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School of Social Service Administration Magazine

Congratulations to our SSA Students and the Class of 2019! SSA congratulates all of our students...those who graduated this June and those who will return to us next year.

Many have received awards and fellowships. Our student journal, Advocates' Forum, showcased excellence. And many of our second year master's students completed Programs of Study.

SSA HELD ITS STUDENT RECOGNITION CEREMONY AND RECEPTION ON JUNE 13, 2019, HOSTED BY DEAN DEBORAH GORMAN-SMITH AND DEAN OF STUDENTS SARAH FURR. STUDENTS WERE RECOGNIZED FOR THE FOLLOWING:

Graduating Doctoral Students

SSA Award Recipients

Special Recognition of Student Government Association

2019 Advocates' Forum

Trauma-Informed Care Certificate of Completion

Programs of Study Certificates

Outside Fellowship and Award Recipients


Graduating Doctoral Students

Clifford Simon Bersamira
Dissertation: Policy Stakeholder Perspectives on Addiction Recovery in the Era of Healthcare Reform

Kathryn Tasha Bocanegra
Dissertation: Correctional Boundaries: Examining Punishment in Community Probation in Chicago, Illinois

Mary Elizabeth Bunn
Dissertation: Restoring Social Bonds: Group Based Treatment and the Social Resources of Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Ashley Elizabeth Cureton
Dissertation: Patterns of Student Engagement among Muslim Refugee Youth: The Role of US Schools in a Trump Era

Lance Christopher Keene
Dissertation: Young Black Gay Men’s Access to Queer Space and LBGTQ Service Organizations: A Chicago-Based Examination

Keunhye Park
Dissertation: The influence of social surroundings on juvenile and criminal justice involvement of 17-year-olds transitioning from foster care to adulthood: A longitudinal and life-course approach

Sadiq Yusuf Patel
Dissertation: The Proximal Experiences of Urban Youth in Chicago and Youth Delinquency 

Julian G. Thompson
Dissertation: Rehabilitative Imaginaries and Punitive Impulses: How Discourse and Ideology Shape Treatment and Legal Practices in Mental Health Court

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SSA Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following students who have received prestigious SSA awards.

Excellence in Field Education Award
The Excellence in Field Education Award recognizes two graduating students for exemplary contribution in their concentration of fieldwork.

Bex Leon
Monica Moore

Wilma Walker Memorial Award
This award is given to first year students for outstanding work in the first year and promise of future achievement in social work.

Briana Payton
Noelle Petrowski

Sonia G. Berz Award
This award is given to graduating master’s degree students for outstanding work, with special consideration given to promise of future achievement in the field of services to older adults.

Toni Ferwerda
Anna Schloen

Solomon O. Lichter Memorial Prize
This award is given to graduating master’s degree students for scholarship and professional leadership

Shay Gonzalez

SSA Community and Leadership Award
This award is given to graduating (inclusive of master’s degree and doctoral) students who have demonstrated their commitment to social justice, within the communities they belong to, the Chicago community and/or the SSA/University community in order to create a more just and equitable world.

Laura Caballero (Master’s)
Bex Leon (Master’s)
Kathryn Bocanegra (Doctoral)
Ashley Cureton Turner (Doctoral)

Simon Doctoral Teaching Award
The Simon Doctoral Student Teaching Award recognizes and honors SSA PhD students who have demonstrated outstanding teaching and instruction in the SSA master’s program. Winners are selected based on the instructor’s contributions to the classroom that promote critical thinking, advance knowledge, and support students’ academic and professional development.

Julian Thompson

SSA Student Organization Award
This award recognizes one dynamic team of student leaders for their accomplishments in demonstrating their commitment within the communities they belong to, the Chicago community and/or the SSA/UChicago community and their peers.

