Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper visits the Department of Social Work at Molloy College

The Department of Social Work was looking for an innovative way to get the word out about the many career pathways available to a social work professionals. They decided to use their bulletin board as a vehicle for this message and so for the past semester has used the board to highlight high-ranking and even famous people who are all social workers.

 Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper at Molloy College

          Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper at Molloy College

When Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper, the Deputy Speaker of the NYS Assembly, found out that she was one of those featured on the board, she called and said she wanted to come see for herself. Therefore, on January 2, 2014, Deputy Speaker Hooper came to Molloy and met with members of the social work department to express her gratitude for being recognized in this way.

Earlene Hooper was elected March 15, 1988 in a special election. Her re-election in November 1988 made Ms. Hooper the only minority serving in the legislature from Long Island as well as the only minority serving the legislature from a suburban area of the state. In addition, as the first woman Deputy Speaker, Hooper is the highest ranking female in the New York State legislature.

She is a social worker by profession and has worked as an administrator in the New York State Department of Social Services, Division of Children and Family Services.

Molloy was honored to host Deputy Speaker Hooper who also shared that she will be back this coming semester to meet with students and to continue to foster her important relationship with Molloy. We look forward to seeing her again soon.

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