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Downtown Campus Spirit Award

Robert Ambrosino

Dr. Robert Ambrosino was born and raised in New York and migrated to Texas in the 1980s. He has had a long-time passion for social justice and community work. He worked for Welfare Research Incorporated in New York evaluating social service programs and after coming to Texas, worked the at University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Social Work Research implementing state and community-based child welfare programs in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. After serving as deputy commissioner for the Texas Department of Human Services and Executive Director of Family Forward, he came to UTSA as a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Work in 2007. He has served as UTSA’s liaison for Haven for Hope and has engaged his classes in community-based projects including Center for Health Care Services Project Cariño (for Latina parents fighting drug addiction), Haven for Hope, the City 2020 program, a senior living program on the east side, Communities in School, produced a human sex trafficking of minors in San Antonio. Dr. Robert Ambrosino has a passion for social justice, making a difference in the lives of those who are marginalized, and empowering his students to find their own voices in developing the class projects, as they are completely student driven, including raising all funds for class projects. Congratulations, Bob for being this semester’s UTSA Downtown Spirit Award winner!