Latinx Student Association

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Special Recognition of Student Government Association

President – Kirstin Williams
Vice President – Monica Moore
Secretary – Jennifer Martinez-Contreras
Social Chair – Juliet Gutierrez
Graduate Council Representative – Chelsea Hopson

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2019 Advocates' Forum 

Advocates’ Forum is an academic journal that explores implications of clinical social work practice, social issues, administration, and public policies linked to the social work profession. The Editorial Board of Advocates’ Forum seeks to provide a medium through which SSA students can contribute to public thinking about social welfare and policy in theory and practice. Above all, Advocates’ Forum serves to encourage and facilitate an open, scholarly exchange of ideas among individuals working toward the shared goal of a more just and humane society.

Authors/Titles

Portia Bajwa, Kelsey Foreman, and Charlotte Sall
Exploring the Low Rates of Reporting Domestic Violence in Bihar, India

Em Creahan
Radical Mapping: A Becoming

Chloe Glispie
Narratives to Live By: The Exploration of Past and Present for the Future

John Moulder
Music, Nostalgia, and Wessness in the Care of Older Adults

Jason Straussman
Freedom on Earth: An Ethnographic Study of Hyde Park's University Church

Elizabeth Weiss
Ideological State Apparatuses and Me: An Educational Autobiography

Editors-in-Chief
Shay Gonzalez
Katie Pelech
Elizabeth Weiss
Jamie Koenig
Yanwen Wang

Editorial Board
Lauren Abrahams
Félix Acuña
Ju Ahn
Haley Aubrey
Laurel Chen
Hannah Gordon
Mariel Mentink
Kevin Miller
Marissa Rogina

Faculty Advisor
Susan Lambert, Associate Professor

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Trauma-Informed Care Certificate of Completion

The Trauma Informed Care Workshop Series is a yearlong series of workshops that focus on increasing awareness of self, understanding the significance of trauma and its impact on individuals and communities, and reflecting on how trauma informed care fits into their personal and professional lives.

Samantha Acevedo
Yeonju Ahn
Alexis Armfield
Haley Aubrey
Kyra Auslander
Portia Bajwa
Allison Banks
Jordan Barnhill
Jenelle Birchlove
Dean Bolan
Shuying Chen
Heidi Chiu
Clara Clarke
Kendrick Dewdney
Ellis Fagan
Bayan Fares
Kelsey Foreman
Ashley Galbraith
Anna Gibbons
Corynn Ginnow
Hannah Gordon
Stephanie Gorman
Abigail Greaney
Ellen Grenen
Juliet Gutierrez
Jule Hicks
Wei Huang
Ashley Isaacson
Rachael Jankowsky
Jane Kemp
Hannah Kohn
Kenji Kuramitsu
Sydney Lawings
Jeniffer Lee
Ashley Lee
Nicholos Loumos
Sylvia Luu
Sara Lytle
Kayla Masterman
Jennifer Mcallister
Megan Mccormick
Meghan McDonell
Abigail Mcmorrow
Chris Menendez
Aruba Nomani
Jocelyn Ramierez
Margarette Rodriguez
Hiromi Roque
Charlotte Sall
Shana Sanchez
Maria Sauer
Samiya Sayed
Frankie Schiller
Julia Shafer
Eliana Sigel-Epstein
India Smith
Kevin Swanson
Natascha Waltz
Elizabeth Weiss
Sara Weld
Kelli Wendt
Kirstin Williams

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Programs of Study

Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy
GPHAP provides students with the interdisciplinary training needed to face various economic, ethical, and social issues in today’s complex health care environment. GPHAP is intended for those considering careers in health services, management, policy, research, consulting, and finance.

Michelle Agunloye 
Desire Bernard-Forbes 
Ruth Castro, Global Health 
Abbas Chinoy 
Ashley (Isaacson) DeGarmo 
Emma Heidorn, Global Health 
Sara Lytle 
Michaela McGlynn
Nina Medoff
Mariel Mentink
John Moulder
Aruba Nomani
Alicia Ozier, Global Health
Jocelyn Ramirez
Keirsha Thompson

Violence Prevention
Prepares students to think strategically and proactively, and to develop the professional knowledge base and competencies enabling them to work across levels and at varied settings, ranging from home- and center-based early prevention services, to school-based youth and domestic violence prevention programs, to advocacy and community-based organizations targeting the prevention of interpersonal violence.

