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      Dean Wins Diversity Award

      School of Human Service Professions Dean Paula Silver Receives the 2017 Insight Into Diversity Magazine Giving Back Award

      Dr. Paula Silver, associate provost for global engagement and dean of the School of Human Service Professions

      Dr. Paula Silver, associate provost for global engagement and dean of the School of Human Service Professions received 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, which honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and "give back" to their campuses and communities.

      "Dean Silver has made numerous, significant contributions to university diversity efforts," Widener University President Julie E. Wollman said. "Her work has contributed to the MSW program's success in attracting and retaining the largest percentage of underrepresented students of any program at the university. The Widener community is richer for her contributions and leadership."

      According to Silver, winning this award was a joint effort. "Even though I am the named recipient, promoting diversity has always been a community effort," she said. "The contributions that I have made to diversity at Widener have been made possible by the support of my faculty and staff colleagues."

      In her previous position as director of the Center for Social Work Education, Silver was responsible for initiating a scholarship program for the MSW Program that was designed in part for students from underrepresented groups. She also led efforts to assess the extent to which the climate in the school is supportive of faculty, students, and staff from underrepresented groups and to suggest ways in which the climate could be improved. She continues to co-chair the School of Human Service Professions' diversity committee.

      During her time at Widener, Silver spearheaded the university's efforts to establish academic and cultural exchange programs with partner institutions in China, which is why she was recently appointed associate provost for global engagement. She places high value in encouraging students to expand their worldview through global learning experiences both on and off campus.

      For years, Silver served as chairperson of the university-sponsored Widener Partnership Charter School board. Her leadership was highly praised by board members, the principal, teachers and the parent leadership group for her sensitivity to multi-cultural issues and for promoting an ethos among the students that they can become world changers.

      As dean, she also oversees the operation of several clinics and centers designed to serve community members in need. All of these services have grown under her leadership and have further integrated the university with the surrounding community. Silver continues to empower students and faculty to continuously explore ways to ensure that all people receive access to quality care and treatment.

      Dean Silver will be featured in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of the magazine.


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