School of Social Work students Ellena Jones (BASW ‘18) and Tina Hernandez (BASW ‘18) were selected to be part of the prestigious Husky 100 cohort. The student recognition program acknowledges 100 undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines from the Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell campuses who exemplify leadership, passion, creativity and commitment.
This year, the selection process was highly competitive. The committee received more than 1,700 nominations and nearly 600 applications from all three UW campuses. Awardees will be recognized at a May 7 event.
Jones (pictured right), a Seattle native, has a passion for working with marginalized youth and adults from diverse backgrounds. “I have worked with preschoolers whose families are low income to homeless adults at a methadone clinic to foster youth who are passionate to change the child welfare system,” she said. “I have learned so much from interacting with these groups and look forward to applying this knowledge to my career after I graduate.”
Hernandez (pictured left), born in Hassloch, Germany, attends UW Tacoma and wants to devote her career to community change and social justice. “The social work program at UWT has strengthened my commitment to making a difference in my community,” she said, “and has given me the tools and skills to be a change agent for those most vulnerable in our society. I’m proud of my accomplishments but most of all, I’m grateful to have been inspired and supported by the incredible UWT faculty and my peers.”
The Husky 100 program demonstrates how education happens both inside and outside the classroom. By actively connecting these spheres and applying what they learn, Husky 100 students are making a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future.
Husky 100 nominees were judged by a committee of students and faculty in five categories, including having a discovery mindset, committed to be part of an inclusive community and capacity for leadership. A complete look at the 2018 Husky 100 is available on the website.