The Many Works of Social Work

June 2, 2022 Charis Ochu

This past semester was busy for Hardin-Simmons University’s Department of Social Work. Students and faculty organized and participated in a number of events, including the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Texas Social Work Advocacy Day, a program created to empower social work students and professionals to grow together, during the first week of March. 

Social work students attended the Champion for Children Conference on March 23, 2022. This conference acts as a way to mobilize communities to implement ideas that will improve the lives of abused children and to provide leadership on the issue of child abuse.  

The ladies who participated in the prom party were given a special photo shoot to remember the night.

In collaboration with Junior League of Abilene and HSU Six White Horses, the social work club hosted its annual prom party for the Abilene Foster Youth on campus on March 26. This event provided an opportunity for young ladies in foster care to pick their dresses and experience the thrill of a formal dance event. In an interview with Jesuye Olabisi, a social work student, she said, “this event provided an opportunity for social work students to connect with foster care teams and find out what the foster care system is all about.” 

The social work department also hosted the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) West Central Texas Branch Awards this year. This event recognizes and honors leaders in the community who fully incorporate social work values and ethics into their lives. At this event, HSU alumna Briona Sattarphai ’10 was awarded the social worker of the year.  

HSU’s Department of Social Work will continue to hold events in the future. To keep track of these events and stay in the loop, follow them on Instagram.