Madeline Finkelstein
Chelsea Hopson
Wei Huang
Nicholas Loumos
Eliana Sigel-Epstein
Robyn Steuber

Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor in Training Program
The AODA ATP Program of Study is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to provide services to clients who abuse alcohol and other drugs. The training program addresses treatment approaches in addiction and non-addiction settings.

Jordan Barnhill
Mariah Levy
Graham McNamme
Dasom Seo

Leadership in Community Schools Program
The Leadership in Community Schools program prepares social workers for new roles in schools.  Community school practitioners and administrators work on many levels within a school or on behalf of schools--developing effective after-school and youth development programs, fostering effective school-community partnerships, and developing effective academic and social supports.

Jennifer Martinez-Contreras
Megan McCormick
Jasmine Rogasner

School Social Work Program
The School Social Work Program offers a specialized curriculum leading to Professional Educator Licensure with School Social Work Endorsement issued through the Illinois State Board of Education.

Jamie Bernstein
Corynn Ginnow
Dennis Gonzalez
Stephanie Gorman
Erica Hade
Alyssa Horing
Hannah Kohn
Elizabeth Krafcik
Samantha Patel
Amy Sanchez
Julia Shafer
India Smith

Global Social Development Program
This program provides students with the opportunity to think about social problems, social policy, and social work practice in comparative cross-national perspective, grounded in scholarship and practice around a set of concrete issues. Students also engage in an internship or study program abroad, or work with international organizations, or immigrant or refugee populations in the United States.

Yeonju Ahn
Portia Bajwa
Ruth Castro
Heidi Chui
Juliet Gutierrez
Rachael Jankowski
Magen Kennedy
Alicia Ozier
Samiya Sayed
Jason Straussman
Ai Tsuneyoshi
Natshcha Waltz
AnnaZofia Valenzuela
Kelli Wendt

Global Social Development Program Certificate
Students in the GSDP Certificate program embark on a rigorous course of study focused on understanding social problems, social policy, and on-the-ground practice in a globalized world. This program prepares students for leadership in the international social development arena, and students complete an approved 6-month international block field placement.

Jessica Barrett
Shelby Chaney
Charlotte Sall

Poverty and Inequality
This program provides students with the basic academic knowledge and field experience needed to engage in efforts to alleviate poverty and inequality.

Justin Hochstetler
Grace Lacy-Hansell
Shining Li

Family Support Program
The Family Support Program is designed for students who are interested in partnering with parents to support the development of their children.

Jacklyn Balandiuk
Feifei Chen
Chloe Glispie

Older Adult Studies Program
This program was designed to meet the challenge of an aging society by preparing its graduates to become leaders in the field of aging. This program combines an understanding of the person-in-environment as well as an awareness of the web of institutional relationships linking the older adult to society and social policy.

Kathleen Bolger
Kedong Ding
Shawn Chu Bian Koh
Toni Ferwerda
Anna Scholen
Karen Sherman

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Outside Fellowship and Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following students who have received prestigious awards outside of SSA in the 2018-2019 school year.

Albert Schweitzer Fellow
Elizabeth Weiss

Arthur Quern Fellows
Desire Bernard-Forbes
Alicia Ozier

Carl A. Erikson Fellows
Michelle Agunloye
Ashley (Isaacson) DeGarmo
Aruba Nomani
Jocelyn Ramirez

France Chicago Center and University of Chicago
Juliet Gutierrez

International House GRAD Global Impact Internship
Juliet Gutierrez

International House Non-Resident Graduate Fellowship
Milica Popovic

National Korean-American Service and Education Consortium
Serafina Ha

National Poetry Contest for Social Workers 3rd Prize
Elizabeth Weiss

Pozen Human Rights Fellowship
Amy Doherty
Stephanie Green
Megan McCormick

Ray E. Brown Fellow
Michelle Agunloye

Student Hotspotting Collaborative
Michelle Agunloye
Michaela McGlynn

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