On April 19-20th, Legislative Lobby Days Two-Day Event happened at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Over 1,100 social work students attended the event and the CSULB school of social work had the largest group!
In the interviews below and on the next page, our students talk about their experiences with attending the event and meeting with the legislators.
Listen to Keesha Clark talk about what her Lobby Days weekend was like:
Recently, CSULB Distance Education MSW students Jason Singh, Lupe Sema, and Ana Quiroz participated in the 2015 Lobby Days weekend and shared their experience with the NASW Sonoma Chapter. Click on this link to read the NASW California News article here!
Benigna Hernandez, who just graduated in Spring 2015 from the school of Social Work, was honored at the 2015 WRQ ceremony at the Pyramid with the President’s Commission on the Status of Women Advancement of Women Student Award.
The Commission serves the campus community through initiating, advocating and implementing action that addresses the concerns of CSULB women students, faculty, staff and administrators. Their mission is to ensure that the University responds to the needs of women by removing inequities and providing a supportive educational, working and social environment for all members of the campus community.
Ms. Hernandez was nominated by Joy Rubin, and her concentration was in Children, Youth and Families. Congratulations to Benigna, another excellent example of the high caliber of stuents that make up the CSULB School of Social Work family.
Last week Keesha Clark, Cindy Franco, Eduardo Jimenez, Jackie Lozano, and Lorie Younger met with Dr. Jane Conoley to discuss their experiences at Lobby Days and the importance of political action for change on the part of social workers.They thanked her for CSULB's support and shared their agenda, which highlighted the 3 bills they lobbied for. There was a phenomenal turnout at Lobby Days this year and the CSULB name is well-known in Sacramento!
Dr. Conoley was very supportive and shared her own experiences lobbying in Sacramento and connected with the students about issues related to social justice, in both the CSULB community and the greater Long Beach community.
Dr. Conoley mentioned how many CSULB alumni are well connected politically, and stated her desire to engage these alumni to form a group. The Social Work student team agreed that this would be an amazing force for change and a great way for students to make crucial connections.
Congratulations to Keesha, Cindy, Eduardo, Jackie, Lorie and Dr. Conoley and all the other students who worked tirelessly to make this year's Lobby Days such a success. This is truly an example of being the change you want to see in the world.
On Wednesday April 22, at The Pointe in the Walter Pyramid, the 2015 University Achievement Awards and Celebration of Instruction, Research, Creative Activity and Service were held.
Featuring displays from student and faculty research and creative work, the ceremony included President Jane Close Conoley, Provost David Dowell and Academic Senate Chair Praveen Soni in honoring outstanding members of the campus community.
A Faculty member and Alumna of the School of Social Work, Judy Green was awarded the Faculty Community Service Award! A licensed clinical social worker and the daughter of Holocaust survivors, Judy had facilitated support groups for children of Holocaust survivors for many years before she became involved with the Cambodian community in 2013.
Since then she has been a panelist at forums discussing the impact that genocide has on the mental health of survivor families, including last year's Collaboration Across Communities, at the national conference of the largest Asian American advocacy organization in the U.S.
For this and her dedicated work with the Jewish Family and Children's Service Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (serving on the advisory board since 1990), the South Central LA Ministry Project and the EndAbuse Council of Long Beach, and much more, the CSULB community was proud to recognize Ms. Green for her outstanding Community Service.
Our graduating MSWs have worked hard on these thesis docs and now you can experience the result of their research and dedication.
Congratulations to all the students for their hard work -- it has paid off! Have a great summer and an even better future.
Ms. Garcia will be honored at the Alumni Association banquet in May. This prestigious undergraduate award is given to a student who demonstrates exceptional work in academic performance, campus AND community-based activities. Rozie excels in all areas and has demonstrated her dedication to our university and the School of Social Work.
This is a well-deserved honor for such an outstanding student and our ASSW President! This is a college-wide award and is very competitive, so we are especially proud of Rozie and her efforts.
We were able to sit down with Rozie recently to ask her about what the award means to her, and find out about her academic path here at CSULB and beyond. Audio excerpts from the interview follow, so you can hear Rozie tell you about it in her own words.
On behalf of the Scholarship Committee, we are pleased to announce the first round of School of Social Work Scholarship awardees for 2015!
Siuna Morales Perez
Congratulations to all on this impressive academic acheivement!