Social work professor inducted into Civic Engagement Hall of Fame

SALEM, Mass. (April 27, 2012) – Robert McAndrews, of Marblehead, a professor of social work at Salem State, was recently inducted into the university’s Civic Engagement Hall of Fame for his work with community partner, The Holocaust Center, Boston North Inc. The Holocaust Center is part of the Peabody Institute Library's Center for the study of human rights whose goals are to preserve history and reduce hatred, prejudice and indifference through education. As president of the board of directors, McAndrews continues to facilitate and strongly encourage the active involvement of Salem State faculty, students and staff in the work of The Holocaust Center. In that spirit, Salem State has made a $500 donation on his behalf.
According to a colleague, “Rob McAndrews is the most committed human being I have ever met. He is still my role model. Salem State is lucky to have him as a faculty member and engaged scholar.” Since 2003, McAndrews has provided pro-bono legal representation for persons seeking asylum and those seeking relief from deportation in federal immigration court. He has represented men, women and children from Iraq, Zimbabwe, Honduras and El Salvador, among other countries. In 2007, McAndrews received a Pro Bono Publico Award for his work on behalf of workers who were arrested in the New Bedford immigration raid.