January 15, 2015

Dr. Michael Meacham Receives Recognition from Migrant Farmworkers Clinic

Dr. Michael Meacham, professor of sociology at Valdosta State University

VALDOSTA—The Migrant Farmworkers Clinic, located in South Lowndes County, has recognized Dr. Michael Meacham, professor of sociology, for his service to the clinic with a “Very Special Therapist” plaque.
According to Meacham he has volunteered at the clinic for the past four years and provides counseling services to migrant farmworkers and other patients at the clinic.
“Migrants from Latin America need both therapeutic and sociological assistance,” said Meacham, who was recognized last year for his work within the field of social work by the National Association of Social Work. “We face dangers in the camp from outsiders, so many need sociological assistance in learning to live in that environment. They have personal problems, including anxiety, depression, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and others common to any other population.”
Meacham finds personal satisfaction working with migrant farmworkers and the clinic staff. He shared, “I have never been treated so well by clients and co-workers as I am there.”
Meacham is also a part of the American Red Cross Georgia Chapter disaster team and teaches courses to licensed members on disaster preparation.

Meacham is a licensed social worker with a Master of Arts in sociology, a Master of Philosophy in sociology, a Master of Social Work, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology. His background includes work with inmates, the chronically mentally ill, juveniles, the elderly, and the homeless. He has held several positions in the National American Sociological Association and has been published more than 25 times. 
For more information on Meacham, visit VSU’s faculty expert page http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/arts-sciences/sacj/sociology/dr-michael-meacham.php

Valdosta State University’s 2013-2019 Strategic Plan represents a renewal of energy and commitment to the foundational principles for comprehensive institutions. 

Implementation of the plan’s five goals, along with their accompanying objectives and strategies, supports VSU’s institutional mission and the University System of Georgia’s mission for comprehensive universities. 

Dr. Michael Meacham's recognition meets the following goals:

Goal 1: Recruit, retain, and graduate a quality, diverse student population and prepare students for roles as leaders in a global society. 
Goal 3: Promote student, employee, alumni, retiree, and community engagement in our mission.
Goal 4: Foster an environment of creativity and scholarship.
Goal 5: Develop and enhance Valdosta State’s human and physical resources.

Visit http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/planning/strategic-plan.php to learn more.


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