“I Never Knew I Could Have a Major Impact”

Tarcel King graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree in Fall 2018  from the FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work and has recently been accepted into the Master of Social Work (MSW) program here at FAU. She is also an Outreach Peer Specialist at The Lord’s Place, a non-profit organization committed to “breaking the cycle of homelessness”.  Check out this touching story of how Tarcel is making an impact in the lives of individuals and families through her work at The Lord’s Place:

“Helping Helen” – published by The Lord’s Place on May 15, 2019

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, 289 bachelor students, 139 masters students and 9 doctoral students – including the inaugural cohort of the first Doctor of Social Work program (DSW) in the state of Florida – accepted their diplomas from the College for Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University. To all of our graduates, it has been our pleasure to have you in our classrooms and to watch you grow and learn in your programs.

Whether you are continuing your education or ready to apply your knowledge in the world, we look forward to watching your next chapter unfold. Remember that we are here for you and rooting for your success each step along the way.

As you move forward into your future, remember the words of Dr. Manny Gonzalez, DSW Program Coordinator and Associate Professor in the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, “Know what you know, know what you don’t know, but know what you know well.”

Be well and best wishes!

  • 28 Bachelor of Architecture
  • 121 Bachelor of Arts
  • 21 Bachelor of General Studies
  • 10 Bachelor of Public Management
  • 18 Bachelor of Public Safety Administration
  • 62 Bachelor of Social Work
  • 18 Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
  • 11 Bachelor of Urban Design
  • 2 Master of Nonprofit Management
  • 5 Master of Public Administration
  • 1 Master of Science
  • 127 Master of Social Work
  • 4 Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • 2 Doctor of Philosophy
  • 7 Doctor of Social Work

Want to explore the degree programs in the College for Design and Social Inquiry at FAU? Call our Academic Advising Team today: (561) 297-2316

Spring 2019 Commencement Gallery

 

Change Agent of the Year Faculty Award

During their April 17 awards ceremony, the FAU Weppner Center for LEAD & Service-Learning named Instructor Robin Rubin, Instructor in the FAU Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, the Change Agent of the Year. Rubin was nominated by Emily Kilgore, a senior social work student and member of the Elite Owls.

“Receiving this award that is student-nominated means so much to me,” Rubin said. “Making a difference in the lives of students at FAU is my passion!”

FAU Graduate Research Day + AFTA Scholarship Recipient

MSW student Haidee Cano represented the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work well at the FAU Graduate Research Day and won first place in Community Engaged Research. Morgan Cooley, Assistant Professor, also served as a judge at this event.

Cano is also the recipient of an American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) Diversity Scholarship and will attend the AFTA Conference in Oakland, Calif., this June.

Congratulations, Haidee!

Students Visit Tallahassee for Legislative Education and Advocacy Day

On April 3rd, 2019, 67 undergraduate and graduate students and two faculty members – Associate Professor LeaAnne DeRigne, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Danielle Groton, Ph.D. – from the Sandler School of Social Work attended Legislative Education Advocacy Day (LEAD) in the Florida state capital of Tallahassee. This annual event encourages students and professional social workers to “stand up and speak out on important issues facing the social work profession in today’s legislative arena… supporting legislation that impacts our profession and our clients,” according to the National Association of Social Workers – Florida Chapter (NASW-FL), which represents approximately 4,500 social workers throughout the state.

This year’s legislative priorities included:

  • Increase funding and accessibility for mental health with a focus on school safety.
  • Increase behavioral health services to address the opioid crisis in Florida.
  • Promote and support legislative efforts and policies that are aligned with social, economic and environmental justice and oppose policies and actions that are not.
  • Promote Telehealth and social work mobility licensure legislation.

Broward County Schools’ Social Work Intern of the Year

Congratulations to our Master of Social Work, Jennifer Karson, who was just named Broward County Schools’ Social Work Intern of the Year! We sat down with Jennifer for a quick Q&A to see what she has planned once she graduates with her MSW degree in May.


Q: What does it mean to you to be awarded this honor?
A:
Receiving this award is such an honor for me, as I believe a social worker’s role in a school is critical to the growth and achievement of the students and their families. Throughout my internship with Broward County Public schools, I have been fortunate enough to work in all levels of the school setting, including individual and group counseling with students, community outreach for families in need, and working with the school’s administrative staff and teachers on ways to increase social-emotional learning throughout the school. This award is very meaningful to me because of how meaningful this internship has been to both my professional and personal development.

Q: What role has the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work at FAU played in your journey thus far?
A:
The Sandler School of Social Work could not have been a better choice for me to receive my Masters in Social Work. It has provided me with the opportunities necessary to challenge and support my professional and personal development. Each professor and member of the Sandler School of Social Work ensure that each student is receiving the necessary clinical knowledge and practice experience to move forward and start a career after graduation as a competent and caring social worker.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A:
After graduation, I plan on continuing to work with youth in an educational/school setting and work toward gaining my licensure.

Q: What would you ultimately like to become in your social work career?
A:
I ultimately would like to be a School Social Worker, but I also have a passion for advocacy and policy development so I am hoping to be in a position in the future that includes the two.

Q: What advice do you have for incoming freshmen who are considering studying social work?
A:
Really explore all the opportunities that come your way so you can find what you are truly passionate about. And once you find what that is, take the initiative and immerse yourself in the field of social work through practice and coursework, and take advantage of everything this field has to offer!

We look forward to watching Jennifer’s exciting future continue to unfold!

National Association of Social Workers – FL Chapter Awards Top Honors

The Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers recently awarded their annual top honors. Congratulations to these familiar faces who were among the big winners!

Palm Beach Unit

Assistant Professor Heather Howard, MSW, Ph.D., LICSW – “Social Work Educator of the Year”
Master of Social Work student Haidee Cano – “Social Work Student of the Year”

Broward Unit

Instructor David Landsman-Wohlifer, Ph.D., LCSW – “Social Work Educator of the Year”
Doctor of Social Work student Taryn Jamarillo – “Social Work Student of the Year”

2019 Division of Research Mentoring Award Winner

Dr. Morgan Cooley, Assistant Professor, was awarded the Research Mentoring Award 2019 by the FAU Division of Research for the 2019 calendar year term. “This award reflects the high opinion of the review group concerning the quality of [Morgan’s] proposed mentoring activities and the likelihood to succeed in her proposed activities,” according to the DoR’s announcement letter. Congratulations, Dr. Cooley!