Dierdra Oretade, a second-year casework student, left, and Sarah Petela, a second-year policy practice student, were each elected to serve as representatives from the School of Social Work to national social work organizations. Oretade will serve as 2010-2011 first vice president of the National Association of Black Social Workers’ Office of Student Affairs. Petela will serve as Master of Social Work student representative on the national board of directors of the National Association of Social Workers.
Amy Kioko is enthusiastic about her time at the School of Social Work.
“UConn School of Social Work has offered me opportunities that I never would have had anywhere else,” she says, “incorporating a curriculum that has taught me so much more about what it means to be a human being with the power to make a difference.”
She will graduate from in May with a master’s degree in social work administration, with focused areas of study in international social work, and women and children in families.
“[Social work is] one of the best degrees you can get,” Kioko says. “You can do so many things with social work: case work, group work, community organizing, administration and political/policy social work, even international social work. It is a very versatile degree and can open many doors for you.”
Kioko, who was born in Kenya, says she has always been attracted to the field. “My family is very involved in the human service field. I’ve been engaged in it a long time. Naturally the next step was to get a master’s degree in social work.”
She has a bachelor’s degree in pre-law and human behavior from the United States International University in San Diego, Calif., and a paralegal certificate in litigation from UConn.
As an MSW student, Kioko says, she enjoyed interacting with the faculty. “I connected with a lot of the professors. They have been helpful, supportive, and inspiring. They really push you to open your mind and expand your thinking. I’ve learned so much, not only about issues in Connecticut and the United States, but also about the world and human rights overall.”
The UConn School of Social Work Linkage Program with the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus-Jamaica will be presenting a Luncheon Presentation, “Community Violence and Governance” with Horace Levy, author of the newly released book, Killing Streets and Community Revival. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus, Jamaica. The presentation will be held on Tuesday, April 26 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in Room 202.
On Thursday, April 28th the UConn School of Social Work will host the first ever conference of its kind in Connecticut. The conference will be an all day event and include a diverse array of speakers presenting on issues related to understanding access to health care as a human right.
Topics include: Understanding the human rights framework for health equity, challenges and current health disparities in Connecticut, SustiNet, case studies from the field, and building local support. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. All are invited to attend. Space for participants is limited, so please RSVP with your name, affiliation, and contact information by April 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-570-9070. For disability accommodation please RSVP by April 14.