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The Next Step

March 21, 2023 | Via Webster Kirkwood Times

Dawn Smith was a scholarship recipient who decided to go back to school in 2011 while being a full time caretaker for her mother. When she decided to attend St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, she searched everywhere for scholarships. When she heard about The Next Step, she knew she had found the perfect fit. 

“When I started, my only initial intention was to receive my associates in human services,” she said. “They made it to where I could go to school and still provide for my mother, which was one of my primary things at that time. I had no other help with that. The Next Step made it doable.”


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Finding the Right Fit & Increasing Your Impact: Krista’s Story

January 13, 2022 | Via Community Living Inc.

Recent BSW program graduate, Krista Strahm, finds the right fit with Community Living Inc. as a Support Coordinator who helps disabled adults achieve their highest potential. 


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Alumna Monique Goris wins Hazelwood School District Social Worker of the Year

April 04, 2022 | Via UMSL Daily

Social Work alumna Monique Goris was named the 2021-2022 Hazelwood School District Social Worker of the Year by her peers.



Alumni lead BHWET Live seminar on providing affirming care

August 26, 2021 | Posted by Daphne Rivers

Social Work alumni Sarah E. Bruno, MA, LCSW, and Vincent Mazzoccoli, MSW lead a discussion on how to provide affirming care to transgender and non-binary clients at the Behavioral Workforce Education (BWHET) virtual seminar. Sarah is a behavioral health clinician and member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH)  and Vincent is a support manager at St. Louis Arc. See the full presentation in our media library.

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

May 17, 2021 |Via UMSL Daily

"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




UMSL McNair Scholars Program Alumna Pays it forward through Trio Practicum at SLU

December 18, 2020 | Via St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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


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