Faculty and Staff Profiles

Elena Delavega
Asst Professor, Social Work
Email: mdlavega@memphis.edu
Office Location: 223 Mccord Hall
Profile

Research Interests: 

My research interest is Poverty, and the intersection of oppression, marginalization, and exclusion; the role of education, disabilities, and ontologies. My foci are sustainable economic development, poverty remediation, wages, the relationship between education and capital, capital transformations, and immigration.

Personal Statement:

I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. I love history, art, political science, sociology, literature, philosophy, physics, and I enjoy museums and volunteer whenever time permits. I am deeply troubled by the suffering caused by poverty.

My goal is to contribute to the understanding and elimination of structural forms of poverty and exclusion through a global focus that is locally grounded and engaged. Because of a profound belief that all oppression is ultimately economic oppression leading to the exclusion from sharing in social goods, my framework is based on Critical Theory and French Poststructuralism, and is related to policy analysis, especially on services for culturally diverse populations. 

My teaching philosophy is one that integrates elements from diverse theories in education, social work, psychology, and sociology.  I respect my students enough to require and expect of them the highest levels of performance in production, practice, and critical thinking. I believe that with the right kind of support, all students are able to meet and exceed the highest standards, and I am committed to provide all the support my students need.  I believe that my students deserve to become the best professionals they can become.

Splatter Away!!

My students do not always win arguments against me, but when they do, I've accomplished my goal. The following story illustrates my teaching philosophy:

When I started teaching, I once asked my statistics students to attempt the technique I had just shown them. They were afraid of trying and protested loudly, saying "no, we can't, this is hard, and we are just going to get it wrong." So I told them, "look, even baby birds are pushed out of the nest by their mothers so they will learn to fly, I am giving you that push now." A bright young student replied, "some times those baby birds don't fly, they just splatter on the ground." I thought for a moment, and then I said, "Well, yes. Sometimes baby birds do splatter on the ground. But you know what? It does not matter here. Splattering has no bad consequences." I smiled as I continued, "so, splatter away!" The students laughed and proceeded to try the exercise. Some got it wrong, they "splattered." But over time, those who were most willing to "splatter" were the ones who learnt the most.  

I have told that story to each one of my classes since. My classroom is a safe place where students can make mistakes, and where "splattering" is encouraged, for it is only when we are willing to make mistakes that we learn and humanity advances.

Vision for the Profession:

The Social Work Department at the University of Memphis has a commitment to engaged scholarship that is emblematic of the profession of social work. We are engaged with the Memphis rurban area and we are engaged with the world. We bridge the gap between the local and the global, and we bring ties of understanding to our community and our community to the world. Our research is engaged in all areas of practice, multidirectionally and multidimensionally, and committed to social and economic justice for all and a better tomorrow for all people. 

  

Additional Information

   


Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Social Work - University of Memphis - 2011-present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Sociology - University of Houston-Downtown - 2010-2011
  • Case Manager, Supportive Housing - SEARCH Homeless Services - 2010-2011
Honors/Awards
  • Policy Fellowship - University of Memphis, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change - 2014
  • Distinguished PhD Alumna Honorable Mention Award - University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work - 2014
  • Inspiring Woman Honoree (Mentoring Award) - University of Memphis - 2014
  • First Place Winner: Student Poster - Social Work Day on the Hill - National Association of Social Workers - Tennessee Chapter - 2013
  • Travel Enrichment Funds - University of Memphis - 2013
  • Teaching Poverty 101 Workshop & Scholarship - Teaching Poverty 101 Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison - 2013
  • Nominated for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Award - University of Memphis - 2013
  • Agencies for Gerontology Intercultural Field Training (AGIFT) Fellowship - University of Houston - 2007-2008
  • Helen Fisher Delegate Assembly Scholarship - National Association of Social Workers - Texas Chapter - 2008
  • Academic Excellence in Sociology - University of Houston-Downtown - 2006
  • Third-Place Essay Contest Award - University of Houston-Downtown - 2006
  • Academic Excellence in Sociology - University of Houston-Downtown - 2005

Teaching Experience

  • SWRK 7026 Evaluative Research - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7070 Independent Study - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7022, Human Behavior in the Social Environment I - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7030, Social Welfare Policy and Services - University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7031, Rural and Urban Poverty - University of Memphis
  • PADM 7612, Program and Policy Evaluation - University of Memphis
  • SOC 1303, Introduction to Sociology - University of Houston-Downtown
  • SOS 3312, Statistics in the Social Sciences - University of Houston-Downtown
  • SOCW 7397, Transtheoretical Practice (re: Practice Interviews) - University of Houston

