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Meet Our 2023-2024 CSWE Minority Fellowship Program Scholars

Jiwoo Kim and Sydnee Evans, both MSW Candidates at the NC State School of Social Work, are among those chosen to join the Council on Social Work’s (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) for 2023-2024.

Jiwoo Kim, currently in her second year in the MSW program, is excited to join the CSWE MFP community to continue her career in clinical social work. Her primary research focus is Nonprofit leadership and management. She is currently part of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health, assisting with the Assertive Community Treatment Team and the Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program. According to Jiwoo, “I am dedicated to serving clients with severe and persistent mental health disorders as well as the local refugee and immigrant population in Wake County.”

Sydnee Evans, an advanced-standing student in the MSW Program, seeks to take the knowledge and training from this program into the field. Her research focuses primarily on children with disabilities and their families. Currently, she works at a family-owned private practice working with this population. Discussing her motivation moving forward, Sydnee stated, “I want to be able to help families with children like myself be able to get the care and access that they need.”

As part of the MFP Program, Jiwoo and Sydnee will receive a one-year fellowship including specialized training in mental health and/or substance use disorder issues of racial/ethnic minority populations, a monetary stipend, and other professional development support.

This distinguished fellowship program is funded by SAMHSA, and is designed to “enhance the training of full-time, masters-level, direct practice-focused social work students in their final year of study.” The fellowship primarily targets students whose studies focus on mental health and/or substance use disorder service to racial/ethnic minority populations, with emphasis on children, adolescents, and/or transition-aged youths. You can read more about the MFP here.