by Pamela Young, Published July 07, 2010
YPSILANTI - Ann Rosegrant Alvarez, director of the school of social work at Eastern Michigan University, has been elected to the Council on Social Work Education’s board of directors.
The council is a national association representing more than 3,000 social workers and graduate and undergraduate programs. It also is the accrediting agency for social work education.
Her position, which began July 1, runs for three years.
Alvarez has been active with the Council since 1998 when she was first appointed to the Commission on the Role and Status of Women. She currently serves on the organization’s Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice, a position that runs through 2010.
Alvarez has experience as a community practitioner, agency administrator, distance education director and the master’s in social work program chair.
Alvarez was named director of Eastern’s social work program in June 2009. Prior to joining Eastern, she was an associate professor and director of distance education at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Her expertise is in the issues of race and gender; social work education; cross-cultural comparisons of social work needs and programs, and community-based programs.
Alvarez received her Ph.D. in social work and sociology, a master’s degree in sociology, and a master’s in social work, all from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College in Ohio.