The University of Minnesota School of Social Work recently named Tracy Crudo, supervisor in the Child Safety and Permanency Division’s Training Unit, its 2016 Alumna of the Year. The internal selection committee honored Crudo, their former peer as director of outreach for the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, for her work with the Department of Human Services.
“As director of outreach for the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare in the School of Social Work, Tracy was the driving force in expanding the center’s reach in all areas of public communications and social media,” said director of the School of Social Work James Reinardy, PhD. “The whole school benefited because she was always willing to share her knowledge and insights with colleagues.”
At the Annual Field Placement ceremony in April, the School of Social Work recognized Crudo in part for her contribution of information to the Governor's Task Force on the Protection of Children
. As part of implementing the Task Force’s training system reform recommendations, she led the Child Safety and Permanency Division’s Professional Development Workgroup.
"I've known Tracy for nearly a decade,” said Traci LaLiberte, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota. “And during that time she has always demonstrated the highest levels of social work values and ethics. I'm so very proud to work in this profession next to her."
In her acceptance remarks, Crudo focused on the importance of collaboration, which she believes is fundamental to social work at every level. As she explained:
“My career in social work has been a labor of love, working alongside colleagues who have come to be family and who are driven by the mission to make the world a better place for vulnerable kids and their families. I swear not one day of it has felt like work.”
Crudo received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls before earning her Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. Crudo joined the department in April 2015.