Professor Leila Patel, South African Research Chair in Welfare and Social Development, Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA), has been awarded the prestigious Katherine A. Kendall Memorial Award for 2020 by the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW).
This award is made annually to recognise significant contributions to the development of social work education at the international level.
In a letter to Prof Patel confirming receipt of the award, Prof. Annamaria Campanini, IASSW President said: “As a distinguished scholar and educator, it is fitting that you were selected to receive this distinguished honour. The IASSW Board of Director is pleased that we are able to honour your many contributions to the social work profession and social work education in particular, in this way.”
The Katherine A. Kendall Award was first introduced by the IASSW in 1992 to honour the IASSW Honorary President, Dr. Katherine A. Kendall. She served as voluntary secretary from 1954 to 1971 and Secretary-General of IASSW from 1971 to 1978. Dr. Kendall remained an active board member until her death in 2010 and was active in the IASSW for more than five decades.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to officially announce that Prof Leila Patel has been awarded the prestigious Katherine A. Kendall Memorial Award by the International Association of Schools of Social Work in recognition of her contributions to social work education. We are immensely proud of Leila and her incredible achievements,” says Associate Professor and Director of the CSDA, Lauren Graham.