Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

MSW Student Jessica Engel Recognized for her Policy Brief

Policy Brief - Maternal Mortality in Missouri

Jessica Engel  Lindsey Nienstedt

MSW Student Jessica Engel (above, L) and her co-authors Lindsey Nienstedt (above, R) and Leah Kemper from Washington University were recently recognized at the annual conference of Washington University's Institute for Public Health. This year's conference topic was "Healthy Moms and Babies: Paving the Path to Reproductive Equity." Jessica wrote the policy brief, Maternal Mortality in Missouri: A Review of Challenges and State Policy Options, for her Social Work Health Policy course with Dr. Shirley Porterfield. Colleagues at the Center for Health Economics and Policy expanded it and published it with Jessica acknowledged as the first author.

The brief can be found here. Congratulations, Jessica! 

Camielle Carter awarded the Donald Suggs Scholarship

 Camielle Collins, Donald Suggs Scholarship recipient (center) with Provost Kristin Sobolik (L) and Dean Sharon Johnson (L)

Social Work freshman Camielle Carter was the 2019 recipient of the Donald Suggs Scholarship Award. Camielle, pictured above with Provost and Interim Chancellor Kristin Sobolik (L) and Social Work Dean Sharon Johnson (R), was awarded the scholarship at the St. Louis American's Salute to Excellence on Saturday, Sept 21. The Donald Suggs Scholarship is named for Suggs, who was a prominent philanthropist and a founding member of UMSL's Chancellor's Council. The Scholarship provides a substantial award toward tuition and fees and a stipend for books and supplies.

Congratulations, Camielle!

CJ Jones finds community, clarity on the way to two degrees at UMSL

CJ Jones

CJ Jones was profiled in the UMSL Daily blog regarding their path to finding community and purpose while first an honors student and then a MSW student here at UMSL. CJ, who has a penchant for both clinical social work and research, plans to eventually return to school for a PhD after working as a LCSW. CJ won the 2019 Academic Excellence Award for our MSW program. Read about their journey in the 6/3/19 UMSL Daily blog.

Insipring Hope Changing Lives

Congratulations to BSW students Kat Fischer, Heather Ann Key, Gail Murray, and Abby Vance on obtaining a $100 Aldi Grant that will go toward the Calvary Community Development Corporation. The students submitted the grant request as part of their Human Service Organizations class with Dr. Uma Segal. The grant will help fund a homeless shelter.

MSW Family Policy class visits MO state senator Jill Schupp

Family Policy class with Denetor Jill SchuppFamily Policy class at table with Jill Schupp

On February 21st, 2019, Senator Jill Schupp, UMSL Alumni, invited Jim Wallis and his MSW - Family Policy class into her home for a candid dialogue on “Advocacy” and how social workers can make a positive impact on legislation to help clients and families. Lively discussions were had about the impact of advocacy at Micro, Mezzo, and Macro levels.

Thank you Senator Schupp for hosting our students and all you do to make Missouri a better place!


2019 Phi Alpha Honor Society Induction

PhiAlpha Induction

On Thursday, April 11th, the School of Social Work held an induction ceremony for our newest Phi Alpha honor society members. Seventeen members were inducted this year. Pictured above L-R are: Danielle Kimbrel, president of the UMSL Phi Alpha chapter, new inductees Anniya Jones, Elizabeth Bruemer, Zachary Jefferson, Mary Jo Remmert, and Cassandra Tobin, and Myesha Thomas, Phi Alpha Secretary/Treasurer. Congratulations to our newest members!

Joel Sjerven's St Louis American Article: Schools need more social workers, not more cops

Joel Sjerven

MSW student Joel Sjerven recently wrote an article that was published in the St. Louis American entitled, "St Louis needs more social workers, not more cops." Click on the title to read the entire article.

Mockia Shelton honored by the St. Louis Child Abuse and Neglect Network

Congratulation to MSW student Mockia "Nikki" Shelton who was selected as a 2018 "Stepping Up For Kids" award winner by the St Louis Child Abuse and Neglect Network. Nikki is being honored for the outstanding service she provides to children in foster and adoptive care. The awards luncheon will be Friday, October 12, 2018.

Mockia SHelton honored by STLCANN

BSW Student Harold Crawford's Road from Gang to Social Worker

Harold Crawford (current BSW student) was profiled by the UMSL Daily. Harold is on track to graduate in December 2018. Read Harold's gripping and courageous story of transitioning from gang life to pursue his college degree in social work and his goal of working with at-risk youth in the UMSL Daily blog, "Social work student rises from Blood gang to pursue college degree."

Harold Crawford

 Ana Divis Reed Receives A Hispanic Educational Cultural Scholarship

For the third consecutive year, MSW student Ana Divis Reed has received a $1000 scholarship from the Hispanic Educational Cultural Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is a recognition of Ana's overall achievements and serves to recognize Hispanic/Latino students that are permanent residents in the Greater St. Louis area (includes Missouri and Illinois) enrolled in post-secondary course work or trade school every fall.

Congratulations, Ana!

 Ana Divis Reed


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