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BSW Award Winners: Linda Gross & Amy Kirkeby

Social Justice Award

      Congratulations to Linda Gross on obtaining the $250 Social Justice Award!  Linda won the award due to her efforts to address social justice and practice social work values through activism.  To receive this BSW award Linda had to complete a cover sheet of information, write a 300-500 word essay describing her activist goals and experiences, and submit a letter of support from a community service practitioner, activist, or non social work faculty member.  Furthermore, Linda spoke as one of four students on a student panel at the MSSA conference on cultural engagement as well as was recently nominated by the social work department and the School of Health and Human Services Dean to present at the MnSCU Student Symposium on April 23, 2012.  The MnSCU Student Symposium is a conference held to celebrate undergraduate scholarly and creative activity with the opportunity to present and increase intercampus engagement with various schools including Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University – Mankato, Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State University, St. Cloud State University, and Winona State University.

Academic Achievement Award

Congratulations to Amy Kirkeby on receiving the $250 Academic Achievement Award!  To receive this award Amy needed to have an overall GPA of 3.25 or better, write a 300-500 word essay explaining their educational goals and progress, and submit a letter of support from a community service practitioner or non social work faculty member. In her essay, Amy wrote in how she has grown to overcome her academic limitations and focus more on her strengths as an intuitive and passionate person.  At the end of her essay Amy explains her future endeavors, "I plan to join the peace core to experience life beyond American borders. This I hope, will further increase my multicultural knowledge, make awareness of my own biases and privileges, and improve my ability to work with diverse populations. This will greatly benefit my social work practice by getting a closer understanding of our social system, institutional power, and barriers effecting marginalized populations".  This fall Amy plans to obtain an internship related to community organizing before she walks with her BSW cohort in December and graduates Spring 2013. 

*These awards are made possible through the efforts of the Social Work staff, Community Advisory Board, Student Social Work Association and Alumni work in past years who raised funds through a Spring Raffle/Dance/Silent Auction.

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