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Tara Velez

Assistant Professor of Social Work; Director of Field Education
Office: 326A CBH 
Mail Stop: 1705 
Phone: 6516 

Degrees earned: MSW – The Catholic University of America; B.A. in Social Work – Loras College

Professional Experience: Over the past 10 years, Tara has had a variety of national and international experiences in the social work profession. Most recent professional positions included the Corporate and Foundations Grants Officer at Clarke University, the Executive Director of St. Mark Youth Enrichment, the Director of the Multicultural Family Center, and the Director of Programs at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Tara served as a volunteer for seven months in Gros Morne, Haiti and served two terms with AmeriCorps.

Teaching Philosophy: “I strive to create a classroom environment built upon respect and dignity. My courses are designed to stimulate engagement, collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and personal exploration while providing a foundational knowledge of social work principles.”

Clarke’s impact on Tara: I’m still new to Clarke, but I enjoy the welcoming and supportive environment.

Tara’s impact on students: I hope to inspire a love of macro social work among the students.

Tara’s favorite:

Movie – Garden State

Book – Anything by Nicholas Sparks

Quote – “Sometimes you have to take the leap, and build your wings on the way down.” Kobi Yamada

Class in college – Policy

Place traveled – Venice, Italy

Hobby – Traveling

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  • Arts at Clarke 2016
  • Transfer Fall 2015