Fabiola Hamdan of Madison serves as a bilingual, bicultural community senior social worker and is a strong advocate for the Latino community. She currenthly works with the Dane County Department of Human Services. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the UW- Madison. In addition, she created numerous programs and initiatives to support immigrants in the Latino community including domestic violence prevention efforts and improvements in family services. She has also created networks to increase awareness of child safety and parenting skills. She is a driving force behind the creation of several organizations including the Latino support group LaSup, which brings together people working for and in the Latino community. She is one of the major organizers of the annual event, El Día de los Niños. She herself is an immigrant from Bolivia.
She speaks frequently about human services, immigration issues, language access, and cultural competency to local and national groups. Ms. Hamdan has contributed to the development of the human services curriculum at Madison Area Technical College and created the bilingual Human Services Certificate program.
Her important work has been recognized numerous times: Ms. Hamdan received the 2012 UW McDowell Alumni Achievement award, the 2012 Muriel Pipkins Award, the 2011 YWCA Madison Women of Distinction Awards, and the 2003 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Social Workers in Madison.