december 2022 graduate colorado state university school of social work

Social Work Newsletter | Fall 2021 Recap

From the Director

Charlotte Bright, Professor of Social Work and Director of the School of Social Work, Colorado State University, July 8, 2021Dear School of Social Work Alumni and Friends:

I want to wish you all a Happy New Year! As we enter the third year of a constantly evolving pandemic, we continue to build our creativity and resilience alongside the challenges and losses we experience.

Despite the difficulties of COVID-19, I hope you’re able to feel a sense of gratitude and optimism for new developments and opportunities.

Personally, I feel extremely grateful for the tremendous generosity and mutual support of the Colorado State University community. My first six months in the school have been filled with inspiring conversations, examples of hard work and great achievements, and a shared commitment to service on campus and to the broader community.

This fall marked a turning point for the campus as we resumed face-to-face learning. It’s not always easy to be in person, but it is truly a joy to have more three-dimensional conversations when teaching and learning. The semester culminated in the first in-person graduation ceremonies on campus in two years. Celebrating the accomplishments of our Fall 2021 BSW and MSW graduates at Moby Arena was a very special experience.

The newsletter stories below highlight some of the activities and accomplishments in the school this fall. These are just a few examples of the many ways staff, faculty, and students are rising to the challenges we face as a community, centering justice and equity, and learning and growing. I hope you read something that sparks your interest and makes you proud to support the school. Please stay in touch and stay safe!

Charlotte Lyn Bright, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Director and Professor

Social Work Alumni Spotlights

colorado state university school of social work msw alumna selina lujan

Applying equity principles for an environmental justice career

“I enjoy the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s health and well-being,” said Selina Lujan de Albers, who currently manages indoor air quality programs for the city of Fort Collins. “I love what I do because we are making a difference.”

colorado state university school of social work alumni yolanda arredondo

Improving the child welfare system in Colorado using macro skills

“I explored MSW programs and found a great fit with CSU’s part-time distance program,” said Yolanda Arredondo, deputy director for the Colorado Division of Child Welfare. “Since graduating, I have received two promotions in my field.”

Social Work Student Success

colorado state university school of social work bsw graduate valerie villalobos

Community connections gave priceless support to social work grad Valerie Villalobos

Support networks in the School of Social Work and Fort Collins community helped first-gen grad Valerie Villalobos succeed academically and make an impact locally. “I am a big believer in community connection.”

colorado state unviersity school of social work bsw grad jenna biedscheid

Jenna Biedscheid aims to build a career in international human rights

Education abroad and international internships at CSU helped solidify Jenna Biedscheid’s decision to pursue a law degree and realize “the route I want to take with social work and my vision for dismantling oppressive systems.”

colorado state university school of social work bsw graduate luis enrique loya

Social work grad Luis Enrique Loya hasn’t looked back since choosing CSU

Luis Enrique Loya is passionate about pursuing a career in clinical social work practice. Read about his experiences as a student at Colorado State University in our Q&A interview with this outstanding Fall 2021 social work grad.

Social Work Department News

colorado state university school of social work associate professor paula yuma

New growth in the Center for Lifelong Learning, Outreach, and Education will extend benefit across Colorado

As the new director of CLOE, Associate Professor Paula Yuma aims to support skill-building within the human service workforce that will enhance the health and well-being of Colorado residents and communities.

habic therapy dogs doc and jimmy with healthcare workers

Social Aspects of Human-Animal Interactions certificate focuses on animal-assisted therapy

This unique certificate program will train you how to safely and ethically integrate companion animals into a variety of treatment settings and create mutually beneficial relationships with animals and the environment.

Social Work Research

colorado state university school of social work assistant professor samantha brown

Brown receives NIH grant to study early childhood development and risk

Assistant Professor Samantha Brown is a recipient of an R03 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a project examining the role of both mothers and fathers in shaping early childhood development and risk.

colorado state university social work research center

Social Work Research Center to begin anti-trafficking project

Understanding human trafficking incidence data and analyzing referrals to culturally appropriate and trauma-responsive services are primary goals for social work researchers.

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