Creative Activities

  • Newspaper Interview - May 22, 2014 - Charlier, K.: Memphis suffers population loss as Nashville surges, census estimates show. The Commercial Appeal. -  
  • Newspaper Interview - March 28, 2014 - Charlier, K.: Population growth stagnant in Memphis metro area, new census estimates show. The Commercial Appeal. -  
  • Newspaper Interview - January 12, 2014 - Wendi Thomas: To win war on poverty, the safety net must be personalized. The Commercial Appeal. -  
  • Newspaper Interview - January 5, 2014 - Charlier, K.: Hispanics now Memphis’ poorest ethnic group; 4 in 10 live below poverty line. The Commercial Appeal. -  
  • Newspaper Interview - November 13, 2013 - Roberts, J.: More black teachers, fewer teen pregnancies, research shows. The Commercial Appeal. -  
  • Newspaper Interview - October 23, 2013 - Lantrip, P.: Día de los Muertos celebrates melding of ancient traditions. The Daily Helmsman. -  
  • Television Interview - October 21, 2013 - Darrell Greene Interviews Elena Delavega on Poverty in Memphis. Fox 13 10 pm Newscast [Television broadcast]. -  
  • Radio Interview - September 30, 2013 - Wade Rathke interviews Elena Delavega from University of Memphis September 20th -  
  • Television Interview - August 29, 2013 - Fox 13 10 pm Newscast [Television broadcast], Memphis, TN. -  
  • Television Interview - June 25, 2013 - Action 5 News [Television broadcast], Memphis, TN. -  
  • Newspaper Interview - May 28, 2013 - The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN. -  
  • Newspaper Interview - December 23, 2013 - The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN. -  

Support

  • Eating Her Words: Ruby Payne’s Hidden Rules and Choice – A Sandwich Experiment. - Tennessee Board of Regents - $57,994 - 2013-2014
  • Utilizing the cultural capital of a natural science museum to increase interest in science among low income children in the Kingsbury Elementary attendance area. - Strengthening Communities Capacity Building Grant in conjunction with the Pink Palace Family of Museums - $18,000 - 2012-2014

