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School of Social Work Rocks the World

The cover story of the Fall issue of the Tulanian is titled “175 Ways Tulane Has Rocked the World.” The article identifies individuals who have been affiliated with Tulane over this period of time who have made a real difference in their own unique ways. I’m delighted to report that the School of Social Work is noted six times among the 175 listings.  Following are the six entries with a brief update for each.

Entry #27
From the category “Building Blocks” comes: The School of Social Work – the first in the South – is established in 1927.

This makes us officially 83 years old this year! However, it should be noted that the School offered its first classes in 1914, which means we are now approaching 96 years and counting. The School was a charter member of the Council on Social Work Education which began accrediting schools in 1927, and Tulane has had continuous accreditation since this time.

Entry #132
From the category “Making a Difference” comes five entries: Pearlie Hardin Elloie in the School of Social Work is the first African American student admitted to Tulane. Elloie earns a master of social work in 1965 and went on to become a professor at Dillard University.

Professor Elloie retired from Dillard University and dedicated her energies to Total Community Action (TCA), in which she played a pioneering role in its development over many years. TCA has, for four decades, attempted to ease the social and economic conditions that perpetuate poverty. Ms. Elloie is now the acting executive director of TCA.

Entry #133
In 1965 Dorothy Randolph becomes the first African American professor at the School of Social Work.

Professor Randolph was also the first African American professor at Tulane University. She retired in 1999 as an emeritus associate professor. She continues to serve on several local community-based social service boards, including Christopher Homes, which provides housing to low income elderly. Professor Randolph resides in New Orleans.

Entry #136
Gary Lloyd (SW ’61 (MSW), G ’65 (PhD in social work)) establishes in 1987 the Institute on Research and Training in HIV/AIDS Counseling at the School of Social Work. The counseling training manual developed by the institute is used by the World Health Organization and has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Professor Lloyd retired from Tulane as an Emeritus Professor in 1996. Prior to his retirement, he traveled extensively, funded by the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program assisting many countries in Africa and Asia in their attempts to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Entry #137
Neil Guidry (SW ’90) founds in 1997 the Louisiana Himalaya Association, dedicated to helping Tibetan refugees who have fled their country to escape persecution

Mr. Guidry continues his work with the Louisiana Himalaya Association and was recently recognized by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile through a grant to expand their work in language instruction and computer skill building in Dharamsala, India. Utilizing principles of citizen participation and empowerment, Mr. Guidry has significantly contributed to building the capacity of the Tibetan refugee community in India.

Entry #148
From the category “Movers and Shakers”: Jeanette Jennings (SW ’69) is the first African American in several positions: social worker with the Mississippi Department of Public Welfare, faculty member at the University of Mississippi and associate dean at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She also teaches in the Tulane School of Social Work.

Professor Jennings taught at the Tulane School of Social Work until her death on October 5, 2007. While at the School she taught in the area of gerontology and served on several community boards addressing the needs of the elderly in the New Orleans area.

These six entries are indeed noteworthy. Over the more than 96 years the Tulane School of Social Work has been training students and engaged with communities near and far, the School has made many, many contributions. We now have more than 5,000 alumni spread across the world, making enormous differences in their communities and for individuals. Our faculty, current and past, has contributed in countless ways to training these multitudes of social work practitioners and developing and advancing the state of knowledge of social work.

Ron Marks

Tulane School of Social Work, 127 Elk Place, New Orleans, La. 70112  1-800-631-8234