Walden University has announced that it has renamed its School of Social Work and Human Services in honor of Dr. Barbara Solomon, a nationally and internationally recognized pioneer in the field of social work. Dr. Solomon was one of the founding members of Partners in Care Foundation’s Board of Directors, serving from 1997 through 2008.
Commenting on the honor, June Simmons, Partners’ President and CEO said, “I first met Dr. Solomon when she was my professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). I was struck then by her strong values and visionary ability to achieve positive change in the community and in people’s lives. By agreeing to be one of the founding members of Partners’ board, she lent us not only her wisdom but also her reputation, which was critically important in building credibility for Partners at its foundational stage. ”
In addition serving on the board of Walden University, Dr. Solomon is research professor emerita at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services, and was the first African American to serve as a dean at USC. She has published extensively on the delivery of social and mental health services to underrepresented populations. Her book Black Empowerment: Social Work in Oppressed Communities introduced the concept of empowerment as a framework for social work practice.