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Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

  • 1.  Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Jun 13, 2022 15:31
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to CSWE Spark! We are super excited to have you here with us.

    Whether you've been in Spark for a while, are brand new, or are looking to expand your network and connect with social work educators, you have come to the right place.

    Spark is CSWE's online community for educators and social workers to engage in conversation and collaborate among social workers, faculty members and administrators, students, interprofessional care providers, and other professionals around the world.  Before you continue to explore, let your peers know who you are by introducing yourself.

    Here's how it works:
    Reply to this post and let us know who you are, what you do, what expertise you have to share, what you may be looking for in this community, your hobbies... anything you would like to share.

    We encourage everyone to get to know members by replying. Feel free to say hello and wish them a warm welcome.


    We look forward to meeting you all!
    #SocialWorkEducation

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    Kianna Mckenzie
    Communications and Marketing Coordinator, CSWE Spark Community Manager
    Council on Social Work Education
    VA
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  • 2.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Jun 16, 2022 07:35
    Hello Ms. Kianna Mckenzie & Social Work Educators

    I am honored to have joined this prestigious group of mental health professional educators.  FYI, I obtained my MSW from the University of Georgia (May 2021) and LMSW Jan 2022.  I graduated from Troy University in 2004 and obtained a Masters in HR Management.

    I have to say that I am very excited to have become a Social Worker which had been my life long dream but due to life circumstances I left the Air Force ROTC program (University of Puerto Rico) in 1976 and enlisted in the US Army.  Following a successful Army career I retired with over 20 years of service and have subsequently worked 16 years with the federal government presently Department of Veteran Affairs (Atlanta, Ga).

    Finally my goal is simple and that is to become the best Social Worker (according to veterans) by assisting veterans and their family members who are victims of PTSD, IPV, MST, OPOID/SUD (counter-transference having lived around those maladaptive behaviors) and obtaining my LCSW.

    I look forward to reading your monthly articles.

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    Jose Davila
    Social Worker
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Flowery Br GA
    770-967-5700x495696
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  • 3.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Aug 15, 2022 08:56
    Hello all!  I'm excited to be joining this group.  I've been a social worker for 20 plus years working in a variety of roles.  I've worked as a LCSW, Social Work Administrator and Adjunct Faculty for many of those 20 years.  I'm currently working as the Associate Director of the IBH (HRSA-BHWET funded) Program at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and as an adjunct at a local HBCU.  I am passionate about macro practice-program development, policy, program evaluation, etc.

    I look forward to collaborating with others.

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    Marie White
    University of North Carolina Charlotte
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  • 4.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Aug 15, 2022 12:35
    Welcome, Marie!

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    Kianna Mckenzie
    Communications and Marketing Coordinator, CSWE Spark Community Manager
    Council on Social Work Education
    VA
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  • 5.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Aug 21, 2022 15:35
    Hello everyone,

    I'm a new-to-the-profession Social Worker but have spent my whole career in community organizations supporting young people. I received my MSW from UNC- Chapel Hill in 2022. I'm  excited to bring my background in Art and Design (NC State University 2013) and commitment to supporting QTBIPOC (Queer and Transgender, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) mental health to this work as a way of serving my communities. I'm also passionate about macro work with programs and organizations that center the needs of folks who are subject to multiple forms of oppression - particularly at the intersections of race, gender identity, orientation, neurotype, and disability.

    Mx. Mariel Eaves (they/them pronouns)
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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    Mariel Eaves
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  • 6.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Aug 29, 2022 12:03
    Hello all!

    I'm an integrated behavioral health clinician in a community health center.

    I have a special interest in working with immigrants and refugee populations and focusing on intersectional identities in the therapeutic space.

    I recently graduated from Boston College with an MSW as a member of the Latinx Leadership Initiative cohort which trains social workers to work in Spanish and with the Latinx population.

    I'm glad to be here!

