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Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) at the Tulane School of Social Work (TSSW) is the official voice of all graduate and professional students at TSSW. The fundamental values of the social work profession, expressing the worth, dignity, and uniqueness indigenous to all persons as well as their rights and opportunities, shall be reflected in the expression of the actions of the organization

The SGA is committed to support student development in all systems; promote understanding among students, faculty, administration and alumni; maintain professional standards and ethics; accurately represent the concerns and needs of TSSW degree-seeking students to the school's administration; and ensure to the best of its ability the inclusion of all of the student body including full time students, part time students, masters or doctoral level students, advanced standing students, social work students, Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy students, and transfer students for any and all degree-seeking programs. These objectives shall be accomplished by serving as an educational, cultural, and social force within the School and the community.

The TSSW SGA is affiliated with the Associated Student Body (ASB) of Tulane University. All students enrolled at TSSW are eligible for membership in the Student Government Association. All students enrolled in a degree-seeking course of study at TSSW are considered members of the SGA and encouraged to participate in meetings and/or events. There are no fees required as part of the membership of the TSSW SGA.

For information regarding: Constitution and Specific information about the management and operations of the SGA can be reviewed in the Constitution, Bylaws, and any other related materials posted on the TSSW SGA's OrgSync Portal.

 

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The SGA encourages and welcomes feedback from the TSSW community at all times in order to maximize and make everyone's time at TSSW as meaningful as possible.

For more information please e-mail: tsswsga@tulane.edu.


SGA Leadership

Jordan Adams, (she/her/hers)

SGA Member
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    Jordan Adams is a DSW Candidate with the Tulane School of Social Work in her fifth semester. She is over the moon to learn about the inner workings of the student government association by serving as a general member. Her social work background has been related to crisis intervention with survivors of domestic violence, adolescent and adult substance use treatment, integrated behavioral health and primary care, and currently working more specifically with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorder over eight counties in Texas. The DSW program has helped increase her awareness for the purposes of research in social work. Her research is related to the self-efficacy/preparedness and or barriers of social workers in working with sex offenders and completion of a program evaluation of current outpatient services for those with co-occurring disorders. Following graduation she plans to continue her work in the non-profit sector and learning more about helping rural populations have access to treatment and one day moving to academia. Jordan lives in Texas with her husband and two fur-children!

Charles “Charlie” Cox (He, Him, His)

SGA Vice President of Finance
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    I am from Mandeville, LA about 30 minutes north of New Orleans and currently live in New Orleans with my partner Lexi and our dog Henry. I love numbers and helping people, which is why I decided to join the SGA as the VP of Finance. Some things I am looking forward to is being able to create relevant, meaningful programming with and for my peer cohort, as well as bridging the gap between the online and on-ground cohorts. If you open my music you would find everything from Muse to Aretha to Griz to Edith Piaf, and that doesn’t even begin to cover it. I am slowly reading my way through Wintering by Katherine May and The Quantum Revelation by Paul Levy. I am an avid fan of adventures, road trips, kayaking (and I am skittish of open water), cooking, sports, building things, the creative arts, making something out of nothing, and spending time with family and friends. My dream job is to be the drummer in an internationally touring rock band. I am currently making my own homemade cocktail bitters. A hidden talent is doing a toe-touch. One goal for 2021 is to audition for the 610 Stompers. If I could spend the day with one person it would be Questlove.

Chrishel Crawford (she/her/hers)

SGA EPC Representative
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    Chrishel Crawford is a third-semester on-ground MSW student currently residing in New Orleans, La. She is a graduate of Dillard University with a BA in Social Work, where she gained plenty of experience in the social work field. She has interned with the Juvenile Court in the Families in Need of Services (FINS) division and has interned at many High Schools in the Greater New Orleans Area. She has a passion for working and helping children and adolescents struggling with depression and other mental illnesses. She hopes to continue this work as an MSW by becoming a Child and Family Therapist. Outside of school, she loves to read, try new restaurants, and participate in outdoor activities, mostly fishing.

Julie De King (She, Her, Hers)

SGA Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Representative
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    Julie De King is a student in the online DSW program and is in her fourth semester.  She looks forward to being part of the SGA team.  Julie is currently the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Co-Representative and is excited to serve in this capacity.  Julie lives in Bellingham, Washington with her two daughters and their loveable dog.  In addition to her studies, she currently works for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families and has worked for the Department for over seven and a half years in a variety of capacities.  She also spent eight years as a school social worker working with students and families from elementary through high school.  Julie is passionate about interracial relationships and understanding, promoting professional resilience, child welfare, educational outcomes of youth at risk, school social work, and the familial aspects of addiction.  Julie looks forward to serving and representing Tulane School of Social Work as part of the SGA team.

Faith Ferrell (she/her/hers)

SGA Member
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    Faith Ferrell is currently a full-time candidate in the TSSW Master of Social Work program with the Disaster and Collective Trauma Certificate. She grew up in Akron, Ohio, and still lives in Ohio with her partner Brett and their two cats. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development and a Parent Education certificate from the University of Akron. She hopes to work in a school setting once she graduates, and she has a passion for working with children and adolescents, mental health, and social justice. Outside of school, she enjoys crafting, traveling, and spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews.

