Carmen Luca Sugawara

School of Social Work IUPUI

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Areas of Expertise

International social work; social development; social capital; parental involvement and post-war community reconstruction; civil society strengthening; and local capacity development and higher education.

Expert Bio

Carmen Luca Sugawara has more than 20 years of experience in international social development, working and researching on issues such as civil society strengthening, social capital, parental involvement and local capacity development. Continuing her commitment to building local community capacity through higher education institutions with local communities, Luca Sugawara designed and teaches two courses in service learning. She is a recipient of the Frank Turner Award from the British International Journal of Social Work for her contribution to research that uncovers the role of the civil society in promoting local development in countries in transition. Her recent work on local capacity development and social work higher education specifically focuses on the role of designing and supporting the development of service-learning courses as a bridge to building democratic competencies and linking the disconnect between communities and universities to strengthen local capacity development for a greater impact.

Prior to assuming her professorship role, Luca Sugawara served as a program officer with the Academy for Educational Development, managing USAID-funded governance and civil society strengthening programs within AED's Eastern European civil society strengthening portfolio (Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia).

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Updated on: May 13, 2019