Fall 2018

November 21, 2018
DSW Student and alumni Professional Notes

Below are some of the many presentations, publications and other professional notes shared by our DSW students and alumni this fall:

Dawn Brubaker, DSW class of 2019, has co-authored two chapters in the Handbook of refugee experience: Trauma, resilience, and recovery, to be published in fall 2019; Chapter 1, “Refugee resettlement and asylum process overview,” and Chapter 2, “Integrating trauma-informed care in providing servicing for refugees and asylum seekers.”

Angela M. Goins, DSW ' 18, presented, "Service Learning with Older Adults with Dementia: A Mixed Method Study" at the Joint World Social Work, Education and Social Development (SWSD) Conference in Dublin, Ireland from July 4-7, 2018. The paper was written as part of an independent study with Dr. Laurel Bidwell in Spring 2018.

Stephanie Grant, DSW ’18, received the National Guard’s Director of Psychological Health (DPH) of the Year award for her work with the 144th Fighter Wing in Region 4. She was honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC, in July.

Rebecca Hoffman, DSW '18, received the Women United Tribute award from the Bemidji United Way, recognizing those with "passion, expertise, and resources needed to make an impact in our community."

Cheryl Pooler, DSW class of 2019, started a non-profit called The Cove in 2016 to provide high school students experiencing homelessness in the Waco Independent School District a place to thrive. As the Personnel Chair and Co-Founder of the Organization, Cheryl has worked hard to ensure that the organization attracts the needed resources for its success. Recently, through Cheryl and her colleagues' efforts, the organization received a substantive donation from Chip and Joanna Gaines Magnolia Foundation.

Leah Prussia, DSW class of 2019, has been awarded a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) grant for 2018-2019 and has been named an At-large member of the CSWE Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice for a 3-year term effective July 1, 2018—June 30, 2021.

Rachael A. Richter, DSW class of 2019, authored “Engaging MSW Students in Policy Advocacy Practice: A Sample Assignment Inspired by the Grand Challenges Initiative,” which will be published in Perspectives on Social Work. One of Rachael’s dissertation products, “Reflections of an Online Social Work Professor: Illuminating an Alternative Pedagogy,” will be published in The Journal of Teaching in Social Work. Rachael also presented her dissertation work at the NASW-Ohio Chapter conference in November: Leading By Example: A Liberatory Approach to Online Social Work Education, and at the Social Work Distance Education conference in April, 2018: Liberatory Pedagogy: Exploring Body, Mind, and Spirit in an Asynchronous MSW Policy Course.

C. Jean Roberson, DSW class of 2019, has had her article “Understanding simulation in social work education: A conceptual framework” accepted for publication in the Journal of Social Work Education.

Susan Schmidt, DSW '17, authored “Trauma-inflicting, not trauma-informed: The Federal Government’s double standard towards migrant children” [commentary] for Social Work, advance online publication [https://doi.org/10.1093/sw/swy048]. She also authored “Endangered mothers or ‘anchor babies’? Migration motivators for pregnant unaccompanied Central American teens,” for Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies advance online publication [https://doi.org/10.1080/17450128.2018.1526428]

Katie Terry, DSW class of 2019, presented “Neurodiversity: The New Cultural Competency in Social Work” at the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) 68th Annual Convention in Hartford, CT, October 25-28, 2018.

Carolyn Tollett, DSW class of 2021, was voted in as the Eastern Regional Representative for the NASW-NM chapter.

Will Wong, DSW ’17, was profiled by the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) at UC Berkeley in an article titled, “Social Work Remains William Wong’s Primary Identity Even as He Explores Its Many Dimensions,” which highlights his work in child welfare, his doctoral studies, and his current role at Cal State LA.

Additionally, 12 DSW students and alumni, along with School of Social Work faculty, presented at the 2018 CSWE-APM meeting Oct. 8 – 11 in Orlando, Florida»