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UNC School of Social Work Ambassadors

The Student Ambassador Program gives prospective students the opportunity to learn more about the School of Social Work and UNC from the experiences of current students.

Feel free to visit the Student Ambassadors' blog for their personal insights.

Full-Time Program:

Courtney Cooper-Lewter

Courtney Cooper-Lewter
(3rd year – MSW/MPA dual degree student)


Charlotte Dunn
(2nd Year – Full-Time)

Concentration: Community, Management, and Policy Practice

Hometown: Columbia, SC 

Areas of Interest: Policy analysis and implementation impacting communities of color, immigrants and refugees, community organizing within marginalized communities, and advocacy.

Field Placement: Chatham County Government

Interesting Fact: While living in the Dominican Republic, I hiked Pico Durate, the tallest mountain in the Caribbean.

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Durham, NC

Undergraduate: Biology, Wellesley College

Areas of Interest: Providing accessible mental health care to all, the intersection of homelessness and mental illness, and the intersection of mental illness and involvement in the criminal justice system.

Field Placement: Lincoln Community Health Center, Behavioral Health Unit

Interesting Fact: I raise fruit trees including fig, lemon, orange, and pomegranate and have a very charming cat named Moose.

Durant Sophia Durant
(2nd Year – MSW/MPH dual degree student)
Hargreaves Katie Hargreaves
(2nd Year – Full-Time)

Concentration: Community Management and Policy Practice

Hometown: Lexington, MA

Areas of Interest: Trauma-informed sexual health education implementation and evaluation, nonprofit management and leadership, gender equality within healthcare access. 

Field Placement: TBD, Summer 2020

Interesting Fact: After spending 4 years living in Maine, I actually enjoy swimming in cold ocean water!

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Lafayette, CA

Undergraduate: Psychology, Wellesley College

Areas of Interest: Integrated healthcare, school social work, adolescents and emerging adult’s mental health, behavioral healthcare, substance use disorders.

Field Placement: Lincoln Community Health Center, Behavioral Health Department

Interesting Fact: I used to lead backpacking and canoeing expeditions and have spent over 500 days sleeping under the stars.  

Keziah Jesalyn Keziah
(2nd Year – Full-Time)
Krider Angela Krider
(2nd Year – Full Time)

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Indian Trail, NC   

Areas of Interest: Native American mental health, addressing historical and intergenerational trauma, bicultural support, first-generation advocacy, LGBTQ2S support, arts and nature as pathways for healing, grassroots community development, and food justice.

Field Placement: Benevolence Farm, Art Therapy Institute

Interesting Fact: I spend my time making pottery, gardening, and hanging with my three amazing cats - Bumble, Okra, and Junie!

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Mililani Town, Hawai’i

Areas of Interest: Child welfare, integrated health care, the Satir model, refugee/immigrant health and wellness, international social work, generational trauma, intrapersonal violence, and suicide prevention.

Field Placement: Piedmont Health Services at Moncure Community Health Center

Interesting Fact: I grew up as a “Third Culture Kid”, with a high degree of cultural and ethnic influences during my early developmental years.  One of the results: I spoke three different languages before starting kindergarten. 


Megan Stanley
(2nd Year – Full Time)

Concentration: Community, Management, and Policy Practice

Hometown: Durham, NC  

Areas of Interest: Intergenerational trauma and the transmission of history, Black mental health and wellness, social determinants of health, educational equity.

Field Placement: The Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Center at Duke

Interesting Fact: I have seen Beyonce in concert three times and used ‘Homecoming’ as an inspiring motivation to get through finals.

Chapel Hill Advanced Standing:

Molly Burke Molly Burke
(Advanced Standing)
 Asante McCoy Asanté McCoy
(Advanced Standing)

Concentration: Community, Management, and Policy Practice

Hometown: Normal, IL

Areas of Interest: Child traumatic stress, early intervention methods, research, and promoting equity for marginalized communities. 

Field Placement: Duke University Health System 

Interesting Fact: I’m extremely passionate about ice cream, enough so that I’ve spent almost 5 years scooping in ice cream shops in both Illinois and Florida!

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Areas of Interest: Integrated Behavioral Health among underserved populations and African-American mental health.  

Field Placement: Cone Health Community Health & Wellness Center

Interesting Fact: I am the first person in my family to attend graduate school and to even apply!



Mario Toruno
(Advanced Standing)

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Statesville, NC

Areas of Interest: Adult mental health, Latinx and Spanish-speaking populations, LGBTQ populations, disability rights, fat acceptance and liberation movements. 

Field Placement: NC Start Central 

Interesting Fact: My first major was graphic design-I've had some of my work published in a visual anthology!


Triangle DE Program:

Jordan Kiva Jordan
(2-year - Triangle Program)
Simpson Emily Simpson
(Final year – Triangle Program)

Concentration: Undeclared

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Areas of Interest: Clinical practice, social justice, poverty and inequality impacting communities of color.

Field Placement: Hillside High School

Interesting Fact: I still hold the record for the track and field 200 meter dash at my local high school in High Point, NC.

Concentration: Community, Management, and Policy Practice

Hometown: Waxhaw, NC

Areas of Interest: Access and equity in higher education.

Field Placement: UNC Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Interesting Fact: Before graduate school, I worked as a college adviser in Mount Airy, North Carolina (aka “Mayberry” from The Andy Griffith Show).


Winston-Salem DE Program:

Baker Diana Baker
(2nd year – Winston Salem  Program) 
Evington Caleb Evington
(Final year – Winston Salem Program)

Concentration: Undeclared

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

Areas of Interest: Aging and disabled population, Medicaid populations, veterans.

Field Placement: Senior Services, Inc.

Interesting Fact: Interestingly I am afraid of ALL animals.  I am a mother of two teenagers and I love to travel!.

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Thomasville, NC

Undergraduate: Communication Studies, Appalcahian State Univerisity

Areas of Interest: Mental health and substance use treatment with children, college students, adults, and families;  trauma-informed/resilient care, mind/body approaches, foster care, child advocacy, and family work.

Field Placement: Family Services Forsyth

Interesting Fact: My senior year of high school I starred in Seussical the Musical as the Cat in the Hat.


Contact Ben Balderas, Assistant Director of Admissions, Recruitment & Financial Aid, at or 919-843-6284, should you have any additional questions or concerns.