Social Work Associate Professor Nalini Negi, MSW, PhD, was named the 2017 Social Work Educator of the Year by the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
Nalini Negi’s research has emphasized the social etiology and mechanisms that confer risk of psychological distress and substance abuse among migrant populations such as Latino trans-migrants (those who move back and forth between borders) and day laborers. She has been published extensively in scientific journals such as Research on Social Work Practice, Advances in Social Work, and International Social Work, and has edited two books.
She is often found in the Latino community listening and supporting community members who are impacted by the most recent immigration ban and providing them with supportive and informative resources on campus and in the surrounding community. She is the chairperson of the UMB SSW Latino Student Association, and for the past two years has been co-lead on the UMB SSW Diversity and Anti-Oppression group pushing relevant school, community and curriculum responses to the issues of racism, oppression, and social justice. Her work is timely and imperative to our social justice principles.