Outreach

  • Financial Stability Workgroup - Elena Delavega, University of Maryland - 2013-present -  
  • VITA (Volunteer Tax Preparer Program) - Students in PADM 7612 (2 sections, 32 students) and Field Interns (5) - 2013-2014 -  
  • Pink Palace Museum - Elena Delavega, Education Department - 2011-present -  
Service
  • University of Memphis - Chair, 3rd Social Work Symposium, Department of Social Work - 2015
  • Council on Social Work Education - Reviewer, Journal of Social Work Education - 2014-2017
  • University of Memphis - Acting MSW Coordinator, Department of Social Work - Fall 2014
  • University of Memphis - Policy Fellow, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change - 2014-present
  • University of Memphis - Chair, Faculty Input Committee, Faculty Senate - 2014-2015
  • University of Memphis - Information Officer, Executive Committee, Faculty Senate - 2014-2015
  • Council on Social Work Education - Co-Chair, University-Community Partnerships Track - 2014
  • University of Memphis - Chair, Symposium Planning Committee (2nd Social Work Symposium) - 2013-2014
  • University of Memphis - Faculty Senate - 2013-2015
  • University of Memphis - Faculty Governance Committee - 2012-2013
  • University of Memphis - Search Committee - 2012-2013
  • University of Memphis - Chair, Inaugural Symposium - 2011-2012
  • University of Memphis - Search Committee - 2011-2012
  • University of Memphis - Faculty Senate Proxy - 2011-2012
  • University of Memphis - Curriculum Committee - 2011-Present
  • University of Memphis - Admissions Committee - 2011-Present
  • Council on Social Work Education - Co-Chair, University-Community Partnerships Track - 2013
  • University of Maryland School of Social Work - Scholar Network, Financial Social Work Initiative - 2012 – Present
  • National Association of Social Workers - Delegate Assembly Representative from Tennessee - 2012-2015
  • Asian & Pacific Islanders Social Work Educators Association (CSWE) - Planning Committee, APISWEA Annual Meeting - 2011
  • Asian & Pacific Islanders Social Work Educators Association (CSWE) - Treasurer - 2011 – 2013
  • University of Houston-Downtown - Planning Committee, Second Center for Family Strengths Symposium - 2011
  • National Association of Social Workers - Delegate Assembly Diversity Representative from Texas - 2009-2012
  • University of Houston-Downtown - Planning Committee First Center for Family Strengths Symposium - 2010
Consulting
  • Pink Palace Museum - 2013- Present
  • United Way of the Mid-South, Financial Stability Workgroup - 2013-2014
  • Hutchinson Leads - 2013-present
  • Friends For Life - 2012-present
Books Published/Reviewed
  • Delavega, E., Cheung, M., & Zhu, J.W. (2013). Jornada de relajación trilingüe [Trilingual relaxation journey]. In M. Cheung (Ed.), Therapeutic games and guided imagery, Volume II: Tools for professionals working with children and adolescents with specific needs and in multicultural settings (367-369). Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books.
Journal Articles
  • Refereed Publications:
  • Cheung, M., & Delavega, E. (Accepted, 2014, CSWE-2013-0054). Five-way experiential learning model for social work education. Social Work Education.. 5/13/2014
  • Delavega, E., & Cheung, M. (2014, in print). Poverty reduction through education: An analytical framework for cash transfers for education. In S. Haymes, M. V. de Haymes, & R. Miller (Eds.). Routledge Handbook on Poverty and the United States. Oxford, UK: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group.
  • Neely-Barnes, S. L., Krcek, T., Zanskas, S., & Delavega, E. (2014). Are there adverse mental health affects to having a parent with a disability? A propensity score analysis. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 13, 226–246.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., Whitted, K.S., & Delavega, E. (2013). Child welfare and juvenile justice: Examining the unique mental health needs of girls. Journal of Family Social Work 16(2).
  • Whitted, K.S., Delavega, E., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2012). The youngest victims of violence: Examining the mental health needs of young children who are involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal (286). DOI: 10.1007/s10560-012-0286-9
  • Cheung, M., & Delavega, E. (2012). Child savings accounts: Learning from poverty reduction policies in the world. International Social Work, 55(1), 71-94. DOI:10.1177/0020872810392810
  • Bailey, J., & Delavega, M. E. (2011). Rules on the Hague and the Intercountry Adoption Act: Public comments and the state’s responsiveness. Journal of Policy Practice, 10(1), 35-50. DOI: 10.1080/15588742.2010.521920
  • Cheung, M., Delavega, E., Castillo, I., & Walijarvi, C. (2011). Practical insights from interviews with day laborers. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 20(1), 77-92. DOI: 10.1080/15313204.2010.499.326
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  • Refereed Publications Under Review:
  • Delavega, E., (2014, UCP-SSR-S-14-00145). The Earned Income Tax Credit: Estimating non-claims rates among eligible participants with a multi-level, multi-method approach. Social Service Review.
  • Delavega, E, & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2014, WHSP-2014-0008.R2). Differences in housing, health, and wellbeing among HIV positive women living in poverty. Submitted to Social Work in Public Health.
  • Kindle, P. K., & Delavega, E., & Schneider, G. F. (2014, WTSW-2014-0306). Indirect Measures of Student Competencies: Diversity in Practice and Human Rights & Justice. Submitted to Journal of Teaching in Social Work.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Delavega, E., (2014, WECD-2014-0022). Policies discriminatory of the LGBT community: Do social workers respect the Code of Ethics? Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work
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  • Other Publications:
  • Delavega, E. (2014). 2012-2013 Kingsbury Elementary field trips to the Pink Palace Museum: Summary report. Memphis, TN: Pink Palace Family of Museums.
  • Delavega, E. (2014). The missing piece in Memphis’ economy. [EITC Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from https://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/Non-Claim%20Rates%20in%202011%20Released%20in%202014.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2014). The Racial Divergence Poverty Ratio -2014 [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from https://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/The%20Racial%20Divergence%20Poverty%20Ratio%202014.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2014, January 14). “NO EXCUSES” program: Cost and benefit analysis of a reentry program. Report presented to Representative Karen D. Camper (D, Memphis) and Senator Reginald Tate (D, Memphis), as basis for HB2221 and SB1898 introduced in the 2014 session of the General Assembly, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Delavega, E. (2013, October 3). Guest column: ACA puts health care on affordable track. The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved from http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2013/oct/03/guest-column-the-economics-of-obamacare/?print=1
