Shu Zhou,

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 2019

Classes completed: 

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:

On campus:

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

Off campus:

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.


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