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Social work graduate Adeline S. Ibrahim educates and empowers with The Future Generation Girls


"Adeline S. Ibrahim founded The Future Generation Girls, an outreach program to empower young women and connect them to community resources. She graduated this weekend with a BSW and minor in psychology." - UMSL Daily

Read the full UMSL Daily article here.

Spring Virtual Graduate Student Fair

Ready to level-up? Learn more about master's and doctoral programs as well as graduate certificates and specialty programs at UMSL by joining us for the Spring Virtual Graduate Student Fair on Tuesday, April 20  Thursday, April 22Faculty and staff from UMSL's graduate programs and the Graduate School will be there to help you figure out which of our our offerings is a best fit for you. They will tell you how to apply and provide you with important deadline information so you don't miss your chance to go to the next level. Those who attend will have their $50 graduate application fee waived.


The Student Social Work Association presents at the Student Org Expo

SSWA Present at Student Org Expo

The Student Social Work Association presented at the Student Organization Expo. The SSWA has many events planned this Fall. Some of their upcoming Events incliude:

Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off will be September 15th! As part of the festivities, Dance Night will be held September 16th at 5:30pm, Tea Time will be September 17th via Zoom from the LGBTQ Initiatives, Turtulia Virtual will be held September 23rd from 3:15 – 4:15pm via Zoom. Last and certainly not least, the Race in the Latinx Community Panel will be held October 14th from 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom! Follow the Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off on MyEngage!

September Member Meeting (September 26)

The next SSWA member meeting will be Wednesday, September 26th, 5:00-6:30pm. To register for the event follow this link or type “” into your search bar!


BSW Student Mia Jones featured in Degrees with Less Debt YouTube launch

Mia Erin Jones (BSW student)

BSW student Mia Jones is featured in the YouTube launch that is part of the St. Louis GraduatesDegrees with Less Debt video series. In the second Degrees with Less Debt report, UMSL was named as one of the top 5 colleges in Missouri in terms of financial support for Black students. Mia will be graduating this summer with her BSW. See the UMSL Daily feature about this program here.

Student Social Work Association wins BIG at the 2020 UMSL Student Leadership Awards

The Student Social Work Association won several key awards at the UMSL Office of Student Involvement's 2020 Student Leadership awards. The SSWA held many events this year including self-care workshops for social work students, a Voter Drive, celebrations of Hispanic Heritage and Black History Month, and have comtinued their sponsorship of the long-running Social Work Conversations, which bring practicing social workers and other leaders to campus to talk to our students. The group is led by faculty Advisor Linda Wells-Glover. The awards the SSWA won were:

  • 2020 Student Organization of the Year
  • 2020 Student Leader of the Year - Fernande Soler Galindo
  • 2020 Faculty/Staff Advisor of the Year - Linda Wells-Glover
  • 2020 Best Sustained Program - Social Work Conversations (along with Courtney McDermott)

We could not be more proud of our amazing students!

SSWA Team Building at an Escape Room
SSWA Team Building at Escape Room
SSWA President Fernande Soler
SSWA President Fernande Soler
SSWA Voter Drive 2020
SSWA Voter Drive
SSWA on the Bridge
SSWA On the Bridge

Sophomore Lucy Grimshaw chosen as a 2020-2021 Newman Civic Fellow

Lucy Grimshaw

Lucy Grimshaw has been named as a 2020-21 Newman Civic Fellow, awarded by Boston-based Campus Compact. The fellowships are awarded to campus leaders nationwide who "demonstrate a commitment to finding solutions to challenges facing communities locally, nationally, and internationally." Lucy is pursing a double major in Social Work and Public Policy Administration and is a part of the Pierre Laclede Honors College. Read about Lucy's commitment to social justice and civic engagement in this 4/27/20 UMSL Dailey blog.

BSW Graduate Michael Gibson Commissioned As US Army Officer

Michael Gibson CommissioningUS Army Commissioning

December 2019 BSW graduate Michael Gibson, entered the rank of officer in the US Army at the commissioning ceremony at UMSL on Jan 7, 2020. Michael (center) is pictured above with social work advisors Shanta Kyles and Tchule Moore, Assistant Professor Michael Gearhart and Dean Sharon Johnson.

Congratulations, Michael!

Fall 2019 Graduation Student Marshal Luncheon

Kristina Stahlman, Lakeisha Griffin, Dean Johnson

BSW graduate Kristina Stahlman (L) was chosen as the undergraduate student marshal and MSW graduate Lakeisha Griffin (C) was chosen as the graduate marshal for the graduation ceremony for College of Education, College of Education, and School of Social Work. Both are pictured here with Dean Sharon Johnson at the Student Marshal Luncheon on December 13, 2019.

BSW Student Sherri Herman presents to UM Board of Curators

Sherri Herman, BSW

BSW Student Sherri Herman gave a presentation at the November 21st Board of Curators' luncheon. Sherri spoke about her practicum experience at St. Louis Arc, one of the more than 400 practicum sites available to our students. Sherri is pictured above with Dr. Joe Pickard and Dean Sharon Johnson.


MSW Students attended the 2019 MO & IL Behavioral Health Conference

Angie Claywell, Danielle Gilbert, Rick Springfield, Jack Mazoccoli

MSW students Angie Claywell, Danielle Gilbert, and Jack Mazzoccoli attended the 2019 MO & IL Behavioral Health Conference here in St Louis at the end of October, where they were able to attend a keynote address by Rick Springfield. Although he is best known as a rock legend, Springfield is also an advocate for mental health. Angie, Danielle, and Jack are part of our Behavioral Health Workforce Education Training program.

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!


UMSL Social Work Welcomes Fall 2019 Students Fall 2019 Student Welcome

We welcomed new and returning students for Fall 2019. New students took part in student orientations and were treated to an information fair complete with snacks and a raffle. We hope everyone has a great year!

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.


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!