Carmen Rivera de Alvarado


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(1910–1973) Carmen Rivera de Alvarado had a distinguished career as a pioneer in social work practice and education in Puerto Rico and the United States. She graduated magna cum laude and received an award for excellence from the University of Puerto Rico. In 1935 she founded the first professional association of Puerto Rican social workers—the Insular Society of Social Workers—and served two terms as its president. One of the founders of the College of Social Workers of Puerto Rico (1940), which remains the island's foremost association of social workers, she also served as its first president. She received a social work master's degree from Washington University and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

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