- Rebecca ChaissonRebecca ChaissonSouthern University at New Orleans - School of Social Work
Millie M. Charles: a social work activist, educator, civil rights leader, and founder of the Millie M. Charles School of Social Work.
Millie McClelland Charles, educator, community leader, social work activist, was a fearless fighter for the marginalized members of the New Orleans community. Charles founded the School of Social Work at Southern University at New Orleans. As founding dean, she promoted community empowerment as an antidote to racial oppression. She created the School of Social Work with knowledge of the transformative impact of education and the critical function of advocacy for all social workers. The school remains known for its themes of empowerment, transformation, and advocacy.