Two SSW Students Receive UConn Academic Achievement Award

Two graduating students, Christina Chiarelli-Helminiak and Krystal Rich, will receive the UConn Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Award at a ceremony in Storrs on May 9, 2014.

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Christina Chiarelli-Helminiak
Tina is a Ph.D. student and has been awarded Graduate Assistantships for five years, two by the School of Social Work and three by the Human Rights Institute. While at the Human Rights Institute, she served as the Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Programs in Human Rights from 2011 to the present. At the School of Social Work, her Graduate Assistantship consisted of course instruction.

Tina has taught six different MSW courses and has also served in the role of Research Associate on various studies, including: Human Rights Education Interdisciplinary Education; Integrating Human Rights Learning in the Social Work Curriculum; Building Relationships and Bridging Social Capital: An Inclusive Approach to Immigrant Civic Engagement with Libraries; Nurturing Families Network, Depression Improvement Study; National Domestic Violence Non-Residential Services and Support Study and Retention and Resiliency in Child Welfare Workers. While in the Ph.D. program, she has also published five articles. In March, she successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Organizational Factors Affecting Burnout among Forensic Interviewers.”

Krystal RichKrystal Rich is an MSW student with a concentration in Policy Practice. She is completing her second year field placement in the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work. She coordinated the 18th Annual Campaign School, created and disseminated information sheets on this year’s legislative priorities, as well as researched what different community groups are doing to address the issue of voter suppression.

Outside of school, Krystal works as a Crisis Counselor and Advocate at the Sexual Assault Crisis Service in New Britain where she is primarily involved in working with women and men who have been subjected to various abuses, including sexual assault and domestic violence. Krystal is also employed at Ability Beyond Disability where she is a Life Skills Assistant working with adolescent girls who have been removed from their homes due to allegations of abuse and/or neglect.

For the past two years Krystal has served as the Co-Chair of the Policy Practice Concentration for the Student Organization. She also serves at the student representative on the Move to Hartford Committee and the Student Representative on the Educational Policy Committee.