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Master’s student Sarah Hamrick receives state recognition

The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) has named Sarah Hamrick as the recipient of the 2018 NASW-NC Presidents’ Award for Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate student for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The NASW-NC Presidents’ Award honors Hamrick’s leadership ability, academic achievement, commitment to her community, and potential to impact the field of social work as a professional. Hamrick exhibited her exceptional leadership ability by establishing and presenting on writing in a graduate school setting and professional writing to incoming JMSW students at orientation. Additionally, she helps students individually with their writing so that they may succeed in their graduate program.

Hamrick has served as both Vice President and Co-President of the JMSW social work student organization, where she has helped coordinate a mentoring program for first- and second-year graduate students in the program and assisted in organizing service events and guest speakers for the JMSW program.

In addition to her leadership in school, Hamrick serves as a Guardian Ad Litem in Guilford County and is currently an advocate for a family of six children helping to place them in a permanent home. She has been a mentor with the UNCG Guarantee Program for the past five years, which provides scholarships and academic support to low-income, first-generation students. Hamrick also worked with Greensboro Operation Transparency, an activist group that seeks to highlight and combat injustices in the community.

Academically, Hamrick has shown excellence through her engagement in research and scholarship outside of her normal coursework in the JMSW program. At the UNCG Graduate Creativity Expo in April 2017, Hamrick presented data with faculty member Dr. Maura Nsonwu centered around culturally competent social work with Latinx families in Greensboro. She also took the initiative, and is working diligently with another faculty member, to design an independent study course for the spring 2018 related to her career interest in maternal mental health. She hopes to bring competent, compassionate mental health care to new and expecting mothers and their families in underserved rural populations where there are not many resources.

Hamrick’s commitment to the social work profession is evident in the passion she displays in all she is involved in and the impact she has had on her program and the community at large. Dr. Jay Poole, Interim Chair at the UNCG Department of Social Work, speaks highly of her dedication to the social work program and to the social work profession. Poole stated that Hamrick’s “commitment to being a social worker is evident” and “she exemplifies the core values of the NASW.” Poole also commented that he believes “she will become an excellent social worker and an asset to the social work profession”.

Hamrick will be honored at the 2018 NASW-NC Ethics Conference and Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 23, at the Durham Convention Center.

Copy courtesy NASW press release.