    Catherine Yang

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    Catherine Yang
    Boston College, School of Social Work
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  • 7.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Aug 29, 2022 15:40
    Welcome to the community, Catherine!

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    Kianna Mckenzie
    Communications and Marketing Coordinator, CSWE Spark Community Manager
    Council on Social Work Education
    VA
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  • 8.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Aug 30, 2022 09:45
    Edited by Adriana Altamirano Aug 30, 2022 09:45

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Adriana Ramirez Altamirano, and I am the Program Coordinator for the Center and Initiatives at CSWE. In this role, I will support the management and implementation of CSWE initiatives and related projects, such as the Substance Use Disorder Scholars Program and the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). Previously, I served as the Grant Associate for Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. and Bilingual Youth Case Manager for California Human Development. I am a graduate of California State University Monterey Bay, where I majored in Global Studies. I am passionate about meeting the needs of the community of color, making a difference in the world, and providing service-oriented work.

    I look forward to meeting you all!

    #SocialWorkEducation


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    Adriana Altamirano
    Program Coordinator
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  • 9.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Aug 31, 2022 10:36
    Welcome Adriana, looking forward to getting to know you as well.

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    Roxxi Davis
    BSW Program Director
    University Of Indianapolis
    Indianapolis IN
    317-788-3483
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  • 10.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Sep 01, 2022 10:37
    Hello,

    My name is Maria Quezada. I am a recent MSW graduate from Florida Atlantic University and one of the CSWE minority fellows from the 2021-2022 cohort. I have recently relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and started working for the Dekalb County School District as a school social worker. I am grateful to be part of this group and to be where I am today. Thank you

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    Maria Quezada
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  • 11.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Sep 07, 2022 09:56
    Greetings Esteemed Colleagues,
    I come with an agenda. I've been a clinical social worker for 4 decades and became a civil rights activist after 2005's Hurricane Katrina exposed the Racist underbelly of this country to me in a series of crushing realities.

    I began teaching Anti-Racism to social workers for CEUs in 2018 and recently presented a 3 hour plenary session at the LA NASW annual conference on Anti-Racism. The White backlash was nothing less than horrific.

    I would like to see an instrument such as the Oklahoma Racial Attitudes Scale become a mandatory part of our training. Melody Loya's 2012 study on 179 NASW White social workers indicated more than 1/3 of them are not culturally competent. Respectfully, my teaching experience suggests our in-house problem is much worse.

    Hoping for answers for a better future for our industry in leading the charge against oppression.

    Blessings,
    Sharon Marie

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    Sharon Marie Chester
    Clinician, Civil Rights Activist
    Chalmette
    5049827466
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  • 12.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Sep 08, 2022 09:55
    Hi Sharon Marie!
    Thank you so much for your introduction and post! I appreciate your focus on bringing anti-racist practices to the forefront of social work training and agree that, especially as social workers, a more concerted effort is needed in the "charge against oppression." I'm not familiar with the Oklahoma Racial Attitudes Scale but will certainly explore this. I appreciate any resources you share.
    Crystal

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    Crystal Merrill
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  • 13.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Sep 08, 2022 10:15
    Hi Crystal
    Here are 3 I found helpful. But it's my personal experience of teaching Anti-Racism that has compelled me to address this burning issue. One social worker complained, "I didn't come here to be bashed for 3 hours for being White."

    The self-centering and Fragility were palpable. I was accused of "getting [Black] people excited in an unproductive manner." These are SOCIAL WORKERS! I will be presenting a 2 hour NASW CEU event in October titled: Clinicians' Guide to Whit Privilege, Fragility and Advocacy. This will be interesting!!!

    https://www.wtamu.edu/webres/File/Academics/College%20of%20Education%20and%20Social%20Sciences/Department%20of%20Political%20Science%20and%20Criminal%20Justice/PBJ/3n1/3n1_04Loya.pdf

    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0011000019883261

    https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1009&context=burosbookmulticultural

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    Sharon Marie Chester
    Clinician, Civil Rights Activist
    Chalmette
    5049827466
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  • 14.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Sep 08, 2022 12:29
    Hello Everyone!

