Student scholarship and achievement

Ashleigh Cantu, a master’s student in the Worden School of Social Service, was accepted to co-present an interactive workshop, “Strategies for Student Self-Care in an Online Learning Environment,” at the 2021 Social Work Distance Education Conference. Working with Dr. Rosalind Evans, Cantu contributed to research efforts and assisted in developing self-care resources and tools for students to utilize while navigating a virtual online learning environment.

Natasha Glenn, a master’s student in the Worden School of Social Service, recently received the 2021 MSW Outstanding Student Leadership Award. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated dedication and leadership through their involvement in one or more campus activities. The Outstanding Student Leadership Award is given to a Worden Social Work student each academic year to acknowledge the lead they have taken, by recognized title or not, in his or her overall campus involvement.

Shirin Rahimi, LMSW, is a recent graduate from the Worden School of Social Service. She was accepted to co-present an interactive workshop, “Strategies for Student Self-Care in an Online Learning Environment,” at the 2021 Social Work Distance Education Conference. With Dr. Rosalind Evans, Shirin contributed to research efforts and identified virtual opportunities to develop an online curriculum that focuses on self-care in a social work online learning environment.

Mia Sanchez (BA in CMAS and PSYC) presented her capstone research project, “Chicana ThirdSpace Spiritualities: A Homeplace Ethnography” at the McNair Research Symposium. She will co-present her thesis with Dr. Aimee Villarreal at the Latina/o Studies Association meetings in June.

April Viverette, LCSW-S, LISW, MBA, is a PhD student at the Worden School of Social Service. She recently co-presented, “Mindfulness During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Strategy for Stress Management and Burnout Prevention,” with Dr. Rosalind Evans and Dr. Alicia Hawley-Bernardez at the 2021 Social Work Distance Education Conference. Viverette also assisted in co-facilitating a Mindfulness breakout session for conference attendees that included progressive muscle relaxation techniques, mindful breathing exercises and focusing on participants’ personal strengths.