Aisha K. Freeman (She, Her, Hers)

SGA Secretary
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    Aisha K. Freeman is a full time Masters of Social Work candidate with a passion to serve youth and adolescents in the school and community setting. Aisha is a Texas native with experience in nonprofit management, community health, and health education. She has goals to one day start her own private practice serving African American children, adults, and families in underserved communities. Outside of work and studying, Aisha runs a non-profit that focuses on confidence building and health/wellness for girls 11-18 in Houston, TX. Words of motivation that Aisha lives by, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars of the world.” Harriet Tubman

Kelly Harding (She, Her, Hers)

SGA EPC Online MSW Representative
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    Kelly is a second semester online MSW student, currently residing in Bend, Oregon. She is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS in Finance. Kelly is new to the Social Work field having previously worked in fundraising and finance, but has years of experience working as a peer mentor for high school and college age students struggling with depression and mental illness. Kelly hopes to continue this work as an MSW in her hometown of Bend, Oregon by becoming a Child and Family Therapist. Outside of school Kelly is an avid outdoors adventurer. She loves skiing, hiking, kayaking, and trail running with her pups.

Dana Logan (she/her/hers)

SGA Member
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    Dana Logan is a student in the online DSW program and is in her fifth semester. She is excited to serve as a member of the SGA team. Her social work background has focused on Veterans, substance abuse, and domestic violence. The DSW program has reignited her passion for research. More specifically, her research aims are to better understand the social and psychological impact of disasters such as COVID-19. Following graduation, her goal is to work in academia. She lives in Brandon, Mississippi with her husband and two young sons.

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Tamika Pilgrom (she/her/hers)

SGA Member
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    Tamika Pilgrom lives in Birmingham, AL and is a full-time Doctor of Social Work (DSW) student at Tulane University. Tamika earned a master’s degree in social work from Alabama A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Tamika’s professional experiences consist of addressing the reasons for racial and geographical differences in stroke and heart attack patients, increasing diversity in graduate health care programs, cancer prevention initiatives in rural areas, and working as a Medical Social Worker for HIV patients. In her spare time, she enjoys making memories with her fiancé, spending time with her family, and serving communities with her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

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John Restauro (He, Him, His)

SGA Diversity & Inclusion Representative
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    John Restauro is a native of San Francisco and of Filipino descent. He earned his BA in Sociology at SF State, where he developed his passion for working with formerly incarcerated students, while doing an internship with Project Rebound, a program designed to support current inmates and prisoners who are taking college courses in jail/prison, with matriculating into a four-year university upon release, with the goal of ending their cycle of recidivism, through higher education . Prior to starting his MSW Program, John spent the last four years working for the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, a Non-Profit Housing Agency for the formerly homeless and most at-risk, as a Housing Planning Specialist, where he supported clients on probation and parole, with finding permanent housing. John is the biggest baseball fan you'll ever meet, loves to travel, and currently resides in New Orleans with his best friend and fiancé, Stephanie Terese.

Alicia Rompage (They/Them/She)

SGA Member
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    Alicia is an online MSW/MS-DRL dual degree candidate living in Los Angeles, CA. Alicia grew up in the Houston area and has a BA in Theatre from University of Houston. Alicia and spent over a decade working in tech, fundraiser event organising, social media management, and running her own small photography business. Alicia has always had a natural inclination for studying social justice and equity movements and is thrilled to have found a direction for those inclinations as a MSW candidate. Alicia is excited to be a member of the SGA for Tulane School of Social Work and thanks their cohort friends for encouraging them to join

Rachel Swope (She, Her, Hers)

SGA Graduate & Professional Student Assembly Co-Representative
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    Rachel Swope is a second-year student in the on-campus DSW program and is in her fifth semester.  She is excited to be part of the SGA team and is currently the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Co-Representative.  She is excited to serve in this capacity.  Rachel lives in Dothan, Alabama with her daughter.  In addition to her studies, she currently teaches full-time at Troy University in the BSW and MSW programs. In addition to this role, she works part-time as a therapist for teenagers on probation. She served as a Mental Health Specialist in the U.S. Army for six years.  She also has experience in child welfare, forensic social work, addictions, medical social work, geriatric social work, and school social work.  Rachel looks forward to serving and representing the Tulane School of Social Work. 

Kai Werder (They, Them, Theirs)

SGA President
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    Kai Werder is currently a candidate for their Masters in Social Work at Tulane University with a Disaster and Collective Trauma Certificate. They are serving as Vice President of Student Affairs for the SGA. As a social worker, Kai hopes to create community harm prevention programming through the lens of transformative justice. They plan to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence through their work, particularly those who identify as LGBTQ. Kai's work lives at the intersection of social justice and trauma-informed healing.