    I am super excited to virtually meet you all and learn about all of your amazing contributions to the social work practice. My name is Morgan Todd and I am a BASW senior at Salisbury University. I am currently in a new intern role with our Office of Field Education. Throughout my final year, I am hoping to expand our field education options with the addition of placement opportunities, advanced trainings for students/faculty and extensive networking. This is my first time really being in the field in such a setting, as opposed to a classroom but I do have some background knowledge in more policy/macro level positions from previous internships that I am hoping will come in handy.

    Any and all advice is more than welcome, as I still have plenty to learn within this field. If anyone has any suggestions pertaining to the expansion of more flexible field placement options for remote, out-of-state and/or more non-traditional students, those are heavily welcomed too!

    I really look forward to learning from you all throughout this school year as I complete my degree!

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    Morgan Todd
    Salisbury University School of Social Work
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  • 15.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Sep 09, 2022 09:41
    Hello Everyone!

    Glad to be here! My name is Destany Schafer-Morgan! I currently work at East Central University in Ada, OK as Assistant Professor and Field Director. Before that, I spent most of my career in child welfare. I have worked in Ohio, Virginia/Washington DC, the Chickasaw Nation, and Oklahoma. In 2019, I earned my doctorate of social work from USC where I focused on the Grand Challenge of reducing extreme economic inequality within the Native American population. I am most interested in the intersection of social work and Native American issues.

    My family is Chickasaw and in our free time we love hiking, being outdoors, and participating in cultural activities such as stomp dance and stickball!

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    Destany Schafer-Morgan Assistant Professor and Field Director
    East Central University
    Ada OK
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  • 16.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Sep 09, 2022 23:09
    Hello Everyone,
    My name is Steven Miller, and I'm currently working on my MSW at UW-Madison.  I'm in my Advanced Generalist years focusing on Mental Health.  My career goals are to teach at a University, at least part-time, and have my private practice part-time.  I want to specialize in Reproductive Mental Health due to my wife and my experience with doing IVF.  It opened my eyes to a lack of support for mental health and the lack of providers.  In Wisconsin, there are only 5 therapists that specialize in this field, all of them being women.  This is not bad, but for the males, it can be very limiting to choices on getting help with their mental health.  Research shows that receiving a diagnosis of infertility has equivalent to the psychological distress of receiving a cancer diagnosis.  Also, about 7.4 million people in the United States are impacted by infertility.  Now, I strongly feel that this number could be more due to not everyone seeking medical treatment for infertility, but regardless, this number is enormous.  Yet, in our social work education, we rarely talk about this.  Are we okay with the stigma of infertility?   To quote Dr. Ku, a guest on my podcast, "Infertility is an equal opportunity offender."  BIPOC women are 1.5-2 times more likely to experience infertility but have the least access.
    Most fertility clinics are located in white affluent neighborhoods.  We all hear stories about white women and celebrities using IVF or other means to build their families, but what about other races?  What are their thoughts on infertility?  I feel strongly that Social Work could significantly contribute to one of the newer medical fields.  Reproductive Medicine hadn't taken off until 1978, when the first baby via IVF was born in the UK.  This is in our wheelhouse if you think about social work being biopsychosocial.   I could go on and on, but as you can tell, this is a passion of mine, and I hope we increase awareness while also reducing stigma. 


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    Steven Miller
    MSW Student
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Madison WI
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  • 17.  RE: Welcome Post: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted Sep 20, 2022 21:05
    Hello Ms McKenzie, Ameera and Fellow Social Workers,
    My name is Tywanda McDonald. I recently received my MSW from Jackson State University. I had the honor to be one of the CSWE Minority Fellows for the 202