NEW ORLEANS — Southern University New Orleans is preparing to dedicate a new building on campus that is named for the founder of the university’s school of social work.

A university news release says Millie M. Charles was hired at SUNO in 1965. Back then, she was a one-person social work department.

She founded the SUNO School of Social Work in 1983. She was the social work dean when she retired in 2006. The university says that, when she retired, the social work faculty and staff had peaked at more than 30 employees.

Sunday’s dedication of the 40,000 square-foot Millie M. Charles School of Social Work Building comes a little more than two years after the groundbreaking in late 2015.

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