FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 31, 2002
EMU SOCIAL WORK STUDENT ELECTED TO NATIONAL BOARD
YPSILANTI - Norma Viola Cantu, a second-year graduate student in the master's of social work (MSW) program at Eastern Michigan University, has been elected to a two-year seat on the board of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Well-known locally for her work for welfare rights, Cantu won a nationwide vote by an almost two-to-one margin. As an MSW representative on NASW's board, Cantu will be advocating for basic human rights and enhancing the lives of underprivileged and homeless families and children.
"I really want to impress upon students that it is possible to get involved in making big changes" said Cantu. "I was nominated because members of NASW were aware of the work I'd done right here on campus and in Ypsilanti. Now I get to go to Washington and really take action on issues dealing with social and economic inequality."
Cantu received her bachelor's degree in social work from EMU in 2001. A native of Roma, Texas, she currently resides in Ypsilanti, Mich. She is president of the Welfare Rights Union at EMU, vice-president of the MSW Student Organization, and a member of the Latino Chapter of the EMU Alumni Association. Cantu's national affiliations include the Welfare Rights Union, Organization of Latino Social Workers, and AmeriCorps.