Category Archives: Student Spotlight

MSW students Janel Engberg and Jeffrey Glitt recently represented the college when they spoke to WBNS 10TV about the critical roles social workers are playing during COVID19. Special thanks to Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County’s Katie White and Marisa Sheldon and alumna Christine Happel (CRC) for making cameo appearances to discuss their role in assisting the elderly as well.

On June 15, 2020, the College of Social Work hosted a student forum to discuss the outpouring of global support for the end of racial violence, systemic racism, and the dismantling of oppressive systems. The purpose of the forum was to hear from our students, learn what they need from us, and as a social work community, collectively decide our action steps.

Nearly 100 people consisting of students, faculty and staff participated in the forum where a robust discussion of social work’s role in dismantling racism was took place.

A co-facilitated student and faculty panel tackled tough questions and challenged the audience to join in conversation that pushed comfort levels and that led to impassioned ideas. The forum was framed by four main questions:

1. How are you personally experiencing this moment (i.e., the murder of and violence against African Americans and Black people; and the global reaction to these occurrences)?

2. What is the action that should occur to dismantle racialized violence, systemic racism, and oppressive systems?

3. What do you need or what would you like to see as it relates to the College of Social Work’s role in dismantling

4. What makes them hopeful about the moment and the future?

CSW student leaders Crystal Vincent (master’s student), Raven Lynch (doctoral student), and Sly Worthy Jr. (undergraduate student) were joined by faculty facilitator Dr. Michelle Kaiser, and Advocacy Director Steve David, to lead the audience in a spirited brainstorming session that produced action themes related to infusing anti-racism content throughout the social work curriculum, greater community engagement and advocacy, and a host of other strategies that rest in broad-based coalition building.

Resoundingly, the student forum participants expressed that racism can be conquered and that we are experiencing a global awakening in which diverse partnerships and like-minded individuals, committed to this important work will usher in lasting change.

Congratulations to CSW alumni Joe Ingram III & Jaylynne Likely—both were named “graduate students to watch” by OSU’s Office of Student Life and graduated this spring.
Originally from Youngstown, Joe Ingram III has a great passion and desire to serve others, evident through his many mentorship roles and internship with LiFESports. Joe has inspired many through his leadership as co-chair for OSU Reads of the African American Heritage Festival, president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Kappa Chapter), and co-founder of Men With Purpose, a student organization to mentor first-generation, underrepresented male students in their transition phase from high school to college. Joe has also worked with the Young Scholarship Program, Department of Social Change to develop curriculum that addresses the needs of Linden and Near Eastside youth, and the Young Scholars Program of which he is also a recipient. Post-graduation, Joe plans to continue working with student-athletes and underrepresented populations.
Jaylynne Likely was a student in the college’s ASAP program focusing on mental health and substance abuse. Upon being accepted, Jaylynne received the Early Offer Inclusive Excellence Fellowship award which acknowledged her well-deserved scholarly achievements. As a change agent, she is a proven leader selected to attend an OSU signature event, “Buckeye Dinner of 12,” which paired six alumni with six students to create lasting relationships as well as the college’s Washington, D.C. Advocacy Trip. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Jaylynne completed her field practicum at the Department of Veteran Affairs on the acute care and hospice unit where she was offered a stipend to support her professionals goals. She plans to work in the community for two years then complete her doctorate in social work in advanced clinical practice, administration and leadership.
Read more about Joe and Jaylynne here.

Congratulations to PhD student Oliver W. J. Beer who recently served as first author on a research article relating to mindfulness training and stress.
The article is titled “The Feasibility of Mindfulness Training to Reduce Stress among Social Workers: A Conceptual Paper” and appears in The British Journal of Social Work.
Doctoral student Rebecca Phillips, staff member Lois Stepney and assistant professor Camille R. Quinn are also authors on the published article.
To read the article, click here.

Every Wednesday during Black History Month, MWANAFUNZI hosted Diversity Workgroup lunch sessions that offered fresh perspectives and invaluable conversations. They focused on the following topics such as Imposter Syndrome, the History of Violence & Trauma in Communities of Color, Racial Battle Fatigue: an Intersectional Lens, and Hair, So What?: Hair and Self-esteem in College Women. These informal conversations were selected by students and open to all. The college’s students, faculty and staff attended in record numbers!

