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.
Dissertation: Postsecondary Pathways in Chicago Public Schools
Chair: Marci Ybarra, Associate Professor
Dissertation: Disrupting Criminal Legal System Involvement Among Young Transgender Women: A Mixed-Methods Study Examining the Roles of Gender-Based Violence, Discrimination, and Social Support
Chair: Alida Bouris, Associate Professor
Dissertation: The Effects of Organizational Factors on an Integrated Service Intervention and Outcomes for Substance-Involved Parents in the Child Welfare System
Chair: Jeanne C. Marsh, George Herbert Hones Distinguished Service Professor
Dissertation: Moving Beyond the Racial Triangulation: An Empirical Study of the Racialization Experience of Asian American Youth and its Influence on Developmental Outcomes
Chair: Yoonsun Choi, Professor
Dissertation: Progressive Prosecution? An Analysis of Decision-Making Processes in Deferred Prosecution
Chair: Matthew Epperson, Associate Professor
Dissertation: The Importance of Place: An Examination of Area Disadvantage and Outpatient Addiction Treatment Services Access Within the Context of Healthcare Reform in the U.S.
Chair: Colleen Grogan, Professor
Dissertation: Low-Income Mothers' Involvement with Doula Home Visiting Services
Chair: Sydney Hans, Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor
The Sonia G. Berz Honor Award
This award is given to a graduating Master's degree student for outstanding work and promise in the field of aging.
The Solomon O. Lichter Memorial Prize
This award is presented to a graduating Master’s degree student for scholarship and professional leadership.
Mario M. McHarris
Wilma Walker Award
Runner-up: Derek Nettingham
Leadership and Community Award
SSA Simons Doctoral Student Teaching Award
2020 Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring at SSA:
Associate Professor Marci Ybarra
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.
The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement Response to "Towards a Whiter Woodlawn"
By Alyssa Berman-Cutler
Developmental Estrangement and Re-emergence of Love
By David ben-Jonah Bezalel
Workplace Discrimination and Undocumented First-Generation Latinx Immigrants
By Josselyn Andrea Garcia Quijano
On the Ethics of Mindfulness-Based Interventions
By Howard Ruan
Alyson Emory Holsclaw
Shantá Robinson, Assistant Professor
The following students have received certificates for completing their Program of Study.
Addressing Educational Inequalities:
This Program of Study prepares social administration students to engage in work to understand educational inequality in the U.S., primarily focusing on K-12 contexts.
Addressing Social Inequality:
This program prepares social administration students to confront social inequality as it takes shape at the front lines of key societal institutions – among them social service agencies, workplaces, courts, city halls, and community organizations.
Ximena Leyte Escalante
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse:
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.
The Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP):
GPHAP provides students with the interdisciplinary training needed to face various economic, ethical, and social issues in today’s complex health care environment.
Sooeun (Tiffany) Kim
This is the last year for the Older Adults Program of Study. These students will able to shape responses to a aging society by developing public policy, managing agencies and services, and defining clinical practice.
School of Social Work
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.
Transforming Justice Policies and Practices
This Program of Study immerses clinical practice and social administration students in classes and field placements that offer a rich exploration and examination of the policies, practices, histories and philosophies of the United States criminal justice system, with an emphasis on developing more just approaches.
Trauma Responsive Work
This Program of Study is for Clinical Practice students and seeks to create a community of trauma-responsive learners and practitioners across policy and clinical settings. The program aims to educate students in the values, principles, and skills that organize the behavior of practitioners using trauma responsive approaches.
Qi Qi Chen
Sooeun Tiffany Kim
Won Joon Lee
Kira B. Monin
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.
Program of Study Cohort:
Rebecca Bacon Ehlers
Sarah Del Monte
Pozen Family Center for Human Rights 2020 Summer Fellowship Program
Pozen Family Center for Human Rights 2020 Human Rights Intern
Mayoral Fellowship, City of Chicago Mayor's Office, Summer 2019
Graduate Global Internship, UChicago Grad, 2019 Kreisman Graduate Fellow, Mansueto Institute, 2019-2020 Academic Year Humanitarian Award, UChicago Student Leader Awards
Carl A. Erikson Fellowship, GPHAP, 2019 Trauma Informed Care: Policy, Advocacy and Administration, University of Chicago SSA, 2019
IASSW Dee Yeck Award, Illinois Association of School Social Work, 2019
Human Rights Internship Award, Pozen Center for Human Rights, Summer 2019
Pozen Human Rights Internship (2019) and Truman Scholarship for Public Service Leadership (2016)
Erikson Fellowship, GPHAP, Summer 2019)
Summer FLAS, Center for East Asian Studies at University of Chicago, Summer 2019
2020 Mary H. Bachmeyer Award Winner
Minority Fellowship Program, CSWE, 2019-2020
Ray E. Brown Fellowship, Graduate Program of Health Administration and Policy, 2019-2020; Grad Global Impact "Pitch" Awardee, UChicago Grad, 2019-2020