Thursday, October 18, 2007

Faculty Features: Dr. Constance Lacy

With the steady growth of UNT Dallas Campus Library, it may soon happen that the campus is so large that we are not able to get to know all of the wonderful faculty. To remedy this situation we are highlighting our faculty with short bios. This time around we are highlighting Dr. Constance Lacy of the Human Services Department. Many are already familiar with this energetic professor's professional life but may not know about her past.

Dr. Lacy was born in Eastland, TX and was the youngest of five children. All the siblings were encouraged to pursue a higher education by their mother. Dr. Lacy attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth and soon after graduating she attended the University of North Texas to major in social work. She left after a semester to get married and raise a family. Though Dr. Lacy always intended to pursue social work she truly became passionate when a several years after leaving UNT she worked for Dallas Can Academy as an Intake Coordinator. In this position, she performed social work duties along with counseling with the students and their parents. During this time she attended Eastland College, where she received an Associate degree as an Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Her mentors encouraged her to go further and thus she went back to UNT where she received a Bachelor's in Social Work. Along the way she met great professors and other mentors who recognized her potential and encouraged her to go further in her studies. Through the Ronald E. McNair TRIO program, which targets academically strong, African-American females, who are first generation college students and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which targets students who wish to pursue their Ph.D in a service-oriented field, she received her Master's and Ph.D in social work from the University of Texas in Arlington.

Interesting Fact: During high school Dr.Lacy attended Trimble Technical High School part-time to obtain her cosmetology license.