Ruth Silverman is a professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Nassau Community. She attended Harpur College (State University of New York) where she received her BA with honors in Sociology. She received her MA at the University of Wisconsin and completed her doctoral work in Sociology at New York University. She follows in the footsteps of her father, Dr. Benjamin Malzberg, who did ground breaking sociological work on immigrants and mental health. From his position as director of the Bureau of Statistics at the New York State Department of Mental Health, he used the data to refute nativist arguments that immigrants are inferior and bring many social problems with them. When she moved to Long Island, she became aware that those same false charges were being thrown at a new group of immigrants to our community from Central America. She decided to carry on his work by joining CARECEN's Board.