The Institute for Family Violence Studies (IFVS) at the College of Social Work benefits from the tremendous talent and energy of student researchers who dedicate themselves to improving the lives of children and families. “The Institute could not operate without these rockstars. Each one made a significant contribution to building the IFVS,” said Karen Oehme, IFVS Director. In return, the Institute launches these graduates into a lifetime of meaningful work.
Students take many different paths when they graduate, and the experience is often very personal and individualized. For two talented FSU College of Social Work alumni, their journeys into careers in social work began with their field placements.
Some people want to see change in their environments, and others choose to actively make that change a reality. These extraordinary individuals, like Catherine ‘Cat’ Keen, believe that change cannot be achieved unless executed in a ‘structured, strategic way’ and go to great lengths to exemplify the change they wish to see within their communities.
Florida State University has chosen university alumna Jessica Pryce to lead the Florida Institute for Child Welfare.
The institute was created by the Florida Legislature in June 2014 to conduct research, policy analysis and program evaluation of child protection and child welfare services. The measure, Senate Bill 1666, was drafted in response to what lawmakers called a “broken child welfare system.”
Bionca and Breyonna Reese are not only identical twins, they also share a passion for social work. Beginning their academic career at Atlanta Metropolitan College, in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, Breyonna started her associate’s degree in computer science and Bionca started majoring in history. “It’s funny, actually,” Breyonna reflected on the experience. “We both changed our major to social science and did not even know it until we both started taking social work classes at the same time.”
Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire—these are just a few of the African nations Katie Gerber has traveled to over the past year in her work with refugees. Katie works for a Resettlement Support Center (RSC) in Nairobi, Kenya, to prepare refugees and their families for adjudication by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for resettlement to the United States.
Lynn Rosenthal, a 1980 alumnae of the FSU College of Social Work, was appointed in June 2009 as the new White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. In this newly created position, she serves as advisor to the president and vice president on domestic violence and sexual assault issues.
CSW professor emerita Sharon Maxwell Ferguson remembers Rosenthal well.