MSW Student Association

Master of Social Work Student Association (MSWSA) 

 

The  MSWSA is a student-run organization dedicated to promoting academic, professional and personal growth of M.S.W. students throughout their time at the university. The MSWSA participates in community outreach and service projects, and organizes social events for students to communicate with cohorts. The MSWSA aims to bring all members of the M.S.W. Program together in order to build a stronger, more unified program. This association is responsive and flexible to students’ interests and concerns.

2016-2017

MSWSA Officers:


President:

Rebecca Brown


Rebecca BrownHometown: Marion, Iowa
Year: First Year Foundation
What made you choose Social Work as a career?
I decided to get my Master's in social work because of my passion for helping people in need. During my undergraduate career, I participated in a lot of community service where I learned how oppressive society is toward the mentally disabled, the homeless, and the less fortunate in general. I felt as if I was called to be in this field. Moreover, I like the fact that social work focuses on helping clients set and achieve goals. This allows for progress to be monitored and a sense of accomplishment when a client shows improvement.
Why do you enjoy being an MSWSA member? 
I wanted to be a member of the MSWSA because of the past leadership roles I had during my undergraduate career. I enjoy being a MSWSA member because I feel as if I am able to bring creative ideas to this organization and I want to make others aware of the social issues and concerns in society. I have to be a voice for the voiceless.
As a future social worker, what would be your dream job and where?
My ultimate dream job as of right now is to work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for active duty members in the armed forces, probably in Ohio. I am also interested in working with veterans. It would be ideal if I could be employed by the government and work as a civilian social worker for the military.
Fun/Random Fact: 
My mom was in the Air Force for 25 years. Before the age of 18, I moved ten times and I have lived in eight different states. As a result, I also love to travel. I have been to Mexico, El Salvador, and Europe. 


Vice President:

Kellsey Forest


Kellsey ForestHometown: Tipton, Iowa
Year: First Year Foundation
What made you choose Social Work as a career?
I've always had a huge heart towards those facing adversities. Interning and working at several agencies has provided me the opportunity to see how much I actually love the social work field. Waking up every day able to do something I love doing while somehow making money is something I'll never take for granted.
Why do you enjoy being an MSWSA member? 
I love collaborating with other members and students to enhance the program and give back to the community!
As a future social worker, what would be your dream job and where?
I would somehow love to connect mental health counseling with therapy animals in sessions. As for where, Chicago!
Fun/Random Fact: 
Taco Bell sent me a personal letter in the mail accepting my marriage proposal. So I'm technically engaged (to Taco Bell).








Secretary:

Abbey Jenkins


Hometown: Shawnee, Kansas
Year: First Year Foundation
What made you choose Social Work as a career?
Early on in my college career, I learned that I love direct service. At my undergraduate institution and out in the field, I had the opportunity to work with a variety of diverse populations. I've found that the learning never stops. I chose to come back to school to earn my masters in social work so that I, once again, can have the opportunity to build relationships with those in need in my community, helping them find the services they need to create the life of their dreams.
Why do you enjoy being an MSWSA member? 
I believe that change cannot occur without expressing the need for change to occur. Being a part of the MSWSA gives me the opportunity to talk about the direction of the program and ways to make our program more visible on campus with like-minded students. 
As a future social worker, what would be your dream job and where?
I would love to be a full-time staff member with the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. This organization works on giving proper counsel to inmates who may have been incorrectly prosecuted and on securing better conditions for prisoners. However, I'm not really sold on moving back to the South. So, I'd also really love to be the Director of Re-entry for prison inmates leaving the system somewhere in the Midwest, preferably Kansas. 
Fun/Random Fact: 
I share a birthday with a grandfather I'll never have the chance to meet. He was serving in Vietnam when his plane crashed. Though I'll never get to meet him, I like that I share a little piece of him. 



Treasurer:

Jeremy Everett


Jeremy Everett

Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa
Year: First Year Foundation
What made you choose Social Work as a career?
I wanted to help as many people as possible in the most efficient and effective way possible, but to really get in there and change the systems I need to focus on specific issues that people deal with. Social work provides that knowledge and experience needed to create that change. Oh, and the money. 
Why do you enjoy being an MSWSA member? 
I love collaborating with other members and students to enhance the program and give back to the community!
As a future social worker, what would be your dream job and where?
I would like to do family reunification and youth welfare and development wherever there is the greatest need. 
Fun/Random Fact: 
I have my own makeshift recording studio. 









Fundraising Chair:

Josie Witt


Josie WittHometown: Elgin, Iowa
Year: Advance Standing
What made you choose Social Work as a career?
I knew I wanted to help people, but wasn't sure what I wanted to do until I took a course called Social Problems online during high school. This was my first introduction to the field of social work. I started my college career with the major and added a minor in gerontology shortly after. My passion thus far has been with individuals with disabilities and the elderly. I love the diversity in the field and the wide range of opportunities that are available for career paths. My focus now in the MSW program is to better my leadership skills through the Administrative program so I can be a positive role model for my social workers peers now, and in the future.
Why do you enjoy being an MSWSA member? 
I am looking forward to being part of an association that extends our classroom knowledge to better our campus and our community.  
As a future social worker, what would be your dream job and where?
I am blessed to have a wonderful career currently where I work with the elderly and other individuals with disabilities.  I hope to stay within my current role and grow as a social worker, and in the future move into a leadership position. 
Fun/Random Fact: 
I am a very proud mother of three "Furbabies" Gus (Golden Retriever), Duke (Dachshund), & Lily (Cat who thinks she is a dog). 




Foundation Chair:

Alli Conrad


Alli ConradHometown: Perry, Iowa
Year: First Year Foundation
What made you choose Social Work as a career?
There was never a turning point for me that made me interested in social work rather than another field, I've just always had an innate desire to do therapy and help people work through their struggles. After working at a youth shelter for a year after ungrad, working with kids became my passion and I love to help kids in any way that I can.
Why do you enjoy being an MSWSA member? 
I enjoy getting to know more about my peers and getting to know more about social work in one spot-it is a great environment.
As a future social worker, what would be your dream job and where?
My dream job is to do mental health counseling and play therapy with kids in the Des Moines area.
Fun/Random Fact: 
When I visited New York, I went on a Gossip Girl bus tour and got to see all the sites that Gossip Girl was filmed at.