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First-year student receives NASW-NC Equity and Inclusion Award

Bridgette Agbozo First-year student Bridgette Agbozo was among five North Carolina social work students to receive the 2022 Equity and Inclusion Student Award from the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC). The monetary award supports the inclusion of a diverse chapter membership and supports students pursuing a variety of social work specialties.

The recipients of this inaugural year award were selected based on their commitment to incorporating and promoting equity and inclusion into their social work practice, their high academic achievement and leadership.

Agbozo, a dual degree Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health student, was recognized for their advocacy, activism, and leadership in micro and macro social work.

As an undergraduate student, Agbozo created Health4Us, a peer education program focused on sexual and reproductive wellness for womxn and femmes of color.

As an intern with Pro-Choice NC and the Carolina Abortion Fund, Agbozo worked to promote equity and social justice for individuals and communities. In this role, they also provided trauma-informed support to individuals in need of abortion care, while also connecting them to funding.

In addition, they created and facilitated multiple trainings infused with the principles of equity and inclusion that focus on reproductive justice, advocacy, sexual health, community-based participatory research, and more.

Interested in pursuing a Ph.D., Agbozo said long-term, she would like to study the impacts of climate-induced displacement on sexual and reproductive health.