Celebrating Social Work Month and "Social Workers Stand Up" Campaign
As stated by the National Association of Social Workers website:
Social workers stand up for millions of people every day. These include people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, our veterans, children, families and communities. Yet many people still misunderstand who social workers are and the invaluable contributions they bring to society.
This year we will commemorate Social Work Month with a “Social Workers Stand Up!” campaign. This campaign will educate the public about the contributions of social workers and give social workers and their allies tools they can use to elevate the profession.
As social workers, we are members of a proud profession of passionate talented and brilliant individuals that work every day to improve the lives of the individuals, families and their communities. We join the National Association of Social Workers in the celebration of Social Work Month and the "Social Workers Stand Up!" campaign by sharing with some brief vignettes about the talented folks in our community and their passions about social welfare.
Gravitated towards corrections as she felt there was a strong need for social workers in this setting.
Annie remembers sitting in a social work class at KU and deciding this is what I want to do. It wasn't just about helping people, but it was also appealing to her that she would have multiple career paths or avenues after graduation.
I choose Social Work because it gave me an opportunity to understand the hardships of my past much better and change the trajectory of my future. Social Work is one of the most universally recognized professions in the delivery of both national and international social service programs.
The social worker that I met that day helped my family navigate through those challenging times. I am forever grateful for her support and for introducing me to the profession of social work.
Kellie was one of twenty students who began KU master’s classes the summer of 2013 with the launch of KU’s new western Kansas-based M.S.W.
Molly’s interest in social work began with a desire to mentor youth in the inner city. She was able to sharpen her skills during her practicum at an inner city school district.
In December 2004, Chenault was named Haskell’s vice president of academic affairs, which gave her administrative oversight of a $3-$4 million budget and supervisory responsibility for all academic programs, budgets, faculty and staff within the Division of Academic Affairs.
Instead of writing down her own thoughts, she decided to write the stories from the perspectives of the patients.
Sam Finke graduated from the B.S.W. program in 2003 and the M.S.W. program in 2004.
Currently, Karman is the associate hospital director at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System where he manages 35 departments and roughly 400 employees.
Since graduating, Gutierrez has worked in direct therapy and counseling at the Mattie Rhodes Center in Kansas City.