  • Delavega, E. (2013). Detailed poverty rates: 2012: Poverty rates by status, age and race - African Americans, Hispanics, and Non-Hispanic Whites in the United States, Tennessee, Shelby County, and the city of Memphis [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from https://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/2012%20Detailed%20Poverty%20Rates.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2013). 2013 Memphis poverty [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from https://www.memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/UM%20Social%20Work%20Poverty%20Fact%20Sheet%202013%20Update%20LAST.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2013, Fall). The Earned Income Tax Credit: An effective anti-poverty program. Or it would be if poor people were actually claiming it. Social Policy, 43(3), 8-10.
  • Delavega, E. (2013). Anti-poverty programs that work for workers: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) fact sheet. [Fact sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/earnedincomefactsheet.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2013, March 7). Pink Palace Education Department Nutrition Data Report. Memphis, TN: Pink Palace Family of Museums.
  • Delavega, E. (2012). Unemployment Fact Sheet: Shelby County and the City of Memphis 2011-2012.  [Fact sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/2012shelbycountyandmemphisunemploymentfactsheet.pdf
  • Delavega, E. (2012). 2012 Memphis poverty [Fact Sheet]. University of Memphis’ Department of Social Work. Retrieved from http://memphis.edu/socialwork/pdfs/2012memphispovertyfactsheet.pdf
  • Delavega, E., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2012). 2011-2012 Friends For Life impact report: Demographics and outcome variables and the effects of housing. Memphis, TN: Friends For Life.
  • Kindle, P. A., & Delavega, E., (2013). Instructor's Manual and Test Bank for American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach, Brief Edition. Pearson Education, Inc.
  • Delavega E. (2011, December). A waiting game. In Critical Solidarity, 10(5), 13-15.
  • Cheung, M., & Delavega, E. (2010). Melinda: Child sexual abuse case. My Social Work Lab. Boston: Pearson. Available http://media.pearsoncmg.com/ab/mysocialworklab/mysocialworklibrary/pdf/Cheung_Melinda.pdf
  • McCarty, D. (2010). La muerte por terremoto: Los daños colaterales del neoliberalismo [Death by earthquake: Collateral damages of neoliberalism]. Translated by Elena Delavega. The Catholic Worker.
  • McCarty, D. (2009). Cuidado con la bestia: Del otro lado del debate sobre inmigración [Beware the Beast: Stories from the underside of the immigration debate]. Translated by Elena Delavega. The Catholic Worker.
  • Delavega, E. (2008, Oct). Hispanic. BCR Reports, 19(2), 8.
  • Delavega, E. (2008, Oct). Collective decision making vs. personal responsibility philosophy as they relate to substantive rights. BCR Reports, 19(2), 11.
  • Delavega E. (2008, July). Undocumented workers: Workers’ common cause. In Critical Solidarity, 8(2), 13.
  • Delavega, E. (2008, March 30). To be fair, let’s open legal immigration legally to all. Houston Chronicle, E6. Available http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/5658251.html
  • Delavega, E. (2007, August 1). Social work is the ultimate multidisciplinary discipline. Kingwood Observer, C5.
Presentations
  • Juried Presentations:
  • Delavega, E. (2014). Testing the Culture of Poverty: Best practices or greater marginalization? Paper to be presented at the International Conference on Community Empowerment, Coping, Resilience, and Hope, December 14-16, Hyderabad, India.
  • Elswick, S., Delavega, E., Soifer, S., & Claiborne, J. (2014). The benefits and challenges of non-traditional field placements in social work education. Poster to be presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, October 23-October 26, Tampa, FL.
  • Delavega, E., Kindle, P., & Schneider, G. (2014). Indirect measures of student competencies: Diversity in practice and human rights & justice. Poster to be presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, October 23-October 26, Tampa, FL.
  • Delavega, E., & Lennon-Dearing, R. (2014). Social workers’ perspective on proposed legislation that discriminates against LGBT equality. Poster presented at the National Conference of the National Association of Social Workers, July 23-26, Washington, DC.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Delavega, E. (2013). Effects of housing on health and wellbeing in HIV positive women. Poster presented at the North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit, September 25-27, Montréal, Québec.
  • Delavega, E. (2014). Eating her words: Ruby Payne's hidden rules and choice – A sandwich experiment. Paper presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education, and Social Development, July 9-12, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Delavega, E. (2014). Effects of housing on health and wellbeing in HIV positive women. Poster accepted at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Annual Conference, January 15-19. San Antonio, Texas.
  • Crawford, C., Valentine-Phillips, V., Delavega, E., & Blackwell, N. (2013). Candy and taxes: Teaching tax policy in the social work curriculum. Poster ato be presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, October 31–November 3, 2013, Dallas, TX.
  • Lennon-Dearing, R., & Delavega, E. (2013). Effects of housing on health and wellbeing in HIV positive women. Poster presented at the North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit, September 25-27, Montréal, Québec.
  • Delavega, E. (2013). Addressing inequality through conditional cash transfer policy: Single systems designs and statistical approaches for analysis. Poster  accepted but not presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, April 24-26, 2013, Atlanta, GA.
  • Delavega, E., Shelton, M., Edwards, C., and Lennon-Dearing, R. (2012). Making policy real: Experiential-learning policy practice for the social work curriculum. Poster presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, November 9-12, Washington, D.C.
