Farrah Ferris, Senior BSW student at CSULB has been selected as one of NASW California Chapter's first Native American Birdwoman Scholars. She has the distinction of being the only recipient in the Greater Los Angeles area. Ms. Ferris was kind enough take time to discuss what the scholarship, Social Work and her connection to the Native American community means to her.
Hear excerpts from the interview with Farrah by clicking the sound files:
School of Social Work: So from what you told us, the Birdwoman Scholarship came about from a Native American (Yurok) social worker. Tell us a little about the Native American tribal experience growing up.
Farrah Ferris: I’m from the Hoopa Valley, which is the largest reservation in California. Even so, it is only 12 square miles, and just over 2,000 people. Fishing is a huge part of the Hoopa way of life, and right now they are fighting for the release of four dams. Salmon has been a sustainable food source for them for centuries.
Recently the CSULB School of Social Work was proud to learn that two of its alumni from the MSW Program had received prestigious awards from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
We sat down with Jeffrey Baer (MSW @ CSULB, Employee of The Year) and Kendra Lyman (BSW & MSW @ CSULB, Team Award Winner) at their workplace at the Long Beach Child and Adolescent Program, along with Heather Jensen (Program Director, Long Beach State alumna) and Jean Lima (37 years with LACDMH, co-winner of Team Award with Kendra).
School of Social Work: How do you think your MSW helped you/didn’t help you prepare for this job?
Kendra: I think the best part of the MSW was the internship. But there were definitely a couple of professors who helped encourage me or guide me at times when I needed it.
Both Jeff and Kendra’s internships were with Long Beach Child and Adolescent Program (LBCAP).
Jeff: Right, it was like it didn’t seem as real until the internship. That was a question I had while I was in the program, but in reality, there is no way to prepare you. The education is a part of it, but it is also your experience, that you bring to it...
al State Long Beach graduate student Lupita Cardenas’ research on unorthodox healing methods in the Latino community took her to the U.S. Virgin Islands last week. Click HERE to read more!
Every year, CSULB MSW students break into small groups to assess and engage communities during Community Projects I & II.
MSW students Brittney Holzinger, Katherine Tyner, Karina Elizalde Jenna Oyite, Heidi Barr and Krystal Hernandez preparing for Literacy Night.
The School of Social Work is very pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Alex Washington (“Alex”), has been awarded a two-year, $397,375 grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop and pilot test an intervention model to increase HIV testing among young black men who have sex with men (BMSM).
The project, entitled, “Exploring an HIV Testing Intervention Model” (TIM Project) will explore the effectiveness of a motivational video intervention to increase HIV testing among young BMSM. Seen below is a still image from one of the videos.
This year the CSULB School of Social Work is proud to have three of our graduate students (Sonia Guvara, Paola Rosell, and Lizbeth Sanchez) selected as Graduate Research Fellows for the Sanos y Fuertes: Healthy & Strong project. This project, funded by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, helps graduate students design, implement, and then evaluate health-related projects for the local Latino community to address the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. The project is being conducted through the NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation & Leadership Training.
Our three MSW students are delivering a culturally and linguistically relevant and science-based curriculum to families throughout Latino communities on childhood nutrition, overweight and obesity education, and chronic disease prevention. In addition, they are also involved with evaluation research associated with both the intervention and the outcomes of this educational program.
This is an exceptional honor for Sonia, Paola, and Lizbeth as they will have the opportunity this year to work in participatory action research and have even submitted abstracts to present study findings at the American Public Health Association Conference in San Francisco, California and the National Health Disparities Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. After their graduation, Sonia, Paola, and Lizbeth all have an interest in continuing with community-based research and program development. Congratulations to Sonia Guvara, Paola Rosell, and Lizbeth Sanchez for their enthusiastic contributions to help eradicate childhood obesity as a major nutritional problem throughout our community.