ABENIR, Mark Anthony D.

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Assoc. Prof. Mark Anthony D. Abenir is a graduate of Master of Community Development (2008) and Doctor of Social Development (2014), both majoring in Social Planning and Administration, from the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), University of the Philippines-Diliman.  He is also an elected member of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society and awarded by the same society as an Outstanding Scholar in the Social Sciences when he graduated from his doctoral studies.  Likewise, he earned his undergraduate degree in AB Philosophy (2003) from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) where he graduated with honors, was awarded Best Thesis, and received from the same institution the Individual Pope Leo XIII Community Development Award. In the years 2013-2014, he became a fellow of Brown University, USA under their Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) Program and at the same time received the BIARI Seed Grant Award in order to hold an international workshop and conference on children and youth studies in Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Bogota, Colombia.  At the core of his academic career, Asst. Prof. Abenir specializes in the social planning and administration of poverty alleviation programs for marginalized and vulnerable population groups by making use of community development approaches that are rights-based, participatory, and gender-sensitive.  He is able to practice such expertise by serving as the Community Development Coordinator of the UST College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS) where he manages the Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) program of the college in its 8 partner communities and institutions.  Aside from this, Assoc. Prof. Abenir teaches in CRS and in the Faculty of Arts and Letters where he handles courses on CBR, Community Health Care, Social Change and Social Development, and introduction to Sociology and Anthropology.  Lastly, as a research associate of the UST Research Center on Social Sciences and Education, he pursues research under the Youth Studies Cluster where he has worked under research capsules inquiring on the youth istambay phenomenon, children of migrant workers and transnational children, and student welfare and development. For the next years to come, Assoc. Prof Abenir, under RCCESI, will be pursuing research in the field of Social and Community Development.

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