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Assistant Professor Butch de Castro receives 2012 MLK Service Award

For Immediate Release
Date: January 16, 2012
Contact: Ashley Wiggin, Communications and Marketing Officer, 206-221-2456,

Butch deCastro MLK AwardButch deCastro MLK AwardSEATTLE-- Butch de Castro, Assistant Professor, PCH and director of the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program, received a Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award Jan. 12 in recognition of his efforts at improving the health of immigrants and minorities in the US. The honor was part of the annual tribute to the slain civil rights leader organized by UW Health Sciences and UW Medicine.

According to the nomination letter, Dr. de Castro “translates his teaching and scholarship into practice through community service by creating and maintaining long term relationships with community agencies.  His work which focuses on the many ways that immigrant and minority workers are discriminated against, evidences a strong commitment to addressing community needs, particularly communities of color and low income.”

In addition, he has made presentations in Italy, Thailand, and the Philippines. Having served as Governing Councilor for the Occupational Health and Safety Section and Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for the American Public Health Association, and member of the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum and the UW Alumni Association’s Multicultural Alumni Partnership, he has been dedicated to the development and implementation of significant programs and endeavors to improve the human condition. 

 “Being selected as the School of Nursing recipient for the MLK Community Service Award was an overwhelmingly special honor for me.  I am humbled by the recognition and value that my colleagues have for my work as a researcher, educator, and volunteer to better the health and well-being of immigrant and minority communities.”

Also honored with a Community Volunteer Award was two-time School of Nursing Alumna Wendy Walker, MN, RN (BS ’72, MN, ’77), a clinical nurse specialist at UW Medical Center, who is honored for her extensive volunteer work here in Seattle and internationally with vulnerable populations.

You can view photos of the event on the School of Nursing's Facebook Page.


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