Honoring Leaders

Global and visionary leaders and scholars in social work. Highly effective and popular teachers. Wise and compassionate human beings. These are just a few ways to describe the lasting influence of Dr. Doreen Elliott and Dr. Nazneen Sada Mayadas.

Dr. Doreen Elliott
Doreen’s strength of character has been remembered in so many important ways. She was a brilliant academic who made her mark many times over in International Social Work, never afraid to challenge the status quo, prepared to fight against social injustice wherever it occurred. Her list of academic accomplishments is long and she will be remembered for her considerable achievements.

Doreen mentored and nurtured to success for over 30 years a host of doctoral students. She cared deeply about their future pushing and fighting for them to achieve with a firm but graciously kind hand. Her home was often their home.

Doreen fought for and championed the rights of faculty. She was never afraid to assert her point of view with administrators, in committees, faculty meetings, or with colleagues that often made hairs ‘stand straight’. Make no mistake, she had no fear and was a voice of reason and balance that continue to be a model for all women.

Most of all, Doreen was a compassionate woman caring deeply for her life partner Nazneen Mayadas and their canine companions Clarence and then Jeremy. Together both made a superb team who always had their doors and hearts open to their friends, colleagues, and Texas family. Of anyone, Doreen knew how to host a party. There were many good gatherings over the years, lots of laughs and friendship, the best of times.

Dr. Nazneen Sada Mayadas
As a highly regarded leader in the field of social work, Dr. Mayadas stretched her influence to communities around the world, having practiced and taught social work in India, Canada, The USA, The United Kingdom, and through her work as Chief of Social Services in the Office of the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland, visiting more than 150 countries during her professional career in social work. She was born in Lucknow, India and moved to the United States in 1959 already holding bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

In 1972, after gaining her doctorate Dr. Mayadas taught social work at St Louis University then came to The University of Texas at Arlington in the early 1970s where she mentored hundreds of students and helped mold community efforts to advance excellence in the field of social work. Mayadas was the recipient of many awards including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Washington University Brown School of Social Work, the prestigious NASW Social Work Pioneer Award, the State of Texas NASW Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Partners in International Education Award from the Council on Social Work Education. While at UTA, she established herself as not only a prolific researcher and scholar publishing six books and countless journal articles, but as a teacher who paved the way for student success. She pushed her students and taught innovative best practices that brought the best out of everyone such as methods that were innovative at the time, using videotaping as a way for students to look back and improve on practice techniques and participating in distant learning to deliver social work education to students in rural areas.

Their Legacy
Dr. Elliott’s and Dr. Mayadas’s global knowledge and perspective gave students the ability to see beyond the four walls of a classroom. Their passion for international social work, their students, UTA, and the community resulted in a legacy that will forever inspire students to change the world for the better.

To continue their legacy, Doreen Elliott, PhD, family, and friends have established and funded the Nazneen Sada Mayadas and Doreen Elliott Graduate Fellowship to support graduate students. Students pursuing research in international social work, social work and human migration, social group work, clinical social work and communication skills, and clinical social work and diversity are eligible for this Fellowship.

You are invited to make a gift now and double your gift through the match of UTA alumni, Dr. Uma A. Segal (MSSW, 1975) & Dr. Madhav N. Segal (MBA, 1975; Ph.D. 1979) of St. Louis, Missouri. They have stepped forward to encourage your gift and committed $25,000 in matching funds. By making your gift online now, it will be doubled with the matching funds.

All gifts received for the Graduate Fellowship will create a permanent endowment and leave a lasting legacy, impacting generations of social work graduate students in perpetuity.

In memoriam to Doreen Elliott, PhD (May 3, 1941 - July 31, 2018), please join family, friends and UTA as we build upon the foundation of caring and knowledge she and Nazneen created during their lifetimes.

Complete the form below to make a gift online or mail checks payable to:

University of Texas at Arlington
701 S Nedderman Dr
Arlington, TX 76019-0198

To designate your gift, please write on the check memo: Mayadas Elliott Graduate Fellowship

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