Hometown: Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China
Undergraduate University & Major:
Colorado State University, Master of Social Work, Social Work
Center China Normal University, Bachelor of Law, Social Work
GCSW Degree Sought: Ph.D. in Social Work
Anticipated graduation date: May 2018
Classes completed/currently enrolled:
Fall 14: Biostatistics, Social Policy Analysis, Research Internship
Spring 15: Quantitative Methods, Applied Multivariate Statistics, Teaching in Higher Ed
Fall 15: Qualitative Methods, Advanced Multivariate Statistics, Research Internship
Spring 16: Teaching Internship, Grant Writing, Social Science Theories, Independent Study
Fall 16: Pre-Dissertation, Independent Study, Research Internship
First field placement:
Office of International Programs, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO: Conducted advising sessions and made referrals to help internationals adapt to a new culture. Served as a culture mentor for a group of ten international students throughout the academic year. Established Language Partner Program, recruited participants and coordinated the program.
Second field placement:
Intake Unit, Child Protective Services, Tempe, AZ: • Conducted interviews and collected information about allegations of child abuse. Developed child safety plans and maintained child’s safety through regular visitations. Initiated research of case worker’s stress and coping, proposed and co-facilitated support group.
Activities and/or Organizations:
Student Ambassador, GCSW, 2015-present
Cougar Ally & Bureau Speaker, UH LGBTQ Center, 2015-present
Doctoral Research/Teaching Assistant, GCSW, 2014-present
NASW Representative, GCSW Student Association, 2014-2015
President, UH Association of Asian American Social Workers (AAASW), 2014-2015
Asian and Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association (APISWEA), 2015-present
Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), 2014-present
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), 2014-present
International Association of Chinese Social Workers (IACSW), 2012-present
National Association of Social Workers (NASW), 2010-present
Future Faculty Fellowship (F³), UH Graduate School, 2016-2017 Teaching Fellowship, GCSW, 2016-2017
Graduate Tuition Fellowship, UH Graduate School, 2014-2015, 2015-2016
Presidential-P.h.D. Scholarship, GCSW, 2014-2015, 2015-2016
Conference Presentation Travel Fund, GCSW, 2015 – 2016
Why social work?
I grew up in a middle-class Chinese family, and the concept of social work was foreign to our community. During middle school, my friend unavoidable involved in the miserable divorce of his parents, and this trauma affected him deeply and entrenched bitterness in him for the rest of his life. I desperately wanted to reach out to him and offer my help, but back then, I was only a little girl with neither skills nor resources. Chinese people are always quick to voice their support for families with financial needs, but children with psychological and emotional difficulties are often not identified, and their needs continue unaddressed. As divorce becomes more common in China, many affected adolescents feel neglected and experience significant setbacks such as social, educational and developmental difficulties.
For six years throughout middle school and high school, I tried to find someone who could help my friend but professional counseling services are inaccessible for children and teenagers in China. Unfortunately, no one was available or capable at that time to be of aid in such a circumstance, and today little has changed. Teachers are busy and unskilled, peers are inexperienced, and families and friends may respond inappropriately to sensitive situations. I did not feel any hope until I learned about the social work profession in college. During my sophomore year, I transferred from my sociology major to social work as soon as I could because I wanted to make a positive impact. I discovered that the services provided by social workers include aid in times of financial difficulty but also offer a wide range of social services to many vulnerable populations.
To me, social workers seem to be a group of people who are willing and able to help children who have issues just like my friend. My goal is not to help all who are affected by family trauma but rather to do the best I can with each individual. At the end of the day, it only takes ONE person to change a life.