Leadership in the Overall Society (1965–1969)
Living in the city for twenty or more years, I had acquired a number of friends and acquaintances, which offered me the opportunity to function on various levels and circles of the city. My life was rich in experiences related to my work in the Puerto Rican community, the social work, education, and fundraising spheres of the city. I also enjoyed the arts, music, cultural activities, political debates, and social gatherings, as well as the foods, theater, ballet, symphony, and friends offered by the many cultures of New York. My participation in the life of the city also included party politics. These activities provided me with contacts who did not necessarily know one another and gave me opportunities for constant learning and growing. I was never bored, but I missed the companionship and love of a special person with whom I could share my life. This void continued to be present for many years. I lived a busy and full life that missed the realization of intimacy, passion, and commitment to and with another person.
One day, I cannot remember exactly when, I received a letter inviting me to consider teaching at the Columbia School of Social Work. The letter invited me to a meeting with the dean and other professors to discuss the offer of a position in the community organization program. I accepted the position. The offer came in the late spring, so I spent the summer reading and preparing course work for my teaching in the coming autumn. I took a driving trip across the country with my