Congratulations to Beth Johnson (CSUEB MSW '22) on receiving the Outstanding MSW Graduate Award!
Congratulations to Beth Johnson (CSUEB MSW '22) on receiving the outstanding MSW Graduate Award! This is our first year offering these awards, thanks to Dr. Wendy Ng, Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences!
Beth was nominated by a faculty member who said, "Beth is outstanding for the challenges she has had to overcome to complete this journey. She is an outstanding representative for CSUEB as our student rep that pulled together the CalSWEC Summit Series along with IV-E students across the state. She never misses an IV-E Workshop, always actively engages in any of our training activities, and is a great cheerleader for her cohort in these challenging times."
Beth shared the following comment after receiving the award:
"I want to thank the faculty and staff of CSU East Bay for this award. It has been quite the journey getting a master's degree in a pandemic, but I did it. Coming from a family of 11, it has not been easy. I am also the first girl and first generation to graduate with an associate's degree, a bachelor's, and now a Master's. I honor my mother and father because they were the first examples of actual social work. The seeds to give back to society were planted a long time ago when I witnessed my parents feeding the needy, providing clothing, and providing a home for individuals. As a young girl, I was pricked in my heart and knew this was something I wanted to do.
Unfortunately, I was in the system early and felt lost and confused, with no one to help me navigate. Not until later did I receive the tools to thrive in life. Now that I have my credentials, many doors will be open to help misrepresented marginalized communities fight against social injustices and help keep families together when deemed safe. I plan to use my degree to help bring individuals out of the dark to the light to help future generations be better versions of themselves. In addition, I will obtain my Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) while working at Alameda County Social Services as a Child Welfare Worker II. It is such a blessing considering Alameda County is where I was born.
It is a great honor to receive the Outstanding MSW Graduate Award. My heart is full of joy, and I am grateful to the CSU East Bay faculty and staff for this great privilege."
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