  • Crawford, C., Neely-Barnes, S., & Delavega, E. (2012). Engaged scholarship: Sustainable collaboration as the holy grail of social work praxis. Panel presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, November 9-12, Washington, D.C.
  • Wrobel, S., & Delavega, E. (2012). Memphis school blues: Race, economics, and school disciplinary policies. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA), October 3-6, Coral Gables, Florida.
  • Cheung, M., LaChapelle, A., & Delavega, E. (2011). Experiential application of transtheoretical integration through a five-way learning model. Paper and skills workshop presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, October 27-30, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Delavega, E. (2011). Do Education-Targeted Cash Transfers in the global context promote economic and social development? Juried Paper presented at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Annual Conference, January 12-16. Tampa, Florida.
  • Regev, T, & Delavega, E. (2010). Capacity Assessment and Treatment (CAT): Demonstrating an innovative process in social work. Juried Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, October 14-17. Portland, Oregon.
  • Regev, T., & Delavega, E. (2010). Capacity Assessment and Treatment (CAT) model: A holistic approach in social work practice with frail older adults. Juried Paper presented at the 34th Annual State Conference, NASW/Texas, October 8-10. Houston, Texas.
  • Delavega, E. (2010). Beyond Bourdieu: Symbolic capital and the implications for a more just society. Juried Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society (SSS), April 21-24. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Regev, T., & Delavega, E. (2010). Decision-making capacity in vulnerable elders: Teaching the development of a new assessment model. Juried Poster presented at the 36th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference of the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), March 4-7. Reno, Nevada.
  • Delavega, E., & Cheung, M. (2009). Child savings accounts: Examining poverty remediation through education. Juried Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, November 6-9. San Antonio, Texas.
  • Regev, T., & Delavega, E. (2009, October 15). Decision-making capacity in vulnerable elders: Practical application of an innovative model. Juried Paper presented at the 33rd NASW/ Texas Conference: Social Work: Purpose and Possibility, October 15-17. Forth Worth, Texas.
  • Delavega, E. (2009, April 4). Minimum wage and the geography of cost of living: Addressing rural/urban differentials. Juried Paper presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society (SSS), April 1-4. New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Delavega, E. (2009). Internalized symbolic capital and day labor: Setting the discourse through a conceptual theoretical framework. Juried Paper presented at the Fifth Doctoral Student Research Symposium, March 5. Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston.
  • Delavega, E. (2009). Problems with dementia assessment in non-English speaking geriatric populations: An institutional-focused educational approach in social work. Juried Paper presented at the 35th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference of the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), February 28, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Regev, T., & Delavega, M. E. (2008). Decision-making capacity in vulnerable elders: An innovative approach in an interdisciplinary team setting. Juried Paper presentation at the 32nd NASW –Texas Conference: Building on Strengths, November 6-8. Galveston, Texas.
  • Delavega, M. E., & Cheung, M. (2008). Needs and concerns of day laborers: Practice implications from client dialogues. Juried Paper presented at the Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education, November 1. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Delavega, M. E., & McCarty, D. (2008). Is NAFTA a lie?: Immigration, globalization, and the new conflicts of class warfare in North America.  Juried Paper presentation at the Social Welfare Action Alliance Conference, April 4-6. Houston, Texas.
  • Delavega, E. (2008). Addressing urban and rural cost of living differentials through a minimum-wage policy initiative. Juried Paper presented at the Fourth Doctoral Student Research Symposium, March 27. Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston.
  • Delavega, E. (2007).  Does a high state minimum wage cause high unemployment? Juried Paper presented at the Third Doctoral Student Research Symposium, March 22. Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston.
  • Delavega, E., & Martinez, B. (2006). Coding public comments to the proposed rules on intercountry adoption. Juried Poster presented at the Fifth University of Houston-Downtown Student Research Conference, April 21. University of Houston-Downtown.
  • Invited Presentations:
  • Delavega, E. (2014). The bro code: How contemporary culture creates sexist men. Panel discussion of film. One Billion Rising for Justice: A Global Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls, February 9, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2014). EITC in 2013. EITC Awareness Day Media Event Hosted by United Way, Bank On Memphis, Congressman Steve Cohen, Mayor A. C. Wharton, and Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir. January 31. Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2013). Delegate Assembly 2014. Presentation to the Executive Board, National Association of Social Workers, Tennessee Chapter. September 14, Nashville, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2013). Neurocognitive Disorders/ Sexual Dysfunctions/ Gender Dsyphoria. DSM-5 Training: DSM-5: What You Need to Know. September 6. University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2013). Complexity of Complexion. Panel speaker. Invited by the Kappa Beta Chapter of ÊÁØ & U of NAACP. University of Memphis, February 25, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2012). How big of a problem is the U.S. national debt? Why does it matter? Invited by Lausanne Collegiate School, November 20, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2012). How big of a problem is the U.S. national debt? Why it matters to social workers. Invited by Shelby County Health Department, October 12, Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2012). How big of a problem is the U.S. national debt? Why it matters to social workers. Invited by BRIDGES, October 10. Memphis, TN.
  • Delavega, E. (2012). How big of a problem is the U.S. national debt? What does this mean for social workers and their clients? Presented at the National Association of Social Workers West Branch Lunch and Learn, August 16. Memphis, TN.

