​​(Updated  6/28/18)​

Congratulations to our spring and upcoming summer graduates! The University’s Spring Commencement included social work graduates from all three programs:  28 BSSW, 28 MSW, and two PhD graduates, Dr. John Buschman (Do Community Food Security Assessments Contribute to a Reduction in Community Food Insecurity at the County Level?) and Dr. Barry Ladis(Longitudinal Effects of Peer, School, And Parenting Contexts on Substance Use Initiation in Middle Adolescence). Two graduating students received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence: Margarita Lauria, MSW and Miguel Danois, BSSW.

The University’s Summer Commencement will include 30 BSSWs and 29 MSWs. Charisse Mellison (expected BSSW) and Pamela Ortiz (expected MSW) will be receiving the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. At the graduation ceremony, our very own Tre King (BSSW ’16), a graduating MSW student, will be recognized by President Rosenberg as a Worlds Ahead Graduate.

This past May we held our annual Field Instructors’ Recognition Breakfast, which also included a continuing education workshop on social work with refugees presented by Dr. Miriam Potocky and doctoral candidate, Mitra Naseh. Additionally, we had the pleasure of honoring our Field Instructors and Student Interns of the Year (2017-2018). Dr. Chemika Burkhalter, the Director of Community and Family Wellness at Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe, won the BSSW Field Instructor of the Year Award. Karla Berrio (FIU BSSW ’13, MSW ’14), a medical social worker at Camillus Health Concern, won the Foundation Level MSW Field Instructor of the Year Award. The Advanced Clinical MSW Field Instructor of the Year Award recipient was Michelle Zielenski, LCSW, the Women’s Veterans Program Manager at the Bruce W. Carter Miami VA Medical Center. Our BSSW Student Intern of the Year Award went to Stephanie Antequera, BSSW, and Lisaimy Mallo won the MSW Foundation Student Intern of the Year Award. Finally, Christina Lujan, MSW won the MSW Advanced Clinical Intern of the Year Award.

This fall we will be holding the bi-annual Field Instructors’ Training (16 CEUs) on September 28th and October 5th. This training meets the requirements for the Qualified Supervisor Training. ​For information and registration, please contact Jessica Arguello at 305-348-3881 or
sowpracticum@fiu.edu. Reduced rates are given for alumnae and task supervisors who are not currently Field Instructors. Stay tuned for information on other continuing education events occurring this fall!​

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