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Stories from the Field

The students, alumni, faculty, and staff of Tulane University School of Social Work commit to their communities as much a they commit to education. Whether they highlight field work, professional engagements, or research, these stories demonstrate how to do work that matters.

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Cooperation and Collaboration in Palliative Medicine

Through his field education internship, Ryan Sparks, a recent Tulane University School of Social Work Master of Social Work graduate, has worked with Mandy Swalm, LCSW-BACS, a Palliative Medicine social worker at University Medical Center New Orleans (UMCNO) to refine his skills and provide much needed services during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Published on: December 18, 2020


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Community Meals

Members of the Tulane University community and their families volunteer to coordinate, cook, and serve over 400 hot, gourmet meals to New Orleanians each week.

Published on: November 30, 2020


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Grant Award for Community Garden at Shelter

Creative thinking and initiative are required when working with under resourced communities. Jacob Pleasure, Master of Social Work Candidate, has done just that for his field placement.

Published on: October 12, 2020


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Providing Services at the Low Barrier Shelter

Addressing the needs of those experiencing homelessness is a critical activity on a daily basis. Serving this population becomes even more urgent in emergency situations like extreme weather, disasters, and the current COVID-19 pandemic. Doing so takes dedicated and compassionate individuals like Tulane University School of Law employee and part-time online Master of Social Work candidate, Alexandria Andara.

Published on: May 29, 2020


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Helping Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Along with social workers, those in graduate level social work education programs have served as essential workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Anthony Critelli-O’Donnell, Master of Social Work candidate at the Tulane University School of Social Work, has committed to addressing the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness through his field education placement.

Published on: May 18, 2020


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Supporting Children's Literacy

The everyday commitment of a social worker doesn’t stop when situations change. Though the global COVID-19 pandemic has altered educational environments, those dedicated to serving the needs of students find ways to continue that support. One Tulane University School of Social Work DSW candidate - Andrea Germany, LMSW - used her creativity to convert her own van into a literacy lifeline for children in Mississippi.

Published on: May 11, 2020


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Disaster Resilience & Response

The ability to assess needs, implement programs, and connect people with resources is critical to social work as well as disaster preparedness, management, and recovery. During the COVID-19 pandemic, one Tulane University School of Social Work alum - Mark Rogers, II - is leveraging his interdisciplinary skills to support an organization well-versed in responding to uncertainties.

Published on: May 4, 2020


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Students Supporting Municiple Agencies

Master of Social Work students fill a number of roles with municipal agencies as part of the 900 hours they each commit to their field education programs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they are providing vital support to children and families as well as learning how to apply their classroom knowledge in innovative and meaningful ways. As an MSW candidate, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Crigler interned with the Office of Youth and Families (OYF) at the New Orleans Mayor's Office.

Published on: May 4, 2020


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Supporting Released & Exonerated Indivduals

Social workers help ensure every person has resources and opportunities, and that work hasn’t stopped during the global COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, it’s adapted and increased because creative, passionate people have dedicated themselves to it. Angelique Thomas, LMSW (SW ‘2016) is the only social worker on staff with the Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO), a free-standing, non-profit law office with specialized full-time staff attorneys and investigators working to free innocent life-sentenced prisoners in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Published on: April 27, 2020


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Coordinating a Supply Drive

Social work students don’t just wait for their field placement to make a commitment to helping their communities. Many come to graduate programs with the ability to see needs and mobilize resources in response. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Master of Social Work candidate Kara Gloe has coordinated supply drives to support students and families in her local school district.

Published on: April 27, 2020


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Faculty & Staff Beyond the Classroom during COVID-19

Social work educators don’t just bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to higher education. They use their resourcefulness and determination to empower individuals, families, and communities outside of their classrooms. 

Published on: April 17, 2020


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Supporting Veterans

As part of their field education commitment, Tulane University School of Social Work students are supporting a variety of populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meet Julia Freudenberger an on-campus, full-time Master of Social Work candidate performing her field placement through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in New Orleans.

Published on: April 17, 2020


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Supporting a Youth Agency

Much like social workers around the country, students from the Tulane University School of Social Work are finding innovative ways to support the needs of individuals, families, and communities. Read about how MSW candidate Ashley E. Barrett is supporting the Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County (YSB).

Published on: April 13, 2020


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Supporting a Nonprofit Organization

Master of Social Work candidate Shelby Gelfand-Toutant is an intern with Broadmoor Improvement Association, a non-profit neighborhood organization that serves people who live, learn, work, worship, and play in the Broadmoor area of New Orleans.

Published on: March 25, 2020