Dr. Carmen Monico (They/Elle)
Dr. Carmen Monico (Ph.D. & MSW Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU) is teaching curriculum and elective courses in the Joint Master and PhD Social Work Programs of the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Monico is an expert in qualitative methods and community-based research, has mentored dozens of students in undergraduate- and graduate level research, and has served in several dissertation committees.
Monico completed a bilingual and transnational dissertation on illegal adoptions from Guatemala and has published extensively on intercountry adoption, global migration, human trafficking, civic engagement and social accountability. Prominent scholarship includes serving as a Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) Fellow and an RTI University Scholar. As a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Monico conducted research and teaching in Guatemala with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, and collaborated with the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala while serving as a Rotary Foundation Research Scholar. Other competitive scholarships were from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program and the VCU Child Welfare Education and Support Program. Previously, Monico taught human services and core curriculum courses with a global perspective and in international settings at Elon University, social welfare policy at Smith College, and social justice and social policy at VCU. Monico has presented at national and international conferences and seminars, and in numerous educational events and conducted teaching and learning research on community engagement and human service delivery in various settings.
Professional areas of work have included community organizing, policy and legislative advocacy, policy analysis and research, networking and public outreach, and community planning and evaluation in post-conflict countries. Monico worked as a senior consultant for the World Bank and staff of private voluntary agencies at home and development-oriented foundations abroad.
Martha Cervantes (She/Her/Ella)