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Dr. Alice Gates

The Early Career Faculty Service and Leadership in Social Work Education Award is presented to Dr. Alice Gates.

Dr. Gates earned her MSW (2007) and PhD (social work and sociology, 2011) from the University of Michigan. She is associate professor of social work, BSW program director, and department chair of sociology/social work at the University of Portland.

Dr. Gates’ contributions to the field are motivated by a deep commitment to social justice and more than a decade of community organizing focused on building power among women, low-wage workers, and recent immigrant communities. Her research examines how formally disfranchised groups engage in collective action and explores how the experiences of vulnerable and marginalized populations should inform community practice and social policy. Examples of her community-based research have appeared in the Journal of Community Practice and Families in Society. Since 2015 she has been involved with the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration and served as an ally to the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice. For 3 years she served at the University of Portland as the director of the Social Justice Program, and she has served on the boards of local and statewide organizations serving Latinx communities and advocating for women’s economic security.

Award: Early Career Faculty Service and Leadership in Social Work Education Award