MWANAFUNZI, Swahili for “student,” strives to promote unity and cohesiveness among minority students and the professional community. MWANAFUNZI provides a forum for African American students in social work, and related fields, to exchange ideas and promote activities, services and programs to strengthen the African American community.

“Congratulations to BSSW student Allie Businger who has been selected to receive a fellowship with Headstream Innovation powered by SecondMuse. Headstream supports tech innovations that support teen well-being, particularly teen girls, teens of color and LGBTQ+ teens.

Allie will be working throughout the semester on creating a user guide, complimented by an Instagram page, to support the wellness of all teens. She is also working with the CSW’s Dr. Scottye Cash on her honors research, which focuses on deeply understanding the mental-health and well-being needs of homeless youth. Businger is one of three students selected by Headstream.”

Click here to learn more about Headstream.

For more information about Dr. Scottye Cash, click here.

Visit Headstream’s website to read Dr. Cash’s interview.

 

 

 

Congratulations to doctoral student Michelle Hand who is the recipient of the 2019 GADE Outstanding Student Teaching Award! Hand was recognized at this year’s CSWE in Denver. GADE is the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work. Way to represent, Michelle!

For more information about Hand, click here.

For more information about GADE, click here.

The college would like to recognize PhD student Brieanne Beaujolais who has been appointed to serve on OSU’s Office of the President’s Task Force on Sexual Abuse, charged with reviewing recent sexual abuse cases and identifying educational tools and best practices for fostering a culture of awareness and compliance in higher education.

To read more about Beaujolais, click here.

To read more about the investigation and task force, click here.

Nearly 300 students gathered at Stillman Hall for orientation this year on Monday, August 19, kicking off the 2019-20 academic school year. Some were new to Columbus. Others were new to Ohio State. And many were new to the College of Social Work.
The orientation brought students, faculty and staff together to share and receive information, meet, make connections and get off to a strong start to the school year.
Best of luck to our CSW students as they start their journey into the field of social work!

Congratulations to CSW alumnus DaVonti Haynes (MSW ’18) and PhD student Raven Lynch who were recently featured in The Ohio State University’s The Lantern for their nonprofit and social movement work to help students from underrepresented communities share their stories as a way to motivate others to pursue success.

Click here to read about these incredible CSW visionaries!

Food trucks, sunshine and smiles! You couldn’t ask for a better day to welcome a new group of students to the college’s MSW ASAP Orientation!

Not an MSW student but want information about our programs designed to fit any schedule or lifestyle? Click here.

 

 

 

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to a close, we bring you this special episode of the Social Change Podcast.

The college’s Karen Porter, field education coordinator, sat down with two catalysts for change – Ella Lewie and Nekyla Hawkins of It’s On Us–The Ohio State University.

No matter the month, bringing awareness to movements like It’s On Us is incredibly important in the growing dialogue of our culture at Ohio State and around the world.

 

 

Congratulations to students Taylor Ollis, Dalia Gheith, Allie Syrowski and Meghan Ninneman who had one oral and three poster presentations accepted by the 2019 Society of Student Run Free Clinics Conference, held at the University of Kansas Medical Center. All four students have field placements at the Columbus Free Clinic housed at the Rardin Family Practice at 2231 N. High Street.

Topics for the posters included how food security is addressed at the clinic, social work intervention with patients enrolled in longitudinal programs for chronic diseases and its women’s health clinic.

The oral presentation titled “It Begins and Ends with Social Work” gave a brief overview of the ongoing integration of social work at a student run free clinic and all  of the services provided.

A special shout out goes to Taylor, Dalia and Allie for attending this year’s conference!

Congratulations to alumna Donna Ruch (PhD ‘17) whose research findings that incarcerated youth are more prone to suicide has attracted national media attention, including the U.S. News & World Report.

The research article titled, “Characteristics and Precipitating Circumstances of Suicide Among Incarcerated Youth,” appeared in the January 23 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Ruch is a postdoctoral fellow at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Innovation of Pediatrics Practice in Columbus, Ohio, and lead author of this research.

 

Read more:

U.S. News & World Report

HealthDay

Mental Health Weekly

WOSU Radio

Listen to WOSU Radio interview

 

 

 

Congratulations to PhD student Rebecca McCloskey who was interviewed by the Huffington Post Canada in the article

“4 Science-Backed Alternative Therapies for Postpartum Depression.” The story was based on a research article published by McCloskey and CSW alumna Dr. Rebecca Reno (MSW ’13, PhD ’16) titled “Complementary health approaches for postpartum depression: A systematic review,” which appeared in the Journal of Social Work in Mental Health.

