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UPDATE: Joel Sjerven: Excellence in Poverty Journalism

MSW Student Joel Sjerven was honored with the Excellence in Poverty Journalism: Advocacy Award by the Arch City Defenders for his article published by The St. Louis American, "The life of Grover Perry, if he hadn't died homeless." Joel's article personalizes the struggles that people who are homeless face in their daily lives. To read more about Joel's award and the other awardees, click on the headline above.

Congratulations, Joel!

Joel Sjevern

Social worker Elizabeth Fuchs follows a dream formulated at UMSL

Social Work alumna Elizabeth Fuchs (BSW 2012, MSW 2013) was profiled last week by the UMSL Daily. Elizabeth was chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Alumna Award by the UMSL Social Work Alumni Network for her advocacy of LGBTQ equality with the Missouri legislature.

Read about Elizabeth's drive, her love and support of our Social Work program, and the work she's been doing as the Manager of Public Policy at PROMO. We are so proud of our students and alumni!

Alumna Elizabeth Fuchs

Alumna Christy Horton working with Under the Same Tree Helping End the Cycle of Poverty in Africa

Alumna Christy Horton (BSW 2015, MSW 2017, pictured on the right) has been named director of development for the non-profit Under the Same Tree, founded by UMSL psychology alumna Kaitlyn Gresham. The program works to end the cyle of poverty in Kenya and Uganda. Read more about their amazing work by clicking the headline above.

Under the same Tree (Kaitlyn Gresham and Christy Horton)


 Alumna Melissa Douglass' New Tele-health Online Counseling Practice

Alumna Melissa Douglass (BSW '12, MSW '14) has started an online counseling practice called "Goal-Driven Counseling." Melissa has been very involved in the School of Social Work's Alumni Network Association. We are very appreciative and proud of Melissa!

Read about Melissa and her new program at the UMSL Daily's blog profile.

Melissa Douglass


Kevin Geekie at Bloom Cafe

BSW student Kevin Geekie was recently on Channel 5 News at the opening of Bloom Cafe, which, according to their website,  "serves a fresh take on casual dining while helping people with disabilities grow their independence through a unique job training program." Click the title for a low-resolution video of Kevin speaking at the ribbon cutting last month.


MSW student Chelsey Jacox was profiled by the UMSL Daily. Read about her journey from basketball to her practicum experience at Youth In Need and the School of Social Work faculty that inspired her along the way by clicking on the photo below.

Chelsey Jacox


At the UMSL Student Leadership Awards Banquet, The Student Social Work Association was honored with several nominations and awards including:

Way to go everyone! We could not be more proud!

Student Social Work Association Awards



 Alumni Engagment Survey


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