Marton, who is one of this year's President's Medallion recipients, is studying for his master’s degree in social work, serves as a graduate and research assistant for two professors, is the president of the School of Social Work Student Organization, and works several days a week as an intern at Loyola Community and Family Services.
"Social work education is the future of all academic teaching, even if most academicians don’t know it yet. It mixes training in social theory with mandatory hours of work in the field, putting those theories decidedly into practice -- something that most students clamor for."
On Sunday, October 23rd School of Social Work Students: Dawn Kostenski, Megan Monahan, Candyss Newman, Stephanie Wessels, Dillon Dewitt, Margaret Marx, Natalie Pine, Sojourney Rallo, and Shayna Vaughn were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu.
Alpha Sigma Nu honors students of Jesuit colleges and universities who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty to the ideals of Jesuit education, and service to others. As the only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit, the vision of the Society is the encouragement of Ignatian inspired lifelong leaders.
The first conference on South Asian Womanhood and Girlhood took place on October 28th and 29th at Loyola University Chicago’s Lakeshore Campus. Researchers, practitioners, scholars, and students welcomed in exploring social justice from a diversity of perspectives the lives of South Asian women in both South Asia and the diaspora.
IASWG Reunion Celebration and Showcase
On September 28th, 2016 the School of Social Work held a reunion Celebration and Showcase for students and recent alumni who attended and presented at the 38th Annual Symposium of the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG). Student and alumni presenters also had a chance to share their work with the Loyola community during this event. The 2016 IASWG Symposium took place in New York City in June. IASWG is the premiere professional association for social work with groups, and Loyola has had over 169 Loyola students present at the annual symposia since 2005.
During the Summer 2016 semester, 21 MSW students participated in a two two-week courses and/or field placements in Mexico with a focus on the Mexican Family and the dynamics of migration.
While abroad students visited local NGOs and government agencies; observe immigration court proceedings; met with local social work professionals, students, faculty, and researchers; spoke with individuals and families impacted by migration and U.S. and Mexican immigration policies; and visited museums and cultural attractions.
This summer the School of Social Work took twelve students to the John Felice Rome Center. Students had class in the morning and explored Rome in the afternoon and evening, integrating the coursework with the city. For example, a section on trauma treatments was paired with a trip to Pompeii, disruptive disorders with a trip to the Colosseum & Forum, and mood / anxiety disorders with a trip to the Vatican Museum / Sistine Chapel. Students discussed psychiatric disorders and toured a 150 year old former psychiatric hospital, and talked about the role of religion and spirituality and toured the Old Jewish Ghetto.
“The State of the American Veteran: The Chicagoland Veterans Study,” paints a jarring picture of post-military life for many area veterans. The School of Social Work is using the study—the first comprehensive look at the Chicago area’s military population—to develop four projects to help local veterans.
Each Spring, the School of Social Work offers a immersion Race, Culture & Gender on the Border course that provides students with the opportunity to visit the Arizona-Mexico border and explore race, culture, gender, and ethnicity as it relates to migration.
Learn more about the reality of immigration on our southern border and the immersion experience from the 2016 cohort here!
The State of the American Veteran: The Chicagoland Veterans Study, conducted by the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) and in partnership with Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work, is an effort to provide data-driven recommendations for serving the large population of veterans residing in Chicago and the surrounding area.
For graduate student Celeste Sánchez, service is a huge part of her life—both here and abroad. In Chicago, she provided a variety of services to homeless youth while interning at two local organizations. In Central America, she worked for several years with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (“Our Little Brothers and Sisters”), which operates homes for orphaned children.
Lawrence Benito (MSW '98), a former Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) graduate fellow, spoke this past spring at the center's Alumni Speaker Series. Read about his cause, his time at Loyola, and his progress in the field.
Candace Musick knew from the start that she wanted to help people, and she attributes much of her achievement to the experience provided by the School of Social Work. She knew from her first semester at Loyola that social work was the field for her.
On May 30th, 2015, the Loyola University of Chicago School of Social Work held a Gala to celebrate their school's 100th year Anniversary. The Gala started off with a cocktail hour of drinks and conversation in the Loyola University Museum of Art or LUMA and finished with dinner in Regents Hall.
Service and leadership are at the heart of a Jesuit education. And they’re also a key part of what drives Mariela Rodriguez each and every day. Rodriguez, who spent two months in Mexico working with indigenous women, hopes to one day earn her PhD and help immigrants and refugees.