2000 Scott Greer Awards
Postgraduate Contribution to Urban Affairs
Daniel J. Diliberti currently Milwaukee County Treasurer, received his Masters degree in Urban Affairs in 1973. Prior to becoming County Treasurer, he served as Vice-Chair of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors and Chair of the Board's Finance Committee. A lifelong resident of Milwaukee County, Supervisor Diliberti represented the 8th District from 1992 to 2004. Supervisor Diliberti's career reflects an abiding dedication to social opportunity, to social inclusion, to preserving our environment, and to peace. His public leadership is far reaching in those it serves. It has been innovative and inclusive in the means it has embraced.
Before entering the Department of Urban Affairs, Dan served in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Chile for two years followed by another year of service with the VISTA (Voluntary Service to America) program, working in the Centro Educative Chicao-Boriqua, an independent high school in Milwaukee affiliated with Pius XI High School. He served as Director of Campus and Community Relations at UWM and has taught part-time in the Department of Governmental Affairs. His articles and essays appear in policy journals and newspapers.
Dan has held many posts in community organizations and task forces. For contributions in government roles and in these community organizations, he has been recognized by many neighborhood and service organizations. These include, for example, the Jackson Park Neighborhood Association's "Outstanding Service Award," the Manitoba School's "Community Service Award," the United Community Center's "Safe Neighborhood's Award," the South Community Organization's "Excellence Award," the Milwaukee County Family Council "Service Award," and the Milwaukee Allied Veterans Council "Veterans Service Award." The Centro de al Communidad Unida named Mr. Diliberti "Friend of the Hispanic Community," and from the Council for the Spanish-speaking, he received the "Award of Excellence." He has also been honored by civic groups receiving the "Community Partnership Award" from the Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful campaign and the "Innovation in Government Award" from the Public Policy Forum. He has been honored by professional peers at both the local and national level. He received a Milwaukee Common Council "Leadership commendation." The National Association of Counties' awarded Mr. Diliberti the "Community Compact Initiative Award," and has honored him on three occasions with a "Local Government Initiative Award." From the Peace Corps in 1987, he received the "Beyond War Award."
Postgraduate Achievement in Advancing Understanding of Urban Social Institutions
Anna Maria Santiago's research, writing and teaching are dedicated to understanding and ameliorating problems of poverty, housing and domestic violence, particularly as these exist among Latino populations. She has used the insight of personal experience to conceptualize and study the role played by gender, ethnicity, and physical disability in defining and exacerbating these problems. Through knowledge and professional activity, she has sought to alter the institutions which block service to these difficult -to- reach populations.
Dr. Santiago was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she obtained an M.A. in Geography in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Urban Social Institutions in 1984. She is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Office of Research in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University. Dr. Santiago has held teaching and research positions at Indiana University in Bloomington, the Julian Samora Institute at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Seton Hall University and the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon in Puerto Rico. Her research has been supported by a wide array of sponsors including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Ford Foundation, the American Sociological Association and the Social Science Research Council. She is a leader in national professional societies and has held several elected positions in the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Dr. Santiago's research is published widely in professional journals and books. Among the topics of her recent publications we find: "The Impact of Growing up Poor or Welfare Dependent on the Economic Status of Young Adults (in Making Invisible Latino Adolescents Visible: A Critical Approach to Latino Diversity); "Establishing LA VIDA- A Community Partnership to Prevent Inmate Violence Against Latina Women (in Health Education and Behavior); "The Spatial Dimensions of Ethnic and Racial Stratification" (in Race and Ethnicity in the United States); "The Economic Consequences of Disability Status Across Ethnic and Gender Lines: A Test of the Multiple Minority Status Hypothesis" (in Advances in Gender Research) and "Disentangling the Effects of Disability Status and Gender on the Labor Supply of Anglo, Black and Latino Older Workers" (in The Gerontologist).