Department ofSociology & Social Work

Desiree Henderson, Class of 2002

I currently live in Olympia, Washington, where I am working as a therapeutic counselor at a private agency, Parent and Child Togetherness (PACT). This agency works with level 3 and 4 foster children helping them to stabilize in their new environments and work through the problems that have put them in the foster care system. My caseload consists of 8 - 16 year olds and has been quite the challenge.

Calling all Social Work Alums...

Contact us and let us know where you are and what you are doing since leaving PLU. We'd love to hear from you. Email us at socw@plu.edu.

I truly appreciate the education that PLU provided me because without it, I wouldn't have been ready for this challenge. I will be moving in a few months to Spokane to begin to prepare for Graduate school which will begin this summer. I would love to hear from alumni and current students!

Desiree Henderson, Class of 2002
Des_h98@hotmail.com

Patricia Meyer, Class of 2002

I am currently enrolled in the Advanced Standing Master's of Social Work program at UW-Seattle. After graduating with my Bachelor's degree in May 2002 I took a little time to myself before heading into the UW graduate program in July 2002.

The program here at UW is one of the top social work programs in the country, and I have to say PLU did an excellent job of preparing me for that level of work. As an Advanced Standing student I enrolled as a second year MSW candidate, so the class load is not in the least bit overwhelming. I spend a majority of my time at my practicum placement with the State of Washington Office of Crime Victims Advocacy. There I am involved in some policy research and analysis regarding the use of penalty assessments in victim/witness programs throughout the state. I will be preparing a report on my findings for the legislature. I am also working on some federal grants for domestic violence issues. This is all very exciting to me, but perhaps the best is yet to come. I am extremely interested in legislative advocacy and the 2003 session is just around the corner!

In looking down the road towards graduation in June 2003 my future is uncertain. I do know that I plan to take a couple years off and further develop my professional skills through employment opportunities. Law school seems a strong possibility in a few years especially because of the things I am interested in accomplishing with my MSW. For now, I'm just going to enjoy this time in graduate school and be thankful for the wonderful education the PLU Department of Social Work provided me.

Patricia Meyer, Class of 2002
Jellybean1344@aol.com

Stacie Linvedt Hanson, Class of 2001

I am currently attending the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. I will graduate in May 2003 with my MSW with a concentration in Social and Economic Development. The PLU Social Work Program helped prepare me for graduate school by emphasizing the role that the social work profession plays in promoting social justice on local, domestic, and international levels. The PLU professors got me excited about creating broad social change for disenfranchised populations. I am currently doing my practicum at Citizens for Missouri's Children, a statewide child advocacy agency, doing policy work and political organizing around children's issues. After graduation, I hope to move back to the Pacific Northwest and work on children's policy issues.

Stacie Linvedt Hanson, Class of 2001