College of Social Justice and Human Service
Dr. Celia Williamson, professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work, and director of the new Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute was recognized as one of the University’s Outstanding Teachers for 2015 at the Outstanding Faculty and Adviser Award Ceremony on April 27th. She joined the faculty in 2000.
These were some comments provided by students who nominated Dr. Williamson for this award:
“I lived in poverty and I am a convicted felon and she inspired me to become a great asset in my community. She took hours out of her work schedule to help me complete assignments and apply to graduate school,” one nominator wrote. “Celia has made my dreams become reality and has made an impact on my life, my goals and my career. There is not enough thanks I could give to Dr. Williamson.” Another wrote, “Dr. Williamson is a kind, loving and passionate person. You can easily determine the amount of passion she has for social justice. She was always there to help and teach material in and out outside the classroom.”
On Tuesday, April 28th the College held a Dedication and Ribbon Cutting for the newly formed Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute which was covered by local news media, as well as the University of Toledo communications department.
Dr. Celia Williamson of the College’s Social Work Department will lead the institute in its mission to respond to human trafficking and social justice through teaching, research, and engagement.
The University of Toledo envisions an institute that, within 5 years of being approved, has a national and international reputation and serves as the place where quality research that answers critical questions occurs; where premiere education in the areas of human trafficking and social justice takes place, and where cutting edge evidenced based practice is piloted and successfully completed and disseminated to the larger society.
The institute’s website will be up and running in the coming weeks and will offer a variety of information on research and teaching in the areas of human trafficking and social justice.
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