First PhD Social Work cohort begins

Twelve pioneers are paving the way as the first PhD cohort in the Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University. The new online PhD program was launched on June 3, 2019, with a mission to prepare scholars for service within minority serving institutions. The doctoral students are engaged in a two-week, summer residency on campus with their peers and PhD faculty members.

Standing from left to right: Rita, Ruelas from El Paso, Texas; Tyleen Caffrey from Clovis, New Mexico; Erica Martinez from San Antonio, Texas; Jennifer Vasquez from Austin, Texas; Ramon Coronado from Walnut, California; Franzcesca Guidry-Jackson from San Antonio, Texas; Erika Hildebrandt from Omaha, Nebraska; Shanee Howell from Winston Salem, North Carolina; and Crystal Garcia from Portland, Texas.
Sitting from left to right: LaToya Gaines-Plunkett from Blythewood, South Carolina; April Viverette from Katy, Texas; Dr. Rebecca Gomez, PhD program pirector; Dr. Mo Cuevas, dean of the College of Professional Studies; Dr. Karina Gil, director of the Worden School of Social Service; Dr. Alegnta Shibikom, assistant professor; and Nadia Moreno from Alice, Texas.