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:
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Solomon O. Lichter Memorial Prize
This award is given to graduating master’s degree students for scholarship and professional leadership
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.
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
President – Kirstin Williams
Vice President – Monica Moore
Secretary – Jennifer Martinez-Contreras
Social Chair – Juliet Gutierrez
Graduate Council Representative – Chelsea Hopson
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.
Portia Bajwa, Kelsey Foreman, and Charlotte Sall
Exploring the Low Rates of Reporting Domestic Violence in Bihar, India
Radical Mapping: A Becoming
Susan Lambert, Associate Professor
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.
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.
Ruth Castro, Global Health
Ashley (Isaacson) DeGarmo
Emma Heidorn, Global Health
Alicia Ozier, Global Health
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shawn Chu Bian Koh
Congratulations to the following students who have received prestigious awards outside of SSA in the 2018-2019 school year.
Albert Schweitzer Fellow
Arthur Quern Fellows
Carl A. Erikson Fellows
Ashley (Isaacson) DeGarmo
France Chicago Center and University of Chicago
International House GRAD Global Impact Internship
International House Non-Resident Graduate Fellowship
National Korean-American Service and Education Consortium
National Poetry Contest for Social Workers 3rd Prize
Pozen Human Rights Fellowship
Ray E. Brown Fellow
Student Hotspotting Collaborative