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The social welfare of children and finding natural helpers to sustain a community: John Cosgrove

For many years, John Cosgrove, MSW, P.H. D, has been a trailblazer in the social work profession. His reach impacted Fordham GSS students' professional lives for over 30 years. With international social work and partnership with the United Nations, Dr....

The measure of a social work educator's legacy is intertwined in their impact on their students: Terri Klemm.

Terri Klemm, MSW, LCSW, DSW paved the way for many social workers. As one of the pioneers of the Centenary's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program, she has educated, equipped, and established social workers worldwide. At the same time, it...

Diversity and cultural competency as a brown social worker and providing support for a community that looks like me: Sanjana Ragudaran

Sanjana Ragudaran, Ph. D., MSW, has a heart for migrant experiences, race disparities, and program evaluation as a social worker looking at social welfare, human rights, and social justice and how covid-19 has impacted migrant experience.

The untraditional journey to social work and how vital macro social work is to the profession: Christina Mina

Christina Mina, MSW, Director of Member Services with the national association of social workers- new jersey chapter, shares how as an Egyptian-American, her lived experience led her to a chance encounter with social work opened up the door for a...

The true beauty of the profession of social work is that we can be integrated into any work environment and capacity: JudyAnn McCarthy

JudayAnn McCarthy, MSW, LCSW, CSSW former vice president of the National Association of Social workers- New Jersey Chapter shares her heart for the profession of social work. With almost 25 years of experience as a clinician, she has a heart...

Making a difference Internationally through social work: Dr. Michael Cronin

Dr. Michael Cronin, Ph.D., LCSW, remembers having a true passion for international studies early on in life. He recalls being the first to embrace, support, and befriend international students in his elementary school. As a Masters In Social Work program...

When life comes full circle, a story of how parents shape the potential for your future career path: Margret Carne

Margret Carne, MSW, LCSW, has a passion for psychotherapy. However, she believes the style of therapy should be tailored to best meet the client's needs rather than trying to mold the client to fit a particular modality of practice.

When life traumas birth your passion, a conversation on not allowing the trauma to reduce you: Tawanda Hubbard

Dr. Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW, MSW, shares how life trauma reinvented who she is and led her to social work. Dr. Hubbard is an LCSW with over 15 years of experience in child welfare, behavioral health, and clinical practice. As...

Moving beyond ourselves and the general population to get community mobilized: Mitchell Kahn

As a social work pioneer in New Jersey, Mitchell Kahn, MSW, shares the heart behind community organizing and grassroots movements. After spending over 40 years at Ramapo College of New Jersey and serving as the director of the Baccalaureate Social...

Giving Back is Academic: Phylis Peterman

Phylis Peterman is a highly respected teacher and mentor, awarded Rutgers' highest honor for innovative teaching. She shares her story of work in the community and why giving back to students and the community is academic.

Advocacy In Action Jeff Feldman, LSW

Jeff Feldman shares his story of social work--from clinical to advocacy and working on behalf of his colleagues at the National Association of Social Workers New Jersey.

Making it Happen: Fred Sampson, MSW

Fred Sampson shares his work in advocacy, view on activism and his approach in working with legislators, moving critical work forward and why being a "nudge" is an effective tool in our social work toolkit.

Giving Life and Breath to the Profession: Barbara Milton, MSW, PhD, LCSW

Barbara Milton, MSW, PhD, LCSW shares her passion for giving "live and breath" to the social work profession. She is a clinical social worker, passionate volunteer and leads advocacy efforts across the State of New Jersey. Named Social Worker of...

Leadership in Action NASW President & Pioneer, Mildred "Mit" Joyner, DPS, MSW, LCSW

Mit Joyner, President of the National Association of Social Workers is a social work pioneer, innovator, scholar, author, organizer and passionate leader of the profession. She shares the story of how she found the profession, her journey and work and...

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