Faculty Spotlight

Adjunct professor being honored for her work as a community organizer

August 12, 2015
Patrica Scott

Patricia Scott, adjunct professor of social work and psychology

Pat Scott got her start in social work as a community organizer through the poverty programs of the 1970s. This year she’s being honored as a Community Game Changer in Santa Cruz because of that work.

While teaching a social work class on community organizing (Social Work SOCU 423) as a Brandman University online campus adjunct professor, Scott noted that part of the history covered by the course was the very work she had been doing in the ‘70s. She decided to investigate what had become of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz and discovered they were still in existence even though so many similar programs were defunded.

She wrote to executive director Maria Elena De La Garza and told her about what she had worked on, including organizing the community center, helping Legal Aid successfully sue landlords of five migrant labor camps for better working conditions and helping set up a special legal service to help welfare recipients.

Not only did the De La Garza thank her for the information, she told Scott that she would be honored on Sept. 10 as a Community Game Changer along with others who have made a difference to low-income people in Santa Cruz County as part of the center’s 50th anniversary celebration

At Brandman, Scott helped launch of the new Bachelor of Arts in social work program and continues to play a significant part in the success of the program, according to Associate Dean Michael J. McGuire of the School of Arts and Science. “Her academic and clinical skills and interests are very versatile. Pat contributes to the development of curriculum and brings exceptional experience to share with all of our students.”

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