Recently, BSSW student Ella Lewie led Ohio State’s chapter of “It’s On Us,” a group formed to fight the epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses, at a rally and attracted the attention of local media.

The group also led a pledge drive at the Ohio Union as part of Title IX’s #MeToo Week and has participated in many other efforts to stop sexual violence.

Check out the media coverage here:

WSYX-ABC-6 TV

WBNS-10 TV

The Lantern

#OSUMETOO #ItsOnUs #BelieveSurvivors

 

Congratulations to BSSW student Katie Andraschko who was featured in Ohio State’s Fall 2018 issue of the Alumni Magazine for her impactful work at Camp Oty’Okw, run by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. As a unit leader who oversees counselors, Andraschko works with kids ages 6 through 14, at the rural southern Ohio camp and also helps with research and recruitment year-round.

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Congratulations to BSSW student Adrian Jones who has been in the spotlight recently for his work as a gang violence prevention specialist through the Columbus Urban League. This summer, he received the Jonathan Jasper Wright Award from the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and was also highlighted in Columbus Monthly’s July issue.

A couple hundred students gathered at Stillman Hall for orientation this year on Monday, August 20, kicking off the 2018-19 academic year. Some were new to Columbus. Others were new to Ohio State. And many were new to the College of Social Work.

The orientation brought students, faculty and staff together to share and receive information, meet, make connections and get off to a strong start to the school year.

Best of luck to our CSW students as they start their journey into the field of social work!

Congratulations to Ashley Bennett (MSW 18) and PhD student Karla Shockley McCarthy (MSW 18) who have developed an Opioid Overdose Family Support Toolkit to help families recognize the signs of trauma in children and how to help them.

This toolkit was developed to address a gap from many practitioners about the lack of resources for families, especially children, who have witnessed or were aware of an overdose by a family member. In support of the toolkit, the students conducted a needs assessment, analyzed the results, and used that information to provide tools to help families who have experienced an opioid overdose.

Two brochures mark the end of this project: The Trauma of Witnessing an Opioid Overdose: How to Help Children, developed by Bennett and Shockley McCarthy, a Narcan Q & A, developed in conjunction with colleagues from the College of Pharmacy, as well as a website with helpful information and resources.

The College of Social Work’s Dr. Bridget Freisthler, professor and associate dean of research, supervised the project.

For more information, contact Frankie Jones-Harris at jones-harris.1@osu.edu or 614-330-2206.

Congratulations to the 534 social work BSSW, MSW and PhD students who received their degrees this spring 2018!

At the College’s Evening of Recognition on May 4, an event honoring social work graduates, an impressive 360 attended with 1,400 of their guests who packed out Ohio State’s Mershon Auditorium.

A record breaking 11,907 Ohio State students earned degrees and more than half of them participated in the ceremony. Ohio State is one of the few universities where all graduates participate in a single ceremony, and where each graduate gets his or her diploma at the ceremony.

Couldn’t attend the Evening of Recognition? Click here to watch!

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Katie Showalter who has been selected as a Fahs-Beck Scholar and will receive funding to go toward her dissertation project, “Employment Instability of Intimate Partner Violence Survivors: A Mixed Methods Study.”

To learn more about Showalter, click here.

 

Congratulations to BSSW student Ellen Williams who was recently selected by Ohio State’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry to participate in “Takeover Tuesday” where she showcased her LiFEsports research on their Instagram account @OURCI_OSU. Last fall, the office chose Williams to present her project, “The Impact of Sport-Based Positive Youth Development Programs in Enhancing Social Competencies Among At-Risk Youth,” in Brazil at the Simpósio Internacional de Iniciação Cientificae Tecnológica da Universidade de São Paulo (SIICUSP) Conference. Her project also won first place at the 2017 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in the category of “Family Dynamics Within Complex Community and Educational Systems.” Williams is an honors student and has also worked as a youth counselor at the LiFEsports summer camp for two years.

To learn more about LiFEsports, click here.

College of Social Work PhD students joined Dean Tom Gregoire, Dr. Mo Yee Lee and other faculty at the 2018 SSWR (Society for Social Work and Research) Conference in Washington, D.C. During the conference, the students presented on a variety of topics ranging from the turning points of recovery to food insecurity and health outcomes of older adults.

