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Charlla D. Allen Honored By Central State University on Charter Day

Special to The Truth

Central State University celebrated its annual Charter Day Convocation – the celebration of the creation of the Combined Normal and Industrial Department at Wilberforce University. Which later became Central State University – on March 3, 2020 at the school’s Paul Robeson cultural & Performing Arts Center and inducted six alumni into its Hall of Fame.

This year’s inductees were Gladys Gunn, class of ’59; David Smith, ’69; Marya Rutherford-Long, ’78; Dr. Eric High, MD, ’91; Bryan Irving, ’91 and former Toledoan, Charlla D. Allen, PhD, ’78.

Charlla D. Allen, PhD

Allen is the director of the Social Work program at Central State University and is an experienced and highly regarded professor, researcher, author and administrator known throughout the social work community regionally and internationally for her leadership.

Allen served 35 years as a clinical social worker in various positions while concurrently working as a social work educator in Ohio, Michigan and in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Allen successfully gained national accreditation for CSU’s Social Work program within four years of her employment, garnering full accreditation in 2017 with the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) for the first time in university history. CSWE accreditation provides Central State social work students many workforce opportunities that they did not previously have. Now Social Work students can also meet the admissions criteria to enter an advanced standing master’s degree program and finish in one year rather than two.

They are eligible to apply for inclusion in the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Child Welfare Training Program, which provides students the opportunity to receive up to a $10,000 stipend during their bachelor degree studies.

Graduating from an accredited program lends credibility for internships, fulltime employment and other accredited social work programs in Ohio, the American Association of Social Work Boards and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Family Therapist Board.

Allen earned her undergraduate degree in sociology/psychology from CSU in 1979; her masters in social work from the University of Cincinnati and her PhD in social work from The Ohio State University.

Prior to coming back to CSU in 2013, she was an assistant professor at Youngstown State; before that, an instructor at Wayne State University in Detroit. She has also had stints as an instructor or assistant professor at Addis Ababa University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Cleveland state University, University of Detroit Mercy, Wright State University, Bowling green University and the University of Kentucky.

Central State’s history begins with its parent institution, Wilberforce University, named in hono of the abolitionist, Wilbur Wilberforce. Established at Tawawa Springs, Ohio in 1856, it is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church and is one of the oldest black-administered institutions of higher education in the nation.

In 1867, the Ohio General Assembly enacted legislation that created a Combined Normal and Industrial Department at Wilberforce University; in 1941 the department expanded from a two to a four-year program and in 1947, legally split from Wilberforce, becoming the College of Education and Industrial Arts to Wilberforce. The name was changed to Central State College in 1951 and in 1965 achieved university status.

Charlla Allen, PhD, a graduate of Toledo’s Notre Dame Academy, is the daughter of Charles W. and Elinor Allen,



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Revised: 03/19/20 16:26:38 -0400.

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