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: Sommer Albert (MSW candidate, 2022)
Pronouns: 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: Twinsburg, Ohio

MSW specialization area: Community Centered Integrative Practice. I am drawn to this specialization because I hope to do direct practice work with BIPOC children, youth, and families.  

Alma mater: The University of Michigan, Residential College, BA '20 Highest Honors in Gender & Health and Psychology, with a minor in LGBTQ+ & Sexuality Studies

Favorite thing to do in Seattle: Try out vegetarian/vegan restaurants, explore the green areas of the city with my housemates, and ride the bus!! 

Social issues I am passionate about: I am extremely passionate about community mental health, behavioral health interventions for children, youth, and teens, and the need for community-based interventions and prevention education in underserved communities.

MSW practicum site: LifeWire - Together Against Domestic Violence 

Why did you choose UW?: I knew that I wanted to develop the skills needed to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker but I did not want to only learn clinical and direct practice skills in my MSW Program. At UW, I knew that I would be able to reach my clinical goals, but also develop my community organizing, grant writing, and critical empowerment skills. The SSW has also always been very vocal about its commitment to delivering social work education that is anti-racist and critical of the effects and influences of colonialization and white supremacy on the field. 

What advice do you have for prospective students? I highly recommend taking time to really reflect on the type of social work practice that you are passionate about pursuing. What experiences have led you to the field of social work? What communities do you want to serve? What are settings that you see yourself practicing in? Most importantly, remember that you and your experiences are enough to pursue a degree in Social Work! Imposter Syndrome is extremely real but please do not let those feelings prevent you from applying! You are enough!