I am Victoria (Tori) Atwater and I am a freshman from Sunnyvale, California majoring in Social Work. I am a member of Bama Chaarg and Undergraduate Social Work Organization(USWO). I am also a member of Delta Zeta and serve as the Academic Assistant. I am interested in running for social work senate because I want to be the voice for the smallest school on campus. I also want to advocate for problems that I see around on campus and come up with solutions. I want to work with the counseling center to raise money for those who can not afford counseling resources. I want to increase safety measures on campus so everyone can feel safe while on campus. Last, I want to work with the School of Social Work to increase awareness through social media posts and virtual tours of Little Hall.
I, Lauren Kirk, hereby state my intent to run independently for a seat in the Student Government Association Senate representing the School of Social Work. I am a junior from Omaha, Nebraska and am majoring in Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice. As your senator, I promise to work to make this campus a more equitable place and create a culture of inclusivity among all students. I am extremely passionate about social justice and hope to increase awareness for these issues on campus. It is my goal to mandate education for all students regarding the University of Alabama’s history and cultural awareness. By teaching incoming students about our campus history and aspects of cultures different from their own, we can ensure a more educated and aware student body. Not only do I intend to improve the campus as a whole, I plan to use my platform to improve educational experiences for students within the School of Social Work. I hope to work hand in hand with Field Education Coordinators to make the field placement process a more collaborative experience between students and faculty. The field placement process can seem daunting to students applying and I aim to decrease the level of uncertainty regarding this process. Also, I would love to increase communication between Social Work students in the same cohort, as one day we could be coworkers. With the small nature of the Social Work college, it is the perfect opportunity to further facilitate relationships between classmates.
Hello, my name is Sarah Pierce. I am currently a Junior here at The University of Alabama majoring in Social Work with a minor in Psychology. As a native of Tuscaloosa having graduated from high school here, this campus has been my home for more than just 3 years as an undergraduate student. I am a part of many organizations on campus, some of which include the Undergraduate Social Work Organization, Social Work Association for Cultural Awareness as Treasurer, SGA Health and Wellness Committee and Safe Sisters with the Women and Gender Resource Center.
My goal if chosen for SGA Senate would be to advocate for Mental Heath and Sexual Assault education and awareness on campus. Being very passionate about students knowing about available resources on campus, I hope to create better access to programs that are here to help. My platform includes not only education on these resources but also seeking to help Social Work students waive certain required fees, specifically the $50 charge for mandatory background checks and the $15 fee for therapy sessions at the counseling center.
I am proud to be a member of the School of Social Work and believe I can be an outstanding representative of the School as well as my peers in the Senate. I will do my best to be available to the other students in Social Work and to share the views and perspectives of Social Work students in our campus government. Thank you for your support!
My name is Elizabeth Prophet, and I am excited to announce my candidacy for the School of Social Work Senate. I am a sophomore from Dothan, Alabama with a keen passion for helping others, advancing justice, and collaborating to develop creative solutions. Serving social work students as the President of the Undergraduate Social Work Organization this year has been the greatest honor. In addition to USWO, I am involved with multiple organizations that have exposed me to a variety of perspectives and experiences. I am running for Senate on the platform of transparency, equity, and self-care. Transparency is essential to the effectiveness of the Student Government process, and I intend to continue the push for fair election and campaign policies and keep social work students informed on the happenings within SGA. Regarding equity, I will continue to advance diversity and inclusion on campus, use the NASW Code of Ethics to inform my decision-making, and ensure that students of all backgrounds and perspectives have a seat at the table. Finally, I will advocate for policies that promote self-care and the sustainability of self-care plans. Reducing stress and promoting well-being are the foundations of social work self-care plans, and I hope to continue this practice within SGA. I believe that social work values can benefit the DEI certification program, mental health initiatives, and the accessibility of SGA. I want each social work student to feel like stakeholders in this University and I hope that you will join me in working towards #ProgresswithProphet