An Advocate for a Better World
“At Touro, we create advocates for social justice and community activism. We live by the motto that one person really can make a difference.”
Abandoned by his father when he was a small child, Dr. Steven Huberman was raised by his disabled mother for most of his life. “If it wasn’t for my guidance counselor and social worker, I never would have made it,” he says.
Now, the successful product of the social work system is educating the next generation of social workers. As founding dean of Touro College Graduate School of Social Work since its inception in 2006, Dr. Huberman is a passionate advocate for social justice.
“In Hebrew, we call this Tikkun Olam, perfecting the world. We may not be able to complete the task, but—as it says in the Talmud—we’re not relieved from trying.”
And try he does. When he grew up in the 60s, it was common to rally in the streets in support of civil rights. Now, in 2015, he says he wants to bring that sense of social justice back. “I want to create good troublemakers,” he says. “Troublemakers for social justice, troublemakers for community activism. At Touro's Graduate School of Social Work, we focus on creating change agents—trying to empower others to improve lives.”