organize2Are you looking ways to connect with your fellow MSW students and have a voice in the school community?

 Join the School of Social Work Student Organization (SSWSO)!

stand_speak_actThe SSWSO promotes a sense of community among MSW students while also provides them with a platform through which they can organize and voice their opinions to help guide program development.  Students hold regular meetings, plan educational and social events, and connect with students in other academic departments at UNE.

The officer positions currently include President, VP, Treasurer, and Secretary and then of course, you ALL are welcome to join the organization!!  Below are snap shot interviews with your new officers.  We hope you enjoy and we hope you join the organization!!

President, Sage Landry:

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What drew you to the social work profession?

Volunteering in my community of Parkside/West Bayside

What area of social work are you most interested in? 

Wilderness/Adventure Therapy

Are you pursuing any certificates? If so, which one(s)? 

Trauma Informed/TRIAD

Do you know what you want to do when you graduate? (or “How do you plan to do good?” – to reference our “motto” )

I know what I want to do to because of my drive and ability to utilize the clinical understanding of the social work practice and how it may positively and effectively impact other’s lives.

What’s the best part about studying and/or living in Portland, Maine?

The local and integrated community of providers, activist and leaders.

 

Vice President, Tiarra LaPierre

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What drew you to the social work profession?

Most of my post-undergrad work has been social work tangential. I was an Americorps VISTA for a year and a half after graduation, and have worked with the School of Social Work for the past 4 years. I’ve always wanted to have a career where I can help others, and I have been inspired by the social workers I have met and the work they are doing throughout our communities. The versatility and variety of career opportunities is also a big draw for me.

What area of social work are you most interested in? 

I have a lot of interests, but here are some of my favorite: Social Welfare Policy, the intersection of social work and public health, research, community organizing and advocacy, Trauma informed practice, and Social Justice.

Are you pursuing any certificates? If so, which one(s)? 

I am currently pursuing the Trauma Informed the Certificate, and I hope to add TRIAD next year.

Do you know what you want to do when you graduate? (or “How do you plan to do good?” – to reference our “motto” )

I would like to work toward creating positive change in my community whether that is at the micro, mezzo, or macro level. I am open to learning more about myself and my strengths and weaknesses as a social worker. I’m sure I may shift my goals as I grow throughout this degree, but currently I can see myself eventually pursing a PhD in Social Welfare Policy. I would like to help create change that really promotes equity in health, financial, and social spheres.

What’s the best part about studying and/or living in Portland, Maine?

I really Love Portland! The food scene is on point, and the art, theater, and performance opportunities are also wonderful.

Secretary, Briana Ciallela:

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What drew you to the social work profession?

I’ve always wanted to build a career out of helping people, and I found social work through a previous job I had as a neuropsychological technician. I worked closely with an LCSW candidate and fell in love with the work. Helping others is my passion and through previous experience, I found that social work was the perfect profession to do just that!

What area of social work are you most interested in? 

I am most interested in the areas of clinical, medical, and school social work.

Are you pursuing any certificates? If so, which one(s)? 

I am pursuing the TRIAD certificate through the UNE MSW on-campus program.

Do you know what you want to do when you graduate? (or “How do you plan to do good?” – to reference our “motto” )

I am so excited to graduate with my MSW this coming May, sit for my licensure exam and get to work doing good in the community! I am hoping to start working soon after graduation in either a private practice or medical setting.

What’s the best part about studying and/or living in Portland, Maine?

Maine is definitely the coolest place I have lived. Being so close to the coast while also being able to take advantage of Portland “city” life is something that you can’t get many other places in the country. It has been such a great experience living, working, and learning in such a unique and special place.

 

Treasurer, Amanda Garami

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What drew you to the social work profession?

My dad has always encouraged me to go into social work. Once I started researching it myself I loved the whole-person care, social justice aspect, and opportunities for one on one relationship building.

What area of social work are you most interested in? 

I am very passionate about working with children, and my goal is to become a school social worker. My studies at UNE have only further confirmed that school social work is meant for me!

Are you pursuing any certificates? If so, which one(s)? 

I am doing the IPEC honors distinction (now known as CECE) as well as TRIAD.

Do you know what you want to do when you graduate? (or “How do you plan to do good?” – to reference our “motto” )
 All I know is I hope that I can find a job that both challenges me, as well as fulfill me. My number one priority is to have a supportive and kind team. I hope that I can “do good” mostly by showing up and presenting my most authentic self not only in my work but in my personal life as well.
What’s the best part about studying and/or living in Portland, Maine?

I LOVE Portland! I’ve lived in some of the best cities in North America, but Portland has been where I feel most at home. It has been a great place to challenge myself academically as the city has fully embraced me with kindness, art, crisp ocean air, and good food.

GAPSA Councilor, Wes Covey:

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What drew you to the social work profession?

I had considered social work in my mid-20s, but ended up getting a degree in library science instead. I worked in public and academic libraries for 11 years, and found myself more and more interested in the therapeutic aspects of both jobs. When my position was cut at the school I worked at, it was an easy decision to pursue an MSW.

What area of social work are you most interested in? 

I came into the program with the goal of doing direct therapy with individuals, and that is still my goal though I find myself interested in research as well.

Are you pursuing any certificates? If so, which one(s)? 

I am pursuing the TRIAD certificate.

Do you know what you want to do when you graduate? (or “How do you plan to do good?” – to reference our “motto” )

My plan at this point is to do individual therapy with a basis in Yoga and Zen Buddhism. That said, I may decide to spend some time working in the research field as well.

What’s the best part about studying and/or living in Portland, Maine?

The food and music scenes are what drew me to this area.

Check out this blog post to read what the Student Organization has done in the past

To get involved reach out to SSWSO at:

unesswso@gmail.com

Student Voices image by Darcie Wu, 13 yrs old

One thought on “Introducing Your New SSWSO Officers!

  1. Hello SSWSO Officers, you are amazing people with incredible passion to make a difference in your respective communities and diverse areas of interest. Thank you for volunteering your time this academic year, your effort and leadership is greatly appreciated.

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