Social Services

Assistant Professor Dr. Robin B. Weinstein, at the Cumberland County courthouse in Bridgeton, New Jersey (Photo Credit: Susan L. Gregg)
Assistant Professor Dr. Robin B. Weinstein, at the Cumberland County courthouse in Bridgeton, New Jersey (Photo Credit: Susan L. Gregg)

Dr. Robin Weinstein, chair of WilmU’s human resource management programs, was unanimously appointed by the Cumberland County (N.J.) Board of Chosen Freeholders to serve a five-year term on the Cumberland County Board of Social Services. Its mission is to provide timely, efficient and cost-effective delivery of social, medical and economic programs in a compassionate and financially responsible manner. The board also administers Medicaid, temporary assistance to needy families and other services. In New Jersey, says Weinstein, “public assistance programs are federally funded, state supervised and county administered; therefore, county boards of social services are true intergovernmental agencies accountable to all three levels of government. This is a demanding task, given the varying focuses and mandates of the different government entities.”

Education is the key to social change, adds Weinstein, “But it’s important to be holistic in our approach. By providing affordable quality education to the region, we are increasing the financial mobility of many people throughout our region, which decreases the likelihood of generational poverty. However, the systemic causes of poverty still keep people in a paralyzing cycle. As an educator in the WilmU community, I am not only responsible for equipping our students to change the world, but I am responsible to model that behavior by working toward a better world.” Wu