National Association of Social Workers Honors Members of USJ Community

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On Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, three individuals from the University of Saint Joseph community were honored at the annual awards dinner of the National Association of Social Workers Connecticut Chapter (NASW/CT). The organization, which annually recognizes individuals for their achievements in the field, consists of 2,600 members and serves as the largest professional social work association in Connecticut.

NASW/CT awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award to Nelly Rojas Schwan, Ph.D., LCSW, ACSW, associate professor of Social Work and director of USJ’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. The organization recognized Schwan for her dedication to the values of social work, her passion for cultural sensitivity, and her contributions to child welfare practice and the Latino community.

Additionally, current undergraduate student Annastacia Burns ’19 was named BSW Student of the Year. Burns, who serves as the president of USJ’s Social Work Student Alliance, stood out among her peers not only for her academic excellence, but also for her leadership, creativity, and her dedication to advocating for children.

“It was an honor to be nominated and receive the NASW BSW Student of the Year award,” said Burns. “I was grateful that the hard work I have done while at the University of Saint Joseph was recognized. USJ’s Bachelor of Social Work program has given me the ability to have hands-on experience with diverse populations through the 600 internship hours I have completed. Also, I have learned various competencies in micro, mezzo, and macro areas of Social Work that have broadened my knowledge in the social work field.”

Schwan and Burns were joined by alumna Deborah Ingalls, LCSW, who earned the Social Worker of the Year Award for her exceptional work within the court system, her inspiring energy, and her tireless advocacy for individuals in need of fair and effective representation.

“The department of Social Work and Equitable Community Practice is excited to see three members of our community recognized by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers,” said Raymie Wayne, MSW, J.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of Social Work and Equitable Community Practice. “It is very meaningful to receive these recognitions from our social work colleagues. We are so proud of our faculty, students, and alumnae, and the numerous and varied contributions that they make to our community and the world beyond.”

To learn more about USJ’s Social Work programs, click here.

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