To highlight the supportive and collaborative community that awaits prospective SocialWork@Simmons students, we are publishing a series of blog posts that feature many of our student life offerings.
As the number of refugees seeking a new home increases worldwide due to conflicts in countries such as Syria, so too does the need for social workers who understand the unique challenges of this population. Although many support services focus on the physical needs of refugees, social workers and health care practitioners must be better prepared to address the mental health needs of these populations.
The decision to pursue graduate school is not one to take lightly. Many graduate students, need a support system to help them navigate the challenges that accompany the decision. While many students are able to rely on the expertise and knowledge of families members who preceded them and pursued higher education, students who are the first in their families to go to college — and to pursue graduate education — must rely on others for guidance on how to navigate academia.
When prisoners in the United States are released, they face an environment that is challenging and actively deters them from becoming productive members of society. Often viewed as sub-citizens, ex-offenders are perpetually punished for crimes. The causes of these restrictions are systemic and affect ex-offenders at all levels of society.
SocialWork@Simmons hosted its first online student awards ceremony on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Five awards were presented to students in the online Master of Social Work program for excellence in academics, practice in their field placement, and service to the Simmons online community.
Dr. Grossman Leeman said she believes that “by being involved in participatory governance, social workers learn how to become advocates,” and through the Student Advisory Board, students are able to gain experience meeting with authority figures and advocating for others.