The UW School of Social Work funds two Student Information Specialists (SIS), who are current MSW students that also serve as part-time student ambassadors with the School of Social Work admissions office. Prospective students are welcome and encouraged to reach out to an SIS (except over summer quarter, as SISs are not available mid-June to mid-September). They look forward to meeting you, and serve as a resource to answer your questions about specializations, classes, student life, housing, Seattle, the application process, funding, and more!
Name: Maura Tomassetti (MSW candidate, 2023)
Pronouns: They/Them and She/Her
Office location: School of Social Work, Room 023 (ground floor)
Appointments: You can book an advising appointment with me here! (not available over summer)
Hometown: Sacramento, California
MSW specialization area: Community-Centered Integrative Practice. I am interested in this specialization because of its focus on inclusivity and cultural responsiveness and the ability to engage in social work on both individual and community levels.
Alma mater: Willamette University, BA'19 Music, with minors in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies
Social issues I am passionate about: I am passionate about gender justice, racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, adoption rights, healthcare, mental health access, and positive youth development.
MSW practicum site: TBD
Why did you choose UW?: I chose UW because the School of Social Work is vocally committed to transformative social work that is culturally responsive and anti-racist. I also enjoyed going through the admissions process with UW and the different information sessions and admitted student events. I learned about the different specializations, classes, and faculty to see what I would have the opportunity to learn about at UW. Although UW is a large university, I could feel the community within the smaller School of Social Work, and that really solidified my choice.
What advice do you have for prospective students? Remember that there are many ways to achieve the same outcome. Focus on what matters to you, why you want to go into social work, and what got you here. Everyone's reasons and paths to get here will be different.