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UA School of Social Work | July/August/September 2023

First-Gen & Mentor Program

Legacy Scholars/First-Gen Program

Legacy Scholars is a community for first-gen college students at the University of Alabama, designed to build connections among students who are starting a new college legacy. This program also has a Mentorship Program where an adult who was a "First-Gen" can provide extra guidance, answer questions, and just simply "be there" for a new student who comes to UA as a "First-Gen". Interested in learning how you as a First-Gen Alumni can now help the next generation conquer what you went through as a first-gen student?

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sign-up to be a Mentor!

2023 Fall Gathering Social

On August 16, Board Members helped welcome in new faculty for the 2023-2024 academic year at The District Room. Over 14 new faculty have joined forces with their colleagues to help lead the charge for social justice and inspire the next up-and-coming generation of social workers!

Click here to access the Fall Gathering Social Photo Album

Welcome Back 2023-2024 SSW Students

The Staff and Faculty helped welcomed back over 125 students on August 29th in between classes with cookies, iced coffee, and a photo booth. Ten Student Organizations within the School of Social Work were in full force to educate and recruit students to join a variety of student clubs as well. Join us next year to help welcome back our students on the 1st day of classes!

Click here to see the Welcome Back Photo Album

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Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Jay Gabbard | '04

Jay Gabbard is a Professor of Social Work at Western Kentucky University where he has taught since 2004. He recently won the University Award at Western Kentucky University for student advising. He serves on the Global Commission for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) as Chair of the Board of Directors for Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society International as well on the advisory board for the Minority Fellowship Program of CSWE.

Congratulations Dr. Gabbard on all of your accomplishments thus far and your dedication to the next generation of social workers!

Resha Swanson | '18

Resha Swanson is a doctoral student in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice. Utilizing mixed methods, her research centers on job quality in low-wage industries, the intersection of labor policy and racial capitalism in the U.S. South, and the infrapolitics of Black and Latinx workers. Resha received her BSW and BA from UA in 2018 and her MSW from Columbia University.

Congratulations on all the research and advocating you have accomplished thus far and best of luck to you towards the finish line Resha!

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On the Move

We are so excited to see what you are doing, who you are making an impact on, and the family that supports you from the home. Please share your updated information with us whether you have started a new job, added a new member to the family, or have picked up and moved somewhere new.

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