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Student briefs: Bergstrom, Brodziak, Gadd, Hunt, Lowman, Moran, Patten

MSW student Jenny Gadd was recognized at the NASW-NC conference on March 1 as the 2013 Advocate of the Year.

Gadd was quoted in a Nov. 12, 2012, News & Observer article, “Medicaid changes put lodging for 2,000 in group homes at risk.”

MSW/MPH student Katie Hairgrove Moran; MSW student Kerry Brodziak; and Macon Lowman, an MPH student completing our Global Transmigration Certificate Program, have been selected to present at the North American Refugee Health Conference in Toronto in June. “These students have been amazingly active in developing a mental health program for newly-arrived refugees through UNC’s Refuge Health Initiative, and Macon is doing her project for the Certificate on this work,” said Josh Hinson, certificate program director.

Erin Bergstrom and Mawiyah Patten, both first-year MSW students, were selected as Weiss Fellows by the UNC Graduate School. “I don’t believe we’ve ever had two fellows selected in one year, and both are outstanding students and professionals,” said Sharon Thomas, the School of Social Work’s director of recruiting, admissions and financial aid. The Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship supports talented graduate students with an interest in urban livability. About ten fellows are selected campus-wide each year.

MSW student Brittany Hunt has been awarded a paid internship in Washington D.C. this summer. She is going to be a Udall Foundation 2013 Native American Congressional Intern. Interns work in congressional and agency offices where they have opportunities to research legislative issues important to tribal communities, network with key public officials and tribal advocacy groups, experience an insider’s view of the federal government, and enhance their understanding of nation-building and tribal self-governance.