Title: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Department: Counseling & Psychological Services
Where are you from? Cleveland, OH
What brought you to Student Affairs? I had been working in medicine, and was interested in a change. I came across the position in CAPS in what felt like a coincidental way. I did not have a background in higher education, and was unsure what to expect when I arrived for my interview. Pretty immediately, I realized that I wanted to be in the company of my now colleagues. It is a gift to work alongside people who challenge, and inspire you with their skill and talent. I can honestly say that in CAPS, we all show up to do the best work possible. I’ve learned so much from them. So I would say that I arrived by chance, and stay because of a shared commitment to mental health work and real friendship.
How many years have you worked in Student Affairs at Northwestern? 5
What’s your favorite part about working in Student Affairs? The people. I really enjoy the collaborative relationships I’ve formed in my time here. This is especially true in working with the Dean of Students Office staff (SASS!) , the Student Enrichment Services staff, The NU Insurance Office staff, and Elizabeth Hsu in NUHS. Together we have been able to offer assistance to students in a really meaningful way. There is a lot of humor, support, empathy, and hard work within this group.
What recommendation(s) do you have for someone new to Student Affairs? Take your time, but get to know the people (not just the offices) around you.
Who or what has had the greatest influence on your career? The social workers and outspoken women who came before me that defined what it means to self advocate and advocate for others. Being a social worker holds a lot of meaning for me. Core tenets of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, among many others guide my practice and life. Social workers are the best people you will ever meet. They are usually funny and charming too.
What inspires you? The intellect, insight, strength and resilience of the students I work with. It is such a privilege to listen to them, learn from them, and advocate on their behalf. Also, my daughters. They are brighter, more inquisitive, and braver than me. I love every second of it, and hope to keep up with them.
What can’t you live without? Books.
How do you like to spend your free time? Reading, running, reading, laughing with my daughters, reading, being in the company of my family and friends, reading, cooking & eating, reading, exploring the Art Institute, reading and most importantly – watching Cleveland sports. GO BROWNS.
What’s your favorite spot on campus? Andy’s Frozen Custard
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