My name is Catharine del Carmen, and I’m a sophomore Social Work major. Growing up in Montgomery, AL, I’ve harnessed a passion for improving my community through a social justice lens, which explains why I’m in the School of Social Work here at the Capstone. This college and its resources have done nothing but foster my growth and interests as a student, and the only repayment I can fathom is simply giving back: what better way to do such than represent the school as its senator?
A social worker’s curriculum consists of breaking down societal barriers to figure out the best methods of advocacy. Although as a senator I plan to advocate for the entire school, I also strongly advocate for an honest, genuine discussion of mental health for all college students. Throughout campaign week, you will find my team and me pushing to break the mental health stigma of seeking help on campus. Currently, this university offers a myriad of mental health resources, but such resources are poorly advertised and rarely utilized. If elected, I will dedicate myself to facilitating a healthy dialogue on mental health awareness while also ensuring all students have adequate knowledge of the resources they can utilize for their own betterment. With the arrival of a new decade, it is time that we break down the barriers to meaningful discussion about mental health for young adults.
Hi, my name is Julia Fenaroli and I am running for a seat in the Senate to represent the School of Social Work. Student government has prominently impacted my life and I have been grateful to serve and enrich the student body through First Year Council. After serving as a First Year Councilor at the Capstone, I have learned what it truly means to actively strive towards serving students and implementing legislation to further improve student experience. Furthermore, I have been able to assist with events on campus, foster relationships between my peers and I, as well as advocate for my college. With this, I am passionate about continuing my career in the Student Government Association. As a Senator for the School of Social Work, I believe I can promote initiatives that will benefit students and truly embody the mission of SGA.
One issue I am adamant on improving is increasing campus service involvement by making programs more accessible for a wider variety of students. This would entail providing more insight on events occurring through the SGA newsletter and effectively communicating with organizations to ensure that the study body is being reached. Another area I am fervent on is mental health: I would like to work towards adding topics covering mental health to school curriculum while also advancing its incorporation in 3 Days of Health. I would accomplish this by adding more resources for students to talk to counselors and exert their stress & concerns as well as potentially adding another day to 3 Days of Health.
I believe I am qualified to run for Senate as I am a hardworking individual who is deeply invested in the Student Government Association; I am positive I can fundamentally improve the student body by working with others to construct, debate and pass initiatives. I plan to utilize my connections and skills continuously as well as act as a catalyst to benefit others and create a legacy here at The University of Alabama.
My name is Lauren Rouse and I am a sophomore here at the Capstone. I am from Kansas City, Kansas and I am studying social work. I began my freshman year as an undecided major and quickly realized that social work was the right fit for me. I am involved in Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, SGA’s Lobby Board, and as a member of the Delta Zeta sorority, where I serve as the Vice President of Programs. I am running to be a Senator for the College of Social Work because I believe social work majors are often underestimated and underrepresented on our campus as we are one of the smaller colleges. I have a passion for using my voice to advocate for others who may not have the resources or ability to do so themselves, and this is what I hope to do as a Senator. If elected as a Senator for the school of social work, I hope to increase study space available for social work students because there is not a library specific to our college on campus. In addition, I hope to increase funding that goes toward the UA Counseling Center for the benefit of all students. I also hope to implement a requirement for all upper-division social work students to be certified in diversity, equity, and inclusion to help future social workers be culturally competent when interacting with clients and peers from all walks of life and to foster inclusion on campus.