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Student Ambassadors

Each year, our School selects representative students from each MSW program to serve as Student Ambassadors. These students share their personal experiences through a series of original blog posts on the SSW Student Ambassadors website. They also welcome questions from prospective UNC School of Social Work applicants about their experiences here.

Through their blog posts, our Student Ambassadors help prospective students learn more about student life at our School. Their honest reflections on the joys and challenges of the graduate student life serve as a great reminder for current students that we’re all experiencing this academic adventure together!

 

Meet Our Student Ambassadors (2020-2021)

12-Month Advanced Standing MSW Program

Sarah Beth Bailes is an advanced standing student.
Concentration: Direct Practice
Interests: Adolescent and young adult mental health, specifically within a residential treatment setting
Field placement: TBD
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Fun fact: I’ve never had soda!

Seth Edwards is an advanced standing student.
Concentration: Direct Practice
Interests: Adult and older adult mental health/substance use; aging, death, and caregiver support
Field placement: TBD
Hometown: Pine Hall, N.C.
Fun fact: I am a lover of house plants! I find tending to plants to be very therapeutic and hope to one day develop an intervention using plants.

Nikki Moore is an advanced standing student.
Concentration: Direct Practice
Interests: The intersections of holistic approaches, therapeutic expressive arts and mindful approaches; adolescent mental health; mental health among Black individuals; anti-racist policies and practices
Field placement: TBD
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Fun fact: I’ve named all my pets after visual artists!

Corey Myrick is an advanced standing student.
Concentration: Direct Practice
Interests: School social work and school counseling; anti-racist policies/education; LGBTQ youth mental health; educational equity; arts as a tool for healing and advocacy
Field placement: TBD
Hometown: Asheville, N.C.
Fun fact: Last time I counted I had over 100 houseplants. Also, I enjoy film photography and hope to one day publish a book of my photos.

 

2-Year Full Time MSW Program

Jonathan Bell is a second-year full-time student.
Concentration: Direct Practice
Interests: LGBTQ well-being and supporting sexual/gender minorities from faith backgrounds; adult mental health treatment; substance use counseling; integrated health care; HIV care coordination and advocacy; family and marriage
Field placement: UNC School of Medicine Infectious Disease Clinic
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
Fun fact: I love to run and have had the opportunity to run two marathons!

Erica Bluford is a fourth-year MSW/JD dual-degree student.
Concentration: Direct Practice
Interests: Criminal justice reform; the intersection of spirituality, psychotherapy, and the law; health of Black families
Field placement: Center for Child and Family Health, Early Head Start
Hometown: Mebane, N.C.
Fun fact: I am a licensed minister, law student, and social worker with hopes of taking over the world! Also, I will be a Triple Tar Heel by the time I graduate … can’t get enough of this place, lol.

Sophia Durant is a third-year MSW/MPH dual degree student.
Concentration: Community, Management, and Policy Practice
Interests: trauma-informed sexual health education implementation and evaluation; nonprofit management and leadership; gender equality within healthcare access
Field placement: NARAL Pro-Choice NC
Hometown: Lexington, Mass.
Fun fact: After spending 4 years living in Maine, I actually enjoy swimming in cold ocean water!

Sabrina Longley is a second-year full-time student.
Concentration: Direct Practice
Interests: Art therapy; dialectical behavior therapy; group work with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities (specifically autistic children and adolescents); anti-stigma work (especially in communities of color)
Field placement: Art Therapy Institute
Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Fun fact: I enjoy doing pottery, playing video games and teasing my cat, Egg, with a laser pointer.

Josie Mueller is a second-year full-time student.
Concentration: Community, Management, and Policy Practice
Interests: Equity and access in higher education; education policy; justice system reform; restorative justice
Field placement: Apex High School, Campus Y
Hometown: Martinez, CA
Fun fact: I love thrifting! Almost all of my decorations, household gadgets, furniture, and clothes were thrifted.

Farrell O’Quinn is a second-year full-time student.
Concentration: Community, Management, and Policy Practice
Interests: Educational equity; affordable housing, the intersection between mental health and physical health; social work and sport; social and economic determinants of health
Field placement: TBD
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Fun fact: In my twenties and early thirties, I played semi-professional soccer during the summers, where I was fortunate to play in matches in six different countries throughout the years.

Jillian Riley is a second-year full-time student.
Concentration: Community, Management, and Policy Practice; minor in Public Policy
Interests: Local and state government; lobbyist; environmental justice; policy analyst; community organizer
Field placement: N.C. Department of Public Safety, Juvenile Justice Division
Hometown: Norman, OK
Fun fact: I’m scuba certified and have explored the underwater coves of Utila, an island off the coast of Honduras, which is the 2nd largest coral reef in the world.

 

3-Year MSW — Chapel Hill Program

Yuridiana Alston is a second-year student in the 3-Year Chapel Hill program.
Concentration: Community, Management, and Policy Practice
Interests: Access to higher education for minority students; first-generation advocacy; immigrants and refugees; mental health access for marginalized populations; generational trauma; social justice advocacy; prison reform
Field placement: Summer block placement
Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C. (born in Guanajuato, Mexico; moved to Chapel Hill when I was 4)
Fun fact: I am a first-generation college graduate and the first person in my entire lineage to pursue a master’s degree. I enjoy painting and reading.

Kiva Jordan is a third-year student in the 3-Year Chapel Hill program.
Concentration: Direct Practice
Interests: Clinical practice; social justice; poverty and inequality impacting communities of color
Field placement: Duke High Risk Obstetrics Clinic
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
Fun fact: I still hold the record for the track and field 200-meter dash at my local high school in High Point, N.C.

 

3-Year MSW — Winston-Salem Program

Diana Baker is a third-year student in the 3-Year Winston-Salem program.
Concentration: Community, Management, and Policy Practice
Interests: Aging and disabled population; Medicaid populations; veterans
Field placement: Senior Services, Inc.
Hometown: Winston-Salem, N.C.
Fun fact: Interestingly, I am afraid of ALL animals. I am a mother of two teenagers and I love to travel!

Anne Gladstone is a second-year student in the 3-Year Winston-Salem program.
Concentration: Community, Management, and Policy Practice
Interests: Bridging the resource gap between rural and urban communities in North Carolina; assessing child welfare protocol across the state and researching ways to improve outcomes for families
Field placement: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Hometown: Winston-Salem, N.C.
Fun fact: I ate a tarantula while living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was super gross!

 

Contact

Ben Balderas, Assistant Director of Recruitment, Admissions, and Financial Aid, 919-843-6284