  • Gomez-Horton, L., Barceleau, J., Aguirre, R., Villanueva, N., & Delavega, E. (2009). Immigration in the 81st Texas legislature: The Social Work Perspective. Invited paper presented at the 33rd NASW/ Texas Conference: Social Work: Purpose and Possibility, October 15-17. Forth Worth, Texas.
  • Cheung, M., & Delavega, E. (2009). Family & Child savings accounts: Designing poverty reduction strategies in the global context. Invited by the 20th Annual Family Preservation Conference, September 9-11. Houston, Texas.
  • Jordan, C., Boutte-Queen N. M., Eldredge, S., Ferrales, D., Lenert, L., Gleason-Wynn, P., Reibenstein, C., & Delavega, M. E. (2008). Delegate Assembly 2008: Strengthening the collective voice of social workers. Paper presentation at the 32nd NASW –Texas Conference: Building on Strengths, November 6-8. Galveston, Texas.
  • Villanueva, N, Barceleau, J., & Delavega, M. E. (2008). Immigration: Social work voices for advocacy and action. Paper presentation at the 32nd NASW –Texas Conference: Building on Strengths, November 6-8. Galveston, Texas.

Appendix A - Teaching Experience

  • SWRK 7030 - Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • SWRK 7030 - Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • PADM 7612 - Program and Policy Evaluation
  • PADM 7612 - Program and Policy Evaluation
  • SWRK 7030 - Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • SWRK 7030 - Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • PADM 7612 - Program and Policy Evaluation
  • SWRK 7031 - Rural and Urban Poverty
  • SWRK 7022 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
  • PADM 7612 - Program and Policy Evaluation
  • SWRK 7030 - Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • SWRK 7030 - Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • SWRK 7022 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
  • SWRK 7030 - Social Welfare Policy and Services
Appendix B - Student Advising/Mentoring
  • 2014-2015 - Advising, Assigned – 18 MSW students Mentoring, Unassigned – 6 MSW students, 1 BA in SW Student Field Supervision – 3 MSW students
  • 2013-2014 - Formally advise eighteen (18) assigned MSW students at least once per semester. Informally (unassigned) advise and mentor four (4) students and two (2) alumni. Serve as a field supervisor and mentor for six (6) additional students.
  • 2012-2013 - Formally advised thirteen (13) assigned MSW students at least once per semester. Informally (unassigned) advised and mentored fourteen (14) students. Served as a field supervisor and mentor for one (1) additonal student.
  • 2011-2012 - Formally advised nine (9) assigned MSW students at least once per semester. Informally (unassigned) advised and mentored two (2) students.
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  • Informal (unassigned) advising and mentoring involves meeting with the students and providing support and guidance, as well as instruction in writing and other relevant soft and hard skills. Additionally, I encourage students to write for media and journals and to submit papers and abstracts to conferences, while offering guidance in the writing and submission process.