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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Social Work's Founding Dean, Shadi Martin, PhD, MSW, MPA/HSA, MA, invites you to the inaugural

“Celebrating Social Work Leaders”

Highlighting the importance of our community partnerships.

Tuesday, the 10th of March, Two Thousand Twenty 

at the Nugget Casino Resort

1100 Nugget Avenue, Sparks, NV Ballroom 2

Five O’clock- No Host Cocktails

Six O’clock- Program

You are invited to attend this event as our guest, free of charge.

Sponsorship and gift opportunities are available.

Please reserve your spot by February 21st at: nphf.org/unr-ssw-event-2020 

Space is Limited.

Work Casual Attire Recommended


The University of Nevada, Reno’s School of Social Work and its Community Advisory Board (CAB) have scheduled an event to honor the field of social work and the School of Social Work becoming an independent School as of July 1, 2019.  The event is Celebrating Social Work Leaders” at the Nugget Casino and Resort on March 10, 2020 (during National Social Work month). There is no cost to attend the event.

As part of the evening’s program, we intend to recognize social workers and organizations who have contributed to the field of social work. We invite you to nominate deserving individuals and groups.

Due to the deadline for printing, all nominations must be received by close of business on Monday, February 3, 2020.  Please see attached categories for awards and the description for each category.  If you would like to make a nomination, please send an email to rota@nphf.org with the following information:

  1. Award Category
  2. Name of nominee
  3. Organization they work or volunteer for, if any
  4. Description as to why you believe this individual or group/organization should receive this award
  5. Would you, as the nominee, be willing to read your nomination at the event (simple yes or no answer)

Thank you for your help in identifying potential recipients of these awards.  This inaugural gathering of social workers and social work groups/organizations will be a great opportunity to mix and mingle with some distinguished Nevadans, including yourselves!


Outstanding Social Work Collaboration Award – This award recognizes a social worker who has gone above and beyond to assist students and/or faculty through mentorship and/or collaboration.

Outstanding Partner Collaboration Award – This award recognizes a community partner who has made significant contributions to the field of social work practice through service.

Legacy Award – This award recognizes Social Work Alumni who are now serving as outstanding mentors and preceptors for our students through practicums, internships and community projects.

Diversity Award – Recognizes an individual or group/organization who promotes inclusiveness, outreach to underserved populations or demonstrates culturally appropriate methods which acknowledge the differences and similarities in the experiences, needs, values and beliefs of different groups.

Dignity Award – Recognizes a group/organization that demonstrates person centered approaches to services enabling self-determination and respecting individual differences and cultural and ethnic diversity.

Social Justice Award – Recognizes an individual or group/organization who work with or on behalf of vulnerable and/or oppressed individuals or groups of people toward social change.  Work focuses primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination and other forms of social injustice.

Advocacy Award – Recognizes an individual or group/organization whose work influences decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions which enhances the field of social work and/or social workers.

Service Award – Recognizes an individual who shares their knowledge and professional skills in the community as a volunteer.