UW Alum Marianne LoGerfo (MSW '77) Provides Technical Assistance at RUPP

Marianne LoGerfo
Marianne & Bora Chun

Marianne LoGerfo was an active member of the RUPP Volunteer Work Group during Phase I of the Partnership when the Cambodian faculty attended the UW. She recently made her second visit to Cambodia and provide consultation to the faculty at the SW Department. Marianne who is now retired has an extensive history as an active practicum instructor and member of the SSW Practicum Advisory Committee so she had a lot to offer as the new program continues to develop its field learning component as well as support curriculum development.

Ms. Dalin Meng Presented at the 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development

Dalin Meng


Dalin Meng presented along with colleague Lyudmila Kim, MSW from the School of Social Work, Republican Center for Social Adaptation of Children, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, their joint paper "Promoting Social Justice, Social Work Practice and Education in Transition and Post-Conflict Societies: Two Case Studies" at the June conference sponsored by the International Association of Schools of Social Work and International Federation of Social Workers.


Dean Uehara and MSW Alumni Martha Moyer Visit RUPP, March 2010

Eddie Uehara and students President and Professor Lav Chhiv Eav welcomed Dean Uehara for her first visit to Cambodia and to the Royal University of Phnom Penh




L to R Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Sovan Kiry Kim, Hang Chanthon, Vice Rector and Dean of the Faculty of Science, President Lav Chhiv Eav, Dean Uehara, Ms. Martha Moyer, and Ms. Dalin Meng of the Social Work Department at RUPP

March 16th marked the first celebration of International Social Workers Day in Cambodia.

ISW group

Students from the RUPP program organized an event which featured Dean Uehara, as well as students and faculty from the Social Work Department, visitors Martha Moyer, Tracy Harachi, and Golie Jansen.


Dean Uehara stated that the University of Washington was honored to congratulate RUPP for the establishment of the first social work college in Cambodia.

In her speech, Dean Uehara stated that "RUPP's program is distinctive, not only is it Cambodia's first, but it was developed and implemented by Cambodians. The curriculum is excellent, rich and innovative. It meets with Cambodia's educational needs in social work and in doing so strives to achieve the central goal of building a bright future for the nation." The RUPP SW students were excited to share International Social Work day with her.

Members of the Social Work Department hosting the guests

Visiting Faculty

(photo l-r:) Dorothy Van Soest, Dean Emeritus and Professor, UW; Nancy Hooyman, Dean Emeritus and Professor, UW; Tracy Harachi, Partnership Director and Associate Professor; Sharon Berlin, Associate Dean Emeritus and Professor, U of Chicago RUPP was thrilled to host three visiting faculty Dorothy Van Soest, Dean Emeritus and Professor, UW; Nancy Hooyman, Dean Emeritus and Professor, UW; and Sharon Berlin, Associate Dean Emeritus and Professor, University of Chicago.

Dorothy was Dean at the UW School of Social Work when RUPP asked for support to create the first social work department in the country. Given her long standing commitment to peace and justice, Dorothy enthusiastically welcomed the idea of the RUPP/UW Partnership. She and Sharon Berlin conducted a workshop focused on linking course competencies with content and methods of assessment as well as met with individual faculty members related to specific courses and field learning. They were then joined by Nancy Hooyman who conducted two follow-up workshops and then continued meetings with individual faculty as well as provide support to the newly developed sub-committees in the department. It was a terrific benefit having these three senior faculty share their expertise and knowledge. Many thanks to Dorothy, Sharon, and Nancy who not only took the time to share their expertise at RUPP, but also committed personal finances to make this happen.

EWU Faculty Takes Sabbatical at RUPP

EWU faculty

Golie Jansen, Professor from Eastern Washington University School of Social Work and Human Services, contacted the RUPP/UW Partnership in 2008 to discuss the possibility of spending her sabbatical just as the new department had just gotten off the ground. We are pleased to announce that Golie arrived January 2010 and will be spending five months at RUPP and mentoring faculty individually.

Australian Ambassador and Australian Volunteers International Visits SW Department


The SW Department was eager to host a visit by Ambassador Adamson and staff from Australian Volunteers International (AVI). The visit included an exchange with students. We are very fortunate to have a partnership with AVI who designated placement of a long term volunteer at the Department. Mara's term will be coming to a close mid-July and we are hoping to find a new volunteer who can continue to support the development of field learning.

UW Study Abroad Students Meet with RUPP SW Students


UW Students in the "After the Genocide: Rebuilding a Civil Society" were keen to meet with RUPP Social Work students. The students spent the morning together sharing about the genocide, the current tribunal, and what it means to be a social worker in both countries.


Video Conference Linking Community Service Learning Students in the U.S. and Cambodia

studentsSpecial thanks go to the U.S. Embassy for allowing the RUPP students and faculty to utilize the state of the art video conferencing equipment at the Embassy. Students from both countries had created a series of questions to learn about the situation in the other country.

The questions generated a lot of dialogue on both campuses prior to the video conference and spokespersons were designated to share a summary of their discussions.

Students found similarities in some of the social problems that both countries face such as poverty, limitations in health care, housing evictions and explored the nuanced differences in how these problems play out in either country.  Students reported that the time was very short and they are enthusiastic to continue the dialogue spring quarter.

U.S. Ambassador Carol Rodley welcomes faculty from the Social Work Department

Carol Rodley and group

Ambassador Rodley warmly welcomed the faculty from the Social Work Department at the Royal University of Phnom Penh on July 6, 2009.  She was enthusiastic about the goals of the SW Department and hopes that future graduates of the program will have an impact on the social welfare of the country particularly in the area of child welfare.   

RUPP President Greets SW Department Faculty

faculty group

President and Professor Lav Chhiv Eav of the Royal University of Phnom Penh welcomed back the recently returned UW SW alums along with other members of the SW Department.