Our Alumni | UMSL

Common Searches

Social Work Alumni

McNair Scholars Program Alumna Pays It Forward through TRIO Practicum at SLU


Recent MSW program graduate, Erica McBride solidifies her interest in working in higher education administration, with emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Read the full St. Louis Post Dispatch article here.

Alumna Anna Hall helps immigrants connect to their new home

Alumna Anna Hall

MSW alumna Anna Hall (2017) turned her passion for international social work into a career working with immigrants right here in St. Louis. Read about Anna's path to social work and her work with the International Institute of St. Louis in this 9/21/20 UMSL Daily blog.

Alumnus Justin Bennett makes a difference in the community, classroom, and the State Capitol

Alumnus Justin Bennett

Justin Bennett (BSW 2007, MSW 2010) is not only a social work alumnus, he is also a very popular and effective social work instructor. Read about Justin's passion for social work, giving back to the community, and teaching emerging social workers in this 7/6/20 UMSL Daily blog feature.

Stephanie Scott promoted to Vice President of Support Services and Strategy at The St. Louis Arc

 Stephanie Scott

MSW Alumna Stephanie Scott has been named as the Vice President of Support Services and Strategy at The St. Louis Arc. Stephanie began working at The St. Louis Arc in 2010; in 2014, she was recognized by the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCHOR) as one of their Emerging Leaders and, in 2019, Stephanie was recognized as the UMSL Social Work Alumni of the Year by the Alumni Network. 

Congratulations, Stephanie! To read more about Stephanie and the St. Louis Arc, read this press release.

Alumna Ashley (Hanna) Daftary pens Psychology Today article: "How COVID-19 could change the way we learn"

 Ashley Hanna Daftary

Alumna Ashley (Hanna) Daftary earned a BSW (2002) and a MSW (2004) from UMSL. She went on to earn a PhD from The University of Denver and is now an assistant professor of social work at the University of Nevada - Reno. Her research focuses on structural inequities across systems including in educational settings. To read her article, How COVID-19 could change the way we learn, click on the title or here.

BSW alumna Lisa Clancy named St. Louis County Council chair

Lisa Clancy named chair of STL County Council

Lisa Clancy (BSW 2008) has been unanimously named the chair of the St. Louis County Council. Clancy was elected to a four year term on the Council in 2018. See coverage in the St. Louis Post Dispatch  and St. Louis Public Radio.

Alumnae talk about professional development

Kellyn Holliday and Joni Chester and Linda Wells-Glover

Alumnae Kellyn Holliday (BSW 2014) and Joni Chester (BSW 2012, MSW 2014) talk to incoming BSW students about professionalism at our mandatory BSW Professional Development Workshop. They are seen here with Professor Linda Wells-Glover. We are grateful to all of our alumni who support our program in the classroom and beyond!

Stephanie Scott named Alumna of the Year

Stephanie ScottDean Johnson, Stephanie Scott, and Joni Chester

Stephanie Scott was named the Social Work Alumna of the Year by the Social Work Alumni Network. Stephanie serves as the Director of Quality and Training at the St. Louis Arc and is responsible for ensuring that the services provided to over 4000 individuals are of the highest quality, meeting or exceeding local, state, and federal standards. In 2016, Stephanie helped St Louis Arc achieve CQL's highest honor, Accreditation with Distinction, only the 8th agency worldwide to receive this level of accreditation.

According to her supervisor, Mark Keeley, “Stephanie is a big picture thinker. She sees the entire agency and is able to help each individual department establish benchmarks and track outcomes and overall quality. In my 30 years as a social worker, Stephanie has been the most outstanding colleague and coworker. She consistently works to ensure people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live their best possible life. She is highly respected not just by those she serves but by her colleagues, our Board, our funders locally and statewide and she is an internationally recognized leader in quality.”

Congratulations, Stephanie! You continue to make us proud!

Social Work alumna Ashley Johnson among 5 recipients of 2019 UMSL Trailblazers Award

Ashley Johnson receives Trailblazer award

Ashley Johnson (BSW 2017) has again made UMSL news! She was one of five 2019 UMSL Trailbalzer recipients. The award is given annually during Women's History Month to honor outstanding contributions to UMSL or the honoree's profession. Ashley became UMSL's first full-time case manager after graduating with her BSW and has been instrumental in establishing UMSL's Food Pantry to address issues of food insecurity here on campus. To read more about Ashley and the other Trailblazers, see this 3/25/19 UMSL Daily blog.

Alumna Ashley Johnson taking part in 2019 Homecoming festivities

Alum Ashley Johnson at Homecoming

Alumna Ashley Johnson, BSW 2017 and current case manager for UMSL Student Services, judged entries in the CANstruction competition in which students competed to build the best structures in the Rise of the Red and Gold theme of Homecoming. Student Services collected over 4700 cans of food to benefit the Triton Food Pantry and Pagedale Support Center.

For more coverage of UMSL's 2019 Homecoming, see this 2/25/19 UMSL Daily Blog.

Social work alumna takes seat on St. Louis County Council

BSW Alumna Lisa Clancy

Lisa Clancy (2008 UMSL BSW alumna) was a long shot to win the District 5 County Council seat in her challenge to a two-term incumbent, but she won the race by a wide margin and took the seat as of January 1 of this year. Read about her journey in this UMSL Daily blog post.