Berkeley Social Welfare Distinguished Alumni Awards


All Berkeley Social Welfare alumni (BASW, MSW, DSW & PhD) may be nominated. Current Berkeley Social Welfare staff & faculty are excluded.

Nomination Process:

Any member of the Haviland Community (student, alumni, staff and/or faculty) may submit a nomination.

Nominations for 2022 are due by May 20, 2022.

Selection Process:

Dean's Alumni Advisory Board members (DAAB) will review nominees and make recommendations to the Dean of Berkeley Social Welfare for a final decision. More than one...

Commencement Speaker Ella Callow (BA '97)

May 24, 2019

Ella CallowElla Callow, this year's commencement speaker for Berkeley Social Welfare, has spent her career tackling one of the central questions of inclusion. "How do barriers impact the well-being of individuals with disabilities? And how can the system better serve these families so that we're being true to our mandates as an inclusive society, and also so that we have the...

Law in Service to the Public Good: Greg Evans (MSW '86)

May 31, 2019

Greg EvansMeeting Greg Evans (MSW '86) in the high-rise office of the McGuireWoods law firm in downtown San Francisco, you wouldn't guess that he opened his first law office in a homeless shelter. As a law student in South Bend, Indiana, he had worked with the school's Dean and the community to open a shelter in an abandoned department store using federal McKinney Act funding, and he ran the South Bend Legal Clinic for...

Park Neung-hoo (PhD ‘98) honored with Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award

July 17, 2020

Park NeunghooDr. Park Neung-hoo, Minister of Health and Welfare of South Korea, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award. UC Berkeley's Haas International Award Committee bestows this award annually to a Cal alum who is a native, citizen and resident of a country other than the United States, and who has a distinguished record of service to his or her...

She's on Fire: Esmeralda Cortez Rosales (BASW ‘19) wants to empower young women to find their political voice

May 13, 2020
Esmeralda Cortez Rosales wants to make young women aware of their political power. “If women are half of the population, we should be extremely close to — if not 50% of — all elected officials across the country.” Her path to activism started through a school-based program, IGNITE, which she now helps lead.

Alumni in the News: Mu Sochua (MSW '81), VP of outlawed opposition party, returns to Cambodia

November 7, 2019

Mu Sochua (MSW '81), one of the most prominent women in Cambodian national politics, returns to Cambodia despite probable imprisonment as the Vice President of the outlawed Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Berkeley Social Welfare Loyalty Award and Service Award: Honoring Cynthia and Peter Hecker and David Lindeman

October 2, 2020

Every year, the School of Social Welfare recognizes a few of its most steadfast supporters. These awards are usually given out in person at the annual Dean's Circle Dinner, but in-person recognition was not possible this year and we are honoring the recipients virtually.

Cynthia and Peter HeckerLoyalty Award

The loyalty award acknowledges a long tradition of financial support of Berkeley...

Alumni in Action: Niels Tangherlini (BA '99)

Niels Tangherlini (BA '99) works to improve homeless outreach in San Francisco

Niels Tangherlini

Niels Tangherlini (BA '99) is an example of the impact that one person can make when determined to fill an unmet need in the community. Niels is a paramedic captain for the San Francisco Fire Department. Working with high-need populations for a decade, Niels saw countless cases of individuals who turned...

Aaron Cadore (MSW '12)

Aaron CadoreFor Aaron Cadore (MSW ’12), making an impact in the social-work field doesn’t necessarily mean following a single, pre-determined path. His interests in the profession lie precisely at the intersections of direct practice and administration, as well as the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

As an undergraduate pursing an English degree at Berkeley, Cadore was very active...