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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:

Chloe Bethany
(2nd Year – Full-Time) 

Courtney Cooper-Lewter
(2nd year – MSW/MPA dual degree student)

cbethany@live.unc.edu

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Sullivan’s Island, SC

Areas of Interest: Elderly and non-elderly adults with disabilities, adults with serious and persistent mental illness, community-based service delivery, poverty and inequality.

Field Placement: Carolina Outreach Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team, Durham

Interesting Fact: My undergraduate degree is in sculpture, and I found my way to the social work field through community arts.  One summer I worked as a studio assistant for artist Ann Hamilton.

 

cooperlc@live.unc.edu

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: TBD, Summer 2019 

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

 

Rebekah Daniel
(2nd Year – MSW/MPH dual degree student)
Bridget McEnaney
(2nd Year – Full-Time)

danielr@live.unc.edu

Concentration: Community Management and Policy Practice

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Areas of Interest: Perinatal health and global development particularly among the African Diaspora.

Field Placement: TBD, Summer 2019

Interesting Fact: I was in an Afrobeats music video 2 years ago (retired video vixen)!
 

mcenaney@live.unc.edu

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Areas of Interest: Interpersonal violence, substance use/harm reduction, child welfare, rural and LGBTQ+ mental health, suicide prevention.

Field Placement: UNC Horizons (substance use treatment)

Interesting Fact: I studied photojournalism in undergrad and was a professional photographer for many years before finding my way to social work. 
 

Stephany Mejia
(2nd Year – Full-Time)
Abby Sepanski
(2nd Year – Full Time)

snmejia@live.unc.edu

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: New York City, NY  

Areas of Interest: Educational equity, mental health of first-generation college students, behavioral health disparities among Latinx and Spanish speaking populations, LGBTQ populations, and emerging adults and adults.

Field Placement: El Futuro

Interesting Fact: This year one of my colleagues, a friend and I established a nonprofit working with womxn of color and creating spaces and events around different topics! This year I was part of a project with my internship where I helped publish a book.

 

arsepanski@unc.edu

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Auburn, AL

Areas of Interest: Integrated health care; Substance use disorders; Youth, adolescent, and young adult mental health; Affordable housing & homelessness; Access to health care and education.

Field Placement: UNC Infectious Diseases Clinic

Interesting Fact: I’m very competitive and channel that by watching sports, especially when it comes to my alma mater Auburn University. I’m a diehard Auburn Tigers fan - being at the game, winning, and storming the field at the 2013 Iron Bowl was one of the happiest moments of my life!

Kayla Williams
(2nd Year – Full Time)

 
kaydani@live.unc.edu

Concentration: Community, Management, and Policy Practice

Hometown: Goldsboro, NC  

Areas of Interest: Social Justice Pedagogies, racial disparities in housing, minority mental health, community development, and qualitative research.

Field Placement: Marian Cheek Jackson Center

Interesting Fact: I once shared an elevator with Jesse Jackson, I used to be a tour guide for the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, and I am a proud owner of a “Schrute Farms Beets” t-shirt.
 
 

Chapel Hill Advanced Standing:

Jacki Agusta
(Advanced Standing)
  Cassidy Cloer
(Advanced Standing)

jragusta@live.unc.edu

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Nanuet, NY

Areas of Interest: Mental health and substance use treatment, child and adolescent mental health, and direct practice with the LGBTQ community. 

Field Placement: Duke Regional Hospital, Psychiatry Unit

Interesting Fact: I have been vegan for six years and have been vegetarian since birth – I’ve never eaten meat before in my life!

 

cacloer@live.unc.edu

Concentration: Community, Management, and Policy Practice

Hometown: Snow Camp, NC

Areas of Interest: Native Nation-building and advocacy for indigenous peoples’ rights.  

Field Placement: Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce

Interesting Fact: I’m an amateur genealogist!  If you’re trying to discover your family history or want to hear mine, I’d love to chat! 

Triangle DE Program:

Theresa Flores
(Final year - Triangle DE Program)
EmilySimpson
(2nd year – Triangle DE Program)

tflores@email.unc.edu

Concentration: Undecided

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Areas of Interest: Immigration, mental health, advocacy with minority populations, women and children.

Field Placement: Volunteers for Youth

Interesting Fact: I run a hand-lettering business on the side!

 

ejsimpso@live.unc.edu

Concentration: Community, Management, and Policy Practice

Hometown: Waxhaw, NC

Areas of Interest: Access and equity in higher education.

Field Placement: Carolina College Advising Corps (employer-based placement)

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:

Caleb Evington
(2nd year – Winston Salem DE Program)
Marquita Laughlin
(Final year – Winston Salem DE Program)  

calebde@live.unc.edu

Concentration: Undecided

Hometown: Thomasville, NC

Areas of Interest: Children and families, trauma-informed care, foster care, child advocacy, mental health and substance use treatment.

Field Placement: Tim and Carolynn Rice Center for Child and Adolescent Health

Interesting Fact: I have lived in 9 different homes in the past 7 years and for 6 months I was couch surfing. I am grateful to be settling in and growing roots now in Winston-Salem.

 

mpm1016@live.unc.edu

Concentration: Direct Practice

Hometown: Fayetteville, NC

Areas of Interest: Advocacy for veterans, gerontology, end of life care, & the intersection of behavioral health and grief.

Field Placement: W.G. "Bill" Hefner VA Medical Center

Interesting Fact: I have a fear of dogs; yet absolutely love my Yorkie "Sampson"!

 

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