THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE: UH AMERICAN HUMANICS
PROGRAM NAMED TOPS IN NATION
National Group Recognizes Local Program with Excellence Award
HOUSTON, Feb. 9, 2007—A University of Houston program dedicated
to meeting community needs and developing future community leaders
has been recognized by the American Humanics Management Institute
(AHMI) as the best in the country.
The UH David M. Underwood chapter of the American Humanics program
received the coveted Program Excellence Award during a recent awards
ceremony in Washington D.C. The program is part of the offerings
from the UH Graduate College of Social Work.
“We have a history of excellence and professionalism, and
this validates and confirms the quality program we have at UH,”
Margaret O’Donnell, program director, said. “This program
makes a difference in the lives of students and the community.”
The American Humanics Program Excellence award recognizes the campus
program that has achieved excellence in all areas of programming,
institutional and community support, effective public relations
and fundraising, quality of internships and level of graduate placement
in nonprofit positions or higher education programs. The UH program
was already award-winning, having secured the Excellence in Fundraising
(1999, 2005), Public Relations (2006) and Internships (2004).
“Social work is about maximizing potential of individuals
and communities, and AH meets both of these missions. I am amazed
at the difference it makes in the lives of students who are looking
for a way to focus their career on making a difference in other
people's lives,” O’Donnell said. “This program
solidifies the path to their career dream with a structured, recognized
professional preparation for working in nonprofit organizations.
Those certified graduates then go to work at community based nonprofits
and use their knowledge and skills to maximize their potential to
There are 74 American Humanics programs in the nation which work
to prepare students for careers in nonprofit management positions
The American Humanics program at UH gives undergraduate students
the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized certificate in nonprofit
management. Required curriculum includes courses in human development,
public relations, fiscal and fund development. Students also participate
in a supervised internship at a Houston-area nonprofit agency. The
nonprofit management certificate is recognized by 19 national youth
and human services organizations, 11 national professional organizations
and numerous other Houston area organizations.
The UH American Humanics program is part of the Graduate College
of Social Work, which strives to make a difference by helping to
formulate just social policies, while advocating and promoting justice
for all people, no matter their stage in life.
“This award illustrates the value and professional nature
of our program,” O’Donnell said. “This is a huge
‘good housekeeping seal of approval’!”
For more information about the UH David M. Underwood Chapter of
the American Humanics program, please visit www.sw.uh.edu/ourcollege/americanhumanics.php.
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