close to two million steps.

Manriquez, who has been teaching elementary physical education for the past 15 years, said the experience is rewarding, especially when he sees such positive outcomes for the hundreds of children he’s taught. “I believe the small community of Sanger can develop the next great leaders, but it takes an investment and willingness to plant that seed in the hearts of children,” says Manriquez.

Through his teachings and the belief he’s instilled in his students, Manriquez is positively impacting the youth in his community every day. He firmly believes that in order to implement the best quality and relevant creative instruction within the field of physical education for young people, the whole person must be considered: body, mind and soul. As a multifaceted individual, these are the words Manriquez truly lives by.

The 2015 Community Heroes Awards will be held on April 10, 2015 at Fresno State. For more information on the event, contact Beth Wilkinson at 559.278.3603 or bwilkinson@csufresno.edu or click here.

Legacy Dinner celebrates social workers in Central Valley

Three pioneers of the Central Valley’s social work community will be honored at the second annual Social Work Legacy Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 20 at TorNino’s Banquets (5080 N. Blackstone Ave.) in Fresno. The event commemorates National Social Work month.

Honored for their contributions to Fresno State and the region, former deans Dr. Benjamin Cuellar and the late Richard Ford will be recognized along with alumna Corinne Florez, coordinator of Fresno State’s Title IV-E Child Welfare Program.

Presented by the Department of Social Work Education at Fresno State and its alumni chapter, the event is the largest gathering of social workers in the Central Valley. The event brings together alumni, current and former faculty, friends and student ambassadors to celebrate the contributions the department and its graduates have made in the Central Valley for over 62 years.

“The majority of graduates from our program come from and reside in the Valley and make outstanding contributions to community through their work and civic participation,” said Dr. Virginia Rondero Hernandez, social work education chair.

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Benjamin Cuellar

Cuellar, dean emeritus of the College of Health and Human Services and professor emeritus of social work, first joined joined the Fresno State community in 1981 as a social work professor. From 1985 to 1994 he served as department chair, and in 1995 was appointed dean of the College of Health and Human Services. He was the first Chicano to serve as a dean in the history of Fresno State. His 15-year deanship ended when he entered the Faculty Early Retirement Program in 2009.

During his tenure, Cuellar is credited with helping establish the Title IV-E Child Welfare Program in the social work department, as well as the Central California Children’s Institute.

“His vision was to create educational opportunities for Central Valley families and children, especially those from diverse, disadvantaged and first-generation backgrounds,” Rondero Hernandez said.

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Corinne Florez

Florez, who has served the Fresno State community for 23 years, built upon Cuellar’s work as the master of social work coordinator for the Title IV-E Child Welfare Program. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in child development in 1975 and a master’s in social work in 1978, both from Fresno State, Florez worked serving children and youth in the Valley.

In 1992, Florez began her career at Fresno State, serving multiple roles within the Title IV-E Program. Throughout her tenure with the program, Florez established four community partnerships that led to regional symposiums and practice advancement programs still used today, Rondero Hernandez said.

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Richard D. Ford

Ford joined Fresno State in 1972, taking on the leadership role as the dean of the then School of Health and Social Work. During his 22-year tenure, he provided leadership to the young social work program, which was the only one in the region between Los Angeles and San Francisco at the time to offer a bachelor of social work and a master of social work.

“He is credited with opening the doors to ethnic and disadvantaged students – and creating important university approach partnerships,” Rondero Hernandez said.

Ford, who was the first African-American dean at Fresno State, died in in 1997 at the age of 62. The Richard D. Ford Peace Plaza in Fresno State’s Peace Garden is dedicated in his honor.

“Having a degree in social work has its distinct advantages,” said Rondero Hernandez. “Social workers are in high demand in the fields of health care, mental health services, child welfare, senior services and veterans’ assistance, to name a few. There are increased employment opportunities working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, as well as couples, families and communities. Currently, there are more than 650,000 professionally trained social workers in the United States and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth to increase to 800,000 by the year 2020. The future is bright for those interested in becoming social workers.”

This year’s theme is “Social Work Paves the Way for Change” emphasizing how social workers have brought about major positive social changes and improved the lives of individuals and families.

For ticket information and reservations for the Legacy Dinner, contact the Department of Social Work Education at 559.278.3992.

2015 Social Work Heroes

Our College empowers students to take a whole body approach to improving the quality of life. Our faculty and students are dedicated to helping Central California live well. Click through the slideshow to the right to learn about each of our seven departments within our college: Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, School of Nursing and Social Work Education and Gerontology.

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