Master of Social Work News


Alumna Returns to Inspire Social Workers to Advocate for Change

Grad Student Finds Passion and Sense of Community in Social Work

Erica Lizano is back, full-circle, where her educational journey began.

An assistant professor in the Department of Social Work starting her second semester at Cal State Fullerton, Lizano teaches her students about child welfare policies and how to advocate for change by organizing people or developing a nonprofit. 

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Grad Student Finds Passion and Sense of Community in Social Work

Grad Student Finds Passion and Sense of Community in Social Work

It was a journey of 20 years and thousands of miles for Shalonda Ibrahim-Abubaker to return to California and graduate school. Today, she is a master of social work student at Cal State Fullerton and a 2019-20 recipient of an American Association of University Women (AAUW) career development grant. The grants are designed specifically for women who have stepped away from academic work and wish to return.

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Social Work Students Apply Lessons They’ve Learned in Chile

6 students studying abroad in Chile

“This is the fifth year that we’ve sent students to Chile for short-term study abroad experiences in partnership with the Technological University of Chile, INACAP,” noted Kim-Goh, adding that INACAP was an enthusiastic supporter of the partnership. “Integrating academic and experiential learning, this program provides unique opportunities for graduate social work students to develop cultural awareness and transferable social work skills in international contexts.”

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A Macro Social Work Practice Scholar Joins the Department of Social Work as a Tenure-Track Faculty

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Dr. Erica L. Lizano
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Ph.D. Social Work, MSW and MPA, University of Southern California
B.A. Sociology, Cal State Fullerton

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Social Work Faculty Wins a Dissertation Award

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Dr. Gordon Capp, Assistant Professor of Social Work, was awarded the   2019 Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of School Climate   award by the School Community, Climate and Culture (SC3) which is a Special Interest Group (SIG) within the American Education Research Association (AERA). The purpose of the SIG is to disseminate research on school community, climate, and culture and to provide a venue for research collaboration of its members.

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