To read more about our PhD students and their research, click here.

We’re never too old to learn. Check out the study about Ohio State’s Program 60, featured on Ohio State’s website and published in The International Journal of Aging and Human Development. Special recognition goes to the late Jee Hoon “Andrew” Park, a CSW PhD student who initiated the project and unexpectantly passed away before it was complete. His passion for life-long education and learning will never be forgotten.

Special thanks to PhD student KyongWeon “Kathy” Lee and Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny for their work to complete the study in his honor.

Click here to read the article. 

Congratulations to alumna Maggie Griffin (BSSW ’17, pictured right) who was featured in a public service announcement during the November 4, Ohio State vs. Iowa game.

Griffin was an inaugural winner of the President’s Prize, an Ohio State social change initiative funded by President Michael Drake. Maggie collaborated with her faculty mentor, Dr. Michelle Kaiser, on a project called the “Unity Fridge,” that uses innovative urban gardening to feed people throughout Columbus. If you’d like to learn more, check out her story.

Click here to watch Maggie’s video/PSA.

 

 

This year, Ohio State’s Office of Student Life recognized an impressive number of College of Social Work students and faculty at its 4th Annual Civic Engagement Banquet held Oct 3–seven out of the 10 honorees were from the College of Social Work! Congratulations to these amazing agents of change and their outstanding service across campus and within their respective fields of interest and specialty.

Award recipients include (l to r): the College of Social Work Student Association (represented by Field Education Coordinator and Adviser Joe Bowman and Sarah Leonard, president) and individual awardees Rebecca Phillips, Leah Uhrig, Dr. Michelle Kaiser and Anne Wallis. Not pictured: Carly Kimiecik and Kelly Cohen.

More specifically, they received the following awards:

  • Clotilde Bowen Alumni Award: Anne Wallis
  • John Carlos Award: Carly Kimiecik
  • Fred Hampton Award: Michelle Kaiser
  • Maggie Kuhn Award: Kelly Cohen
  • John Lewis Award: College of Social Work Student Association
  • Alice Paul Award: Rebecca Phillips
  • Yellow Power Award: Leah Uhrig

Some students were new to Columbus. Others were new to Ohio State. And they were all new to the College of Social Work. This year’s orientation brought students, faculty and staff together to share and receive information, meet, make connections and get off to a strong start to the school year!

 

A group of nearly 50 people represented the college at this year’s Columbus Pride Parade. CSW Students, friends, faculty, staff and alumni joined Brutus Buckeye and more than a half million supporters at Pride 2017. Many CSW participants wore Pride T-shirts and ball caps to further demonstrate their support and shared carrying a CSW Pride banner. Check out the video!

 

More than 450 College of Social Work graduates and their families and friends packed out Ohio State’s Mershon Auditorium on Friday, May 5, for the college’s annual Evening of Recognition, an event honoring social work graduates. Momentum soared during the ceremony as students were honored with yellow roses, awards and live tweet shouts and well wishes displayed on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the auditorium stage.

Two days later, the graduates received their degrees during The Ohio State University’s Spring Commencement. A record breaking 11,734 Ohio State students earned degrees and more than half of them participated in the ceremony. Ohio State is one of the few universities where all graduates participate in a single ceremony, and where each graduate gets his or her diploma at the ceremony.

College’s Graduation Ceremony: A Unique Blend of Technology and Tradition

No one wants to miss a loved one’s graduation, but what if you’re on the other side of the country or across the ocean? The College of Social Work solves that problem for those faraway guests wishing to attend its annual  pre-commencement ceremony known as the Evening of Recognition. With a perfect blend of celebration, technology and social media, the college streams the event live so guests from all over the United States can watch their graduating family and friends be recognized, receive honors and walk the stage.

This year, the event drew nearly 150 guests. They watched from Argentina and Canada, as well as from 25 states outside of Ohio, including Hawaii. Onlookers, both via the live feed and in person, were invited to tweet shout outs and well wishes to the graduates on a 12 x 16-foot screen displayed above the stage in Mershon Auditorium on Ohio State’s campus. Just as in years past, the event went viral on Twitter.

The college, known for being technology-forward, added live streaming and tweeting during the ceremony several years ago.  The ceremony, unofficially themed “Look out world, here comes help!” is a perfect blend of celebration, technology and social media at their best.

Watch this traditional, cutting-edge way of celebrating College of Social Work graduates.