The School of Social Work has students and faculty engaged in important work at the United Nations.
Dr. Lynne Healy, UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and faculty emerita, is the International Association of Schools of Social Work’s (IASSW) Main Representative. She recently presented at the UN’s High Level Political forum on sustainable development.
Dr. Rebecca Thomas, Director of the Center for International Social Work Studies, is an IASSW rep and is involved with the Committee on Migration and the newly formed migration subcommittee on climate change. In addition, the SSW has two MSW students completing their internships with the IASSW at the United Nations.
Chelsea Cornwell is a second year MSW student with a concentration in Administration and a focused area of study in International Issues. She is also working on a Master’s degree in Disaster Resiliency Leadership at Tulane University. Chelsea has traveled to thirteen countries across the Middle East, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe and West Africa.
Melanie Berzins is a first year MSW student with a concentration in Policy Practice and a focused area of study in International Social Work. Melanie’s experience includes teaching English and civics to immigrants studying for the U.S. naturalization exam and volunteering in community development projects in Guatemala.