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UTSA Professor Goutham Menon elected secretary general of International Consortium for Social Development

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(Oct. 26, 2009)--Goutham Menon, UTSA associate professor of social work, has been elected secretary general of the International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD), an organization of practitioners, scholars and students in the human services working in the area of international social development.

Established in the 1970s by a group of social work educators, the ICSD addresses pressing human concerns from an international, interdisciplinary perspective. The consortium fosters collaboration among personnel of organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, UNESCO and UNICEF as well as among professional associations in the human services and institutions of higher learning.

ICSD strives to develop the capacities of individuals and communities; promote world peace and social justice; improve access to adequate health care and education; overcome discrimination against women and minorities; and create sustainable income and economic structures.

"Social workers have been involved in social-change efforts across the globe for many years," said Rosalie Ambrosino, chair of the Department of Social Work in the UTSA College of Public Policy. "However, as a profession we need to be even more involved in collaborative international efforts that promote sustainable change through community and economic development, organization and program building, and social development. Dr. Menon's long-time efforts in international social work make him an excellent choice for this key leadership role in ICSD."

As secretary general, Menon's responsibilities will include the day-to-day management of the organization's resources and in enhancing member relationships around the world. He also will provide leadership and direction to ICSD's peer-reviewed journal, Social Development Issues, and to the organization's biennial international symposium, the next one to be organized in Bangladesh in 2011.

"It is an honor to be asked to serve as secretary general of ICSD," said Menon. "This organization has been a catalyst for many innovative collaborations that help the least economically developed nations, and I hope to continue its tradition of enhancing networks of likeminded professionals."

Menon has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Madras, India, and a doctorate of social work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is on the board of the Council on Social Work Education, the national accreditation agency for the social work profession. His areas of expertise include information and communication technologies to enhance social and economic development, international social work and education, and social enterprise development.

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